Injury prevention is impossible, injury reduction however has been shown to be very much possible. It won’t take in-depth sport science to achieve it. Most of the time there are tangible reasons as to why we have an injury e.g. increased mileage to quickly, didn’t have enough rest, didn’t do pre-season.
Take some pre-emptive steps before embarking on a fitness goal.
Firstly, plan. Having a plan in place adds focus and helps the positive feedback of steady progress.
Second, routine. Develop a sound routine prior to each time you train. Each training session should include a sport-specific warm-up to increase blood flow to muscles, increase muscle extensibility, focus your mind and reactions. Don’t forget to cool down too.
Lastly, be honest. Have you done enough? Are there signs your body or mind are being pushed excessively? Stop at fatigue, know what you’ve done before and be reasonable with your expectations.
The problem is you’ll never know an injury you’ve prevented, but being sensible might do just that.
Despite following all this, given the inherent nature of sport, you may still become injured. Don’t panic! This is why we’re here.