What Does it Mean to Stay Injury Resistant?

Injuries can happen at any moment, however, as active individuals, it is important to ensure you are adequately preparing your body with the necessary resources to decrease your risk of future injury. 

You want to ensure you are doing everything you can to strengthen, train, and fuel your body so that it works with you while doing the activities you love. Depending on your fitness goals, prepping your body accordingly for success through training, nutrition, and adequate rest and recovery is important to avoid preventable injuries. 

Together, we’ll go into detail about what this means and how you can give your body the tools it needs to ace any fitness test and stay injury resistant.

Warm-Up and Cool Down

For the sake of time, you might be tempted to leap into your fitness routine and get on with the day, but as much as you want to, don’t. Diving right into activity before warming up can lead to injury, so in order to stay injury resistant, try out one of these quick warm-up activities before getting started. Start slowly and increase your pace as you go.

  • Lunges
  • Jogging 
  • Walking on the spot 
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Squats

Strength and Sport Specific Training 

Whether you want to improve your performance on the court or start a new pilates class, priming your body for optimal performance means incorporating strengthening exercises that will shield your body from injury as well as help you perform at your peak level. 

This means increasing your mobility, strength, motor control, and balance to take on the specifics of your next fitness goal. 

Strength conditioning targets areas of your body that require training for that specific sport or activity and work towards building those areas up for better performance. For example, if your goal is to play better tennis, focus on building up your quads, hamstrings, core and arms, to improve your stance and swing. 

The demands of each sport and activity are different but most will require a combination of resistance, endurance, and functional training in order to safeguard and train your body to stay injury resistant. This is preparation off the court to ensure you perform at your peak performance and avoid injury in the future. 

Physical Therapy, Rest and Recuperation

Giving yourself optimal recovery after an injury, or surgery, through physical therapy and rest is a necessary part of staying injury-resistant in your future. It can be daunting to get back to your fitness routine after an injury, however, gentle yet effective movements, strengthening and stretching with a physical therapist can help you regain strength in your body, so you can get back to doing what you love and stay injury-resistant for your future! Combine this with adequate and necessary periods of rest to empower you to tackle all your fitness goals. 

Nutrition 

Health starts from the inside and what you put in your body is equally important to how you train! What you eat and drink play a determining role in your performance and how well your body is fuelled to stay fit. This includes things like eating food that fuels your body, understanding the supplements you may need to peak performance and, of course, drinking plenty of water to keep your body well hydrated. 

Ensuring you are ingesting the right nutrients to promote muscle growth, joint integrity, bone strength, and tissue recovery and regeneration is a vital part of any recovery program. 

Final Thoughts

Taking action to prime your body to be injury resistant is a great way to build more confidence in your body, empower you to take on your next fitness challenge, and protect you from potential injury in your future. Take the steps necessary to ensure you are giving yourself the best chance at exceeding your physical goals, and ensure that whether you are powering through a triathlon, flowing through a yoga class, or wanting to get back on the field, your body is primed for peak performance. 

We are professionals with years of experience that can help you achieve your goals. Whether you are looking to build strength, recover from an injury, or reach your peak performance, we are here to work with you.

Get in touch today, physical therapists and the rest of the Maven Team can help you reach your fitness goals!