Chiropractic & Summer Sports

Summer is in full swing! People are heading outdoors and engaging in fun summer sporting activities like kayaking, tennis, golf, surfing, beach volleyball and more. Here are 3 common injuries as well as 3 important strategies people can implement to help reduce the risk of injury from their favorite activities:

Common Summer Sports Injuries:

1. Repetitive Motion: Summer sports including softball, baseball, tennis and golf can all cause repetitive motion injuries like “tennis elbow”. Repetitive motion injuries involve inflammation of the tendons due to improper motion during play.

2. Sprains and Strains: Fatigued muscles are sore, achy and tight and can lead to many injuries including sprains and strains of muscles and ligaments. Running, hiking, kayaking and biking are popular summer exercise routines for many people. When the body is moving in new ways that the muscles are not used to over long periods of time, fatigue sets in.

3. Tendonitis or Bursitis: This pain is caused by chronic inflammation of the tendons or bursa that are protecting the joints. Overuse of certain muscles and joints such as the hips and legs can cause this.

Strategies to Reduce Risk of Injury:

1. Strength Training and Stretching: Most injuries can be avoided by strengthening the muscles on a regular basis with a simple strength training routine that anyone can do. Stretching before and after exercise loosens the muscles and prepares the body to move more freely and recover more quickly. Chiropractors can recommend and customize a stretching routine specific to individual problem areas.

2. Chiropractic Care: Seek immediate treatment if you sustain any injury. Sports related injuries do not get better on their own so people should not ignore any pain or injury. Preventative and proactive Chiropractic care will help prepare the body for sports activity and can even improve performance. Chiropractors practice gentle manipulations and other non-invasive techniques to get the spine in proper alignment and relieve any nerve interference in the joint areas. Once properly aligned, the body can reach its maximum potential for sports and other activities.

3. Massage: Regular massage increases circulation and flushes out lactic acid and other toxins which prevent the muscles from fully recovering from a workout.