As the seasons begin to change, sports evolve in their own set of changes. Our bodies, and even our gear may even go through their very own changes. Pretty soon, our conditioning exercises are adjusted to reflect these changes (weight loss or even weight gain). Preparing for sports in an effort to prevent sports injuries from occurring requires recovery and smart planning for the sports to come.
The difference between bicycling and skiing conditioning types
For our example we’ll use bicycling (like a marathon bicycler) and skiing for our comparison line up.
These sports are very hard on our bodies, and each one places specific demands on our bodies’ joints, and muscles. Cyclists are required to stay in a “tucked up” position which places a lot of strain on the muscles on the torso and the front of the body. This forward tucked position affords them the best in wind aerodynamics and will make their jobs (pedaling) much easier. Obviously, their positioning is vastly different compared to a skier’s positioning.
A cyclist is required to remain balled up around one’s bicycle. Speed and balance of the bike requires the rider to remain in this neutral position. The idea is to stay in a neutral but compact position, so as to avoid struggling against the wind and, thusly avoid working harder than they need to.
Skiers on the opposite end of the spectrum, are not as space conscious as their mentioned counterparts. Unless they are directly competing in a skiing race event, they’re not required to remain in a compact position.
For those skiing in the backcountry before the beginning of the ski resort season, must take special precautions to condition themselves in the beginning of the season, as their muscles or not yet ready for the demands skating places on the body. Because of the area where skiing takes place, obstacles are numerous, and the terrain changes regularly directly underneath skier’s feet.
In order to cope with the changes and eventually condition themselves to the terrain and obstacles the skiers must learn to adapt and rebalance continually as they ski the slopes.
Preventing sports injuries
If you decide to try a different sport than what you are normally accustomed to, the first priority should be to prevent injuries from occurring before the season begins, you should begin conditioning your body for the beginning of the new sport. If you are the athlete you should take up to 4 to 8 weeks as a minimum to prepare yourself for the very next sport of course. If you have any pre-existing injuries before beginning, the recovery time as well as conditioning time may take a little longer than the four to eight weeks minimum
If you avoid or neglect to take the physical transition, you are risking predisposing yourself to injuries. In order to avoid injuries or disastrous results, it is recommended that you begin the next sport at the lowest intensity possible if you walk away from the very first day sore, try applying basic Sports principles, such as icing sore muscles and resting to help avoid soreness and speed up recovery.
Speaking of recovery taking the time to become physically conditioned for the next adventure will help with recovery in two different ways: first it will begin to improve your body so that the pre-existing injuries may begin to heal your injury.
Secondly, as you begin to practice a new sport being physically conditioned will enable your muscles to respond better to their new commands you are least likely to become sore from the new sport and less likely to be injure. Which means your muscles will recover faster which will enable you to feel energized, stronger, and to play longer!