The Easy Way To Prevent Injuries

Whatever your fitness goals may be, getting injured definitely isn’t one of them. Unfortunately, exercise related injury rates appear to be on the rise. According to a study from the University of Arkansas, there has been an increase of 35% in gym related injuries in recent years.

There are two main reasons for this:

1. Bad Posture – During the day many of us are sat at a desk staring at a computer screen. If your monitor is positioned badly or you sit on a chair lacking in back support this can encourage you to adopt a poor postural position which can be reflected in the gym. Over time this weakens the musculoskeletal structure and leaves you more prone to injury.

2. Too Much Too Fast – Most of us are guilty of this one, either pounding the treadmill for a ridiculous amount of time or putting far too much weight on the bar. All of this in a bid to either compensate for the fact we have been lazy for an extended period of time or because we are proving how committed we are to a new routine.

Both of these are simple to rectify and can greatly reduce your chances of picking up a silly injury and ruining your chances of progress before you have even started!

If you are not guilty of the above reasons and still find yourself prone to injury, check back here for our article this afternoon on ways we can actively prevent injury both inside and outside of the gym.


About the Author

Job Role Sports Nutritionist and Social Media Coordinator Qualifications Bsc Sport and Exercise Science Steph has a competitive athletic background which spans 19 years. As a child she performed with the English Youth Ballet and had performed on the West End stage by the age of 10. Her enthusiasm for sport and fitness continued to grow as she did, encouraging her to learn more about nutrition and training. She began using her knowledge and personal experience to help others when she began coaching at the age of 16. From here, she went on to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex during which time she also received the Most Promising Newcomer Award from her University to mark her outstanding contribution to sport. During her first year of study she was introduced to partner stunt acrobatics and artistic gymnastics. After one year of dedicating herself to a lifestyle revolving around her sport, she was training with the best team in the UK who are currently ranked fifth in the world. Steph has worked in both the private and public sector coaching children and adults from grassroot to elite level as well as providing them with cutting edge advice on how to reach their goals. Steph has received awards for her choreography and has competed nationally and internationally meaning that she can back up her scientific knowledge with a wealth of experience. As our resident Sports Nutritionist, Steph is here to provide the most current and evidence based fitness, health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
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