“In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.” -ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON
While this may be true of young men, after being stuck inside most of the winter, spring definitely brings thoughts of getting outside and active for the rest of us. Outdoor activities are part of a healthy lifestyle but accidents will happen. Here are some tips to help you limit injury
and about what to do when you may have a more serious injury.
WARM UP & STRETCH Warm up properly before exercising to prevent injury and make workouts or sports more effective.
Think about it, in the dead of winter would you drive your car full throttle without warming it up first? Warm it up and get loose, you’ll be less likely to injury yourself.
REST After longer periods of inactivity, let your body get used tothe increased effort. Take breaks to allow your body to cool down and replenish your energy while being active.
PLAY SAFE Be sure to have properly fitting safety gear for vulnerable
body parts, e.g. helmets, wrist guards. When running or hiking be aware
of hidden ground dangers that could lead to ankle sprains and knee injuries.
HYDRATE A dehydrated body is prone to fatigue and injury. Beware of signs of heat exhaustion such as muscle cramps, cold or clammy skin, a fast/weak pulse, nausea and dizziness. Protect your skin with sunscreen.
Injuries still happen. When an injury does occur, doing the following may help to minimize downtime.
R .I .C .E . Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Never place heat on a new injury because it can cause more bleeding and swelling.
SPEAK UP Seek help from a doctor, coach, or a physical therapist to be sure your injury is properly diagnosed and treated.
RECOVERY PLAN Don’t jump right back into action. Follow advice from your doctor or physical therapist.
KEEP ACTIVE Try to maintain cardiovascular fitness if possible by riding a bike or swimming, if you cannot run. This will make your return to sports easier when ready.
FirstMed, currently celebrating its 20-year anniversary, sees patients 6 days a week and provides medical care with x-rays even on Saturdays, knowing that sports injuries don’t take time off for Saturdays.