Womenís sports participation produces many health advantages including improved cardiovascular fitness, better weight control, increased self esteem and improved bone density. However, just as with men, there is a risk of injury for females who participate in sports.
One of the most common sports injuries, for men and women, is a sprained ankle due to twisting and turning in sports, such as football, netball, tennis, badminton, gymnastics and dance etc, or Ďgoing overí on the ankle when running on an uneven surface. Wearing an Ankle Support or Ankle Brace, or Taping the ankle can massively reduce the risk of an ankle sprain across a wide range of sports. Supports, braces and taping from PhysioRoom.com can also prevent and treat a wide range of other sports injuries e.g. tennis elbow, ACL knee injury, runnerís knee, patellofemoral pain syndrome, skierís thumb and shoulder injury.
To help reduce the incidence of sports injuries, many sports players use resistance bands and Swiss/gym balls to develop core strength and core stability. Resistance bands and Swiss/gym balls are particularly popular with women, because they are easy to use at home for toning and developing muscles, as well as injury rehabilitation. Non-slip yoga, Pilates and gym mats, warm to the touch and easily rolled up for storage, are also ideal for women who exercise at home.
Whatever the sporting activity, itís important for female athletes to take care of their feet, as the stresses and strains of sporting activity can cause foot, lower leg, joint and back injury. orthotic arch supports and insoles are designed to reduce the impact of running and jumping, and to prevent calf strains, Achilles Tendon injury, knee injury and Plantar Fasciitis. Footmedics and Compeed pads and protectors protect and treat blisters, bunions and toe injuries. Prevention being better than cure, itís vital that women choose socks that are best for their sport. 1000 Mile blister prevention socks are guaranteed not to cause blisters, whatever the sport.
Specialist sports bras are a must for female athletes. The Thuasne range of sports bras has been developed by experts to provide the ultimate support during sports, so that stress on ligaments and breast pain are reduced during running and sports activities. Thuasne sports bras have no seams or fastenings for the ultimate in comfort and support. Thuasne ladiesí sports pants are incredibly comfortable, ultra thin sports pants for women. For the many women who continue to train during pregnancy, specialist sports underwear is essential. Pregnant women, sporting and non-sporting, also get great support from the ProCare Maternity Belt.
PhysioRoom.com has hi visibility wear, iPod carriers and waist packs that allow the female runner to train in safety and carry such modern essentials as mobile phones, iPhones and MP3 players safely and comfortably. Made from breathable, wicking material, Nathan waist packs are extremely comfortable and user friendly, hugging the contours of the female form, so that isotonic drinks, sports gels and energy bars are available throughout training runs and races.