Choose an active lifestyle, but be careful of Injury

Whether you enjoy team sports, individual pursuits, or just like getting your 10,000 steps in every day, we applaud your efforts to engage in an active, healthy lifestyle.

While it’s impossible to prevent every potential injury, a balance of spinal strength and flexibility can help dramatically reduce your likelihood of getting injured.

With a few common-sense tips and techniques, you can avoid sports injuries that keep you out of the game.

Stretching and flexibility

The first line of defense to avoid sports-related injuries is a proper stretching regime.

Stretching can improve your flexibility and decrease your risk of injury. Research shows dynamic (or movement-based) warm-ups can potentially enhance performance.

Building strength and capacity slowly

While there is a time and place for loading with max weight, if you are just getting started in a workout routine, it’s usually best to start slowly using lighter weights and increasing your repetitions.

Researchers have discovered that a combination of proper warm-up and cool down, a full range of motion, and progressive intensity training can help reduce injuries when strength training.

Everyday preventative steps

Every day that you take a proactive approach to strength and flexibility, you are reducing the chance of an injury, making progress towards your goals, and living a healthier life.

By Dr. Bryen A. Bell, a Board-Certified Chiropractic Physician with over 20 years of professional experience. Contact Dr. Bell at True Potential Chiropractic family care facility. Call 503-574-4872 or visit tpcportland.com.