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Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance (And Athletic Injuries)

by Dr. David Minkoff March 28, 2018 2 min read 0 Comments

Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance (And Athletic Injuries)

Being athletic comes at a cost.  Of course, the benefits of an athletic lifestyle far outweigh the risks; the risks are real yet can be minimized and possibly eliminated.  Athletes push their bodies fast, hard and continually for long periods.  Some extreme athletes push even harder constantly testing limitations.

Creating a prevention plan for yourself is a crucial step in limiting the chances of injury to your body. Here are some key steps you will want to take as part of your injury prevention program.

  1. Adopt a 1-Off plan.  Take 1 day off a week from training and 1 week (or month) a year.  This break will allow your body additional time to recover and heal.
  2. Have the right tools.  Wear the right gear, have proper safety equipment, have clothes/outfits that fit properly.  Where recommended be sure to protect yourself with helmets, pads, goggles, etc...
  3. Condition.  If your going to condition your hair, don't stop there.  Your body needs conditioning too.  Your plan should include steps to strengthen muscles.
  4. Be Flexible.  Having a flexible attitude helps, but we're talking about skeletal flexibility. Adopting flexibility training into your routine alone can make a huge difference. Stretching, yoga, proper breathing, massage.  Flexibility training should be a frequent activity.
  5. Technique.  If you are not #1 in your field, there is someone you can learn from and room for improvement.  Study the experts in your field and attempt duplication of technique, hire a coach, take a class, buy a book, join a group, etc...  Poor form and improper technique alone are major contributors to athletic injuries.
  6. Play Safe.  Whatever your activity, be sure to follow any and all safety rules or procedures for that activity and should be strictly adhered to. 
  7. Pain=STOP!.  If your well being is off, consider skipping that day and taking the additional time to rest and heal.  This goes for being injured and in pain as well as simply feeling sick.  Your body needs all the resources it can muster to accelerate your healing.
  8. Water. Yes, water.  Maintaining a proper level of hydration is a key to prevention and essential to healing when needed.
  9. Supplemental Coverage. We aren't talking about insurance here.  We are referring to nutritional supplements.  Ensuring your intake of nutrients is sufficient for your body to have all the raw material it requires to heal, maintain proper health and support growth is essential.
  10. Mental Fortitude. A healthy body starts with a healthy mind.  The pressure to win and increase performance is one of the most important aspects of sports. Consider adopting some type of personal development as part of your routine to have a rock solid foundation of safety.

Above all, have fun.  Adhere to a program that protects your body but be sure not to be too significant about it.  The main goal should be to have fun and to do it in a way that enables you to spend a lot more time enjoying and a lot less time hurting.



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Dr. David Minkoff
Dr. David Minkoff

Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego.

He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine.

In 1992, Dr Minkoff’s wife Sue, a Registered Nurse, became interested in nutrition and health and began to go to lectures from some of the experts in the field. At the time, Dr Minkoff was pretty fixed in his view of traditional medicine and it took a lot of convincing to get him to come to one of these lectures. After hearing Dr Jeffrey Bland speak, Dr Minkoff had a eureka moment and began pursuing the alternative field with a vengeance. Based on this new knowledge Dr Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic in 1997 to help some friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into Lifeworks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States. In the process, he gained expertise in Biological medicine, integrative oncology, heavy metal detoxification, anti-aging medicine, hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine, energy medicine, neural and prolotherapy, homeopathy and optimum nutrition. He studied under the masters in each of these disciplines until he became an expert in his own right. Dr Minkoff is one of the most in demand speakers in the field and wrote an Amazon best selling book called The Search For The Perfect Protein.

The demand for the products and protocols he discovered became a catalyst for founding BodyHealth.Com, a nutrition company that now manufactures and distributes cutting-edge nutritional solutions for the many health problems of today. Dr. Minkoff writes two free online newsletters, “The Optimum Health Report” and ”The BodyHealth Fitness Newsletter”, to help others learn about optimum health and fitness.

Dr. Minkoff is an avid athlete himself and has completed 44 Ironman Triathlons. To keep his fitness maximal, he lives the lifestyle he teachers to others and tries to set an example for others, so they can enjoy a life free of pain and full of energy.



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