Juliann is one of our many Yooper employees, growing up in Gladstone, MI. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from North Park University, Chicago, IL and a Master’s in Education from Southwestern College, Winfield, KS. For the past 5 years, Juliann has worked with athletes at the collegiate level from Bethany College and Southwestern College. Juliann is currently leading the athletic trainer department at the Inland Lakes High School. Juliann’s interest include camping, fishing, hiking, reading a good book, watching movies, swimming, volleyball and basketball.
Why Does My Body Hurt?
By Juliann Plimpton, AT
This is the question, as athletes, we ask ourselves day in and day out. Whether pre-season, in-season, or post-season, there always seems to be something that hurts. The scientific process behind why we hurt entails a highway system of signals that are constantly sent from the site of pain to the brain and then back again to the original site. The final product of this process is the pain you feel in the affected area.
In the athletic world, most the pain you feel during or after your skill is muscle fatigue and muscle overuse. Only a small percentage of injuries are acutely traumatic (e.g. broken bones, sprain, and strains). This is not to say that the acute injures won’t happen, but they are less common.
Whether acute or chronic injures, it is important to manage them appropriately. The best way to manage any hurting body part is a proper warm up and cool down of about 10 minutes, stretching after your skilled event, ice any sore body parts, and rehydration.
It is inevitable, at some point in time, exercising for recreation or for your skilled sport will cause your body to hurt. Understanding why your body hurts and how to manage your aches and pains is the first steps enjoying your physical activity and increasing your recovery time.
Visit one of our clinics in Petoskey, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Indian River and Harbor Springs to discuss your concerns and goals. We offer free consultations to help answer your questions about how our Physical Therapists can help you.