Baseball and football seem to be the highlight of our seasons and the care in these sports (for primarily men) is very apparent. Millions of dollars go into the care for baseball and football players and while that is great because they really need it, I think women’s care in sports is being down played and almost looked over completely and I believe that it is so very important to pay attention to, especially now that we seem to be in the midst of an unfortunate season of mental illness.
Women’s care in sports
From the very start when kids are just starting out in their individual sports, care needs to be highlighted and discussed. That starts with education and even if the kids are too young to fully understand all of that education, their parents can follow through and make sure they are following the proper steps, in order to have proper care before, during, and after their children are on the field playing. As the children age, they will begin to learn about proper care and they will be able to care for themselves, as well as get care from professionals, when needed. If you are a parent, or if you are a women that is playing sports and you have no idea where to start when it comes to proper care in sports, here are a few things that you can start out with:
Proper Stretching + A Safe Workout Program
This is a multi-coursed paragraph because proper stretching and a safe workout program are completely different things, but they also go together seamlessly. To get started, let’s talk about a safe workout program first. Although places such as Crossfit are very popular right now, they do not focus on your specific needs as an athlete and in addition to that, a lot of the time workout programs such as Crossfit are not exactly safe for everyone. Now, don’t get me wrong – some programs are very safe and I think it varies from place to place, but a lot of the time, the gym has so many people come in at once and it is hard to properly monitor everyone, every minute of the day. Because of this, there are unfortunately quite a few injuries in settings like that, which athletes just cannot afford to have. If you find a smaller gym, or go for personal training, you are much more likely to have a personalized program that will be tailored to your specific needs as an athlete. Now, the second part of this paragraph is proper stretching. Before you play any game, you need proper time to warm up, stretch, and get ready for your sport. This is very important in order to prevent and avoid injuries. The reason why these two things go together is because any good and safe workout program should incorporate not only stretching into the routines, but also other ways to prevent and protect injuries.
“Education is a key component to continued health and wellness,” says local New Jersey company, AllCure Spine & Sports Medicine. They are a one-on-one, patient-centered physical therapy clinic serving Monroe Township and Middlesex County NJ with a unique approach to rehabilitation that allows patients to heal and recover faster, with better outcomes. Sports Injury happens very frequently and in order to properly care and heal your injuries, you need to find a physical therapist that knows what they are doing. “The team of therapists and specialists at AllCure Spine & Sports Medicine believes that every patient is a complex case that deserves the full attention from a doctor of physical therapy each treatment. For that reason, we do not use physical therapy techs or aides. All doctors at our Monroe Township facility are certified in multiple disciplines within the umbrella of physical therapy. In addition to advanced knowledge of rehabilitation, our therapists incorporate strength and conditioning protocols to re-condition the whole body to prepare our athletes for performance.” If you do get hurt, it is not the end of the world. In fact, it is just a normal part of being an athlete, but there are definitely things that you can do in order to try and prevent injuries from happening in the first place such as chiropractic and massage, two services that AllCure Spine & Sports Medicine also offers.
Hydration is essential in daily life, but especially in sports because you are exerting yourself more than usual. Family Doctor says, “Whether you’re a serious athlete or simply exercise for recreation, it’s important to stay hydrated. Good hydration means getting the right amount of water before, during, and after exercise. Water regulates your body temperature and lubricates your joints. It helps transport nutrients to give you energy and keep you healthy. If you’re not hydrated, your body can’t perform at its highest level.
Vitamins and Nutrients
The things you put into your body, including the food you eat can directly correlate with the way you are performing in your sport. Even if you are just lifting weights in the gym, you need to make sure you are set with all the necessary vitamins, nutrients, and minerals that you need. According to Kelly L. Pritchett, R.D., spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, “Moderate to vigorous exercise increases the loss of some minerals, mostly through sweat,”
Last but not least, you need to make sure to you are focusing on your mental health. Yes, sports bring friends and a community that is very essential to mental health, but you also need to make sure that you are getting the proper amount of rest and that you are also focusing on self-care because if you do not, you could risk getting burnt out, or worse, depressed.