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It’s important to be physically active, and avoid injuries at the same time. This is especially important for the ‘weekend warrior’. If your job is sedentary or your daily activities don’t require physical exertion, it’s extremely important to plan ahead in order to avoid exercise related injuries. After all, the human body was not built to go from ‘inactive’ mode to ‘weekend warrior’ mode in an instant. Yet, this is exactly what many people ask their bodies to do each weekend.
Common “Weekend Warrior” injuries include joint inflammation, muscle tears, and ligament sprains. Most of these injuries can be treated with physical therapy after the acute symptoms have subsided. In severe cases, surgery might be needed to repair injured tissues (ligaments, meniscus, etc). In order to avoid injury, exercise intensity must be progressive; otherwise the risk of injury increases. Professional athletes prepare for months (sometimes years) to reach a certain level of physical performance. Athletes prepare their bodies for months during the off-season. Their off-season routine is progressively ramped up (called periodization training) so that by the time their season rolls around, their muscles, joints, and ligaments are ready for the intensity of the season. Weekend Warriors tend to bypass ‘preparation’ and jump right into intense activity at the risk of injury.
The true weekend warrior isn’t going to let a little poor preparation keep them getting involved in a “friendly” game of tennis, the Thanksgiving TurkeyBowl, a “nice little” hike to the top of the nearest peak, or the community fun run. Here are a few tips to help you avoid injury.
If you are a senior weekend warrior, your body is more susceptible to tears, sprains, strains, and other injuries. In fact, there are almost 80 million ‘baby boomers’ in the United States alone. Physical therapy plays an important role in injury prevention for weekend warriors of all ages.
If you are one of the many weekend warriors, here are a few ways that a physical therapist can help:
At Achieve Physical Therapy, we are committed to helping you do the things you enjoy over the weekend. Regardless of your age and activity level, physical therapy can help prevent injuries and improve well-being. Call us today. We will help you make the most out of your weekends!