Warm up exercises may reduce injuries stemming from bunions
A new study reveals the efficacy of warming up.
While many people think of bunions as a condition that affects older women, girls can also develop the bony deformities, especially if they dance or play sports. Unfortunately, this puts them at risk of injury while engaging in their favorite pastimes.
But a study that was conducted at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine reveals that 20-minute warm up exercises may reduce female high school athletes' chances of experiencing a lower extremity injury, especially those affecting the knee.
"Knee injuries are the most common cause of permanent disability in female high school basketball players, accounting for up to 91 percent of season-ending injuries and 94 percent of injuries requiring surgery," said lead researcher Cynthia R. LaBella, M.D.
The research involved 90 soccer and basketball coaches and 1,492 athletes. Individuals who took part in a training program that included warm ups aimed at increasing agility and balance experienced far fewer injuries when compared to a control group. Moreover, none of the participants in the intervention group had injuries that required surgery.
In addition to warming up before each practice session and game, female athletes with bunion should consider using bunion splints or orthotics in order to help correct their deformities without the need for bunion surgery.