Minimizing the Risks of Summer Injuries

Nice temperatures lead to more physical activity, and while this is a wonderful change, it also causes an increase in summer injuries that require physical therapy. Emergency rooms see an increase of at least 18 percent during the summer. This increase comes in the form of people suffering from fractures, strains, and other injuries. Physical therapy can help relieve issues, but it’s important to take proper precautions to avoid summer injuries.

Wear Proper Foot Protection
Everyone loves to break out their favorite pair of sandals when the weather warms up, but there are certain activities require close-toed shoes. Outdoor landscaping and craft projects are very popular during the summer, but the nature of those projects can lead to injuries. From tools falling to tripping and crashing into things, it’s clear that sandals are not a good choice when working on projects that are labor intensive. Also, make sure to judge whether it is appropriate to wear long paints, gloves and eyewear for your project.

Don’t Push your Muscles too Soon
If the winter months have hindered your exercise regime, your muscles may not be prepared to engage in very demanding physical labor. Many people who end up needing physical therapy have simply pushed themselves past their limits, and rushed into a heavy physical load without proper conditioning. Back injuries are very common during the summer so to avoid throwing out your back, make sure to bend with your knees when lifting objects that are heavy.

The Importance of Stretching
Before you plan on playing a game of softball or taking a jog around the neighborhood, make sure to stretch! Stretching allows your muscles, joints, and ligaments to loosen, which is one of easiest ways to avoid summer injuries. No matter how demanding the activity is, make sure you take the time to stretch.

Drink Water
When heat is combined with rigorous activities, your body can quickly become dehydrated. When your body’s water supply is depleted, you may start to experience negative side effects like cramping. Water also helps to keep your muscles lubricated, so make sure to stay hydrated before, during, and after your activities.

Take Breaks
There is no shame in taking a five-minute breather! If you push yourself too far, negative effects will catch up with you sooner or later. If you avoided the gym because of the cold days of winter, it’s okay to ease back into physical activities during the summer.

If you need to workout a few kinks before you engage n your favorite outdoor activities, physical therapy is a great way to get your body ready for the summer.

Life Fitness Physical Therapy
If you would like help working on your overall-well being or would like more information about physical therapy, the friendly staff of Life Fitness Physical Therapy can work with you on creating a custom program. The longer you wait to improve physical ailments, the more your body will suffer down the road. Call today at 410-368-1026, or find the nearest location.

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