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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Preventing Sports Injuries -- Overuse Injuries

Nearly 75% of  the households in the United States with school-aged children have at least one child who plays organized sports.  Participating in sports is arguably one of the best ways to help our children and young people stay fit, develop athletic skills, make friends and learn valuable lessons that will last them a lifetime. 
However, young athletes have special needs because their developing bodies are more prone to injury.  Consequently, each year more than 3.5 million children ages 14 and under receive medical treatment for sports injuries.  High school athletics account for another 2 million injuries each year.  

Overuse injuries are often overlooked in spite of the fact that they account for half of all sports injuries in middle school and high school students.  Here are some tips for preventing overuse injuries:

1. Follow the ”Ten Percent Rule”.  In general you should not increase your training program or activity more than ten percent per week.  This applies to increasing pace or mileage for running as well as to the amount of weight added in strength training programs.

2. Always warm up and cool down properly before and after activity.  Stretching and warming up are essential to preventing overuse injuries.

3. Don’t focus on just one activity or sport.  Regularly incorporate different strength training exercises, stretching, core stability, and aerobic training into your exercise routine. 

4. Don’t play injured.  Taking a few plays or the rest of the game off could make the difference between a minor injury and an injury that affects you for the rest of your life.

We at Christopher Chiropractic believe that chiropractic care is an important part of improving the athletic performance of our local athletes and helping to prevent lifelong complications from sports injuries. Call (606) 549 - 4811 today to schedule your athlete for an appointment and make sure they are achieving their maximum performance. 

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