Kids and adults alike are constantly getting injured when playing sports. Sports related injuries commonly occur in a person’s ankle, knee, wrists, hand and head but they can happen to any part of the body. People typically go to the ER when the injury is more severe such as loss of consciousness, concussion, break, fracture, etc. If/When a sports related injury occurs, it is important to know how to care for the injury. In addition, it is just as important, if not more, to learn how to prevent these injuries. The following tips are ways to prevent injuries.
- Protective gear is available for many, if not all, sports for the purpose of keeping the players safe. When you have access to this equipment, use it. Wearing a helmet may not look “cool” but it can prevent a concussion or severe head trauma.
- Follow the rules of the sport. Deciding to not follow or playing a sport without knowing these rules and guidelines can cause an accident to occur. Play the game how it is meant to be played and the chances of injury will be far less.
- Listen to the signs of your body. When you are overexerted from physical activity, your body will send you signals to “stop.” Listen to these signs because injuries are more common when people’s muscles are extremely overtired. Make sure your body gets enough rest.
- When you are injured, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Pushing through the pain will just lead to worse conditions. If you are hurt, you need to treat the condition properly to avoid further issues down the line.
Everyday injuries caused by sporting activities happen. These injuries happen to people old and young, professional and newcomer. Like previously stated, while these injuries are so common, they can also be prevented. If you experience an injury related to sports activity, consult with a primary care sports medicine physician. However, before you get to that point, we recommend that you follow the tips above and make playing your sport a more enjoyable experience rather than a painful one.