Preparing Your Body for an Upcoming Sports Season After a Long Break

How Can Sports Injury Therapy Chicago Help You?

It is no secret that returning to sports after suffering an injury or after a long break can seem like a daunting task. However, it can be done. There are tons of examples of athletes who came back from what was thought to have been a career-ending injury, or athletes who returned to the top of the totem pole after time away from their sport. At Free Body Physical Therapy our expert team of sports injury therapy Chicago will work with you to return to you to your pre-injury/layoff condition. 

Preparation Recommendations

When preparing for your sports season it is critical to ensure that your physical conditioning is at its peak. You’ll want to do plenty of strength and endurance training so that your body feels good and is durable when the season rolls around. Lifting weights and running are two great ways to improve your strength and conditioning, respectively. Particularly, high-intensity interval training can be tremendous for building or maintaining your conditioning. Training with a partner or with your teammates is also highly recommended. This healthy competition will allow you to push yourself and will make everyone better in the long run. You should also maintain a healthy diet and try to eat as little junk food as possible, as it can decrease your motivation and compromise your performance. 

Importance of Recovery and Knowing your Limitations

Although you should actively be pushing your limits and trying to be the best version of yourself as an athlete, you also need to be aware of just how important recovery is. People often overlook the fact that exercise is stress and that too much of it is damaging to your health. To make sure you aren’t burnt out from training too intensely in the offseason, be sure to take days off when needed. It’s also critical that you know your limits, especially when you are recovering from an injury. Pushing yourself too hard can result in reinjury if you aren’t fully healed, making it key that you find a happy medium between intensity and recovery. 

Seeking Sports Injury Therapy Chicago?

If you are an athlete seeking sports injury therapy Chicago, Free Body Physical Therapy is glad to help. Our talented team of physical therapists can ensure that you are feeling your best when your season rolls around. People often overlook the advantages that physical therapy has in terms of not only restoring full health but of increasing performance once full health has already been restored. To make an appointment and learn more about how physical therapy can help you as an athlete, contact us today!