I know that in most posts that have been published already, I always talk in a good way about sports, staying fit and being in shape. I talk about the importance of exercising, and how that has a powerful effect to simple things like your muscles, or more complex like your cardiovascular system and mood/mentality. What I haven’t said yet, and I think it’s kind of important (especially for the younger crowd looking to work out like Rocky Balboa does) are the side effects and physical problems that follow a workout program.
When you think of the human body or human mechanics (aka bio mechanics) you really need to look at it as a vehicle: its fuel is food, its maintenance is sleep and its life is movement. However the more you take your car out on the road, the more it gets worn out and loses the quality: its metals will lose the color, the engine will have flaws, and the wheel structures may brake at some point. Well…as strange as this may sound, humans too get into such situations. An engine failure would be more like a heart attack (and that is not an immediate affect of exercising) however your joints and your bone/muscle condition, could pretty much be symbolized with a flat tire, or a tire losing air. The truth is, when you work out and especially if you work out in a harsh way (even running can be considered a harsh workout) you are putting a lot of pressure on your body organs, and especially your joints. These absolutely need movement in order to stay healthy, but at the same time, you can create small damages that over the years, lead to much greater problems. A simple ankle sprain, is a good example.
Did you know that if you sprain your ankle, you will constantly – from that point on – have problems with that structure? The reason being that these little organs that give proprioceptive information to the brain and your joints, get destroyed in such an accident. Why does that happen? Well because when you sprain your ankle, in reality you create problems to the ligament. In some cases you can even cut the exterior ligament, causing you to have joint stability problems. But even if the sprain is very simple, you can still damage fibers which hold in there, those little pieces of information (or better off, the organs that provide that information.) So that creates problems with your gait (walking in a more technical way of saying it.) Think about it: a small sprain causes you do have mobility problems and most importantly, stability problems. So then a few weeks down the road, you sprain your ankle again and tear the remaining fibers of the ligament. What happens is, the more you keep on exercising, the more of a negative effect you offer to the structures around your joint. That is why it’s so important, when you get hurt and have some kind of injury, to see a specialist. There are so many things that can go wrong unfortunately, when it comes to the human body. In many cases, people will underestimate the severity of the situation, and escalate to be a much larger problem than it actually should of been (under medical treatment and control.)
Similar examples to fiber destruction have to do with muscle de-functions. Basically when you run a track, or go jogging, you can create small muscle fibers to break. It’s really something normal that takes place when you are active. What happens many times with athletes though (and especially immature and inexperienced ones) is they think that a muscle only grows and improves during the training period. What people don’t understand, is that resting for the muscle, is essential so that the inner fibers that were torn can heal, and so that the proteins can get back in shape. When you keep on pushing your muscles to their limits, there will come a time when they will fatigue. There will come a time when you may have a serious incident, that you can’t explain (because there wasn’t any direct impact etc.) Same thing has to do with bones: in the course of weeks in training, small problems and small damages take place: when you don’t allow your body to heal itself and improve, then what happens is that bone breaks. And that break is considered a fatigue related break. Honestly, if injuries weren’t often in sports and athletics, orthopedic surgeons and medical doctors would have gone out of business, long time ago.
Having said all this, I don’t want to terrify anyone. Everyone here is all for the athletic person that keeps moving (our motto.) But before you go out there and give it all you got, you need to be aware of the dangers. And that so you don’t get shocked in an unfortunate situation where you find yourself in the emergency room. It’s something that is just a part of life, and a part of being healthy. I’d much rather break a bone once in a while, than die of heart failure at age 30.
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