Laid up due to a sports injury?

No doubt exercising is good for you, but sometimes you can injure yourself when you play sports or exercise.  In fact, sports-related injuries send an average of 2.6 million children and young adults to the hospital each year.

Causes of Sports Injuries

Sports injuries are most commonly caused by poor training methods; structural abnormalities; weakness in muscles, tendons, ligaments; and unsafe exercising environments.  Some people get hurt simply because they are out of shape.

The most common cause of injury is poor training. For example, muscles need 48 hours to recover after a workout. Increasing exercise intensity too quickly and not stopping when pain develops while exercising also causes injury.

Not warming up or stretching enough can also lead to injuries. Read my post about the “Middle Age Weekend Warrior” and you’ll see that I can relate all too well.

Common Sports Injuries

Sprained Ankle

Ankle sprain from my football playing days.

The most common sports injuries are:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Knee injuries
  • Swollen muscles
  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Pain along the shin bone
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations

Regardless of the injury, take your time during recovery keeping in mind “the athlete that heals slowly, heals best.”

Avoid Gaining Weight

If an injury has you sidelined from your regular workout routine, don’t sweat it.  While getting injured can be frustrating (and painful), it doesn’t have to mean you’ll gain weight. In fact, use it as an opportunity to take a break from your current regimen and focus on other ways to stay fit.

Understand that proper nutrition is of utmost importance while recovering from an injury. If there’s nothing physical you can do during your down time, focus instead on starting new, healthy practices like eating or sleeping better.

Adding more raw foods (i.e. fruits and vegetables) to your diet will inevitably keep weight down during your recovery, and you may even lose a few pounds.  But, if you’re like most, you probably aren’t eating all the fruits and veggies you need.  Try taking the It Works Greens to fill in the nutritional gaps in your diet!

Your recovery time may also be the perfect opportunity to make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Getting in enough hours of quality sleep while you heal could be as important for weight loss as your calorie burning, so make sure you get a minimum of 6 hours rest every night.

To your health,

CJ

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