Summer is nearly here and with it, a whole new set of sports and activities. Athletes of all abilities want to avoid injury and soreness and this can be difficult when beginning a newer activity. 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 warm up and cool down.
Proper warm up and cool down involves five to ten minutes of 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, jogging and footwork patterns for soccer and baseball and of course throwing for baseball. Gentle, static stretches are appropriate after your final cool down.
Warming up and cooling down appropriately will reduce your risk of muscle injury and soreness following sport. If you are uncertain what is appropriate for you, or if you are interested in optimizing your performance, Summit Sport Physiotherapy is here to help!