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Here are some general injury prevention tips for athletes.

 

  1. Don’t play injured! This is sadly very common in football players and other team sports and needs to stop. Seek professional treatment if you have a recurring injury or are in pain. They will help you get back in the game much quicker than if you ignore it and continue playing while hurt. This could result in something much more serious that could end your sports career or ability to play competitively. Best practice is to schedule a pre screening test to prevent injury.
  2. Always warm up and stretch prior to engaging in sports or athletic activity to prepare your body for more vigorous exercise and reduce your risk of injury. I also recommend stretching during cool-down to reduce muscle soreness after your workout or game.
  3. Stay hydrated especially when outdoors on hot days to reduce your risk of heat stroke. You should be drinking water every 15 minutes or so.
  4. Get 7-9 hours of sleep as lack of sleep has been linked to an increase in sports injuries.
  5. Take regular breaks to recharge so you’re not pushing yourself too hard resulting in exhaustion as that’s when you lose your form and open yourself up to getting injured.
  6. Wear the proper protective gear if your sport requires it as it only takes not wearing it once to sustain an injury.
  7. Follow the safety rules of your sport as they exist for your protection.
  8. Follow the Acute:Chronic workload ratio guidelines
  9. Learn the proper techniques for your sport and master them. Picking up bad habits and poor form can result in injury. Get coaching to learn the proper techniques if unsure and master key movements prior to engaging in sport.
  10. Avoid over training by adding variety, listening to your body, cross training and making sure you are giving your body sufficient rest.
I recently interviewed Okon Antia of Campus Motion about how athletes can reduce their risk of injury. He provided great insight into what athletes should do and how his flexible mobile services can help. Prevention is key and Okon provides pre screening tests to determine your risk of injury before it happens and gives you practical advice and exercises to strengthen or stretch the muscles that need it.​
What type of clients do you work with?
I typically work with athletes of all ages and skill levels, weekend warriors/active adults, and folks who are limited by injury from doing activities they love to do.
What are the most common problems faced by your clients?
Most people who are active at some point and time will come across an injury here or there which if managed properly results in no performance drop off. The issue then becomes the cost of services to address these injuries and the access to the right care at the right time. Many times the cost of services and the opportunity cost of having to leave work early, sit in traffic, and drive to one or more providers (MD, PT, chiro) for multiple appointments dissuades clients from accessing the care they need. Instead they decide to perform home remedies, use Google to search, “use ice or heat”, and hope the pain miraculously goes away on its own. Also our healthcare system tends to be a “sick care” system where no involvement from healthcare professionals happens until there is illness or injury present first. Many chronic, non contact, overuse injuries could be prevented with proper pre-injury testing and corrective exercises 
What solutions do you provide?
I provide multiple options for clients. First of all you can book visits directly with me as soon as you get injured or when it starts to limit your desired level of function. I offer pre-participation injury risks assessments/testing in addition to traditional physical therapy/rehabilitation. I also offer post-injury return to sport/activity testing to ensure your return to the field or gym has as little risk as possible. In addition to these services I provide sports recovery sessions and virtual telehealth physical therapy sessions. These services can be provided at our physical location or at your home, office, gym, place of sports training/practice, or local park utilizing our Campus Motion Mobile Clinic! The Campus Motion Mobile Clinic can come to you where it’s most convenient and perform any of the services you need. Everything is about convenience and efficiency these days so Campus Motion aim to help provide “Movement wherever you are”.
What would you suggest for someone who is just starting out and has never experienced your services before?
I would recommend checking out the website and reaching to me via any platform to discuss your individual situation. There is something for everyone in every situation as it relates to maintaining optimal musculoskeletal health
What are the main benefits of working with you?
The main benefit of working with me is everything is one on one personalized care where I have the opportunity to really dive in to what your needs are so that we come up with a plan that gets you to where you want to be. Whether it is prior to injury to figure out how to avoid injury, during the injury to get you better, faster or post-injury to ensure your safe return we have you covered!
Where do you see your business going in the next 5 years?
I see the business growing by delivering one on one personalized services all over the map to keep active people of all ages in the game and off the sidelines. I would have partnerships with running clubs, select baseball organizations, gym/workout facilities, tennis clubs, etc where the members have common interests and do not want to see their participation disrupted by injury
What area/topic are you excited about in your industry? I am excited about the ability to bring the same level of expertise and quality you expect at a large healthcare system directly to your door or desired environment. If running is bothering you at mile 5 lets have you run 5 miles then come over to the Campus Motion Mobile Clinic parked along your route and take a look at what is going on in real time. Same thing if you are a baseball pitcher and you start to have pain after 20 pitches. We can have the mobile clinic in the parking lot and you can come right over and receive whatever services needed.
Any injury prevention or other related tips you would like to share? 
The key for injury prevention is to “know your numbers” before you get hurt. Know what your weak points are PRIOR to injury and address them with correctives. If you do suffer a “minor injury” don’t ignore it. Take action right away and you will be surprised how quickly the injury is resolved as opposed to waiting 3 months or more to address an issue. The longer you wait to address an injury the longer it takes to make a full recovery. Hopefully by providing efficient, convenient, and affordable services it encourages you to engage early on so that your participation in the activities you love is never dirsupted.

 

Okon Antia, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, CSCS

Founder/Principal and Doctor of Physical Therapy
t. 281-241-7312
c. 713-822-3238