How To Avoid Spring Injuries
Winter weather has finally passed and people are itching to get outside. Spring fever seems harmless but many people end up injuring themselves while enjoying warmer weather activities and spring cleaning projects.
After a long, dormant winter it is best to start off slow. Whether you are hitting the pavement for a jog or climbing the ladder for a home improvement project, it is important to be mindful throughout the process. Start with stretches to loosen tight muscles and stay hydrated throughout your activity of choice. Running
A run or jog on a spring day is one of the best ways to embrace the new season. An increase in spring runners and increase in hamstring injuries is not coincidental. Hamstring injuries are most common among those who do not frequently run and adequately stretch. Slowly work up to your top speed and distance and avoid injury by stretching before and after each run. Trampolines
Trampolines are a fun way to enjoy the outdoors with your children. Sprains, dislocations, and fractures can quickly turn a cheerful afternoon upside down. Planting your feet properly is key to avoiding injury while bouncing away a warm spring day. Gardening
Freshening up your lawn or garden makes for a delightful spring day. It is best to pull weeds with your legs and abdominal muscles tightened and lift with your legs, not your back, when lifting heavy flower pots or bags of soil and mulch. Be sure to follow these tips to avoid back strain and ensure a pleasant day spent outside. Spring Cleaning
Spring is the perfect time to rid your home of the dirty winter remains. When cleaning floors be sure to use a mop, broom, or vacuum with both hands and hold the tool at waist height. If a ladder is involved, make sure it is secure and level with the area you are cleaning to avoid stretching your back or neck upward for long periods of time.
Remember to slowly warm up to your spring projects and activities and practice the above tips so that you can savor a season full of beautiful weather injury free.
If you find yourself in need of medical assistance, please do not hesitate to contact a Lemak Sports Medicine & Orthopedics location convenient to you!