Weekend Warrior-Exercising Tips

Each weekend warriors test their mind and body. What all of them need to know is what they can do to prevent some of the most common sports related injuries.

The seven most common sports injuries are:

  1. Ankle sprain
  2. Groin pull
  3. Hamstring strain
  4. Shin splints
  5. Knee injury: ACL tear
  6. Knee injury: Patellofemoral syndrome — injury resulting from the repetitive movement of your kneecap against your thigh bone
  7. Tennis elbow (epicondylitis)

To see how to prevent and treat these common sports injuries — and to learn when it's time to look further than your medicine cabinet to treat sports injuries— read on.

One of the ways to help prevent some of these injuries is stretching. Sprains are injuries to ligaments, the bands connection bones in a joint. Strains or ‘pulled muscle are injuries to muscle fibers or tendons. These muscle fibers anchor muscle to your bones.
Don’t over due it and remember to stretch, stretch, stretch
Before you start any exercise activities here are a few tips….
  1. 1. Has your doctor ever said that you have a heart condition and that you should only do physical activity recommended by a doctor?
  2. 2. Do you feel pain in your chest when you do physical activity?
  3. 3. In the past month, have you had chest pain when you were not doing physical activity?
  4. 4. Do you lose your balance because of dizziness or do you ever lose consciousness?
  5. 5. Do you have a bone or joint problem (for example, back, knee, or hip) that could be made worse by a change in your physical activity?
  6. 6. Is your doctor currently prescribing drugs (for example, water pills) for your blood pressure or heart condition?
  7. 7. Do you know of any other reason why you should not do physical activity?
Remember, it is alway a good idea to spend time stretching before you start exercise. Also, Hydrate regularly.