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Exercise After 60

Tennis is fun, but once you hit a certain age you need to be a little more cautious when you play.  Of course, you should have regular physicals from your doctor and make sure to listen to their advice, especially if you have any pre-existing conditions.  

While you’re exercising make sure to monitor your body.  Listen to what it’ telling you and stop immediately if you feel any tightness in your chest or have trouble breathing easily.   If you feel your heart racing or you feel dizzy sit down in a shaded area and rest for a bit.  Also make sure to watch our for severe leg cramps as this can indicate plaque buildup related to clogged arteries. 

Whether it’s summer or not make sure you hydrate.  This means starting to drinking water, or sports drinks, and not caffeinated or alcoholic beverages which can actually dehydrate you.  For maximum benefit you should start hydrating the day before a sports event, and continue to drink regularly throughout the event and for several hours afterwards. 

Of course, sometimes despite the best preparation injuries and incidents happen.  For any major medical problem (i.e. hearth or breathing trouble, excessive bleeding, or head injuries) you should call 911 immediately. 

If you must perform CPR, and you're not trained, then provide hands-only CPR. That means uninterrupted chest compressions of about 100 a minute until paramedics arrive. You don't need to try rescue breathing.  You can find more information on how, and when, to perform CPR on the Mayo Clinic web site

Far more common in tennis are sprains and other soft tissue injuries.  For these type of injuries you should follow the PRICE method.  PRICE stands for Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation.  When a sprain occurs you should:

  • Protect the injured area from further damage.
  • Rest the area, allowing it to heal.
  • Ice the area to prevent swelling and decrease pain
  • Compression of severe injuries may be necessary, this can be used in conjunction with ice
  • Elevation can also be used to limit blood flow and reduce swelling

Remember, whatever type of injury you have, you should consult a doctor before returning to play.  Continuing to injure an area can cause permanent disability. 

http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/treatinginjuries/a/Injury_FirstAid.htm

http://www.livestrong.com/article/3469-need-exercising-after/

 

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