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Learn How to Prevent Sports Injuries

May 11, 2012

Sports injuries can occur to both competitive and recreational athletes. While some injuries are mild and will go away on their own, others can cause severe pain and even disability. There is no guarantee that you will not sustain injuries while you are playing your favorite sports, but taking preventive measures can reduce the risk significantly.

Warm Up

It is advisable that you warm up for at least 10 minutes before you start playing sports. Start by walking or jogging for a few minutes, and then, increase the pace gradually until you are running vigorously. Next, perform stretching exercises to warm up the muscles that will be used extensively in your sporting activity, such as arms, wrists, and shoulders for racquet sports, and legs for running.


If you are starting an
exercise program after being inactive for a long time, you should not exercise too intensely right away. Sports coaches recommend a maximum of 10% increase in level of activity every week.Don’t Overdo It

Prevent Dehydration

To avoid dehydration, you need to drink one glass of water every 20 minutes throughout your sporting activity, in addition to the recommended intake of 6 to 8 glasses a day. If you are taking part in endurance sports or exercising in warm weather, you will have to drink more.

Use the Right Technique and Equipment

It is essential that you use the right technique and equipment when you are playing sports. You can find out how to use the correct technique by consulting a qualified coach or fitness instructor. If there is safety gear available for your sport, make sure you use it. Safety gear can help prevent serious sports injuries such as head injuries and fractures.


Dr. Matthew Schaeffer Ohio Medical GroupAbout Dr. Schaeffer:

Dr. Schaeffer is Board Certified in Family Medicine and he holds a Certificate of Additional Qualifications in Sports Medicine. His special interest is Sports Medicine. Dr. Schaeffer sees patients of all ages in our Elyria office.