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Avoid Olympian Injuries

If you’re like me, your eyes were glued to the wonderful TV coverage of the Rio Summer Olympics.

The first written record of the ancient Olympic Games dates back to 776 B.C. In that contest, there was just 1 event – a 192-meter (measuring a little more than one-tenth of a mile) called the “stade.” This word is the origin of our word “stadium.” A humble cook won the event to become the first recorded Olympic champion.

Today’s summer games are far different, with 204 countries competing in 306 events in Rio. Were you inspired to begin or recommit to your own exercise routine? That’s great! But be careful not to begin an extreme workout without careful preparation to avoid injury.

Begin Slowly and Carefully

Before beginning any exercise program, check with your doctor

Beginners should avoid high-impact activities such as running, tennis, gymnastics, football and basketball. Without the proper slow entry to the sport, you may experience an injury that will put you out of the game. Begin instead with lower-impact picks like cycling, brisk walking and swimming.

Invest in Quality Equipment

Be sure to use the proper gear for each sport. Good quality running shoes can prevent common injuries like heel pain, runner’s knee and shin splints. Always wear the right helmet for sports like biking, skateboarding and skiing. Dress appropriately in loose, lightweight fabrics.

Drink Water To Stay Hydrated

Keep your body hydrated by drinking water before, during and after exercise. When your workout builds up to 60 minutes or more, replenish your body’s store of glycogen for your muscles by drinking a sports drink.

Warm Up and Cool Down

Spend 5-10 minutes warming up at the beginning of your exercise. Jog in place and then do a few gentle stretches to get muscles warm and pliable. At the end of your activity be sure to slow down gradually to cool your body down.

If You Feel Pain, Stop!

Don’t run through an injury as the damage may be increased. If you have a minor injury, try the R.I.C.E. method to Rest, Ice the area, apply Compression and Elevate the leg.

For persistent foot or ankle pain, or if you have severe pain, swelling or bleeding, come in to see Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM right away.

Remember – when beginning an exercise program, don’t overdo it! Start gradually and stay tuned to what your body is telling you.

We Can Help with All Types of Sports Injuries

Dr. Alexopoulos, board certified podiatrist has the right experience to diagnose and treat all types of foot and ankle problems and sports injuries. Most treatments and surgeries can be handled right here in our office. Please call our Chicago office at (773) 561-8100 or request an appointment via the website. Stay in the game by getting help for any injury as soon as possible!