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Posted on 12-18-2015
Winter, the season of slips and falls is here and with it comes skiing, ice skating, sledding, and many other winter sports. It's the perfect time to discuss winter sports and your spine.
- Offseason training: Following a healthy diet as well as maintaining a strong and balanced core (gluteal, abdominal, spine, and upper leg muscles) helps keep you performing at your highest level.
- Know what you're doing: Many sports such as hockey can prove to be dangerous if not performed properly. Consider getting a coach or taking lessons if you are trying something new.
- Stretch and warm up: Proper stretching is one of the most important things that you can do to help keep your many muscles in working order. Cold muscles are more injury prone so be sure to warm up to reduce your risk of injury.
During The Event
- Know your surroundings: Injuries can happen in the blink of an eye. Keep your head up and check your surroundings so you can be properly prepared for anything.
- Go at your own pace: Trying to keep up with others can be dangerous if you aren't comfortable and/or experienced. Only you know what your body can handle.
- Buddy system: Always stay with a partner or carry a cell phone in case of emergency.
If You Get Injured
- Get help: Call 911 or seek other emergency help immediately.
- Stay still: To prevent further injury, victims of spinal injuries should only be moved by emergency personnel.
If you do suffer a neck or back injury while participating in a winter sport or perhaps just suffer from pain from an injury that happened years ago, Lexington Family Chiropractic is here for you. Be sure to contact us and see what Dr. Gallentine and the staff can do to help keep you feeling great and participating in all of your favorite winter sports for years to come.
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