As an athlete ages, certain precautions must be taken to prevent an orthopedic injury. There are several steps you can take to protect yourself from overdoing it as you begin to get older. While it’s important to stay as active as possible, being safe is also a priority.

Orthopaedic injury

Here are 5 ways aging athletes can prevent orthopedic injuries:

1. Keep It Low Key
High intensity workouts can harm your joints, causing pain and inflammation. Instead of jogging or strenuous aerobics, try swimming and other exercises that can be performed in a swimming pool.

2. Don’t Overdo the Weights
Strength training is ideal for building strength and maintaining muscle mass. As you age, however, you don’t have to increase muscle size. Lifting moderate amounts of weight will help you maintain your existing muscle and keep your bones strong.

3. Get the Rest You Need
Always get the rest you need. During the time when the body enters the deep sleep cycle, cells and tissues are allowed to rejuvenate themselves. Micro-tears and small lesions are repaired and the tissues are able to absorb the nutrients they need to function.

4. Check Your Diet
Check your diet often and evaluate what you are eating. Avoid processed and sugary foods. Include fish, fruits and vegetables to ensure you get sufficient amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids, proteins and fiber.

5. Purchase the Right Equipment
To prevent injuries while you age, always make sure you have the right equipment. This means proper footwear that fits snugly and offers you the traction you need. Gloves, wraps and braces are also helpful. Get an easy-to-use water bottle so you always have access to water during your workout routines.

About Lisa Chavos

Lisa Chavos has worked at Newport Center Orthopedic in various capacities over the past 21 years and most recently stepped into the position of Vice President after the passing of NCO founder Stella Chavos. She continues to advance Stella’s passion of being a trusted resource for people wanting to improve their health, wellbeing and quality of life. Still in its original location across from Fashion Island, the family-owned business is known for providing exceptional comfort products and superior customer care since 1967. Google +

One thought on “5 Tips for Aging Athletes to Prevent an Orthopedic Injury

  1. kiyel williams

    I had not realized getting adequate sleep was also a factor in maintaining wellness. I really like the advice about working out in a pool as well to limit high impact workouts. I will be sure to pass this on to my dad when we go to the gym. Thank you for the information!

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