Since summertime is the most active season of the year, it’s no wonder it’s the time when you’re most likely to get hurt. This month, to honor National Injury Prevention Day, we decided to share some tips and tricks for preventing injuries while enjoying your summer activities.
Don’t Forget to Stretch
A proper warm-up and cool down before your exercise routine will significantly reduce the risk of injury. In the summer, our bodies are constantly exposed to warmer temperatures, which means that our muscles are more fluid and ready move. However, don’t rely on the heat of the day to give you the proper warm up you need. Before any physical activity, be sure to get your heart pumping and your blood circulating through your limbs. A cool down and stretch after your exercise routine will help prevent muscle cramping and aching.
Wear Protective Gear
Summer months are short and precious, which makes some of us throw caution to the wind and jump right into activities without spending a few minutes to fit ourselves with the proper gear. This summer, do your body a big favour by wearing the appropriate safety gear, like:
- Life jacket
- Jock strap
- Shin pad
Sometimes, accidents happen no matter how cautious you are. You can be the most careful person in the world and still get injured. Wearing the right gear may save your life. Don’t let your sports injury spoil your plans. Speed up your recovery with a registered physiotherapist who will help you get back on track of your fitness goals this summer, while teaching you ways to prevent injuries in the future. Want to learn more about the benefits of physiotherapy? Click here.
Don’t Take Unnecessary Risks
Throwing caution to the wind may be an irresistible urge, but that’s how people get hurt in completely preventable accidents. There’s a difference between letting your hair down and being reckless. Avoid accidents this season by not taking unnecessary risks. Teaching your kids how to enjoy their freedom responsibly will give you peace of mind while you’re at work. Show them how to avoid accidents by the pool or biking on the road, and ensure they understand proper conduct during a thunderstorm. There is so much fun to be had this summer that just a little bit of precaution will make sure everyone is safe.
Injury Prevention at Closing the Gap
What are some other ways to stay safe this summer? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below. We hope that everyone is enjoying a safe and happy summer. For any questions you have about our physiotherapy services, contact Closing the Gap.