The majority of us have experienced sudden pain or discomfort during common physical activities. People who live an active lifestyle are at a higher risk of pain as a result of injuries that are sports-related. Sports recovery is the process of restoring your physical and mental well-being in order to ensure proper performance. Sports recovery also aims to minimize the risk of injuries becoming more severe.
Sports injuries are often a result of:
- Overworked muscles
- Poor technique or training methods
- Direct impact
Often time these injuries can be minor and temporary but in some cases, they can become more serious. Considering a sports recovery routine can help you stay active and decrease the chances of severe injury.
No matter your age, it's always a good idea to warm up your muscles before doing any continuous physical activity. Stretching helps keep your muscles and joints flexible for physical activity. Products like the Stretch Out Strap can help you activate your muscles before a workout. When preparing for your workout, it's important to be aware of how your body is feeling and determine if any concerns exist. Using sports tape before a workout can help you secure problematic joints and muscles in order to prevent further injury.
Caring for your body after a workout helps ensure that your body has a chance to relax and recover so that it's ready for your next workout. If injuries occur, it's important to care for them right away so they don't become a bigger issue. Therapy products like hot and cold packs can help provide relief and reduce swelling and pain. Anti-inflammatory pain creams can also help manage acute pain.
Tools like foam rollers, massagers, and TENS/EMS units can help target the affected area and promote healing for mild to serious injuries. Massage therapy can also help you become more relaxed and reduce stress. A cold therapy unit, like the Ossur Cold Rush Machine, provides constant cold water flow to the injured area to help decrease pain for more serious injuries.
Sports compression garments help increase circulation to your tissues which can help reduce muscle damage and recovery time. Sports compression can also help reduce soreness and muscle fatigue after a workout. The increased blood flow also helps remove toxins away from the tissues. Compression garments are available for the calves, thighs, and arms so you can target your area of concern.
A wide range of practices and products exist to promote sports recovery. When used in combination with a healthy lifestyle, they can help keep your body safe so you can stay moving. Let the professionals at Healthcare Solutions help you stay active this summer season!
This information is provided as an information resource only and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. Always consult your physician before making any healthcare decisions.