Tip of the Week

At STAR orthopaedics, we frequently see injuries in weekend warriors that can be directly related to inadequate warm-up or cool down. Hamstring and groin pulls are the common nuisance type of injuries, and can become nagging and chronic. More serious injuries from inadequate warm up include quad tendon and Achilles tendon ruptures, both of which usually require surgery and leave the athlete with less than normal strength or flexibility. The science behind the warm up is simple: gradual and gentle stretching increases the flexibility of tendons, ligaments and muscles, and improves the blood flow. That way, when they are called upon for sudden activities, they are ready, and don’t get injured from the explosive movement. It takes 10 minutes to properly warm-up and you should focus on the major muscles you will be using for your sport. Don’t forget the cool-down. Stretching after exercise helps to dissipate lactic acid, leading to less soreness afterwards. For more information, visit our website or call us for an appointment to see one of our orthopaedics specialists. Or better yet, listen to the Sports Doctors on Thursdays at 6 PM on Team 1010 KXPS.

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