Fair Tips from Seattle Chiropractic Center for Recreational Softball Players Heading Back to the Diamond

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The Experts at Belltown Spine and Wellness Center offer advice for a healthy return to recreational adult softball leagues following the long off-season.

Spring and summer recreational softball is set to start, or just right around the corner, and many adults are ill-prepared. Despite improving year round exercise trends, many recreational softball enthusiasts have spent too little time getting ready for the season during the long, rainy winter months. Belltown Spine and Wellness, a Seattle area chiropractic and rehabilitation center, has compiled some precautions , as well as some good advice for staying pain free and on the fun side of the foul lines.

Accidents and injuries are a reality in every kind of physical activity, but following these basic guidelines can save you a visit to the chiropractor when transitioning to the active summer months.

Extra Weight
If you are the type who lives to play softball, chances are that during the winter months you didn’t get much exercise. The added weight you may have put on is very dangerous concerning the stress on joints during physical exertion, and this is especially true once competition is involved. Yes, dieting and exercise would have helped, but at least take it slow when first getting out on the field.

Proper Attire
Yes, you need a glove, possibly a head piece with some kind of visor and maybe some of those cool, tight pants with sock stirrups, but arguably the most crucial piece of equipment is the proper footwear. Depending on the depth of the grass and dirt in the infield, turf shoes or baseball cleats will be appropriate. These will keep you from unexpected falls while focusing on other elements of the game.

Warm Up!
For those not as competitive, who are mostly into the social activity of softball, just remember that this is still an athletic endeavor. Warming up is crucial! Plenty of stretching, combined with warm-ups including easy throws, bat swings and some light jogging can go a long way in preventing injuries due to cold, unprepared muscles.

Get to Know the Field
It’s good to get familiar with the field you are playing on. Grass depth and infield dirt can be a little different to run on. The biggest threats, however, are in the outfield, the back stop and in foul territory. Experience with these areas can help avoid injury while tracking the ball in flight.

Practice Sessions
Setting up practice sessions before the season starts is very important to recreational softball players. Easing into any activity is a great way to avoid the chiropractor. Practice gets your muscles ready for activity and can help you find out if you have all the right equipment. Field knowledge can be gained here too.

Control that Competitive Urge!
Above all, this is a game played for recreation. This is not a time to re-live hero fantasies by doing more than your body can handle. As long as your primary goal is to have fun, you can save your chiropractic visits for dealing with problems that originate from being seated at a desk too long.

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