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How to avoid getting hurt in sport

 

 

With the start of school upon us, college and high school sports of all stripes will soon be starting their seasons.

Boys and girls will soon be out trying to make the team, or to crack a spot in the starting lineup. However, these hopes can be halted suddenly by the occurrence of an injury.

Sometimes, the players get unlucky, but often, they could have prevented the whole episode through their own actions.

Dr. James DeVellis knows all about this, as he has provided advice to and has treated countless athletes over the years.

Through the adoption of simple habits and practices, he is well aware that these incidents can be avoided.

Want to stay healthy this season? Follow the tips in this article, and you’ll have the best chance of not getting hurt in the sports you play.

1) Warm up before games/exercise sessions

Before initiating physical activity of any kind, it is important to realize your muscles are in a ‘cold’ state, and it is this which could expose them to injury if you suddenly begin engaging in vigorous movements.

When you begin any workout, practice, or game, always warm-up first. Through stretches, aerobic activities, and light musculoskeletal exercise, flexibility and blood delivery to muscles will increase, bringing your body into a state of readiness that is needed for participation in athletic competition.

2) Make sure your gear fits properly

Acquiring used equipment from friends or siblings may be a cost effective move, but it can put you at risk for injury.

For instance, a helmet that fits too loosely will not provide the protection you need from a football or hockey hit, leaving you at risk for developing a concussion or worse.

Never play fast and loose with your safety in sport – invest the money needed for quality equipment that fits you properly.

3) Work out intelligently

Athletes are always looking for that edge – go to any major gym chain in the off-season and you’ll see athletes from a variety of competitive sports attempting to push their own upper limits when it comes to strength, endurance, and other markers of physical dominance.

If you are doing this, make sure you are training smart, as not focusing on flexibility when you are looking to add muscle can put you at risk for an injury once the season starts.

Some go overboard when training – the pursuit of one PB after another can resemble summit fever, which is when an athlete puts metaphorical blinders on in the pursuit of a specific goal. Often, they don’t see the injury risks until they end up hurting themselves.

Avoid this by bringing an experienced athletic trainer on board, as they can set goals that won’t put the integrity of your body at risk.

4) Perform exercises that focus on sport-specific movements

When working out, incorporate movements in your sport into the exercises you perform. For instance, those in baseball we will see great benefits from arm exercises on swinging and throwing motions.

Another example: aerobics and leg presses are vital for hockey and soccer players, as stamina and lower body strength is vital to success in both sports.

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Can You Predict Ovulation?

If you’re trying to get pregnant, then this question has to be at the forefront of your mind. You can only conceive during your ‘fertile window’ – a period of a few days in each cycle anchored in place by when you ovulate.

For conception to occur, active sperm have to encounter a fertile egg (usually in the fallopian tubes, sometimes in the uterus), which means that you opportunity to get pregnant each month is dictated by how long both sperm and egg can survive! As healthy sperm can survive in the body for four to five days, and an egg remains fertile for between twelve and twenty four hours, this gives you a period of four to five days in each menstrual cycle when you can get pregnant.

Predicting this window of time is really important, especially if you have a plan for the ideal time you want to get pregnant and give birth. It’s absolutely vital if you’re trying to counter the fertility effects of conditions like Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, which makes ovulation rarer and less regular – identifying and anticipating that key moment is the key tool you have available to help you get pregnant.

Is there an answer, though? Plenty of products promise to be an ovulation predictor but do they work?

Ovulation Calculators

These are perhaps the most convenient, lowest effort solution available, which makes them inherently attractive to some. All you need to do is enter the date your last period started, and the length of your menstrual cycle, and it can place where you are in yours, and tell you when you’re due to menstruate.

These work well – for women with extremely regular cycles. If yours works like clockwork every month, this is a good option, but even then tools like this simply can’t pick up health issues that might cause a disruption to your cycle.

Ovulation Predictor Kits

Known as OPKs, these kits work like pregnancy test: they check your urine for a spike in a particular hormone, the Luteinising Hormone that prompts your ovaries to release an egg, in this case. If the test detects you’re experiencing a surge in this hormone it tells you’re ovulating!

The weakness of these tests is that they’re not good at picking up results if you have a disrupted hormonal background – if you have a naturally low surge of LH it may never pick it up even if you ovulate regularly!

Basal Body Temperature

This is one of the best measures, with real predictive power: your basal body temperature (the minimum it sinks to while you sleep) responds to your menstrual cycle, so taking your temperature with an accurate digital thermometer can predict when you’re due to be at your most fertile.

It can be hard work to get good readings, but with specialised products available to take some of the pain out of taking readings and turning data into predictions, it’s the best option for the majority of people!

Could You Be the Next Crime Victim?

Being a victim of crime is something no one wants to be a part of.

That said are you doing everything within your power to lower the chances of being the next victim? If you are not, you could be setting yourself up for trouble.

With that in mind, what steps can you take to steer clear of being a crime victim?

Don’t Think It Can’t Happen to You

In your quest to steer clear of ending up a victim, your first step should be to understand that it can happen to anyone.

That said you want to avoid having the notion that you are immune to it. Even when you think you’ve taken all the right steps to avoid crime, it can still surprise you.

Among some of the crimes and how you can avoid them:

1. Identity theft – One of the more troublesome crimes, identity theft can strike at any time. With that being the case, you want to have an identity protection plan backing you up. Whether you look into LifeLock identity protection service or another brand, protect yourself. Such coverage will alert you to any red flags as you look to protect your finances. The most notable is someone without authority has tried to access your finances. Remember, one successful identity theft caper can have dire consequences for your finances.

2. Property theft – No matter the items involved, property theft is another crime you want to be aware of. With that in mind, you should make sure all your property has protection at all times. An example of this would be your vehicle. Are you someone who leaves their vehicle unlocked all or most of the times? If so, you are asking for trouble. Even if you lock your car or truck on a regular basis, do not leave valuables in it. Items like laptops, phones and significant money should never be in your vehicle. If you need to leave something of value in your vehicle for only a brief period of time, lock it in the trunk. At least this way it is out of the public view should someone come upon your vehicle.

3. Home invasion – Another crime to stay on top of would be a homeinvasion. In such a scenario, a criminal would break into your home whether you are there or not at the time. If you are, things could be even worse. To best protect your home, having a security system in place is a good start. If you do not have one now, go online and see which companies offer the best systems. You can check with friends to see which home security systems they recommend. Even with a security system in place, use some commonsense too. This means not leaving doors unlocked to start with. If you are going to be away for any extended period of time, be sure to have your mail/newspapers picked up. Also make sure your grass is trimmed and any snow is shoveled. Never give off signs that your home is sitting there without you around.

In your efforts to avoid being a crime victim, will you come out on top?