Athletes and anyone that exercises regularly can be susceptible to injury because of imbalances in their body structure and/ or body mechanics. Without correction of these imbalances, there is an increased risk of repeated injuries.
Some of these imbalances are:
Pain with overuse injuries is often worse with activity that works the imbalance and stops when the activity ceases. Many times people do not stop with they feel pain when exercising but decide to “work through it”. This aggravates the condition, leading to further pain, swelling, and inflammation.
Overuse injuries also occur when there is not a proper rest period between intense workout days. Intense workouts causes small tears in muscles and also uses up stored energy called glycogen. It can take more than two days for the body to repair these tears and even longer to replace the glycogen.
If you workout daily, it is best to alternate exercises that work different muscle groups on consecutive days. At the least, if you work one muscle group intensely one day, put less pressure on that muscle the next day.
Basic Rules for preventing injury includes:
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