Preventing Sports Injuries
With the proper precautions, sports injuries can often be prevented. The quality of protective equipment—padding, helmets, shoes, mouth guards—have helped to improve safety in sports. But you can still be susceptible to injury.
Causes of sport injuries may include:
- Improper or poor training practices
- Wearing improper sporting gear
- Being in poor health condition
- Improper warm-up or stretching practices
How Can I Stay Injury-Free?
The following are some basic steps to prevent a sports injury:
- Develop a fitness plan that includes cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and flexibility. This will help decrease your chance of injury.
- Alternate exercising different muscle groups and exercise every other day.
- Cool down properly after exercise. This should take two times as long as your warm-up.
- Stay hydrated. Drink water to prevent dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.
- Stretching exercises can improve the ability of muscles to contract and perform, reducing the risk for injury.
- Use the right equipment or gear. Wear shoes that provide support and that may correct certain foot problems that can lead to injury.
- Learn the right techniques to play your sport.
- Rest when tired. Avoid exercise when you are tired or in pain.
- Always take your time during strength training and go through the full range of motion with each repetition.
- If you do sustain an injury, make sure you participate in adequate rehabilitation before resuming strenuous activity.
Always contact your healthcare provider before starting any type of physical activity, especially vigorous types of exercises or sports.
Get Back in the Game
If you have sustained a sports injury, we can help you return to action. Discover the wide variety of injuries our orthopedic programs can treat: