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How to Stay Safe on the Court

How to Stay Safe on the Court

Tennis is an amazing sport for many reasons. It’s a great aerobic workout that also strengthens your muscles, betters your balance and increases your physical stamina. Another bonus is that tennis is played in a social setting, has a degree of friendly competition and can be played almost anywhere throughout the year.

While tennis-related injuries happen less frequently than other high-impact sports, there are a number of ways that you can minimize the chance for injury on the court and ultimately up your tennis game. Here’s how.

Warm Up Properly

Tennis is so fun that it’s common to want to jump right into the game, but warming up is an imperative part of any sports-related activity or workout routine. Failure to do proper warm-ups before heading onto the court can be harmful to your muscles and joints. Gentle stretches and basic aerobic warm-ups like jumping jacks, running in place and lunges for several minutes will not only prevent injuries but will also increase your performance.

Stay Hydrated

Drinking enough water not only makes you feel and play better, but it also helps your muscles. Dehydration can cause sodium and potassium levels to be abnormal, which is directly related to muscle strains. Make sure to drink water before, during and after your tennis matches to prevent dehydration, especially during the summer.

Prevent Overexertion

Playing tennis frequently can be fun and exciting, but it can also increase the risk of injury, especially in your dominant arm. Tennis elbow is a common condition that occurs when the tendons in the lateral epicondylitis are being overused from the twisting motions in your arms. 70 percent of active tennis players develop tennis elbow at some point in time.

The condition can cause severe pain on your elbow, forearms, and wrists that make everyday activities difficult. A common misconception about tennis elbow is that it occurs only from playing tennis. Many other sports, hobbies, and professions that require an intense or repetitive grip, like using a computer mouse all day, can also be a cause.

If you’ve treated the pain from tennis elbow with at-home remedies such as over-the-counter pain relievers, icing, heating and rest and are still experiencing symptoms, it may be time to see a physician. While chiropractors are generally associated with providing treatments for the back, their techniques are also applied with great success to eliminate tennis elbow.

Dr. Kim can treat tennis elbow by using adjusting techniques and rehabilitative exercises that focus on the fascia, or the soft connective tissues between your muscles. To schedule an appointment at Live Well Chiropractic Center, email us at info@livewellcc.com or call at 513-285-7682. If you have general questions, feel free to send us a message.

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Does Rain Make You More Prone to Injury When Playing Sports?

Does Rain Make You More Prone to Injury When Playing Sports?

When it rains it pours, especially when it comes to being an athlete and getting injured. One of the most common sports-related injuries is caused by simply slipping in the rain, especially in soccer.

Some sports like baseball decide to take a rain check in mild weather conditions, but for other sports such as football, cheerleading and track and field, the show must go on in almost all weather conditions. While you can’t control the weather, you can be mindful of slipping, stretching and shoe selection in order to prevent the nasty weather from raining on your parade. Here’s how.

Slipping

In many sports, sliding in to score a run or goal is a good thing, but slipping is a totally different ballgame. Unintentional slips in the rain can cause long-term injuries that require medical attention. It’s easy to get carried away when there’s time on the clock, but make sure you pay close attention to your surroundings when it’s raining. It’s a win, win situation in staying safe.

Stretching

As with any athletic activity, stretching before hitting the ground running greatly reduces injuries, especially when it’s slippery outside. Stretching causes your muscles to become more resilient and bounce back quickly even if you do take a fall. Be sure to spend at least 10 minutes warming up before training or participating in athletic activities to prepare your body for upcoming movement and possible wet conditions.

Shoe Selection

Deciding what kind of shoe to wear is also directly related to sports performance and injury prevention. Buying a pair of shoes that are slip resistant can keep you on your toes in wet weather conditions. Examining the shape and size of your shoes can determine if they are the right pair for rainy days. Sports shoes with flat edges on the outsoles and rigidly shaped cleats can cause the water to gather at the bottom of the shoe instead of pushing it away. It’s better to go with shoes that do not have flat edges on the outsole to create better traction against water.

If you’ve taken a fall and want to get an evaluation or treatment, schedule an appointment with us. Dr. Kim specializes in providing treatment of a variety of rain-related sports injuries such as hip, knee and shoulder pain. Get in touch with us by emailing info@livewellcc.com or calling at 513-285-7682. Also, feel free to send us a message for general questions or inquiries.

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