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How to Prevent Common Sports Injuries

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Stretching before activityThere are many things that you might hope to receive this holiday season. These can include thoughtful gifts from loved ones, quality time with family, and cards and letter from friends who live in other areas of the country. A little gift that we’d like to extend to you is some tips to prevent common sports injuries.

Sure, you can find the effective sports injury treatment you need here at our Sacramento area podiatrist office, but we’d rather you were able to avoid getting hurt in the first place. The good news is that there is an array of measures you can take to help keep you safe and healthy while performing your favorite physical activities!

Here are some of the top injury prevention techniques:

  • Ease into new activities. Many sports injuries occur when an individual attempts to do too much in a new workout program. It is important to keep in mind that the body needs time to adapt to increased physical demands that come with exercising. Always be sure to start at low levels for intensity and duration, and then gradually build them up over time.

  • Warm up and stretch. Jumping right into intense physical activity, like a basketball game or tennis match, without warming up first increases your injury risk. You can lower that risk with an easy warmup and dynamic stretching routine before heading onto the court, field, or your running path.

  • Maintain a healthy bodyweight. Some injuries happen on account of the tremendous force loads that come with physical activity, but those forces are even greater if there is more bodyweight contributing to them.

  • Eat a well-balanced diet. The foods you eat play an essential role in the strength and durability of your body tissues. Make sure that you are getting enough protein, calcium, vitamins, and other key nutrients for a body that can stay safe and injury-free while performing at optimal levels.

Whether you would like more information on how to prevent common sports injuries or require effective sports injury treatment, our foot doctors are ready to help! Call our Carmichael, CA office at (916) 961-3434 or simply fill out the online form today to schedule your appointment. Also, make sure that you are connected with us on the various social media channels—Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter—so you can receive the latest health tips and news!

Dr. Brian McDowell
Dr. Brian McDowell, board-certified podiatrist, provides cutting-edge foot and ankle care in Carmichael, CA.
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