You don’t have to run, throw or swing like a pro to get hurt like one. No matter what type of game you play, or how good you are at playing it, injuries are a part of sports. Accidents cause some sports injuries, but the majority of sports-related injuries are the result of poor training practices, improper equipment, lack of conditioning, and/ or insufficient warming up and stretching.
Any part of the body can be injured during a sporting event, but most sports injuries involve the muscular-skeletal system, which includes: muscles, bones, and tissues like cartilage and ligaments.
There is good news, though! While injuries can (and do!) happen, there are plenty of ways to reduce your risk of getting one. Here are a few tips for staying injury free:
+ Train and get into shape before taking part in active sports.
+ Stretch before and after any physical activity.
+ Always use appropriate protective safety gear, from helmets to safety-goggles and pads, and equipment.
+ Learn to play your chosen sport the right way.
+ Know your body’s limits. Don’t try to get in a week’s worth of activities in one or two days.
+ Build up your exercise level gradually.
If you do get hurt, many injuries can be treated with rest and rehabilitation. The vast majority of sports injuries do not require surgery, though. It’s extremely important to listen to your doctor regarding rehabilitation. You should not try to return to your sport until you are properly healed and can play without pain.
Although there are a few risks associated with exercise, physical activities and sports, the benefits of being active out-weight the risks. By following the few tips listed above, the risk of sports injuries will be minimized and you will be able to play sports like the weekend pro that you are!