Preventing Sports-Related Injuries
Sports are a great way to stay active, be social, and engage one’s competitive side. Keep yourself in the game and at your best by following these simple steps to help avoid injuries.
- Wear protective gear. Depending on the sport you play, make sure you wear the necessary fitted gear that will keep you safe. Helmets, mouth guards, eye protection, or protective cups may be appropriate for certain sports. For other activities, protective gear may be as simple as choosing the right footwear.
- Warm up properly. A proper warm up including stretching is important since warm muscles are less susceptible to injury.
- Stretch after exercise. Stretching immediately after exertion will help any microtears within muscles to heal more quickly.
- Do not push yourself. Pain usually means injury, so when you feel over tired or in pain, listen to your body and rest.
- Drink water. Make sure you keep your body hydrated by drinking plenty of water before, during, and after your activity.
- Be familiar with the signs and symptoms of concussions. In the event of a head injury, don’t minimize your symptoms. Stop participating in your activity and seek medical care immediately if you are concerned about a possible concussion.