Healthy Workout and Training TIPS for Soccer Athletes

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Fact: More children and adults are participating in soccer, multiple sports and fitness than ever before. Regular participation in sports and physical fitness is essential for health and wellbeing. With increased physical activities unfortunately comes increased risk of acute or over use injury. Perhaps you know someone or even you, yourself have experienced one of the following conditions:

Ankle sprain 
Tennis elbow 
Meniscus tear 
Rotator cuff tear 
Carpal tunnel syndrome 
Plantar fasciitis 
ACL injury 
Shoulder dislocation 
Distal radius fracture (wrist) 
Stress fractures

There are important tips to keep in mind whenever starting an exercise program or training for competition. Remember that you need to crawl before you can walk, start slow and gradually increase your workout as your stamina and endurance improve.

Stretch before & after a workout (at least 1/3 of the time you plan on working out) 
Stay hydrated with good old fashioned H2O, avoid sugar loaded sports drinks 
Be conscious about what you eat, consume the recommended daily allowance of fruits, vegetables, and lean protein to provide your body with efficient fuel for working out 
Avoid processed "fast foods" 
STOP if develop Pain, Listen to your body, while some mild discomfort is expected, real pain is a red flag and can lead to injury 
Strengthen muscles specific for activity or sport performing 
Wear proper fitting gear & foot wear Use proper technique in training and performance 
Play safe, think “Safety First” 
Incorporate one day of REST from activity per week, your body needs time to recover

Remember: These simple tips can limit the risk of potential injury, and help ensure that your workouts lead you on a path to healthier living. In the event that you are unfortunate enough to sustain an injury, contact PREMIER ORTHOPAEDIC ASSOCIATES for a consultation.

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