Mike Volitich, student at UCLA, studies sports therapy, and through this site he shares the latest news when it come to sports therapy, UCLA sports, and fitness and wellness practices that will best help his future patients and readership avoid sustaining injury.
The importance of educating people on simple things they can do to prevent injuries is just as important as treating the injuries themselves. Some industry professionals might frown at the idea of letting people know how to avoid sports and vocational injuries because it will hurt their pocketbooks, but Mike Volitich aims to remain committed to helping people, first and foremost, especially if it means providing tips that serve as preventive medicine to future patients and readership.
When you work out, inherently you are putting yourself at risk to sustain injury. Even by walking out the door you’re taking a crap shoot.
Since injury can come at you from multiple angles (whether that be through athletic endeavors, work-related occurrences, or everyday injuries), it’s worth considering the following tips to avoid injury:
- Visit a personal trainer, if you’re able.
- Warm up before working out, then engage in a rigorous stretch after cooling down from workout.
- Cross training is your friend. For example, if you find yourself leaning on running too much, incorporate some cycling and some rock climbing to get your fitness in.
- Eat a balanced diet and avoid processed carbs and sugars, both of which cause inflammation that might make you more susceptible to injury.
- Stay hydrated, it’s good for your health and your joints!
- Invest in proper workout gear, from shoes to weight vests. Spend a little extra to spring for quality — it’s your body, after all.
- Engage your core.
- Mix it up between cardio and strength training.
Avoiding workplace injuries is a whole different story, though, so follow these tips at work:
- Know all of your workplace hazards and hazard areas.
- Work to reduce workplace tension and stress. Create a relaxed and positive atmosphere.
- Get up and move around often.
- Try to stretch once an hour.
- Utilize proper lifting techniques. Lift with your legs. Use a hand truck if the load is too heavy.
- Always wear personal protective equipment when appropriate.
- Speak up if you see a hazard or unsafe practice.
By practicing a little bit of due diligence, both when it comes to physical education and incorporating valuable practices into your daily routine, you can significantly reduce your chances of sustaining an injury and significantly boost your chances of living a long, happy, healthy life while enjoying your body for the long haul.
Visit this site often for educational materials and latest news when it comes to physical therapy, all things UCLA, as well as some outdoor enthusiast tips and trail secrets from Mike Volitich.