How Bodybuilding Can Help You Prevent Injuries!

Life happens and injuries happen. Some factors contributing to injuries are within your control whereas others are not. In younger individuals reckless behavior or taking risks both contribute to injuries... Learn more.

Article Summary:
  • Strength and flexibility will help you avoid many common injuries.
  • Proper diet will help increase bone strength and reduce risk of breaks.
  • An injury might occur, it is best to have emergency numbers handy.
  • Injuries are a fact of life, especially among those who go out on a limb and aren't afraid to challenge themselves with more advanced mountain biking trails, rougher waters to kayak in, adventure races and other sporting endeavors.

    Injuries Are A Fact Of Life, Especially For Those Who Aren't Afraid To Challenge Themselves.
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    What Are The Contributing Factors To Getting Injured?

    Life happens and injuries happen. Some factors contributing to injuries are within your control whereas others are not. In younger individuals reckless behavior or taking risks both contribute to injuries whereas in older individuals falls and frailty are the most common causes of fractures.

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    How Bodybuilding Can Help You Prevent Injuries:

    • Bodybuilder's Build Strength: Having more muscle tissue on your body can help prevent many injuries from being worse. If you fly over the handlebars on your bike, the density of your muscle tissue inserts may have been the factor preventing you from breaking bones. Your pec and abdominal muscles help protect your organs from injury and your leg muscles help you "catch" yourself after you trip and prior to falling down.
    • Bodybuilders Meet Their Micronutrient Needs: Bodybuilders who don't get adequate bone-building nutrients from their diet such as calcium, vitamin D and magnesium, will supplement their food intake to ensure that they are building (prior to age 35) or maintaining (after 35) bone mass.

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    • Bodybuilders Eat Enough Protein To Help Stall Sarcopenia: Bodybuilders know that muscle protein balance fluctuates throughout the day. And, they eat at least 20 grams of protein at each meal and post-exercise. Doing this will stall the process of sarcopenia - loss of muscle tissue that occurs with aging (and starts sometime after the age of 40). Sarcopenia has many contributing factors including two major modifiable factors - lack of exercise and a poor diet (especially too little quality protein).

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    • Bodybuilders Know What Their Body Needs: Staying flexible and agile can help you prevent injuries. Therefore, bodybuilders know when they need a massage, yoga or stretching to loosen up tight muscles. In addition, bodybuilders will seek the advice of a physical therapist or strength coach to correct muscle imbalances that may lead to injuries.
    • Bodybuilders Know The Correct Form: Bodybuilders know how to lift weights with proper form and progress their training program. By using the proper form at home when lifting, digging in the yard or doing other house work, you are less likely to become injured.


    Additional Tips To Help You Prevent Injuries:

    • Be cognizant of any prescription medications that you are on that may impact your bone density.

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    • Have emergency numbers plugged into your phone and available for your family and friends by your home phone.
    • Check the CDC's publications on injury prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/injury/index.html
    • Put ICE in your phone and an emergency contact number. ICE stands for "in case of emergency."

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    Conclusion

    Injuries happen. But, awareness, prevention and building a strong body can help minimize the impact that injuries will have on your life.

    About The Author:

    Marie Spano is a leading authority on translating the latest nutrition and exercise science research into real life applications. Ms. Spano has also helped Olympic athletes, NFL-bound athletes and Fortune 500 executives enhance their health and performance through sound nutrition practices. She is a regular contributor to Bodybuilding.com. For more information see: www.mariespano.com.

    References:

    1. CDC Office of Injury Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/injury/index.html