5 Critical Sports Medicine Tips for Serious Athletes
Athletes, especially young people, are not always aware of the importance of working out correctly and eating properly.
Here are few sports medicine tips to keep people of all ages in good shape for sports.
Stay in shape with regular exercise
This is a rule that coaches and gym teachers have tried to tell young athletes. You need to stay in shape with daily exercises even if you don’t have team practice. This keeps muscles conditioned.
There are special exercises for runners, swimmers, dancers and team sport athletes that maintain fitness even when not practicing or playing the sport.
You lose liquid when you exercise. You need to replenish your body with straight water while exercising. After the game or sport, you can refuel and replenish with a sports drink. The sports drinks have salt and potassium to balance electrolytes in the body but they also contain sugar. Alcohol is not recommended for serious athletes.
Some sports medicine specialists suggest that chocolate milk is a good beverage after the game, especially for young people. It has carbohydrates, protein, liquid and a pleasant taste.
Eat healthy food
Follow healthy eating habits with complex carbohydrates such as whole grain cereals and baked goods. Eat fruits and vegetables, nuts and yogurt, cheese, meat, poultry and fish. Stay away from refined sugars.
You may want to eat smaller portions more often rather than three meals a day. Eat when you are hungry but do not binge eat.
Avoid all drugs and anti-inflammatory medications
Performance enhancing drugs (PED’s) are usually anabolic steroids that can lead to many problems including cancers. A doctor may prescribe a steroid type of drug while an athlete is recovering from an injury. This is probably the only time the drug should be used.
Do not take a non-steroid anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen or aspirin before an athletic activity. This type of medication can be taken with food after an activity.
Shoes and clothing
Wear the right shoes or skates and protective clothing for your sports activities. Shoes should give the right support for your sport. Wear helmets, shin guards and other protective outerwear. Keep your shoes and equipment in good condition.
For more tips on better, safer sports training check out this article.
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