Altitude Physical Therapy August 2019

CALDWELL 1906 Fairview Ave., Ste. 410 Caldwell, ID 83605 (208) 454-9839 Nampa, ID 83686 (208) 465-9418 THE ASCENT NAMPA - MIDLAND 130 S. Midland Blvd. Nampa, ID 83686 (208) 461-5057 NAMPA - SOUTHSIDE 3151 E. Greenhurst Rd.

AUGUST 2019

GEARING UP FOR GAME DAY WARMING UP FOR THE WIN

Now that I’ve wrapped up reffing summer basketball, I’m looking forward to all of the fall sports. I know I’m not the only one. All across the Treasure Valley, you can feel the excitement as football, soccer, volleyball, and cross-country ramp up, and the anticipation of going to the games and cheering on the best teams builds. At home, our son, who runs cross-country, is getting ready for his first meet. As kids go from the more relaxed pace of the summer to intense practices, we tend to see more injuries at our clinics. As kids transition into intensive training programs, it’s important to make sure they aren’t ramping up too fast. Some soreness is normal, but if something starts to affect how they’re running, jumping, serving, or moving, it’s worth getting checked out. Gradual increases into any new activity or program you’re restarting are key to staying mobile and injury-free. Remember, no matter how much you want it to, your body can’t immediately perform

at its maximum capacity when you’ve been taking it easy for a couple months. It takes time to get there, and starting incrementally, with shorter distances and lighter reps, will help you enjoy physical activity and get you where you want to be without injury. This can be tough for younger athletes who are eager to get in the game and show a coach what they’ve got, and it can be just as tough for those excited to get back on a bike or play in the recreational soccer league. Here are a few things you and your athlete can keep in mind as the fall season begins.

Always warm up before starting a sport or other physical activity.

For game day, while the exact routine depends on the sport, warming up is a key component of preventing injury. This applies to every athlete, weekend warriors included. You want to get your body working and break a sweat before you start an activity or take on the competition. So, whether you’re gearing up for the game against the rival school or for that 50-mile ride, listen to your body and don’t push it too hard or too fast. If you notice anything feeling uncomfortable or painful that doesn’t go away, give us a call. We’ll help you get into your favorite fall activity and have fun while you’re at it.

HOW TO ENJOY YOUR FAVORITE FALL ACTIVITIES

Gradually ease into a new activity or one you’re picking up after time off.

–Sean Weatherston

Some soreness is okay and will usually respond well to gentle stretching and ice.

1 (208) 454-9839

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