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You or someone you know has probably received a "weekend warrior" injury at one time or another.
So what is a weekend warrior, you ask?
noun; NORTH AMERICAN; informal
: A person who participates in a usually physically strenuous activity only on weekends or part-time
Injuries often strike when the body and muscles are not conditioned for a certain activity or physical strain. When you participate in an activity your muscles aren't used to, there is an increased risk for muscle or ligament injury. In addition, muscles and joints that have not been warmed up and or stretched properly before an activity are at an increased risk for injury.
Some common injuries that can occur with infrequent or inconsistent exercise are:
By incorporating exercise and stretching as part of your everyday life, at least 3-5 days a week, you can help to avoid these types of injuries. Also, your muscles will be more conditioned for athletic activities.
Here are a few tips to help you avoid weekend warrior injuries:
Basically, the way to avoid common "weekend warrior" injuries is to NOT be a weekend warrior in the first place. Make exercise and movement part of your everyday life, and you will avoid common injuries associated with infrequent exercise.
Maybe you’re a weekend warrior or a regular golfer, tennis player or road race enthusiast. Unfortunately, sidelining pain and injuries, such as arthritis and tendinopathy, can prevent you from staying active. Surgery should be the last resort, so how can you help yourself get back in the game?
Join us at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24 at Elmhurst Hospital, as Alex Behar, M.D., a specialist in sports medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation with Elmhurst Neuroscience Institute, talks about common sports injuries and treatment options available. Register now.
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