Be Well at Play & Sport
Physical activity is essential for a healthy mind and body. Sports are awesome, but getting hurt can take the fun out of the game.
Here are 6 ways to AVOID sports injuries:
- Get a check-up with your Chiropractor to make sure your body is ready for action!
- Wear protective gear, such as helmets, protective pads, etc.
- Warm up and cool down. This includes sport-specific, light, aerobic activity and stretching before and after sports. This is key to performance and to avoiding injury.
- Know the rules of the game. They are there for a reason!
- Watch out for others. Be aware of those around you.
- Don’t play when you are injured. This may make your injury worse.
For TREATMENT, use the RICE principles:
Rest – whatever body part is hurt
Ice – use it where it hurts
Compression – wrap the body part with a bandage
Elevate – the injured part
NUTRITION: Eat a well-balanced meal, including a daily Multivitamin. Avoid junk food and soft drinks because they are low on nutrients and they may weaken your bones. Supplements like Glucosamine Sulfate and Calcium/Magnesium can BOOST your bone and joint health so your body is strong and ready for the playground, rink, field or mountains. Ask our Naturopathic Physicians or Chiropractors at back to wellness centre for more information.
CHIROPRACTIC: A Chiropractor is a doctor who specializes in nerve, muscle and joint problems. Chiropractors use their hands to move the joints in the spine, this is called an ‘adjustment’. The adjustment stimulates the nervous system and the healing process. It also reduces joint irritation, muscle tension and pain. Most Chiropractors will also do some muscle treatment and even teach you exercises to help you avoid becoming injured and missing your favorite activities. Just like brushing your teeth protects you from cavities, visiting your chiropractor on a regular basis is excellent for keeping you and your spine healthy and feeling great!
Remember, if you do get injured, tell your coach or a parent. Also, go to your Chiropractor or doctor to get a professional opinion on what is injured and to determine the best type of care for a speedy recovery. This will get you back to optimal health and your sport QUICKLY.
By Dr. Eric Vermander