One issue for many older athletes is getting injured during exercises or sports. Statistics show that even though they may be doing the same sport as a younger athlete, the older athletes are more prone to injury than the younger ones. This is yet another reason to take heed when sport injury prevention tips come your way. There is good news, however. If you are a bit up in years, but you exercise, it is likely that you will be far better off than other individuals in the same age bracket as yourself. Of course, this means exercising the right way.
Sports and Injuries They Can Cause
Let’s take a look at what kinds of injuries are common in senior athletes when it comes to sports such as golf, climbing, cycling, swimming, and running:
Usual injuries: wrist pain, golfer’s elbow, lower back pain, disk/problems, rotator cuff issues. If you want to avoid these injuries, warm-up is essential. Use strengthening exercises as well, particular for the back. You can also opt for Active Isolation Stretching in your normal exercise routine to increase your range of motion and improve blood circulation so that you can cope with the physical demands of golfing.
Usual injuries: First of all, injuries in climbing are exacerbated by hazardous weather conditions, so common injuries sometimes are associated with cold exposure and/or dehydration and heat exhaustion. That aside, altitude sickness can strike even if you’re only climbing to 1830 meters or 6000 feet. If you have balance problems, this is not the sport for you. Falls frequently end up in bone fractures. And delirium is a possibility during climbing as well.
Usual injuries: your upper body nervous system comes into play here as problems relating to inflammatory or compressive syndromes may flare up. What causes them? Over exercise. Also common are abrasions, lacerations, sprains, shoulder dislocations, and limb fractures including collarbone, forearm, and wrist. To avoid injuries, wear padded gloves, have the (padded) seat at the correct height, wear a helmet, and practice proper riding habits and position.
Usual injuries: swimmers shoulder, rotator cuff rupture, rupture of a tendon known as the long bicipital. Some of these injuries can only be repaired by surgery, so they are injuries that you definitely want to avoid. The proper warm-up will help, but some swimmers may wish to utilize certain pieces of equipment: i.e. an upper arm strap, hand paddles, fins (especially with existing knee conditions), and corrective goggles if you have vision problems.
Usual injuries: Oddly enough, most of the injuries we see in running comes from one simple thing… too much running. Too much of a good thing is not a good thing, after all. The older you get, the more this can become a problem. That said, common injuries usually involve a host of foot and leg problems including but not limited to calluses, nerve disorders in your feet, heel pain, Achilles tendinitis, shin splints, kneecap issues, hamstring injury, stress fracture, bursitis, and back pain. Some of these will need surgery before they get better. To avoid injuries, do warm-up exercises, stretching, good shoes, limited time/miles. And if you can run on wooden tracks, dirt, or grass it is far less stressful to certain body parts and comes highly recommended for runners that are little up in years.
There can be little doubt that athletes “of a certain age” are more likely to get hurt than young, flexible athletes. In no way, however, does this mean that you should not exercise. What it does mean is that you should, through a combination of common sense, conditioning, targeted training, and preparation, keep active in all the right ways. Exercise should help you stay young – not make you old faster.