Health Concerns and Sport Go Hand In Hand: The Precautions You Can Take

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Sport is an excellent way to combat some of the major health concerns we can all face at some point in our lives. It can help reduce the risk factors in many different ways, but there are some cases where sport can increase the risk of your health when the proper precautions are not taken to remedy them. This is why I thought it would be worth sharing with you what some of them are.


Your mental health

They say that taking on physical activity and sport can help with any mental health issues. It is proven to help calm anxiety, handle depression and even go a long way to helping you feel better. But your mental health can also be affected by sport in regards to your mindset. Sport can be seen as a competition, even your physical fitness can be compared to others, which is when your mindset can take a turn from positive to negative. Which can be a road back to the likes of depression and anxiety. Try and focus on your own journey when it comes to taking part in sport or increasing your physical fitness levels.

Blood clots

Blood clots can often be missed by medical professionals when it comes to sports people because the person in question is fit and healthy, someone less viable to suffer with them. But, there are many reasons why an athlete or someone of decent physical fitness could struggle with blood clots. From dehydration and not drinking enough water to long distance travel. Sometimes it’s advisable for athletes to wear compression socks to help reduce the risk. Even things like gaining an injury can put anyone at risk of a blood clot due to the healing period, or even if surgery is needed. While it may be uncommon, it is definitely a health concern not to be dismissed.


Muscles strain

Muscle strain and sports injury are the most common health concern when it comes to physical activity. It can occur at any time more the most common causes are the lack of warm up and cool down before and after training, and pushing yourself too hard when you are actually in a training session. Muscle strains, tears, and injuries can take anywhere from a few days to months to heal. So it is always worth ensuring you take extra care when taking on any physical activity.

Weight gain

Any athlete will agree, that the moment they stop training or reduce their fitness levels, their weight can be affected. In most cases, this is where someone will gain weight and increase in size. While it may not be a cause for concern, it can be if not dealt with effectively. A quick weight gain can go on to cause other health issues like diabetes and even obesity when it comes to your body mass index. It’s always worth monitoring this if you ever need to reduce your training times.

I hope this has made you more aware of the health concerns that can be associated with any sport.


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