Tips for Better Sports Performance in Morgantown

Nov 23, 2015

As we move further into the fall season and the weather begins to cool down, it’s important for athletes who will be participating in sports in the outdoor setting to remember how these temperature changes can affect body performance.

Warming Up

It’s important to always take adequate time to warm up and stretch, particularly in the colder weather, especially in the hips, knees, thighs and calves.  While it’s important to perform adequate warm ups and stretching year round, research studies have shown that cold muscles are more prone to injury.  It is of utmost importance that athletes of all ages take these precautionary measures, prior to participating.

It is also important to refresh oneself on the basics of sports injury prevention in general. Whatever activity or sport, it is vital to take adequate time off during the week and during the year to allow the body to rest, heal and recuperate.


During sports season or training, athletes should take one day off per week from their particular activity to allow their body to recover.  It’s also important to allow for adequate time off from any particular sport during the off-season.

Athletes should attempt to find at minimum a two to three month rest period during the year from the same sport.  During this time, it’s okay to continue with strength and endurance training as well as participate in difference sports.  However, repetitive motion and training of one particular type with no rest periods predisposes athletes to a large variety of overuse syndromes and injuries.

The rise of year round, single sport play, particularly in young athletes in America, has significantly contributed to the increase in overuse syndromes and injuries of the shoulders, elbows, hips, knees and ankles.

Proper Technique

Performing with proper technique is always important, whether it’s a team sport or individual activity, such as long distance running, cross country skiing or wrestling.

Athletes should also remain adequately hydrated by drinking plenty of fluid before, during or after exercise or play.

Mountainstate Orthopedic Associates

Following these tips can lead to better sports performance, and you may be able to avoid injury.  If you think you may have a sports related injury, please call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our Morgantown orthopedic surgeons:  304-599-0720.  No referral necessary.

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