Warming Up To Spring Training

If you're anxious to get out there, run and play ball now that the weather's turning warmer, the American Podiatric Medical Association offers some cautionary advice. Most foot and ankle injuries are the result of improper footwear and/or lack of warm up/cool down. Here are some basic tips for avoiding injury…

Steering clear of shin splints and achilles tendonitis means stretching out your calves before and after training. This can be accomplished by 'pushing the wall' or using a low-impact dynamic technique. Minor sprains and pulls can be addressed with the RICE method: Rest, ice, compression, elevation. If the pain doesn't go away in a few days, you may be dealing with a more serious issue.

The Bigger Picture: Having the right equipment for the sport is important. So is common sense. Just about any coach will warm up their players and most put them through a cooling down routine after training. This gives muscles the chance to limber up for the rigors of extra effort and quickly return to normalcy afterward. You might not think this applies to you, but it's a better safe than sorry strategy that's likely to help keep you in the game.
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