Advertisement

How can I prevent injuries in sports?

No matter what the sport or activity, if there's a chance of head injury, wear a helmet. If you play a racket sport or basketball, wear eye protection. All you have to do is look at professional basketball players with their wraparound glasses, or professional bikers with their helmets on, to know that the people at the top of the game take safety seriously. Even sports like skateboarding require safety precautions. Enter any emergency room on a nice Saturday afternoon and you will see skateboarders and rollerbladers who forgot to put on their kneepads, wrist guards and helmets. Boating accidents are another common source of injury, often because people forget that drinking-and-driving rules apply to the waterways, too.

The RealAge Makeover: Take Years off Your Looks and Add Them to Your Life

More About this Book

The RealAge Makeover: Take Years off Your Looks and Add Them to Your Life

Why not live at 60 feeling like you did at 35?Thousands of Americans are younger today than they were five years ago. How is that possible? By following the specific recommendations that reverse...

There are a number of simple steps you can take to help minimize the risk of injury while training for and participating in sports. The first is to make sure you perform a thorough warm up, which may involve light activities, like stretching and foam rolling of tight areas and moving all the major body parts through their range of motion to prepare them for further activity. Engaging in regular resistance training will strengthen your muscles, joints and soft tissues to help them prepare for the rigors of sports. Agility training and practicing starting and stopping will help you learn to control your body when you have to start or suddenly stop and will help decrease the risk of injury. Finally having a strong core will give you a strong base of support and help you control your body as you move. These steps will help decrease your risk of injury while participating in sports.

Continue Learning about Sports Medicine

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury / Douglas Cutter, MD, CAQSM
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury / Douglas Cutter, MD, CAQSM
Neck Stinger / Douglas Cutter, MD, CAQSM
Neck Stinger / Douglas Cutter, MD, CAQSM
Are Athletes Better Protected Today?
Are Athletes Better Protected Today?
The Evolution of Sports Medicine
The Evolution of Sports Medicine

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.