5 Bad Habits That Can Put You At Risk for a Sports Injury

sports injuryNothing can ruin a sports season or a good exercise streak quite like a sports injury. Avoid these five bad habits to prevent sports injuries in the first place and stay at the top of your game.

1. Playing through pain
Pain is a sign that something is wrong. Don’t ignore it. Talk with your health care provider for advice on how to treat your pain.
 
2. Skipping a warmup
A warmup prepares your muscles for activity. Failing to warm up can increase the risk for knee injuries, shin splints, and other problems. For a proper warmup, walk, jog, or exercise at an easy pace for about five to 10 minutes. Then stretch the muscles you’ll be using during the activity.
 
3. Using the wrong gear—or no safety gear at all
If your sport uses safety gear, wear it. This includes helmets, eye protection, knee pads, and wrist guards. Make sure everything fits properly and isn’t too worn out.
 
4. Wearing the wrong footwear
Shoes should absorb shock and fit you well. You may also want to invest in a pair of shoes specific to your sport, like court shoes or cleats, if you play that sport three or more times a week.
    
5. Going too hard, too soon
Respect your body’s limits. Doing activity when your body isn’t prepared can cause injuries such as Achilles tendon tears. Don’t try to cram in a week’s worth of exercise on Saturday. Likewise, don’t sprint as fast as you can during a game of Ultimate Frisbee if you haven’t run that fast in ages. Build up your activity level slowly over time.

Game Plan for Good Health
If you’re experiencing long-lasting pain that limits your daily activities, it may be time to see a specialist.

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