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Avoiding Injury During Spring Activities

March 5, 2024

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As the warm weather starts to return, you’re probably feeling the urge to get outside more often or take on spring cleaning tasks. As with any physical activity, there’s potential for injury when participating in spring activities. To avoid injury, check out the list of tips below.

Start by Stretching

Stretching before and after activities can reduce your risk of injury. Stretching increases blood flow to your muscles, improves your flexibility, and helps maintain a full range of motion.

Go Slow

After a long winter indoors, spring fever can get the best of us. It’s tempting to rush into activities, but building up your endurance is essential to preventing injury and ensuring you can stay active. Let your body adjust to more physical activity again, and you’ll minimize your risk of injury.

Use Proper Form

From spring cleaning to outdoor projects like gardening, it’s important to use good form. Remember to lift heavy items like pots or bags of soil with your legs. This protects your back from excess strain. When it comes to sports or activities like riding a bike, make sure you’re using good form as you play or participate!

Take Breaks

As mentioned before, after a period of inactivity during the winter, it’s important to let your body readjust. Take frequent breaks, and stay hydrated. You might also take the chance to apply or reapply sunscreen!

We’re Here to Help

No matter your spring activity of choice, the team at Orthopedic Specialists of Iowa is here to ensure you can take part injury-free. If you still end up with a spring activity-related injury, trust our orthopedic specialists and orthopedic surgeons to get you on the path to healing. From sprains and strains to physical therapy, Orthopedic Specialists is here to help.

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