When it comes to runner safety, there is no foolproof way to avoid getting injured, but there are many things you can do to minimize that risk. And surprisingly, many of these precautions aren’t that difficult to put into place—they are just common sense!
5. Schedule A Physical
Sometimes our body has weaknesses and vulnerabilities that we just can’t see…or even feel! That is where a visit to the doctor before starting a new exercise routine can pinpoint any possible preexisting trouble areas before heading to the trail.
4. Get Enough Rest
Proper rest—for both mind and body—is key not only to acing your game, but for making sure you do not make a mistake that could land you on the injured list. Insufficient sleep can create a slowing down of your reflexes, which can lead to devastating accidents.
3. Receive Proper Hydration
Sometimes in the heat of competition, we fail to remember to take water breaks. Avoid cramps and bring your best self to the game by making sure to schedule time to drink water and stay properly hydrated, cutting down on your risk of injury and discomfort.
No matter what your sport, warming up with some pre-game stretches are going to be so crucial in keeping your body limber and in-shape. And don’t forget to do some after-game stretches and other “cool down” methods to give your body time to recover.
1. Maintain Proper Nutrition
The time to eat right is not the day before the game, but weeks beforehand as part of a proper diet. Work with a sports nutritionist to determine just what that diet should consist of, and make sure you stick with it as part of your regular routine.
What do you think of our tips for avoiding running injuries? Can you think of any others we might have missed?