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Quick Tips for Sports Injury Prevention

SportsInjuryJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

What are the causes of the most common sports-related injuries? For recreational and elite athletes muscle overuse or taking on too much too quickly is a primary factor. General wear and tear on the joints, or areas of the body subjected to repeated activity, is another. Then there’s failure to properly warm up muscles and joints before beginning physical activity. Accidents, poor technique, improper training and incorrect gear are more reasons that we may get injured or hurt while exercising or participating in sports. While some injuries are beyond our control, many are preventable with adequate warmup, proper technique and training. Good judgment and some common sense can help keep you safe and reduce the chances of a potentially sidelining injury.

Taking precautionary steps can decrease the likelihood of injury. Be sure to engage in pre-participation conditioning before diving headlong into any new exercise or sports program, as unaccustomed exercise can result in muscle overuse, sprains, tears, or delayed onset muscle pain and stiffness. Continuing and pushing yourself too hard once muscle fatigue sets in, increases the risk of multiple injuries. Quit while you are ahead of the game, and let your body rest and recover to enable you to play another day. Take precautions, as once you have had an injury, such as a hamstring sprain or tear, the risk of injury occurrence increases. Prevention should focus on increasing strength and endurance with periods of rest.

Muscle pulls and tears – When muscle fibers are stretched beyond their capacity or a muscle is subjected to sudden force, some muscle fibers can tear, resulting in a pulled muscle. A muscle tear occurs when most of the fibers are affected. Working your muscles regularly and light stretching before and during exercise, and a deeper stretch afterwards when muscles are warm helps the body to stay limber, which is a good strategy for preventing muscle injury.

Runner’s knee – More than half of all sports injuries involve a variety of aches and pains related to the knee cap, including torn ligaments and cartilage. Runner’s knee can affect cyclists, swimmers, ball players, and aerobics aficionados, as well as runners, sprinters and joggers. Knee injury may result from overuse, which can lead to irritation of the tendon below the kneecap, or from a misaligned knee cap that can wear down cartilage and cause fluid buildup, pain, and swelling. Weight training and isometric exercises that strengthen the quadriceps help to prevent knee injury by realigning and supporting the knee cap. Replace shoes regularly and cross train to prevent overuse of the knee joint.

Shin splints – Pain in the muscles attached to the shin bones are generally caused by tears due to overuse, exercising on hard surfaces, improper shoe support or concentrated speed work. A slow warm up, athletic shoes with good arch support, compression sleeves, incrementally increasing intensity and exercising on a softer surface can help to prevent shin splints.

Tennis and golf elbow – Tennis players, golfers, weight lifters and baseball pitchers can be plagued by tennis elbow, an inflammation of the forearm muscles and the tendon that connects muscles to the elbow, causing pain on the either side of the elbow. Proper sports alignment and technique, along with strengthening exercises, can help to improve forearm strength. Lessons from a tennis or golf pro can help correct swing problems to help avoid muscle overuse and fatigue.

Lower back strain – More likely to occur among sedentary or overweight people than athletes, lower back pain and muscle spasms, that often seem to come out of nowhere, are largely the result of weak or tense muscles. Athletes and enthusiasts who participate in sports that involve unilateral motions, such as tennis, golf, and martial arts, as well as cycling and running, are more prone to back injuries. Proper warm up is critical in preventing back pain. Regular stretching and exercises that strengthen, not only the back muscles, but also the abdominal and hamstring muscles, can help to prevent back strain and stiffness.

Shoulder injuries – Shoulder injuries often occur among those who participate in tennis, swimming, weightlifting, volleyball, or any activity that involves overhead movement. Overuse, training errors, or improper technique can cause problems including sprains, strains, dislocations or tendon impingement, resulting in inflammation, limited range of motion and pain. Gradual weight training can help to strengthen the shoulder to reduce the risk of injury.

Many will agree that there are physical, mental and social benefits to exercise. To stay in the game and keep yourself as injury free as possible:

  • Use proper form and equipment
  • Pace yourself by gradually increasing intensity and length of activity
  • Improve flexibility with daily stretching exercises or yoga
  • Condition arm, leg and core muscles with strength training several times a week
  • Use cross training to build variety into your routine to exercise different muscle groups
  • Sufficiently hydrate before, during and after exercise or sports

If an injury does occur, seek medical advice as needed, and protect against further injury by restricting activity, applying ice for 20 minutes every 2 hours for 48 hours after injury, and reduce swelling by elevating the injured area and applying a compression bandage when appropriate.

Professional Supplement Center carries many fine products that support muscle and joint health and exercise recovery:

Muscle-AidMuscle-Aid by BioGenesis Nutraceuticals: This professional strength powdered formula provides a blend of vitamins, minerals and amino acid chelates plus L-glutamine and L-carnitine for optimal energy support and healthy muscle recovery. Muscle-Aid helps to control muscle spasms and alleviate cramping, while reducing myalgia and other pains and providing support for cardiovascular health.

Tense-X (Formerly...Tense-X by Professional Botanicals: This highly absorbable proprietary formula provides a blend of adaptogens and relaxing botanicals formulated to support muscle and general relaxation, and calm nerves and muscle spasms due to injury or fatigue. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.

Amino SportAmino Sport™ by Biotics® Research: This broad-spectrum professional formula provides a superior and balanced blend of amino acids in support of energy requirements, rehabilitation protocols and muscle building. Gluten free formulation.

 

Collagen Sport...ON SALE Collagen Sport Ultimate Recovery Complex French Vanilla by NeoCell: This advanced bioavailable naturally flavored whey protein/collagen powdered formula provides vitamins, minerals and amino acids in support of muscle recovery, and healthy ligaments and joints, as well as healthy aging. Gluten, sugar and lactose free. Also available in Belgian Chocolate flavor.

Compression Leg...Compression Leg Sleeves by Zensah: These top selling leg sleeves provide runners and athletes with targeted compression for calf support, shin splint relief and decreased fatigue. Great for runners, golfers, tennis and basketball players, the physically active, and all athletes who want to take their sport to the next level. Made with durable comfortable fabric. Available in a variety of sizes and colors. Machine wash/line dry. Knee Sleeve, Elbow Sleeve, Thigh Sleeve, and Plantar Fasciitis Sleeve also available.

References:
Exercise-induced muscle damage and inflammation: a review. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8665277
2017 Sports Injury Prevention Tip Sheet. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8665277
How can I avoid a sports injury? http://www.nsmi.org.uk/articles/avoid-sports-injury.html
Top 10 Sports Injuries. http://www.sportsinjuryhandbook.com/injuries/
Healthy Lifestyle Fitness. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/overuse-injury/art-20045875?p=1
Overuse injury. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/overuse-injury/art-20045875?p=1

About Those Muscle Cramps

crampsJacquieIconBy Jacquie Eubanks
BSN, RN

At some point in time, just about everyone experiences the short lived, but excruciating, pain of a muscle spasm — a sudden involuntary muscle contraction often referred to as a charley horse. Muscle spasms, which frequently come without warning while exercising, resting or sleeping, often occur in the arch of the foot or the calf, quadricep, or hamstring muscles. The spasm may last from just a few seconds to an agonizing fifteen minutes and, less commonly, even longer. When the pain is intense, it can seem like an eternity until the forcibly contracted muscle resolves itself, just as spontaneously as it occurred. It’s not uncommon for a spasm to recur several times before it finally abates and, frequently, the aftermath may be discomfort or sore muscles for a day or two. While muscle spasms can happen to anyone, pregnant women and seniors are the most susceptible to recurring muscle cramping.

Although science has yet to determine an exact cause, underlying or known medical conditions, dehydration, overexertion, muscle fatigue and electrolyte imbalances are believed to be contributing factors. An occasional charley horse is common, however, frequent recurring muscle spasms may require a medical diagnosis. As with other health concerns, prevention measures may be the best approach for reducing the chances of developing cramps and muscle spasms.

  • Physical exertion – Strenuous activity, failure to adequately warm up before exercising, and overworked, fatigued muscles can frequently result in cramping, sometimes many hours later. To help prevent regular occurrence of spasms, exercise while well hydrated at a proper level for you and, when temperatures are high, consider avoiding outdoor exercise.
  • Dehydration – Excessive fluid loss from perspiration during sports or vigorous exercise increases the likelihood of developing cramps. Sodium loss as a result of excessive sweating and insufficient, irregular fluid intake are likely causes of dehydration.
  • Medications – Many medications, including those designed to control blood pressure, lower cholesterol or treat Parkinson’s disease, can also contribute to cramping. Diuretics may induce cramping by depleting body fluids along with sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium.
  • Low blood levels of calcium and magnesium – Cramping often occurs when calcium and magnesium levels, critical to muscle function, are inadequate. Commonly found in pregnant women and older adults, calcium and magnesium deficiencies, whether caused by inadequate intake, medications, morning sickness, or poor absorption due to vitamin D deficiency, can directly impact the excitability of nerve endings in the muscles they help stimulate.
  • Low potassium – Low potassium levels are commonly associated with muscle weakness but may cause cramping as well. Potassium is an electrolyte that helps regulate nerve and muscle function, hydration, blood pH and blood pressure. Imbalanced electrolytes can lead to either muscle weakness or severe muscle contractions.
  • Nocturnal night cramps – Staying in one position, where a muscle is contracted for an extended period of time, is often cited as a cause of spasms that occur while resting. Daily stretching, adequate hydration and keeping bed linens unrestrictive may help to prevent night time cramps.

When muscle spasms do occur, massaging and stretching the muscle are often effective strategies to minimize discomfort and relieve the cramp more quickly or, at the very least, give you something helpful to do while you wait for the muscle to relax. An Epsom salt bath, replenishing fluids and icing the muscle may help to relieve any residual soreness.

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To reduce the risk of developing muscle spasms and cramps, stay well hydrated before, during and after exercise. Increase your flexibility by warming up and stretching properly before and after physical activity and remember to work out in accordance with your own fitness level. Routine daily stretching of the calf, the quadriceps and the hamstring muscles may help minimize cramping. Eat a well balanced and nutritious diet, address electrolyte imbalances and make sure you are getting adequate amounts of all essential vitamins and minerals daily.

The following high quality formulas are specifically designed to relieve occasional muscle tension and cramping:

Muscle Cramp/Tension FormulaMuscle Cramp/Tension Formula by Pure Encapsulations – This carefully designed formula offers important electrolytes, soothing herbs and vitamin C to help relieve occasional nighttime leg muscle cramps, overall muscle tension and minor muscle cramps related to physical activity. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation

 

BaxaprinBaxaprin™ by Designs for Health – This calming formula contains vitamin D, calcium, magnesium, potassium and botanicals designed to help relieve occasional muscle tension and cramping related to muscular stress or overuse. Gluten free, vegetarian formulation.

 

Muscle-AidMuscle-Aid by BioGenesis Nutraceuticals – This combination formula of mineral amino acid chelates and vitamins is designed to help control muscle spasms and alleviate cramping, while optimizing energy and providing cardiovascular health support. Natural orange flavored powdered formula easily mixes with food or beverage of choice.

 

Spaz Out Spaz Out® by Metabolic Maintenance – An excellent choice for the physically active, this well-balanced formula is designed to replenish the mineral electrolytes typically found to be deficient in those with muscle cramping. Vegetarian formula.

 

References:
What causes leg cramps?
Nocturnal Leg Cramps
Charley Horse
What are electrolytes?