It’s time for another Austin Sports Medicine 101 class!
The weather’s nice, kids are out of school, and everyone is feeling the need for activity. It’s summertime, and, for many, that means it’s time for sports and an increased level of physical fitness. Along with that jump in athleticism, however, comes an increased opportunity for sporting injuries.
“In the winter months, people just tend to be less active,” said Dr. Martha Pryon, Austin sports medicine doctor and owner of Medicine in Motion. “Once warmer weather hits, many of us have a strong urge to get outside and be physically active. While I highly encourage that, it doesn’t mean their bodies are ready for the sudden change in activity levels. Without the proper preparations, the average person is very susceptible to injury.”
Sports and fitness activities that lead to the most injuries include tennis, golf, bicycling, soccer and running. Common problems resulting from these summer activities include:
- Back pain
- Pulled muscles
- Muscle tears
- Rotator cuff (shoulder) injuries
- Heat stroke
- Muscle cramps
In our next blog, we’ll talk about ways to make sure you don’t fall victim to these summer-fun-ending injuries!