Date: 7/10/2017 4:08 PM UTC
The warm summer weather means everyone wants to be outside.
It’s the perfect time to learn a new sport or improve your skills at an old
one. Unfortunately, this uptick of physical activity can often lead to injuries.
Whether you’re a seasoned mountain biking pro or a newbie soccer player, no one
is immune to the potential risk of injury. Here are some tips to help you
prevent sports injuries this summer.
1. Stay Hydrated
Hydration is one of the most important things to keep in
mind in the heat. Drinking water keeps your muscles working efficiently.
Dehydration will increase your risk of cramps and pulled muscles. Failing to
drink water can also lead to heat exhaustion or even heat stroke. It’s easy to
bring a bottle of water with you wherever you go and it will save you a lot of
problems. So, do yourself a favor, and keep yourself hydrated.
2. Take A Lesson
If you’ve decided to take up a new sport, don’t be afraid to
learn from an expert. Someone who is more experienced will notice your bad
habits right away and be able to correct any bad form. Learning the
fundamentals right away will help you develop safe practices that will decrease
your risk for future injury. If you can’t afford a private lesson, consult a
friend who might be experienced in the sport. Learning from someone more
experienced will be very useful in preventing your future risk of injury.
3. Wear Proper Footwear
One of the most important aspects of any sport is the right
footwear. They should provide you with proper support to avoid any strain on
your leg muscles or back. Wearing cleats on soft ground will decrease your risk
of injuries related to lack of balance. In skateboarding, biking, and hiking,
you should make sure your shoes provide you with proper protection.
4. Use Proper Equipment
You should be sure to use whatever safety equipment is
required for your sport. For skateboarding, biking, and many contact sports, be
sure to wear a helmet to avoid concussions. Use all appropriate padding for
sports like football and hockey, and utilize elbow and knee pads when
skateboarding. Having the proper safety equipment will greatly decrease your
risk of injury during sports accidents.
5. Prepare Your Muscles
If you’ve been slightly less active over the winter, you
should be careful to not shock your body. Jumping into a new sport or intense
workout can put real strain on your body and risk serious injury. Make sure you
properly work out the muscles needed for your sport before hand. Sports like swimming
and climbing will engage your entire body and you might find that you need
all-over strength training. If you’re planning on hiking, it’s a good idea to strengthen your legs and back.
Whatever activity you take up this summer, make sure your body is ready for it.
6. Be Aware
of Your Surroundings
partaking in outdoor sports, it’s important to know your terrain. If you’re
hiking, mountain biking, climbing, or train running, research your path ahead
of time in order to be prepared. Stay alert and look out for things in your
path such as rocks, tree branches, or other hikers. In water sports, it’s
important to know the depth of the water and the currents ahead of time to
avoid any accidents. Lastly, be sure to check the weather before hand. It will be
hard to avoid injury if you’re stuck at the top of a mountain in the pouring
rain with no way down but your bike.
you experienced a sports injury? Our hours of operation and easy walk-in
service make your medical experience easy and stress free. We understand that
injuries don’t always happen during a convenient time. That’s why we offer our
services without requiring prior appointments.
more information, please give us a call at 1-855-424-6824.