National Physical Fitness & Sports Month
This May we join President Joe Biden and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) to promote National Physical Fitness & Sports Month. Check out the ODPHP’s interactive Move Your Way Activity Planner to find ways you can get moving this week. Use this planner to set goals, choose activities you want to do, and get tips to help you stay motivated. If you have osteoarthritis (OA), Dr. David Berkoff, Professor of Orthopaedics and Co-Director of the UNC Sports Medicine Institute, has some suggestions for how individuals with OA can get started with physical activity. After watching this video, remember to explore the rest of the resources we posted on our Staying Active webpage to get you on a path to less joint pain.
In addition to keeping the general public moving, National Physical Fitness & Sports Month is also a good reminder to keep athletes safe when they get back on the field over the summer months. A consistent training program built from neuromuscular training exercises, like those in the OAAA’s Remain In the Game toolkit, can reduce the chance of knee injuries by up to 50% and may help prevent OA years down the road. It just takes 10 minutes, 2 to 3 times each week of these simple (and equipment-free!) exercises to protect players’ joints and improve performance. The Remain in the Game program is endorsed by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and was created by the OAAA’s Injury Prevention Workgroup. Learn more about additional collaborations between the NATA and Injury Prevention Workgroup in this featured article of the Monthly Member Spotlight!
The reason I exercise is for the quality of life I enjoy.
–Kenneth H. Cooper