Injuries are always a risk when participating in sports. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the chances. Many injuries result from making common mistakes. We’ll outline some of those pitfalls below.

• Not warming up: Jumping right into activity can lead to strains and sprains no matter your level of physical fitness. A warm-up session before a workout allows the body to get ready for the activity to come. This session should last at least 5-10 minutes.

• Not cooling down: A cool-down session is just as important as a warm-up. A cool-down allows the heart rate to return to normal as well as helping the body pump waste products from the muscles. This helps prevent muscle stiffness after exercise.

• Not staying hydrated: Hydration helps the body function better.

• Ignoring bodily signals: When you are approaching your limits, your body will let you know. Oftentimes, injuries result from not heeding the signs and overworking muscles.

Sports injuries can happen at any time due to the unpredictable nature of athletics. But, there are ways to minimize the risk. If you suffer an injury, remember we are here to help. Our team of physical therapists and occupational therapists includes a Board Certified Sports Clinical SpecialistCertified Hand Therapists, and a Golf Medical Rehabilitation Specialist who can help you get back in the game.

Most insurances don’t require a referral to cover PT costs. Just click here to schedule directly with a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Alternatively, you can ask your care provider for a physical or occupational therapy referral to Integrity Rehab.

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