How to avoiding injury and enjoy ‘sustainable sport’

One of the most important things we do here at Black Pear Physio is help people who enjoy sport – keep enjoying it.

This means we help them protect against injury and, if they have been injured in the past, reduce the likelihood of any injury returning.

Whether you are an amateur or a professional, that’s what ‘sustainable sport’ is all about!

Here are a few tips to help with this:

1: Don’t overdo it

Ensure that, whilst you may from time to time strive to achieve a higher level, you avoid the ‘Bust-Boom-Cycle’.

Be realistic therefore in terms of the number of days you’re training each week and the length of each session. Three to five activity sessions each week at a comfortable level are much better than one weekly session where you really push yourself.

2: Step up steadily

Following on from the above, whilst it’s great to set yourself a fresh goal, do ensure it is realistic. A good goal should be challenging but also achievable, so ensure each ‘step up’ is appropriate for your current level.

3: Listen to your body

It is surprisingly easy for us to ignore what our body is telling us. This can for example be a niggling muscle pain or our minds subtly telling us that we ‘fancy’ certain foods. Don’t ignore your body’s signals; this is your body telling you that you must do something, before an issue becomes serious.

4: Take the long view

By making a long-term commitment to your fitness and health you won’t rush into trying to get from ‘unhealthy to healthy’ or ‘unfit to fit’. Instead, by seeing the bigger picture you’ll find ways to improve your habits and make a lifestyle change that will stay with you for years to come.

5: Seek professional support

In any sport a professional coach will ensure you continue to work at a sustainable level. They’ll also help you improve your performance techniques which will then enable you to achieve so much more without, a huge amount of additional effort.

Black Pear Physio can help!

At Black Pear Physio we offer a range of treatments and services to help you stay injury free and to ensure you continue to enjoy your sport.

Contact us on 01905 611 010 to find out more about the people we help and the difference we make.

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