Below is another article that I wrote that was featured in Dr. Kevin Shimizu DC's quarterly article. You can find the full article here: http://www.chiro-shimizu.com/ns/summer12-en.pdf
Sports Conditioning- maintaining the body to prevent injury
For those athletes out there, when you hear “sports conditioning” what comes to mind? I’m sure many of you thought about the workouts in the gym or the modification in the workout menu as you approach the game or competition day. However, did you think about the body maintenance aspect such as stretching or visiting health care professionals on a regular basis? If you did, you are ahead of the game, but in reality it is quite common to see athletes neglect this aspect of the conditioning process.
In this article, I will be talking a little bit about this neglected part of sports conditioning which includes caring for the mind and the body.
Caring for the mind: The mind is similar to your muscles in that it needs periodic breaks in order to function effectively. It is very important that you schedule off weeks to avoid fatigue and burnout which often leads to injuries. Remember that most injuries happen when you lose focus, so make sure to rest well!
Caring for the body: This form of care can be categorized in terms of post workout care and off week care.