Stretch into Spring with These Helpful Tips!

As BSSC’s spring sports season begins, we have injury prevention on our mind. After all, we need our athletes healthy to put up some good competition! That’s why we asked our partners at ProEx Physical Therapy to give us their top tips for staying healthy and injury-free this spring. Read on for more!

Spring is right around the corner! While the weather is getting nicer, that means it is time to get ready to return to outdoor activities. Many BSSC members will take to the fields  and courts around Boston this spring with recreational sports like softball, soccer and volleyball. As you begin to increase your outdoor activities, keep in mind that stretching can help prevent injuries and should always be a part of your fitness program and your pre-activity warm up routine.

Benefits of Stretching for Injury Prevention
– Preserve (or increase) joint range of motion and muscle length.ProEx Physical Therapy
– Prepare for physical activity and relief of muscle soreness after physical activity.
– Decrease muscle tightness and stiffness, resulting in greater mobility.
– Increase blood flow and nutrients to muscles.
– Rise in tissue/muscle temperature.
– Component of injury prevention and treatment.

ProEx Physical TherapyMake Your Stretches More Effective
Maintain a pain-free level while stretching.
– Listen to your body and respond accordingly by discontinuing your stretch if you feel pain.
– Warm-up prior to stretching. A light jog for 5-10 minutes will do.
– Hold each stretch for 20-30 seconds and perform 3-4 repetitions.
– Stretch a variety of muscle groups that are utilized during the specific activity you are doing.
– Try to maintain a balanced position to avoid additional muscular tension, and breathe normal.
– When doing dynamic stretches, be careful not to force your joints into painful positions.

Static and Dynamic Stretches. What is the difference?
After a warm-up, and in the period prior to and after athletic participation, stretches should be performed. There are two different types of stretches. A static stretch is a slow and passive stretch targeting specific muscles, where a dynamic stretch is active movements. Typically both static and dynamic stretches can be performed before athletic activities but with more emphasis on dynamic. Examples of dynamic stretches are jumping jacks, body weight squats, and legs swings. A static stretch is the preference when you conclude your Stretchingworkout routine. Static stretches should be performed to each major muscle group for 3-4 repetitions, holding each stretch for 20-30 seconds. It is imperative that you pay close attention to stretching all your major muscles that will be (or were) utilized during your activities.

Nipping Injuries in the Bud
Stretching properly before a workout can be extremely helpful in preventing injuries while playing sports. In the unfortunate event that you develop an injury, Physical Therapy is an option to aid in healing your injuries and return you back to your desired activities in a timely manner. Working with a Sports Medicine professional, such as a physical therapist, will assist you in resuming your desired level of sport activity. The main purpose of Physical Therapy after an injury will be to decrease pain and swelling, increase range of motion, function, and strength. Your physician can write you a prescription for PT which will be performed on average 2-3 times a week.

About ProEx Physical Therapy
ProEx Physical Therapy is a physical therapist owned private practice specializing in orthopedics and sports medicine. To find the location nearest to you, please visit www.PROexPT.com. or call 877-776-9843 for more information.

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Single in the City: How to meet people in Boston

Ah, Valentine’s Day. An annual reminder to show the ones you love just how much you love them with a cheesy Hallmark card and a box of Russell Stover’s.  For others, it’s just another annoying holiday that rolls around once a year to remind you of your single status. Maybe you’ve tried online dating with no avail and the bar scene just isn’t cutting it. What’s a single guy or gal got to do around here to meet people, anyway?

offline-romance-love-date-internet-valentines-day-ecards-someecardsBoston is a tough city to break into for people who are new and looking to expand their social circle or meet potential dates. Many people have turned to online dating to meet new people in their city, but the fact is that good old fashioned “meet cutes” still happen, and with our connections to tens of thousands of active professionals, we’ve got a few ideas for you.

Many Bostonians have come to appreciate the more organic (“throwback”, if you will) social platform that BSSC provides: put together a group of people with similar interests, provide an activity around that interest, and let them take it from there. For some inspiration this Valentine’s Day, we thought we’d provide you with a little BSSC love story!

Liz and Courtney BSSC love storyWhen Liz Barry moved to Boston from Philadelphia several years ago, she was set adrift in the post-college world where, for the first time, there was no built-in community to rely on. Liz tried meeting people in bars, but had difficulty striking up true friendships there. A year after her move, Liz wanted to learn how to snowboard, so she joined a BSSC weekend ski trip that would change her life.

Liz and Courtney Dean Wedding BSSC love storyOn that trip, Liz met her now-husband, Courtney.  Liz’s BSSC membership has created her entire social circle here in Boston and has provided a gateway to real friendships. “The people I met through BSSC are quality people with the same interests and lifestyle as me,” says Liz, 28, who now leads ski trips for the organization. “And we now do activities outside BSSC events, like going out for lunches or hikes.”

Rock the Boat party cruise BSSC friendsBSSC provides a wide variety of well-organized sports leagues and activities like skiing, travel, zip line & rappelling, volleyball tournaments, Sox games and pub crawls, but for many, BSSC’s greatest value is the people they meet. By virtue of being social and active, the events spark a sense of camaraderie and community that go beyond the activity itself.

Coed Newton Indoor Soccer champs“That’s the most gratifying thing about my job,” says Nancy McGeoghegan, BSSC’s sales & marketing director. “BSSC organizes thousands of events annually, but the best part is seeing life-long friendships, and even romances, develop and evolve from people being passionate about what they do.”

So don’t let Valentine’s Day get you down (and don’t spend it surfing Match.com for your next date, either). Check out the social activities at BSSC and challenge yourself, have a great time and make a friend or a romantic connection!

Women Taking it to the Turf: Spring Sports Leagues in Boston

Boston Women's Sports LacrosseIt’s no secret that Boston has one of the most active, health-conscious populations in the U.S. Ask any of your female friends how they stay fit and you’ll hear Zumba, Spinning, Crossfit, Kickboxing, Yoga, Pilates, Yogalates…enough classes to fill an entire week’s worth of physical activity! These classes can keep you fit & toned, sure, but what’s out there for the women who crave the competition & camaraderie of team sports? We’ve seen an emerging trend of women who want to get back to their high school or college roots and play the sports they love, like Soccer, Field Hockey, Basketball and Lacrosse—sans male team members.

BSSC Women's Sports LacrosseAsk and you shall receive: a few years ago, BSSC started a Women’s Lacrosse league on the Harvard University turf expecting 6 to 8 teams to trickle in. Fast forward to today, and this program has exploded to over 700 women playing Lacrosse in Boston throughout the Spring & Fall seasons. BSSC‘s sports department saw the high demand for women’s sports and started Boston’s ONLY indoor Women’s Field Hockey league in South Boston, as well as the incredibly popular Outdoor Field Hockey league on the turf at Harvard. In 2010, Outdoor Field Hockey started with only 6 teams, and just 2 years later, the program has more than quadrupled in size again to an impressive 30 teams, which is close to 1,000 players!

BSSC Field Hockey

Since then, thousands of women around Boston have gathered their female friends, coworkers and former teammates to form teams to get back in the game to play the sport they love.

BSSC Women's Soccer

Well, this is all well and good for the chicks with sticks, but what about the rest of the women out there who are into sports like Soccer or Basketball? BSSC has recently started offering both Women’s Soccer & Basketball leagues throughout Greater Boston. Leagues are filling up and we don’t think it is just by luck; women do like to compete and play with teammates that share their passion for the sport they love.

Here are a few leagues with open registrations for you to check out today: