Save your voice with these tips from Dr. Arick Forrest, Director of Voice and Swallowing Disorders Clinic at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
- Drink water before and during the game to keep vocal cords moist.
- Plan five to 10 minutes of “quiet time” during a game to rest your voice. If you feel your voice getting strained or if you hear a ‘pop,’ stop yelling immediately.
- “Warm up” vocal cords first before screaming. Vocal cords are muscles and need to warm up; just as runners don’t go from sitting to sprinting without jogging first.
- Practice “vocal hygiene,” such as drinking a lot of water and talking quietly, to help prevent long-term and permanent damage if a problem does occur.
- Avoid whispering if you have vocal damage. Whispering is even worse than talking and causes more stress to the vocal cords than soft, conversational speaking.
- Avoid talking, as much as possible, as well as caffeine, alcohol and cigarette smoke or other harmful chemicals, if your voice box is irritated.
- Work with a speech therapist to learn proper breath support, particularly if you are a cheerleader or a serious sports fan.
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