Dr. Steven Scappaticci, B.Sc. (Hons.), CSCS, DC, FRCms
As the spring weather is soon upon us, we will start to dust off of our bikes and baseball gloves. After such a long and blistery winter, there will be great desire to get outside and get moving!
Much like a machine that needs a tune-up after sitting for a while, our bodies are very similar. We can’t expect to jump back into running or playing softball if we spent the majority of the winter months cooped up inside. We may think we are still in last season’s “playing form” but there are changes in our strength and conditioning that we may not be aware of.
Let’s take the example of someone in their early 30’s who is gearing up for yet another rec soccer season. In their mind, they may still think they are in their 20s and can play well without the proper due diligence of training & warming up. However, taking into account their lack of strength & conditioning in the off-season, they are perhaps at an increased risk for an injury. A hamstring strain, a sprained ankle, or even one of the common knee injuries may be sustained causing the individual to miss time from activity and address the issue.
This is a simple, yet classic example but scenarios such as this exist in all sports. Even more interesting is how injuries can happen during spring-cleaning as well. Yard work, garage cleaning, and gardening may put demands on your body that you’re just not ready for at this point in the year. Lifting soil or trays of flowers can cause discomfort regardless if it’s a one-time thing or a repetitive movement.
Proper treatment aimed at common musculoskeletal issues is always beneficial if something may arise, but why wait until something happens? Some work prior to activity targeting the muscles and joints is key! Whether it’s a soft tissue treatment, an acupuncture session, or mobility work, there are many options to get your body performing its best!
Don’t wait until it’s too late! Lets work together today to get you moving and feeling your best today! Call or Book Today!