What's the best way to prevent sports injuries?
December 12, 2013 9:28 AM Subscribe
Changing play style, preventative exercises, diet, etc?
posted by randomnity to Health & Fitness (10 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I play recreational sports regularly and have had my share of minor injuries (mostly joint problems) and have seen others sidelined for months with more serious injuries (tears, breaks, concussions). I'm especially worried about the joint injuries, since my family tends to have joint problems (arthritis and just weak/easily injured joints in general). Soccer is pretty rough on my ankles and they're starting to protest - without any real injury, it began hurting to run, so I haven't played for the last six months to try to let them recover. I haven't quite sprained them but I've rolled them quite a few times, and tend to rapidly stop, twist and pivot a lot in soccer (I play defense).
I am already:
-trying to avoid dangerous plays (although I tend to the reckless side)
-eating semi-healthy (lots of healthy food but lots of junk as well)
-trying to warm up before games (although sometimes I arrive late and can't)
-trying to take time off from sports to recover when I get minor injuries (although it's hard to stay away)
-trying to play with good form (although I started as an adult so I still have a long way to go)
Is it really just a gamble or is there anything else I can do to avoid major injuries? I've asked my doctor and Dr. Google and neither have been very helpful.
If it makes a difference, the sports I play are soccer and volleyball (total 3-4x a week), and I'd like to get back into martial arts as well. I'm in my late 20s, in decent shape, normal BMI, no major health problems.