This inconsistency in your workout could lead to:
- ankle sprains
- groin pull
- hamstring stain
- shin splints
- knee injury: ACL tear
- knee injury: Patellofemoral syndrome – an overuse injury to the kneecap
- tennis elbow (Epicondylitis)
Many injuries result from not being properly conditioned or warmed up enough before starting physical activity. By adding a workout or two during the week, using those same muscles you plan to engage later on, you will better prepare your body for what lies ahead during your more intense weekend routine. Simple stretches to warm up and get the blood flowing to your muscles can also help protect you from injury.
Learning to recognize when you have reached your limit or are fatigued is important too. You may think that working out longer and harder is a good thing, but shorter, more regular exercise throughout the week tends to be more beneficial.
If you are suffering form any of these injuries, remember to use the PRICE method of treatment:
- P – protect from further injury (appropriate braces or bandages)
- R – restrict activity
- I – apply ice
- C – apply compression
- E – elevate the injured area