The arrival of summer often signals the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities. However, these fun-filled pursuits also bring potential risks of muscle strain if not undertaken with care.
Think about participating in a spirited game of tennis. The quick lateral movements, sudden starts and stops, and powerful swings may put excessive stress on your muscles, potentially leading to strains if not properly warmed up and conditioned.
Next, consider cycling, a popular summer activity. Extended periods of cycling, especially without proper form or with a bicycle that isn't adequately adjusted to your size, can result in muscle strain in your legs, back, and neck.
Water sports, like water skiing or surfing, may seem like refreshing ways to cool off in summer. However, the powerful pulls and balance challenges involved in these activities can easily lead to overextension or tearing of muscles, particularly if you're not adequately trained or if you ignore safety guidelines.
Even casual activities like hiking or a game of frisbee at a barbecue can lead to muscle strains. Uneven terrains during a hike can unexpectedly engage and strain muscles. An awkward throw or a dive to catch a frisbee might put your muscles under unexpected stress, leading to strains.
Lastly, don’t forget about the intensive yard work that comes with summer. Lifting heavy bags of mulch, overreaching to trim trees, or repetitive digging can result in muscle overuse and strain.
In conclusion, as you plan to enjoy summer activities, remember the importance of safety. Regular stretching, warming up before exercise, maintaining proper form, and not pushing beyond your physical limits can help prevent muscle strains. Your summer will be all the more enjoyable if it's free of avoidable injuries.
Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.