Dr Lachlan Soper on the Benefits of Participating in Multiple Sports | Sydney, Australia
When you’re looking to become more active, one of the best things that you can do is to play a number of different sports. Becoming an active participant in a number of sports has many benefits, including motor control, patience, teamwork, and an understanding of hard work. Today, we’re going to talk about some of the benefits of playing multiple sports .
When someone plays a number of different sports, it naturally improves their overall coordination and muscle control. As different sports, like soccer, athletics (track and field), and tennis, all use different skills, it can be an incredible outlet to help people gain the necessary skills to become better athletes. These skills that you acquire can even provide prevention against injury.
Playing multiple sports can lead to improved development of control throughout your neuromuscular system. This can include things such as endurance, power, strength, agility, speed, flexibility, and stability.
Kicking, running, jumping, even throwing and hitting all use your body’s muscles, allowing your muscles to become stronger. Ever notice that the more you practice your throwing and catching, the more powerful your throws become? Or how about going on a run. Keeping your endurance up can ensure that you blow everyone away at your next game.
Overuse of muscles
Playing different sports can actually ensure that you don’t overuse one muscle group. If you’re playing hockey, you’re using different muscles than when you’re playing football or baseball. If you were to focus on one aspect of one sport only you are more likely to develop an overuse injury. One way swimmers try to ‘balance’ their muscles out is competing and training in different strokes — freestyle develops your chest (as well as arms, legs etc), whereas training backstroke as well develops your back and compliments the strength in your chest from the freestyle and butterfly strokes.
You can rest certain muscles while playing one sport, and activate them when playing a different one. Think of baseball pitchers, the incredible forces they place through one shoulder and their risk of injury. It can be incredibly easy to wear out your arm when throwing a baseball day in and day out, but if you play soccer alongside baseball, you have the ability to get a nice workout and not have to worry about overusing your arms. This is incredibly important when looking at the potential for injury. Rest and diversification of muscle use and muscle stimulus is so important.
Originally published at https://lachlansoper.net.au.
ABOUT DR LACHLAN SOPER
Dr. Lachlan Soper is a General Practitioner at Avenue Road Medical Practice, based in Mosman, Sydney, Australia. He graduated from medicine in 2000 and attained his FRACGP (Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners) in 2006. Lachlan Soper has worked in general practice since 2004. He began working in Muswellbrook, then shifted to Dee Why, then North Sydney and, finally, back to Muswellbrook, where he was a partner at the Brook Medical Centre until mid-2017.
Lachlan Soper enjoys the full spectrum of general practice from newborns, through their parents, to those in their more senior years. He believes the true reward in general practice lies in the unique opportunity it affords you for continuity of care throughout many generations and over many years, as what patients would refer to as “my family GP”.
Lachlan Soper has a special interest in minor operations such as skin cancer excisions, repairing skin lacerations, removal of foreign bodies, Implanon contraceptive insertion etc and sporting injuries. He particularly enjoys the mix that he has in sub-acute, chronic, and family care at the local surgery, combined with his rural hospital work which keeps his skills sharp at the pointy end of medicine.