Exercise can play a key role in injury recovery by getting you back up to full speed as soon as possible.
Injuries can occur at work, on the sports field, as the result of an accident or through repetitive strain being placed on a joint or muscle. They can strike when you least expect it, and can have a debilitating effect on your everyday life and work.
Common injuries include:
Exercise can play a key role in injury recovery however by getting you back up to full speed as soon as possible.
One of the best ways to prevent injury is to listen to the warning signs the body gives out. The common expression “no pain, no gain” creates a large misconception. Pain is the body’s way of telling you something is not right!
The most effective way to minimise the risk of injury during exercise is to complete both a warm up and a cool down session of about 10 minutes duration. Light cardiovascular exercise using the same muscles that will be used during the main activity will prepare the body for exercise by:
Once the muscles are warm, they become more elastic and are ready to be used.
A cool down is just as important as a warm up so following activity add some gentle stretches. Whether choosing to perform static stretches (by holding each position for 10-30 seconds) or performing dynamic stretches (by moving the body through a functional range of motion) flexibility is essential for the muscles, tendons and joints.
For those wanting to maintain their exercise regime whilst in recovery, you could consider the below alternatives: