With the bright summer here in the U.S., most people maybe engaging in diverse physical activities. Exercise-related or sports injuries are also common in this season, mainly with weekend warriors who indulge in cross-fit exercise, hot yoga and so on. The risk of injury is more for this community, compared to physically active people, as they are fairly inactive on the first five days of the week, and then suddenly start intense activities.
Common injuries weekend warriors experience include sprains, muscle strains, concussions, ACL tears, low back pain, tendonitis or rotator cuff injuries. They are also at increased risk of knee pain and plantar fasciitis.
While serious injuries may require surgery, several non-invasive treatments are available to restore functional ability, relieve pain and improve strength and flexibility. At NYC-based HealthQuest, we offer treatment to help those patients in a preventative capacity and also provide treatment to those who have injured themselves in the process of their respective exercise regimen. Our experienced physicians and specialists are able to quickly return the athlete to their routine while providing them with the tools to prevent future injuries.
Physical therapy techniques to deal with different types of injuries include exercise, massage, and ice or heat applications that help eliminate muscle spasm and inflammation. Other treatment options include Orthovisc and Monovisc injections to reduce knee pain, rehabilitation programs, chiropractic adjustments as well as Game Ready cold therapy system for faster recovery.
Tips to Prevent Weekend Warrior Injuries
That said, prevention is always better than cure. Here are some preventive measures that could keep the weekend warrior free from injury.
- Warm up and stretching – While stretching can help avoid strains, pulls and tears, and thus improve performance, a warm-up walk before any activity can help reduce the chance of injury. Remember to stretch after finishing exercising too.
- Gradually increase your exercise time – Based on your health condition, gradually increase your exercise time and intensity each week. Try to get some regular exercise each day, which helps to lead a more active lifestyle.
- Stay hydrated – It is important to hydrate before and after exercise. Several reports indicate that even 5% loss of water content can affect your physical abilities dramatically. Carry a bottle of water with you to prevent dehydration.
- Consult your doctor before starting a routine – Consider screening programs before you get into any strenuous exercise program.
Overweight people can rely on weight loss programs provided by a professional healthcare center. Such centers also provide fitness programs for active older adults.