It's great to see that you are looking into creating the best outcome for peak performance and injury prevention before you return to sport.
I am sensing that you have some fear around pain and discomfort associated with exercise and physical activity. This is very normal and in that this simple fear holds many people back from even starting exercise again, it's great that you are facing it.
There are many reasons why injuries occur, and why pain and discomfort results from re-starting exercise. Apart from the obvious collisions etc, your body needs to adjust in the first instance, and secondly, you need to be aware of the areas of strength and weakness in joints and muscles to know where your limitations are. The problem with this is that most people have no idea if they have areas of joint or muscle instability because the body adapts so well until the pain threshold is reached. One thing I like about Chiropractic is that it can identify areas of instability and weakness, help alignment and increase nerve energy flow even though you may have had no idea you were out of whack.
I would suggest that you have a functional assessment with a Chiropractor to check your alignment, and subluxations you may have in your joints and to assess your flexibility, review old injuries and look into wear and tear and any degeneration that may exist so you can be best prepared for stepping back into sport and exercise.
When you restart exercise your warm up and stretching is essential. Start slowly and build up. An Exercise Physiologist would be able to assist you, especially in the early stages to ensure that your exercise plan achieves results and helps to reduce the risk of pain and discomfort resulting from injury.
I believe that health is your most important asset and that prevention is key. Just like you will not be buff again from one session of exercise, your body needs care to maintain alignment and stability as well as optimal nerve flow, so if you do decide to see a Chiropractor I suggest you make sure you choose one who will be a support for life and someone that you trust to check you at least once a month as part of your own wellness routine.
Good luck & all the best with your goals.
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