Navigation Links
Get Into Shape Before Spring Activities, Doctor Advises
Date:2/12/2011

SATURDAY, Feb. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Winter couch potatoes who decide to get active in the spring may be at risk for injury if they don't take the proper steps to safely get into shape, an expert warns.

Before you begin an exercise program or new sport, you need to get an assessment of your physical condition, including weight and cardiovascular fitness, advised Dr. Anders Cohen, chief of neurosurgery and spine surgery at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. He suggested that this may be a good time to get your annual physical.

Cohen also recommends people spend three weeks working on areas such as strength and flexibility to prepare for taking part in new sports or activities. This preparation may include things such as working out at the gym, following along with an exercise video, climbing stairs or doing Pilates exercises.

Another important thing to remember is to take steps to prevent chronic injuries or re-injuries.

"These are the injuries that make people give up a sport. If, for example, you always sprain your ankle, pay attention to strengthening that area," Cohen said in a hospital news release.

He compared chronic injuries to a tire with a slow leak.

"Once you have an injury, that part of your body is always more susceptible. Pay attention to preexisting conditions and work on strengthening those areas," he suggested.

It also helps to be sports-specific in your physical preparations, Cohen noted.

"For example, if you're a baseball player, you want to start playing catch, alternating distances and angles to increase flexibility, reflexes and loosen your arm. That's also a good idea for tennis players since catching a ball and volleying with a tennis racket require the same motion. Basketball players will want to increase cardio endurance by running up stairs," Cohen said.

Additional tips offered by the doctor include: taking 10 minutes to warm up (stretching and loosening up) before any physical activity and 10 minutes cooling down afterwards; and monitor your progress and physical condition in order to improve your performance/results.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about physical activity.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: The Brooklyn Hospital Center, news release, Feb. 7, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Scientists find donut-shaped structure of enzyme involved in energy metabolism
2. Apex Heart Care, First Arizona Clinic to Install Shape-HF; New Medical Device Measures Patient Physiology to Define Shortness of Breath
3. Doctor Joseph Racanelli is Helping Christina Get Back Her Shape After Brutal Attack
4. The VA Maryland Health Care System Offers Tips for Senior Citizens and Older Adults to Spring into Shape
5. UW Symposium: How Disease, Therapy, Drugs and Meditation Reshape the Brain
6. Study Results Validate Shape-HF as Simplified, Portable Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing System
7. The Fresh Diet Dances With The Stars Keeping the Cast in Shape and on Its Toes
8. The Fresh Diet Dances With The Stars Keeping the Cast in Shape and on Its Toes
9. Study Published by Circulation Heart Failure Reinforces Science Behind Shape-HF Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing Device
10. Innovative Patent-pending Shapewear Technology Introduced for Jeans.
11. Healthy Diet From Down Under To Help Brits Shape Up For Summer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Get Into Shape Before Spring Activities, Doctor Advises
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... TherapySites, the leading ... with Tennessee Counseling Association. This new relationship allows TherapySites to continue ... Association, adding exclusive benefits and promotional offers. , "TCA is extremely excited about ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... TopConsumerReviews.com recently awarded their highest five-star ... , Millions of individuals in the United States and Canada wear eyeglasses. Once considered ... both correct vision and make a fashion statement. Even celebrities use glasses as a ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... Pixel Film Studios Released ... , "Film editors can give their videos a whole new perspective by using the ... CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProSlice Levels contains over 30 Different presets ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... Michigan (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... ... to fertility once they have been diagnosed with endometriosis. These women need a ... they also require a comprehensive approach that can help for preservation of fertility ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... temporary closing of Bruton Memorial Library on June 21 due to a possible lice infestation, ... aspect of head lice: the parasite’s ability to live away from a human host, and ... necessary one in the event that lice have simply gotten out of control. , As ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... According to a new market ... Needles, Safety Pen Needles), Needle Length (4mm, 5mm, 6mm, ... of Purchase (Retail, Non-Retail) - Trends & Global Forecasts ... market for the forecast period of 2016 to 2021. ... by 2021 from USD 1.65 Billion in 2016, growing ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Research and ... Global Market - Forecast to 2022" report to their ... treatment method for the patients with kidney failure, it replaces ... fluid from the patient,s blood and thus the treatment helps ... and chloride in balance. Increasing number of ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Research and Markets has announced the addition ... - Forecast to 2022" report to their offering. ... to date financial data derived from varied research sources to ... potential impact on the market during the next five years, ... of sub markets, regional and country level analysis. The report ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: