Prevention of training injuries is far easier than fixing them afterwards.
To enjoy a healthy lifestyle we are urged to make physical activity a part of our daily lives. It is common knowledge that it reduces the risk of many illnesses, including heart disease, stroke, obesity, and diabetes.
Experiencing a good workout is also a highly effective way of managing stress, combating depression, and it can also be fun.
Unfortunately, taking part in any activity including Aikido, Martial Arts and any Sports training or activity increases the risk. The effects, apart from the pain involved, are stress and frustration at being unable to continue your training.
However a large percentage of accidents can be avoided and by learning how they occur, you can take positive action to prevent them.
The most obvious cause is over-training which can result in reduced performance, fatigue, less enthusiasm, and increased risk of injuries.
Also long-term problems that have been caused by years of poor lifestyle... breathing, drinking, eating, exercising, relaxing, negative thinking, work repetition and daily habits... all have an effect on us.
The human body is blessed with it's own built-in self healing mechanisms, but continuous abuse can undermine the healing process.
If You wish to avoid and reduce the possibility of aikido, martial arts and sports injuries, then you must approach your training in a Holistic Way.
To prevent potential problems...
Breathe deeply, focus your mind and relax your body. Warm-up before you exercise and cool-down gradually when you are finished. Build up your exercise programme gradually, steadily increasing the frequency, intensity and duration.
Vary your activities to get a good balance of muscular development. Maintain good general fitness, flexibility, and lower body strength. Be on your toes and pivot on the balls of the feet when you turn.
Remember that lack of focus and concentration on what you are doing increases the chances of mistakes. Trying 'Too Hard' is another risk factor that can lead to problems.
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Exercise stresses the body and can cause problems, unless your activity, level of health, fitness and physical condition are taken into account.
Different training methods are used to develop strength, power, muscular endurance, cardiovascular efficiency, flexibility and coordination.
Exercise generates heat and induced sweating causes fluid loss of between 1-3 litres of water per hour. If this is not replaced you can become dehydrated, and experience muscle cramps, nausea, headaches, dizziness, and weakness, leading to exhaustion.
How Can You Avoid Setbacks?
A good Warm-Up increases the body temperature, making tissue more flexible and less prone to injury by tearing. It also raises the heart rate so fuel and oxygen can be delivered more effectively to the muscles leading to a more skillful performance.
An effective warm-up can ensure peak performance as well as protection.
Correct Stretching requires attention to form and each stretch may need to be held for up to 30 seconds to get the optimum benefits.
Before and after Your chosen activity, breathe slowly and deeply while focusing on relaxing the muscles, without pain or strain in the joints.
A good Cool-Down will gradually reduce the intensity of the activity so that waste products can be removed more effectively. Deep breathing, relaxation and stretching will help in the reduction of muscles soreness.
Performing exercises using posture, alignment, and making correct movements, at the right pace are regarded as good form. To obtain and maintain good form requires guidance from an 'Expert' and a high degree of concentration in the present moment.
When it comes to Aikido training a good instructor will include much of this criteria in their 'Planning & Strategy', so you will be protected.
They will have coaching certificates, a governing body, first aid qualification and a good understanding of the basic techniques, theory, principles, risk factors, and appropriate action to take in an emergency.
A particularly aware instructor will be able to 'See' potential accidents before they occur and take appropriate action. A gentle leading suggestion or an ear-splitting Ki-Ai to halt the class, in extreme cases.
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