If you’re a player of any kind of sport or sporting discipline then you will probably have a little knowledge already about sporting injuries and the problems they can cause. The best case scenario is that you are out of action for a short while, in a little pain or discomfort, and then it sorts itself out; the worst case scenario? You’re out of action for a considerable time, and it could end your hobby or even your sporting career.
Luckily, avoiding injury is a lot of common sense, and whilst we can’t stop it ever happening, we can reduce the chances.
Here at the Spine Scan Clinics in Perth, we understand how important a role sport can play in life, not only to help us stay fit and healthy, but also as a hobby and social activity. We see and treat countless individuals with existing injuries, helping them back to full health.
Sometimes, an injury isn’t down to an impact injury or something similar, and can be due to something called functional neuro-motor and myo-motor chain imbalances. This sounds very complicated, but it basically means that if a particular muscle group in your body is weak, then your body compensates by pushing the load to another group. It sounds helpful but it can actually be detrimental, because that new group might not be successful in this, causing extra injury and a dip in performance.
The good news is that here at Spine Scan we use revolutionary systems to pinpoint where the weak link is, and identify it before you begin pushing yourself to train; this is called the Trigenics System and the Pulstar System. Using high-tech computer analysis, we can identify any problems and get to work on them before the problem even begins.
We mentioned briefly earlier that a lot of avoidance is down to common sense. For instance, when playing sport, do you know the importance of warming up, and cooling down afterwards? This is one of the best ways to avoid injury, because preparing your body for exercise means your muscles are warm, they can protect your joints and overall body properly, as they are designed to do, and you are at much less of a risk of causing yourself harm.
On top of this, it’s important to listen to your body, and the moment you feel pain, to stop what you are doing. Yes, sport is a competitive business, but pushing yourself too far causes injury, and remember that this is what we’re trying to avoid. If you feel pain, stop and get it checked out.
Protective equipment is also worth investing in, because you do get what you pay for in this case. For example, if you are a runner, it’s important to have good quality shoes, to avoid putting strain on ankles and knees, which are the most common areas of the body to injure.
Using the right technique will also help you avoid any problems or pain, so don’t be afraid to ask for help if you’re not sure of your current technique. An incorrect golf swing is one of the most common reasons for back pain in golfers, and if a proper technique is adopted, the likelihood of a problem is much reduced. It’s for this reason advice is always the best way forward.
If you are at all worried about sporting injuries and their effects, don’t hesitate to call the practice now on (08) 6150 8785, to arrange an appointment. With proper precautions and knowing exactly what you’re doing, you can do a lot to prevent injury.