Preventing Sports Injuries through Active Stretching

It’s easy to feel invincible and incredibly healthy when you have a consistent work out routine that gets results. You head to the gym every morning, you eat right, and you’re seeing progress each week. The good health and hard work can continue on, until they suddenly come to a crashing halt. Without proper stretching, your entire body can be thrown out of whack as a result of your daily exercise. While parts of your body get stronger, others get weaker. Stretching and mobility are important parts of any exercise routine, and physical therapy is a great way to learn proper techniques so you don’t find yourself with a serious sports injury.

Why is active stretching important?
Stretching is just as important to your physical fitness as working out is. Working on mobility may not be as glamorous and exciting as weightlifting is, but without it, your risk of injury increases greatly. It’s not hard to throw out your back, especially when your muscles are ill prepared for the workload you place upon them. Active stretching increases your mobility and in the end, it’ll make you a better athlete and keep your body functioning at its best. Unfortunately, it’s incredibly easy to forget to stretch. Your muscles need warming up in a gentle, gradual, and fluid way, but there is no instant gratification in stretching. The sooner you accept it as necessary, the better your body will be at resisting injury.

How do I stretch?
Proper active stretching can be a lot more complex than people realize. Your body needs a way to warm up and increase flexibility, so consider joining a yoga class to help you learn how to build up to better mobility. If this doesn’t suit your fancy, a physical therapist is an excellent resource. Your Life Fitness Physical Therapist is trained in sports medicine, and can teach you proper techniques. With the help of an expert, you’ll learn the ways your body should be moving, and you’ll get a customized plan to help your body in specific ways.

Life Fitness PT
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 a location near you.

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