With summer on the way we look to get outside and enjoy outdoor sports and activities like softball, tennis, swimming and biking. More competitive athletes also often increase their workouts in the summer months. Suddenly increasing your activity levels without taking precautions can lead to injury. A person who jogs intermittently may decide to increase their frequency or distances during the summer months, which increases the risk of overuse injury. The incidence of stress fractures, tennis elbow, shin splints and Achilles tendinopathy rise significantly during the summer months with the type of activity that can increase at this time.
Following these simple guidelines will help you safely enjoy your summer activity and sports and avoid injuries.
- Start Slow – Your body needs to build up to intense exercise. If running, gradually increase the distance or frequency of your runs.
2. Warm up Properly – This is important any time of the year, especially when ramping up your exercise program.
3. Drink lots of water – Exercising in the heat means you need to replace the water you lose when you sweat.
4. Eat a healthy diet – You need to eat right to fuel your body for demanding exercise.
5. Know when to Stop – As with exercising any time of the year pushing yourself when you are excessively tired or in pain increases the chances of sustaining an injury whether traumatic or overuse.