One of the best reasons to start an exercise regimen, aside from heart health and improvement of body composition, is to prevent injury. Most injuries that occur to everyday people, unlike those seen in sporting events are known as non-contact injuries, which occur during daily activities, without contact from another individual or object.
Lower back, shoulder, hip, knee and ankle injuries are common non-contact injuries because of lack of exercise and physical conditioning. According to the National Academy of Sports Medicine, non-contact injuries amount to approximately nine days of missed work per event and costs over $26 billion per year.
After the age of 25, a natural loss of strength, balance and coordination occurs for both men and women, if not engaged in an exercise program. The loss of strength, balance and coordination increases the risk of non-contact injuries. Did you know that some of the basic activities in our daily lives place a significant amount of force on the human body? The common forces, below, show just how much force we experience and why it is important to keep our bodies in good physical condition:
Common forces placed on the body
- Walking –Up to 1.5 times of one’s body weight on the body
- Running – Up to 2.5 times of one’s body weight on the body
- Jumping – Up to 11 times of one’s body weight on the body
Non-contact injuries should be taken seriously. Please consult with your doctor on how to achieve proper recovery and what exercise plan could be right for you. Injuries are an inevitable part of life, but unnecessary injury can be avoided by maintaining a solid exercise regimen!