If there’s something that’s known to kill your motivation for working out it’s injury. Imagine walking into a gym with all the enthusiasm you could gather to pump more muscles and get into shape as summer draws neigh, only for you to live the gym with every single cell in your body screaming out in pain.
There are different types of injuries that are caused by various reasons. Also there are different types of injuries in relation to the part of the body or the muscle that’s injured and the extent of that injury. Here are just a few of the various gym injuries that are common.
The inflammation of the tendon; the part that connects the muscle and the bone, is called tendinitis. Over stretching of the muscle is called a strain while over stretching the ligament connecting two bones is called a sprain. Inflammation of the bursa is called bursitis and bruising due to impact is called a contusion. The total tearing of a muscle is called an convulsion while breaking of a bone whether complete or partial is called a fracture. Now when you hear the pros using terms like a pectoral tear or elbow tendinitis, you’ll have a clear idea of what it is they are talking about. And when you get one, you can tell the first aider what exactly you think it is apart from describing it as excruciating pain.
Some of the most common injuries are the neck and back strain. This is due to placing too much stress on these muscles. The back sprain especially is a result of lifting weights when your body isn’t correctly balanced. This means that the weight isn’t equally distributed to the rest of the muscles but that the back especially the lower back bears most if not all the weight. Other common injuries are knee strains and sprains, muscle soreness and elbow tendinitis.
The good news is that there are ways of preventing these injuries. Some of these precautionary steps are so basic such that many ignore them. Warming up allows your joints to become lubricated as well as allowing your body to produce the energy required for the oncoming exercises. After warming up for about 5-10 minutes, take time to stretch your muscles. This allows your muscles to elongate preventing muscle strains. Eating a high protein diet and having an adequate supply of calcium ensures that both your bones and muscles are strong. A poor diet can lead to weak bones which may fracture after a very minor exercise. Knee wraps help strengthen the knees especially during the heavy squats. Wrist wraps improve your grip and enable you to safely lift heavier weights. Wear correct gym shoes, those goes out especially to the ladies. Just because your toes are freshly pedicured doesn’t mean that you should attempt wearing open shoes to the gym. Believe me you don’t want a weight no matter how small to fall on your open toe! Pay attention and don’t let your mind wander, you may end up bouncing the weight around and get an injury.
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