Oh, summer; that glorious time from the end of June to the middle of August. It’s the best 6-8 weeks of the year in the F-M area. The only time of year I have not seen it snow outside! We are great at jamming as much outdoor activity as possible in this timeframe, from running to baseball/softball, golf, biking, soccer and many many other activities. With all these activities it is important to prevent injuries as our bodies may not be ready to handle everything we want to do.
It doesn’t matter if you are a 10-year-old playing baseball, a 45-year-old playing softball or a 65-year-old golfing; warming up before your sport is going to go a long way to preventing injuries. A dynamic warm-up is a great way for you get your body ready to play. For golf this means starting with chipping and putting then going to the driving range and starting with your wedge and working up to the driver. For baseball/softball this will start with soft toss and as your arm loosens up increasing the distance and speed you are throwing with. If you’re a runner do some squats or lunges before your run or walk the first ½ to 1 mile. By doing these different things alerts your body to get ready for your sport/activity. A dynamic warm-up is more effective than static stretching to prevent injuries.