With record high temperatures occurring it seems that summer is right around the corner, and with it, the return to outdoor sport and recreation. Baseball, soccer, running and hiking seasons are ramping up and soon outdoor water sports will follow!
It is important for all athletes from professional to recreational to avoid injury, not to mention post-exercise soreness. Aside from maintaining a high level of fitness in the colder months, an important factor in injury prevention and delayed onset muscles soreness (DOMS) is appropriate warm up and cool down.
Proper warm up and cool down involves five to ten minutes of mild to moderate levels of physical activity – preferably a lower intensity version of your sport. For example, a brisk walk to warm up and cool down from running, slower walking and lunging for hiking, jogging and footwork patterns for soccer and baseball and of course throwing for baseball.
Warming up and cooling down appropriately will reduce your risk of muscle injury and soreness following sport.
If you are uncertain of what type of activity or movement patterns are appropriate for you and your sport, or if you are interested in optimizing your performance, Summit Sport Physiotherapy is here to help!