Each generation has iconic sportspersons that shock the world with incredible performances. Recently, it was a Kenyan athlete, Eliud Kipchoge, who ran a marathon in under 2 hours. Based on that performance, and many others, you have to wonder, how intense are their workout sessions? And if abnormally intense, how do they avoid injuries? Today we look at the recovery process and the importance of treating recurring injuries.
Injuries are common once you start exercising. But if they keep recurring, then it’s time to evaluate what you are doing wrong. Sports orthopedic doctors usually work closely with coaches and players to ensure top performances. In the event you have a recurring injury, it could call for physical therapy, resting the injured area, or even a surgical procedure. You should visit your orthopedist for diagnosis and a way forward. Such injuries tend to need some medical care, and may not heal by themselves.
The good news is, there are signs to watch out for to identify prolonged injuries, such as increased chronic pain, long recovery times, loss of movement, decreased range of motion and interruption of daily activities due to muscle pains, and soreness, etc. These are red flags that should not be ignored.
Treatment and prevention
Seeking a medical professional’s assistance and guidance is absolutely necessary to avoid and treat injuries, recurring or otherwise. Moreover, you need to listen to the body’s signals. Apart from that, you can help the recovery and prevention process through;
- A smart warm-up and cool down session
When getting ready for an intense training session, it’s important that your body is ready. Stretch and start small then build up your exercises. After the session, do the same. Only that this time, it’s to cool down the muscles. This helps prevent the impact of a cold stop such as getting muscle cramps and hamstrings. These two sessions safeguard the body and help make the training more effective.
No matter the stakes, it’s good to rest in between your sessions. After addressing the injured area, take some time off and ease into your normal training. Resting will help increase your performance and increase muscle endurance by enabling them to properly regenerate.
Working up a sweat can cause your body will lose a lot of fluids. It’s not a problem though. It is a way to get rid of toxins. However, you need to hydrate to keep your body’s water supply at peak levels. In the process, you aid muscle recovery, increase metabolic functions, and help avoid fatigue.
It’s easier to exercise without any injuries by taking care of your body. Should there be a recurring injury, do not assume it’s nothing. With the above tips, you can help protect the body and speed up its recovery process. Sports injuries no matter how minor, shouldn’t be ignored. Exercise safely.
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