How To Avoid Exercise Related Injuries

Exercise-related injuries and illnesses occur at an alarming rate, even in recreational activity. Essentially, you are at risk for injury each time you exercise, recreationally or competitively. However, there are actions that can be taken to help avoid injury and illness. These actions are what will keep you in the gym and out of the doctor’s office.

What is prevention healthcare?

Preventative healthcare measures include pre-and-post workout nutrition and hydration, and proper training and recovery techniques. These are actions taken before, during, and after a workout to prevent and reduce exercise injury.

Why is prevention healthcare important?

Essentially, it is easier to prevent an injury than it is to treat it once it occurs. Prevention healthcare enhances athletic performance and decreases the percentage of injury and re-injury. Preventative measures can prevent even the most common sports-related muscle and bone injuries including—but not limited to—cramps, strains, tears, sprains and fractures.

What can I do?

There are several simple ways to take preventative health measures. Here are a few easy preventative healthcare tips:

  1. Check-in with your doctor often.
  2. Eat a well-balanced and adequate diet.
  3. Seek the help of certified and trained professionals for a workout program.
  4. Perform exercise that is appropriate for your current fitness level.
  5. Practice proper form and technique for each exercise during your regimen.
  6. Monitor and track your vital signs (ex. blood pressure and heart rate) during and after a workout.
  7. Practice recovery techniques (ex. proper nutrition and stretching) after each workout.

It is extremely important to be proactive and take the necessary actions to avoid injury and illness whenever possible. After all, you only have one body so you must take care of it!