If you haven’t exercised in years or have a medical condition, check with your primary healthcare provider before starting any new exercise program. Sometimes that’s easy to forget when the sun is calling you outdoors to get active.
“This time of year, it’s easy to get excited about being more active,” says Erin MacDonald, Certified Athletic Therapist (CAT(C)), and member of the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA). “But doing too much too soon or not taking the right precautions can result in an injury.”
To keep your summer fun rolling, here’s what you should know.
You may not think of yourself as athletic but, when done incorrectly, any new activity can cause an injury. If this is the summer you take up golf, join the company softball team, or dig out your bike for a neighbourhood ride, it’s important to take care and not overdo it.
“The soreness you feel a day or two after a hard workout is probably caused by the buildup of lactic acid in your muscles,” says Ms. MacDonald. “Once you get active and warm up, that lactic acid is circulated out of the muscle and the soreness goes away. However, if you experience pain during an activity and it doesn’t go away, stop what you’re doing and see a healthcare professional.”
“Prevention is key,” advises Ms. MacDonald. “It’s the most important thing you can do.” Here are some tips for preventing injuries during summer fun:
You may be able to alleviate the pain of minor injuries yourself by using the RICE method:
For pain you can’t take care of yourself, you need to see a professional. “If you think you’re injured, see a healthcare professional rather than self-diagnose and self-medicate,” says Ms. MacDonald.
If you’re thinking of seeing an athletic therapist, you generally don’t need a doctor’s referral. (With some insurance benefits, you may need a doctor’s referral to have the services of an athletic therapist covered.) To find one in your area, use the search tools offered by CATA: Find an Athletic Therapist or Find a Clinic.
Concussions don’t just happen to professional athletes. “A hit doesn’t have to be severe to cause a concussion, and can include hits to the head, face or neck,” says Ms. MacDonald. Even a case of whiplash can cause one. An accidental elbow to the jaw while playing basketball, being pushed from behind during a soccer match, or getting a softball to the head can all be dangerous.
“If you have any signs of dizziness or a headache, see your doctor right away,” she says. “As with any sports injury, keep a watch for signs in your children. We all know that kids would much rather keep playing than interrupt their fun.”
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