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If you’re an athlete that plays a competitive sport, you know that starting a new season requires a lot of dedication and practice. Being adequately prepared for your sport can make all the difference in your athletic output and help you avoid becoming sidelined with an injury. Our team at Massapequa Pain Management & Rehabilitation would like to share five ways you can prepare for your athletic season this fall:

1: Set Attainable Goals – Before the fall season starts, you should consider setting a few goals for yourself. Working to improve specific skills for your sport or getting in shape are great goals that you can manage to achieve peak performance. 

2: Eat healthy – As an active athlete, it’s essential to treat your body well and fuel it properly. Try to avoid processed foods, and make sure you’re getting enough fruits and vegetables each day. Replenish your body with water after strenuous exercise to prevent dehydration and potential injuries. When you fuel your body in the weeks before your season begins, it can help you perform even better than before. 

3: Get Enough Sleep – A great way to prepare for the upcoming fall sports season is to get enough sleep at night. Athletes who get eight to ten hours of sleep per night have increased energy and perform better on the playing field. 

4: Focus on Strength and Conditioning – Improving your strength and conditioning will translate directly into your sports-specific skills. Our team can help you find the right exercises for your sport to achieve your goals. 

5: Target Injury Prevention – Take the remainder of the summer to target exercises to prevent injuries. Focus on stability and balance training to prepare for a rigorous season and avoid devastating injuries.

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By following these five steps, you’ll be well-prepared to take on your athletic season. Now that you have some helpful tips get ready for the new season and work hard! At Massapequa Pain Management & Rehabilitation, our team is here to help you achieve your athletic goals this fall! Contact us today to learn more!