The lead up and pre-season for winter sport can often increase the incidence of injuries and this can be a busy time for sports injuries in our Mt Eden Physio clinic. The Christmas season has been and gone and most people have had the summer months off from exercise, with minimal emphasis put on conditioning and physical fitness. So what can happen? With the odd extra kilo gained of “holiday weight” people can thunder into the dreaded fitness and running sessions prepping for an intensive winter season. Going suddenly from 0 to 100, it can be easy to end up back on your backside on the side-lines because you’ve been hit with an injury. Sound familiar?
Getting back into winter sport can be an exciting time but can also be very frustrating for injured individuals and health professionals involved. The phrase “use it or lose it” can ring true as the body can significantly decondition over the summer period with minimal strenuous activity. With such changes happening, the body needs to be reintroduced to exercise gradually in order to counteract the subsequent injuries. The pre-season for winter sport often begins in the hot summer months therefore hard dry fields and barefoot running also play a role in this increased rate of injury.