In Perth, sport is a massive part of who we are, as is going to the gym and using fitness equipment. However, nobody likes to get injured, especially if there are lingering after-effects. Sometimes, the damage can even be permanent. That’s why it’s vital to take proper precautions when exercising. So are you at risk of injury? 

Essentially, there are four components to assessing a person’s level of risk – previous risk, asymmetry, motor control and balance, and body mass index (BMI).  Previous risk means an old injury that has caused the body to adjust and compensate. Asymmetry is when the left and right sides of the body are out of alignment. Motor control and balance is how we control our body when moving against the force of gravity. And BMI affects injury risk if it is high – that is, if you are overweight. 

Many injuries are largely preventable, however. Some tips include:

  • Avoid training when you’re feeling tired
  • Increase your intake of carbs during intense workouts
  • Rest for as long as you train
  • Treat injuries carefully to prevent them from becoming worse
  • If you experience any pain while training, stop immediately
  • Ensure all fitness equipment is safe to use
  • Introduce new workouts gradually
  • Allow plenty of time for warming up and cooling down
  • If training on different surfaces, always use the correct footwear
  • Be hygienic, particularly in hot weather

The long-lasting effects of an injury can be unpleasant and painful, and prevention is definitely better than cure. Just remember, stop if you’re in pain. Don’t try to be a hero – it’s often not worth it.