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Summer is a time to get outside and enjoy the warm weather and fun activities in the Grand Valley. Whether you’re an avid athlete or just looking to stay active, it’s important to keep safety in mind. As orthopedic and sports medicine specialists, we’ve seen our fair share of injuries that could have been prevented with a few simple precautions. That’s why we’re here to share some tips for a safe and active summer.
First and foremost, warming up and cooling down is crucial. Taking a few minutes to stretch your muscles before and after physical activity can help prevent injury and reduce soreness. It doesn’t have to be a long, elaborate routine - simple stretches like touching your toes, lunges, or arm circles can be effective. Cooling down after your activity is just as important, as it helps your body gradually return to its normal state and can reduce muscle soreness.
Another important aspect of staying safe during physical activity is wearing the right gear. This can vary depending on the activity, but some examples include supportive shoes, helmets, and pads. For instance, if you’re planning to go on a hike, make sure you have sturdy, comfortable shoes with good traction. If you’re riding a bike, be sure to wear a helmet and any other protective gear that is appropriate for the type of riding you’ll be doing.
Staying hydrated is also key to staying safe during summer activities. Dehydration and fatigue can increase your risk of accidents and injuries. Make sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after physical activity, and take breaks as needed. If you’re sweating heavily, you may also need to replenish your electrolytes with a sports drink or other electrolyte-rich beverage.
Finally, it’s important to listen to your body and not ignore pain or discomfort. If you experience persistent pain or swelling, it’s a sign that something may be wrong. Ignoring these symptoms can lead to further injury or complications down the line. At our clinic, we offer a range of treatments for sports injuries, from physical therapy to minimally invasive procedures. Our goal is to help you get back to your active lifestyle as quickly and safely as possible.
So, go ahead and enjoy your summer activities, but remember to stay safe and take care of your body. If you have any concerns or questions about preventing injuries or treating sports-related injuries, don’t hesitate to visit our website or schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic specialists. We’re here to help you stay healthy and active all summer long.
To schedule an appointment and learn more about St. Mary’s Hospital and Rocky Mountain Orthopedics, visit stmarysgj.org/lifeback.