Winter Injuries – Prevention Better Than Cure

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With Winter weather loudly knocking at the door, it’s that time of year when rates of sickness and injury are at their highest. 

Illness and injury can affect anyone, from the young and elderly, who are more vulnerable compared to the fit and active, who perhaps increase their risk by participating in Winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding.  It really is down to lifestyle choices, and a bit of good judgment, in keeping fit and healthy in non-favorable conditions.

Winter Sports Injuries

Not even if we include all the physical injuries that occur just from carelessly slipping on a patch of ice whilst putting out the trash or an increased number of motoring accidents due to poor visibility, in 2010 Winter sports related injuries in the US amounted to a massive 440,000 cases requiring treatment by a doctor at a hospital or surgery.  Almost 300,000 of these were from skiing and snowboarding with the rest from sledging, tobogganing and ice-skating.

It’s a serious strain on medical resources not to mention aftercare from physiotherapists and let’s not forget the obvious… a complete inconvenience for the sufferer with being “out of action” for often weeks and sometimes months following an incident.

Help Yourself with Proven Prevention Methods

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.

This common saying speaks volumes and of course is nothing but the truth.

There are obvious measures that can be taken to help prevent injury at this time of year.

  • Don’t venture too far alone in bad weather
  • Keep in shape with regular exercise, where possible, and a healthy diet
  • Warm up when doing any sports but particularly those outside
  • Wear appropriate clothing for the weather conditions
  • Check equipment and the weather forecast
  • Take extra care with any existing injuries

Try the tips in the image above from the Universtiy of Wisconsin-Madison.

3B TapeKinesiology taping – prevention and cure

Kinesiology taping is a relatively new product available to help with musculoskeletal and sports injuries including inflammation as well as, importantly, injury prevention.

Initially, chiropractors, acupuncturists and medical practitioners used Kinesio tape, as it is known, but since 1988 when the Japanese Olympic team was seen using it, professional athletes cottoned onto its benefits. Then news spread.

Now kinesiology tape is available to buy online and is used for a wide range of both sports and non-sport related heath benefits. 

Why Kinesiology Taping works 

Don’t mistake kinesiology tape with regular sports strapping tape. Kinesiology taping works in a unique way, as it is almost identical to human skin in terms of both thickness and elasticity.

Unlike strapping tape it can be worn for up to 5 days offering 24-hour benefits. It need not be removed for showering, bathing, swimming or even intense exercise. 

It doesn’t restrict movement. In fact, it is designed in such a way to allow a full yet safe range of movement whilst still protecting the muscle or joint. 

Prevent injuries, treat injuries and get active again sooner 

The kinesiology taping theory is based on the body’s own healing process. Its many benefits include:

  • Pain relief for existing injuries
  • Relief from spasms and cramps – improving circulation to working muscles
  • Enhanced strength and muscle tone to weak or injured muscles
  • Quicker recovery of overused, stiff and fatigued muscles
  • Reduction of swelling, inflammation and bruising
  • Support for weak and injured joints and muscles
  • Helps with postural problems  
  • Remain active whilst injured

Improved performance for endurance and prevention of injury

Kinesiology taping isn’t just beneficial for injury. If undertaking any sport that requires endurance or high intensity events, consider kinesiology tape during and in between practice.

Naturally, if problems persist ensure you speak with a doctor but Physical Therapists and health experts alike suggest kinesiology tape as something that may help you to remain physically healthy this winter, whatever your lifestyle.

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