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Avoiding Spring Injuries

Posted on: March 2nd, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

Spring is high season for injuries.  For many, the injuries come from being less active throughout the winter and then being so eager to get right back into the swing of your outdoor workout routine.  The problem is simple – your muscles are not use to the strain you’re putting them under and you tend to push yourself harder in the spring because you’ve been locked indoors for so long.  Read on for some helpful tips to avoid spring injuries and of course, some items that could help you in case you do end up with an injury.

Getting out in the garden to start spring clean-up is a priority for many of us.  Before you head out for some heavy yard work remember to stretch your arms and legs.  When you are out in the yard, lift with your legs.  In addition, use gardening tools such as a weed puller instead of your own hands because your wrist and arms aren’t ready for the work yet.

For running or other exercises, keep in mind that your cardiovascular system bounces back quicker than your muscular system.  Your lungs are telling you that you can go farther and faster, but there will be repercussions in your muscles and bones.  Limit your level of exertion and slowly increase your training each day, not exceeding a ten percent increase.

Finally, our most important tip is to take your time.  Whether you are trying to be the first on your block to have a beautifully manicured lawn or working hard to get your body ready for beach season, take it easy.  Most spring injuries are simply caused by people pushing themselves too hard and working faster than their body can handle.  Take all the necessary precautions to accomplish your goals safely!

If you do find yourself getting very sore or did injure yourself, the best at-home treatment is heating pads.  You’ll see that heat therapy can do wonders on your sore back, legs or shoulders.  Learn more here.

As always, we’d love to hear from you so let us know what you think about avoiding injuries in the spring!