So how are you supposed to condition when you don’t have a strict schedule? The answer is to always maintain a regular exercise routine throughout the year. I know that this can be a challenge. You have commitments at work, have to take care of the house, have to transport your children wherever they need to go, have to take your car in for that light that keeps coming on, and all of a sudden you have no time to exercise and maintain that youthful physique you had “back in the day.” I know fitting in a regular exercise routine can be challenging; but it takes much less toll on your body than sustaining an injury from a weekend match and having to restrict your level of activity for months due to a rotator cuff tear, torn meniscus, sprained ankle, pulled hamstring, strained back muscle, and the list goes on.
General conditioning is important; but if you know which sports you are most likely to play or if you are participating in a scheduled tournament, performing sport specific conditioning can decrease your risk of injury even further. General conditioning should include aerobic exercise, resistance training, endurance training, and stretching. For more specific conditioning guidelines, talk to a physical therapist. If you do sustain an injury from your weekend activities, contact your physical therapist so that he/she can assist you in rehabilitating and getting back to play.
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