Certain parts of the body -knees, feet and ankles – seem to be particularly vulnerable in the rough and tumble worlds of football, basketball, long distance running and dance, to name a few. And with increased awareness of long-term damage caused by concussions and countless other injuries, how can one possibly expect to stay safe and healthy? How can one participate over a lifetime but not end up with long-term damage? Can good training, good genes, just plain luck or a mixture of all of the above keep damage at bay?
According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the number of fitness instructors and trainers has reached an estimated 267,000, and by 2022 that number will increase by 13%. With so many trainers and fitness professionals on the scene it would make sense that sports-related injuries among student athletes would be less. ACSM reports that a recent study done by the Center for Injury Research and Policy showed that sports-related injuries are now at an all time high among student athletes.
One reason given for this was that coaches and trainers didn’t perform sports readiness assessments properly. Athletes today are evaluated, not only physically but also mentally by asking how they are feeling, including, ”are they depressed or stressed?” It seems that taking their mental temperature can make a big difference in how they perform and can even indicate whether or not they could be more prone to injury.
It’s one of the new ways in which we are beginning to understand the influence our thinking has – not only on performance but also on how we stay healthy.