Strength Training May Help Prevent Sports Injuries

Strength training is keySports injuries are a very common thing seen in the chiropractor’s office. Whether it is a sports injury from a professional basketball player or a regular gym goer, all active individuals should do their best to avoid sports injuries. You may think stretching is the best way to start your exercise or sports session to prevent injuries, but new studies are saying to think again.

The studies are now pointing to strength training and balancing exercises as the best way to prevent sport injuries. In fact, the study also found that there is not a lot of evidence to point to the benefits of stretching in relation to avoiding sports injuries. However, the study is still in the early stages, so researchers are not giving their final answer just yet on the best strength and balancing exercises to do.

Six other studies have found a connection between balance exercises. Those who did balancing exercises to improve joint stability ended up lowering their risk of injury by 45 percent. Also, in four more studies, strength training exercises that built up muscles helped reduce the injury risk 68 percent. These benefits appear to be applicable to overuse and repetition injuries, as well as sprains and tears.

While the researchers are not ready to give a concrete answer to athletes, they have alluded to the importance of proper technique to avoid injuries. Athletes can prevent more injuries by taking the time to learn proper techniques, such as how to land correctly or how to throw a ball with the least amount of damage to your shoulder. Another key component to preventing injuries is to not over do it.

So even though this study is still in the works, it may be a good idea to incorporate some balancing exercises and strength training exercises into your workout routine. You can always ask your chiropractor or a trainer for exercise suggestions.


Remember to always consult your chiropractor or physician before taking any health advice.

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