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Preventative Training

Preventative Training

There is no denying that any type of injury is not a pleasant experience. Injuries can strike at any time and throw your life off for a few weeks, or for the rest of your life. It is safe to say that there is no way to completely eliminate injuries from occurring, but you can highly reduce the risk by preparing your body the best you can.

Stay flexible.

How can one prepare their body to reduce the risk of injury? There are a number of things you can do; the first would be to stay flexible. Maintaining good flexibility will allow optimal elasticity from your muscles, this helps your body move through a full range of motion. This means that if your body gets in a compromising position, your muscles are less likely to stretch beyond what they can handle.

Strengthen your muscles & ligaments.

Screen shot 2015-11-04 at 2.40.18 PMNext you want to make sure you do some type of resistance training. Resistance training is any force that causes your muscles to contract and work harder than usual. One main goal of resistance training is to cause strain to the muscle by overloading it with work. This will cause micro-trauma; these are microscopic tears in your muscles. These tiny tears are what allow your muscles to rebuild and grow. Doing so will also strengthen your ligaments, this will help make the rest of your body and more importantly your joints strong and stable because the ligaments attach muscle to bone.

Educate yourself.

Another important thing to do to reduce your risk of injury is to educate yourself. It is very important that we understand exactly what we are doing as well as the proper way to do so. Understand how to exercise correctly, pick up a child without using your back, position yourself with proper posture, or put the right nutrients in your body so it can function more efficiently!

Doing one of this will help reduce your risk of future injuries, but imagine if you were to combine all of these tips! Imagine if your body was flexible, your muscles and ligaments were strong and your joints were stable. On top of this, you were aware when you were about doing something wrong and you were able to stop yourself! Arm yourself with a strong, flexible, well informed body! You will absolutely be setting yourself up for a longer, healthier and less injury prone life!