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Preventing & Treating Injuries

Pain and Stiffness
      Athletes will naturally experience stiffness after strenuous exercising. However, the degree of aches and pains can be mitigated by performing cooling down exercises. The problem is that almost all recreational athletes to not cool down properly and relatively few school age athletes do so unless a team coach demands every athlete properly cool down prior to showering.

      Weight lifters do not push their limits at every training session. They generally alternate the types of exercise designed to extend their maximum limit of lifting more weight or to extend their endurance/stamina. This allows specific muscle groups to recover prior to participating to another session.  
      The use of a certified weight trainer is highly recommended to supervise the training.  This concept can be applied to other sport training programs.

Preventing Muscle Strains and Hyper Extension
      Every time an athlete strains or pulls a muscle or experiences a hyper extension, the treatment usually involves stopping their regular training and physical therapy.  If the training regime puts them at risk for such an injury, doesn't it seem logical to modify the training to reflect a total body fitness training?

      There are external forces would are exerting pressure to achieve results (winning) rather that have the athlete concentrate of acquiring a strong foundation of basic skills that include - balance, coordination (gross and fine muscle skills), combined balanced body strength and flexibility. In sports that require bilateral symmetry of skill development, allowing a dominate side to develop causes a weakness that opponents can take advantage of in competitions.

      Skating injuries commonly occur during intense skating practices. Skaters at all levels need to be aware of symptoms that may signal serious long term health problems is ignored.

      It is not good advice to "Tough it Out", "Suck it Up", "Skate through the Pain", etc. rather than immediately seek medical advice.

      Skaters commonly experience the following injuries:
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Recommended Reading:

References:

Sports - Injury - Sports Injury Prevention and Treatment If you have a sports injury, you may wonder how to speed recovery. Here are some tips for treating injuries and getting back in the game quickly.

Injury Prevention and Treatment Injury Prevention Clinics Torn muscles, sprained ankles and shin splints. These are just some of the injuries that plague athletes.

Preventing and Treating Injuries - FamilyEducation.com Learn how to prevent injury during sports and exercise.

Dance Injuries | Dance Injury Prevention & Treatment Dance injury prevention information. Tips on preventing dance injuries and identifying overuse and trauma injuries in kids.

Resources:

The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:

Health & Injuries
PDF  Sports Medicine Links
Prevention of Athletic Injuries
Identifying & Treating Injuries
Preventing & Treating Injuries
Common Sports Injuries
Injury Prevention of Athletes
Protective Equipment
 

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