How to Avoid Common (and Unusual) Sports Injuries
Now that the weather is finally warming and spring is in the air, many people are ready to get back out into the world and get involved in their favorite spring sports. Staying active is important for maintaining overall health and fitness, and sports offer a great chance to get moving and to make social connections. That said, it is also important to take steps to prevent sports injuries. No one wants to be stuck on the sidelines, and the team at PrimeCare Urgent Care would like to offer the following tips on how to stay safe and remain in the game this spring.
Sometimes an Injury is Just Unavoidable
No matter how well prepared or highly trained an athlete may be, some injuries are unavoidable. A prime example is what happened to Svein Grondalen, one of Norway's most talented soccer players. While out for a jog in the woods, Grondalen literally ran into a moose. He then crashed down a hill and sustained a cut on his leg, which kept him off the field for a World Cup qualification game. Scottish player Chic Brodie also encountered an unexpected animal hazard when a sheepdog ran onto the field during a game. The resulting collision left Brodie with a shattered kneecap and ended his career as an athlete.
Taking Steps to Avoid Common Sports Injuries
Noteworthy accidents aside, the vast majority of sports injuries are common and easily preventable. May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, which offers a great chance to talk about reducing the risk of sports injuries. Prevention starts with preparation and ensuring that players have the proper equipment for their sport or activity. Wearing protective gear can drastically reduce the chances of injury. Another way to stay safe is to warm up before a game or training session. Warm-ups should consist of stretching and light cardio activity. Getting the body primed for play is important, and can help prevent strained muscles and other issues. Finally, be sure to listen to your body before, during and after any form of intense physical activity. Rest when necessary, and do not overexert yourself.
The Importance of Youth Sports Physicals
Before a child begins a new sports activity, it is important to get a sports physical. These examinations help to ensure that a child is physically prepared to play and that their growth and development is on par with the national norms. Getting a sports physical is quick, easy and should be a part of each year's pre-season training.
We welcome you to come into
PrimeCare Urgent Care and take advantage of our $35 sports physical special. While there, feel free to speak with our medical staff about any questions or concerns you have related to sports injury prevention or treatment.