July 27, 2009

Expert: Forget ‘No pain, no gain’

A U.S. expert in emergency nursing advises those coaching young athletes that no pain, no gain is a myth.

Mary Kamienski of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey says sports should not be painful.

Youngsters engaging in sports activities should be taught they reduce the risk of injury by warming up before playing and cooling down when the game or practice is is over.

Usually, when the activity or game is done, everyone just leaves. Now the recommendation is to cool them down with some formal exercise, Kamienski says in a statement. Young athletes should not experience pain. They should gradually work out and pace themselves just as adults should.

Running laps, doing directed calisthenics, or performing an activity with a specific number of repetitions over a specific amount of time, such as 30 minutes on the treadmill are some ways student athletes can warm up or cool down, Kamienski suggests.