A Healthy Transition from Fall to Winter Sports

Student-athletes moving directly from fall to winter sports can prevent injuries and other setbacks by being mindful of five tips provided by Dr. Brandon Mines, MD, a sports medicine physician and professor at Emory University, in his Advancing Your Health Blog located on Emory Healthcare’s “Advancing Youth Health” website.

Dr. Mines advocates the following preventative actions:

1.    Schedule a few days of mental rest between sports.  The start of a new sports season is rigorous and intense and you will be more focused and effective if you can carve out a few days of rest before practice begins.  Rest will help prevent injuries due to distraction and carelessness.

2.    Maintain your cardiovascular stamina throughout the year.  Working from a strong cardiovascular foundation will support you as you transition from one sport to another.  Running, biking, and participating in other cardio activities for 2 or more times per week, year-round, will provide you with a strong base.

3.    Maintain a strong core throughout the year.  Planks and crunches will help you build and retain the core strength you’ll need regardless of the sport you are playing.

4.    Prepare for a change in playing surface by wearing properly fitted footwear for the surface. Stretching regularly will also help with shin splints and other leg strain that may occur early in the season while adjusting to the new playing surface.

5.    Eat enough complex carbohydrates to provide sufficient energy during heavy cardio workouts often occurring early in a sports season.  Also important, maintain a nutritionally balanced diet year-round to support in-season efforts.

These five tips will help your student athlete effectively transition to the next sports season.  You can view the article by clicking here.