Advertisement

How can I prevent sports and exercise injuries?

Falls, exercise and participation in sports cause most sprains and strains. Although these injuries cannot always be avoided, there are safety tips you can use to prevent them:

  • Start an exercise program or activity slowly.
  • Increase the intensity and duration of exercise and activity gradually.
  • Warm up your muscles with easy stretching before engaging in physical activity.
  • Do not overdo it. Slow down if muscles or joints begin to hurt. Stop when you are tired.
  • Cool down for five minutes after vigorous exercise.
  • Wear shoes that fit and are appropriate for the exercise or sport you are doing.
  • Wear proper equipment when playing sports (e.g., kneepads, wrist guards or helmets).
  • Cross train or alternate activities or exercises to rest your muscles. For example, walk one day, and ride a bike the next.

Continue Learning about Sports Medicine

Cramps / Douglas Cutter, MD, CAQSM
Cramps / Douglas Cutter, MD, CAQSM
Ankle Sprains (High and Low) / Douglas Cutter, MD, CAQSM
Ankle Sprains (High and Low) / Douglas Cutter, MD, CAQSM
Turf Toe / Douglas Cutter, MD, CAQSM
Turf Toe / Douglas Cutter, MD, CAQSM
Dehydration / Douglas Cutter, MD, CAQSM
Dehydration / Douglas Cutter, MD, CAQSM

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.