As COVID 19 restrictions slowly start to ease around the country, many individuals are returning to their chosen fitness endevours. Gyms opened in Albury this week and will do the same in Wodonga within the next week or so……hopefully for good this time but I suppose only time will tell.
After spending the last couple of months predominantly running, riding, or doing some other makeshift gym program, there is a buzz in the air and people are ready to jump back into their chosen activity like they never had before. Sports like football, netball and soccer have also resumed training. Whilst this is fantastic news for the physical and mental health of our population, as Osteopaths we understand that this is likely to be followed with a spike in injuries. The potential spike in training loads by immediately returning to your pre-COVID activity level also comes with a significantly increased risk of injury.
When Germany’s top soccer league, the Bundesliga, recommenced on in mid-May, the injury rates have tripled for the first four rounds, with some clubs only having three weeks preparation prior to re-commencing. Already in our great code here, the AFL, there has been a spike in injuries as resumption of contact training resumed. These are individuals with access to the very best Physiotherapists and Strength and Conditioning coaches in the world. Yes, potentially they should have tried an Osteopath. But that is an argument for another day.
So what are our top four tips for avoiding injury? Adavcned Rehabilitative Osteopath and Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Dr Bailey Lang’s blog on returning to sport after time off here.
Most importantly remember that some of us have thrived whereas others have struggled. The most important thing is that we get out and exercise……..it is great for both our physical and mental health.