Many people who engage in various sports activities do not do any rotator cuff exercises or any other warm up exercises. Of course, the warm up has to be done before you start your main workout or any kind of sports games (golf, football, tennis etc.).
The reasons for not doing any warn up are usually laziness or ignorance, but the out can very well be severe.
Take Golfers for example. Many people believe that Golf is a game for people who are too lazy to do any other, more intensive sports. That may be so, but will you be surprised to learn that thousands of golfers each year suffer form rotator cuff injuries, and seek medical help accordingly?
These folks could have treated themselves better, and would have saved themselves a world of pain, and medical bills. Same story applies for people who do other sorts of sports, work out in the gum, swim in the pool etc.
Please don’t get me wrong. I’m all for sports – it still has more advantages than dis advantages. And I do work out in the gum 3 times a week. The thing is – you need to acquire a few useful habits that will help you avid these kind of problems.
So, how could you make the best of your workout, and still have the best chance of avoiding rotator-cuff problems.
Let’s look at some tips:
1. You need to warm up. Even 2 minutes of warm up before hitting the golf course, to the swimming pool will go a long way to help you stay on the safe side. There is a great verity of rotator cuff exercises aimed at loosening the area and making it lees vulnerable to stress and pain.
2. Stay fit and strengthen your muscles and tendons. The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles and their tendons that are responsible for the connection of the upper arm and the shoulder blade. Indeed, a very important group. Take good care of them by regularly doing exercises to strengthen the area. This will help you cope with all the strain and effort that area observes while doing an activity like swimming or golfing. Thus, reduce the chances of injury.
3. Consult your doctor. Especially if you had problems before, Consult your doctor regularly. This just might save you from and potential problems.
4. Listen to your body. If your rotator cuff is in pain, don’t push it. Take a rest, and see a doctor. Most problems are easy to fix if you attend them at the beginning and don’t wait till it gets worse.
The best way to deal with a problem is to avid creating it. Regular rotator cuff exercises will help you to build strength and endurance to the area, and will lessen the risk of getting hurt along the way.
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