When it comes to recreational coaching, some trainers may ignore the importance of Injuries and the role they can play in an athlete’s performance.
Take into account that most players, especially footballers, are very prone to injury and thus need constant care in order to maintain peak fitness on the pitch.
While there are several types of injuries that can occur during games, most of them can be prevented by sufficiently warming up before any match or high-intensity training session.
Starting with the warm up, it’s essential that the upper body be attended to first—then work down. One of the most commonly used methods to warm up is to jog lightly, with one arm wailing out and circling in fluid motion.
This should be repeated with both the left and right shoulder, so that the initial stiffness starts to subside. After one lap for each side, both arms should be tried at the same time. This will help in building up more energy.
As momentum increases, stretching can play a pivotal role in getting players ready for a hard day’s work. Again, start with the upper body and interlock your fingers before extending the arms over the head, as high as possible.
This should be accommodated on both sides, and after a couple of repeats or reps, turn your attention to the lower back and abdomen area. A frontal quad stretch should do the trick. The thigh and the back will really get an excellent stretch.
Stretching your thighs should be a main priority, as it is one of the most frequent areas to sustain injury. However, considering its sensitive nature, prior exercises should always be done, otherwise the risk of injury could be greatly increased.
If any part of the body is more integral to a footballer’s game, it’s the calf muscle.
Since the entire game is dependent upon players running, calf muscle injuries can be a real pain and often keep players out for weeks. Cramps are a major contributor to career-ending problems, and according to experts, while a lack of oxygen or any other deficiency can cause calf issues, muscle fatigue is the main culprit.
The only proper way to eliminate the chances of suffering such an injury is to sufficiently warm up the lower leg as well as to make sure that careful stretching of the the Achilles tendon is incorporated into the actual warm up.
Reports have claimed that a blow to the Achilles tendon is one of the primary causes of pain in the calf, hence it’s important to take proper precautions.
However, once you are on the field, there is little protection from an opponent’s studs or an ill-timed tackle. Then the concept of treatment and post-injury medical care comes into practice.
First of all, it’s imperative for the coach to have basic knowledge of first aid. Otherwise the need to have a doctor and sports therapist becomes much greater.
Whenever a player gets injured, ensuring that he or she gets enough oxygen is crucial, so always advise team members to stand aside and allow the injured player some space.
If it’s a muscle problem, then no topical treatments will be required and one can make do with sprays, which come in both cold and hot varieties.They will immediately relieve the pain to a great extent and will allow basic movement as the muscle relaxes.
However, if it’s something more serious, then it’s highly advisable to pay a visit to the doctor and ensure that everything is indeed in order.
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