Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or a recreational sports enthusiast, no one is immune from orthopedic sports injuries, which can happen suddenly or occur gradually over time from overuse. Protecting and preparing yourself before, during, and after play, or even while training, is vital to making sure you can enjoy your sport for many years to come.
An obvious way (and often undervalued by beginners) to prevent sports injuries is warming up and cooling down. Studies show that warmed up muscles are less likely to be strained or torn. Light jogging, walking, and stretching are great ways to get your body ready for training or competition. These are also great activities to do during your cool down as well. Throughout these exercises, you are able to increase blood flow to bring oxygen and nutrients back into those worked out and tired muscles.
Always use the appropriate protective gear, and make sure it is fits properly. Most contact sports require some sort of protective equipment to limit injuries. In organized sports, you will not be permitted to play without them. Keep the same guidelines in place when playing recreationally as well.
Make sure you have appropriate and well-fitting footwear. This is another often overlooked way of preventing sports injuries. Having the right footwear provides a stable foundation for your feet, ankles, knees, and hips.
Know your limitations. If you are picking up a new sport, give yourself time to learn and train appropriately. Even in great physical condition, you can still injure yourself by pushing too hard or too fast. Set appropriate goals and expectations, gradually increasing your time and intensity.
You may also need to learn or relearn techniques. Practice doesn’t always make perfect. If you haven’t learned or mastered the proper technique, you could be harming yourself over and over again without even realizing it. Working closely with a coach or trainer can ensure that you are performing techniques the correct and safe way.
Above all else, if you are injured or suspect you are injured, it is of vital importance to get yourself evaluated by an urgent care physician specializing in orthopedics. Pushing through pain or trying to self-diagnose will often lead to a more serious injury.
Patient Care Now Urgent Care is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year and can assist you in evaluating and treating your sports related injuries. Call (267) 202-6433 or check in online. Our goal is to provide the highest quality urgent care services in an efficient, compassionate, and comfortable environment, recognizing that our patients’ time, comfort, and healthcare needs are all a priority.