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Tips To Prevent Hiking Injuries Phoenix is home to more than 200 miles of trails and more than 41,000 acres of desert parks and mountain preserves. So if adventure is calling you, what are some ways to stay happy and he...
Phoenix is home to more than 200 miles of trails and more than 41,000 acres of desert parks and mountain preserves. So if adventure is calling you, what are some ways to stay happy and healthy on the trail? Read on for tips to prevent hiking injuries this season.
Now that cooler weather is here to stay for the season here in the desert, you may be hitting the trails and taking on the Arizona mountains. If hiking is among one of your favorite outdoor activities, you’re not alone. From out-of-state visitors, to locals, the desert and trails have a way of luring you in.
But, every trail isn’t for every hiker. Be sure to know what you are getting into and how to be physically prepared, as well as prepared with the right gear before you go.
The City of Phoenix recommends to be honest with yourself about your own physical condition before starting out on any trail. More than 200 people have to be rescued from their trails each year and they don’t want you to be one of them! If easing into a physical routine is new to you, you may benefit from the training and guidance offered by one of our physical therapists.
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Trails for the most part are easy to follow, but a wrong turn can leave you outdoors for much longer than planned. It is always a good idea to be prepared with extra water and extra snacks. Even an easy hike can overtake an experienced, but dehydrated hiker. Lack of proper nutrition or calories can cause you to become more easily fatigued and more injury prone. Stay hydrated and nourished when out on the trails to help you keep going and to keep you injury free.
Even well worn trails can be riddled with cactus needles, so be sure the shoes you choose to hike in are sturdy enough to deal with this. Also, hiking the Arizona mountains and trails can put you on some rocky terrain. Look for a shoe or hiking boot that offers support, and yet also still allows your foot to move in a way that adapts to the terrain. This helps to prevent injuries.
If you love the idea of a hike, but aren’t sure if you are physically prepared, talk to one of our physical therapists at Above & Beyond Physical Therapy in either Queen Creek or Phoenix. Don’t be one of the 200 people that has to be rescued from Phoenix trails each year. A physical therapist can work with you to help you take on hiking safely and help you ease into a physical routine. If you have suffered a hiking related injury, we can also help. Contact us today.