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ACROSS Australia the warmer
weather is encouraging us all
back into sport and exercise.
However, it's important to be
aware that sport and exercise may not be
healthy if time is not taken to prepare.
An ADF Health Status Report (2000)
found that sport was the cause of 32 per cent
of injuries within the forces.
In total, sports and physical training
(PT) collectively accounted for half of the
total Defence casualties for known activi-
ties.While these figures may be dated, the
trends of injury and mechanisms of preven-
Factoring in human error
One of the major causes of sporting and
PT injuries is human error.
Often players simply 'jump in' to make
up the numbers or they join a social team in
which all players, regardless of skill level,
Quick games, usually of touch football
after PT sessions, are especially risky affairs.
What makes this scenario even more
concerning is the impact of the fatigue from
the PT session on technical skills, while neu-
romuscular and metabolic fatigue will reduce
technical skills even further.
This further increases the risk of injury to
not only the fatigued player but to others.
Likewise, a member may feel like going
out for a run and start at a pace and distance
based on previous training history. However,
this may be far beyond their capacity follow-
ing a period of de-training during winter.
The same scenario applies for other aero-
bic training and in weight training.
It is important, therefore, to ensure that
you are fit enough to play sport; avoid being
caught up in emotion or obligation and play
when you are unprepared; warm up before
games; return to all gym and fitness activities
gradually; and, where possible, consult with
a PTI prior to restarting your training.
It's important to treat all sporting and
PT injuries immediately, regardless of how
'tough' you are and how small you think
the injury is.
While pain is a symptom
absence of pain does not mea
tissues have recovered.
Even if the pain may be g
morning, the tissue is still da
ceptible to greater damage.
Injuries should be allowed
before you begin playing or t
Inadequate recovery from an
ing cause of re-injury.
The right terrain
The surfaces of most spor
from 'MCG' quality -- they m
potential trip hazards such as
klers, uneven footing, pothol
As most team sports invo
ing, falling or jumping, such
have the potential to not only
and strains but also tear and g
Before playing, it pays to
An effective way to do th
team members spread out an
remove hidden obstacles.
More tips and advice provided b
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November 10, 2011
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Before you jump into
sport, take some simple
measures to avoid injury.
Physiotherapist and ex-PTI
LT Rob Orr reports.
to avoid injury
ing sport are
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