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Be cautious in trying a new sport

Be cautious in trying 
a new sport

If watching the Winter Olympics made you want to try some new sports, go slow and ease into them, sports medicine experts’ caution. "The biggest issues we see are people who push too hard when trying something for the first time, and it gets out of control," said Dr. Jayson Loeffert, a sports medicine doctor with Penn State Health. Whatever new sport you try, "you want to do it at a level you are comfortable with," he said in a university news release. That starts with proper training.

"Whether it's a winter or summer sport, you should go into any athletic activity with some element of preparation," said Dr. Aman Dhawan, an orthopaedic surgeon with Penn State Health. "You'll get more enjoyment from a performance standpoint, but it's also really important for injury prevention as well."

For instance, cardiovascular training helps boost endurance. Strength training builds up muscle around the bones and joints, which can help prevent injuries and speed recovery when injuries do occur.

Loeffert said it's also important to use equipment that matches your skill level.

"The skis they use in the Olympics are very long because that helps you go fast, but they are also harder to control," he said. "If you're not at that level, you'll want a shorter ski that is easier to control."

A helmet can help prevent scalp cuts and skull fractures. What it can't do, Loeffert said, is eliminate the risk of concussion.

"That is a common misconception," he said. "Many people believe their helmet will stop them from getting a concussion, but this just isn't true. The brain still moves within the head and this cannot be changed by using a helmet."

That said, most injuries from winter sports are minor, Loeffert said -- bumps and bruises that require justice, over-the-counter pain medicine and rest.

There’s no doubt about it: doing the same thing for extended periods of time can get, well, boring.

This is as true with exercise as it is with anything else in life.

And while you’re never going to be able to get away from the rockstar exercises like squats, push ups, and burpees, you can find ways to mix up your fitness here and there.

Wondering one of the best ways to shake things up?

Learn a new sport!

Yes, I know, some of you probably have nightmare images of P.E. coming back to you when I mention anything about sports.

Maybe you were terrible at softball (I was), or sucked in golf (I did, but then again, we used whiffle balls instead of golf balls). But the beauty of being an adult is that you get to do anything you want to do.

There’s no mean old P.E. teacher anymore to tell you which sport you have to excel in. You can just have fun.

When I decided to take up boxing, then Krav Maga, my fitness life got a whole lot more interesting. Plus, I started to work out in order to be in shape for the sports I was doing… and that’s a whole lot more motivating (and fun!) than exercising just to improve your physical appearance or for long term health reasons.

Anyway, here are some other reasons you should learn a new sport today:

There are loads of studies that show that exercise is good for your brain health and improves cognitive function.

In fact, exercise can even help ward off some types of age-related cognitive decline such as reduced hand-eye coordination and memory loss. And while playing a sport may momentarily make you tired, it actually leads to greater alertness and focus… i.e. more energy, not less.

HealthDay

 

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