Our Atlanta baseball team will be taking the field in just a few short days for their home opener! Will you be among the crowd welcoming them home and watching them kick off the baseball season? In my practice at Resurgens Orthopaedics I know many people prefer playing sports to being a spectator. In this blog, I will share some tips to help you get warmed up for spring sports if you are transitioning from a relatively sedentary winter.
If you haven't been playing any sports during the off-season, chances are you'll have lost some of the fitness level you had gained last year. Before you get out there again, it's a good idea to do a few rounds of less strenuous exercise to help regain some of the muscle tone you've lost. In the case of baseball, a game or two of catch in the backyard or a few hours at the batting cages may be just what you need.
Stretch before Any Physical
Whether you play baseball or another sport, a regimen of stretches can help loosen up the muscles before you do physical activities. Without stretching, you're much more likely to sustain a sprain or strain to muscles, ligaments, or tendons which might cause you to sit out this baseball season.
Listen to Your Body
Pain is your body's way of telling you something's wrong. If you feel pain while you're training or playing sports, do yourself a favor and stop your activity and see a doctor as soon as you can. Pain can be an indicator of many different problems, and only a doctor can determine whether yours is serious or not.
I have years of experience treating athletes and sports injuries. If you find yourself with a sports injury, visit my page to schedule an appointment. Myself and our therapists will work with you to help get you back to doing what you love. Here's to a great baseball season!