Staying hydrated, taking time off, not overdoing it, and taking care of yourself are all ways to prevent a sports related injury this season. Every season, whether it is a contact, team, or individual sport there are many ways to avoid injury. Getting an injury is extremely disappointing at any point during the season, therefore it is important to take the time to take care of yourself even in the prime of the season.
One of the first things you should be doing to avoid an injury is staying hydrated. Drinking plenty of fluids before, during, after practice or a game is essential. Staying hydrated is important to your overall health as well as it helps avoid muscle cramps. If your muscles cramp up during play, there is even a greater risk of injury.
Making sure you give yourself a break is another way to help prevent injury. Not only should you give yourself a day to rest during season but also by taking time off in between seasons. If you are someone who plays a sport every season, it is important to keep your body in the forefront of your mind and try to take breaks when possible.
During the heat of the game or in the middle of an intense practice, players tend to get sloppy and put the technique behind their sport to the wayside. Technique is extremely important when trying to avoid injury. There is technique for a reason and it is very important to try and remember that even though there might be a quicker way to get the job done in the brain of the player using techniques will help prevent injury.
By doing a “warm-up” and “cool-down” you are providing your body with time to prepare and relax before and after exercise. This also will help prevent injury because your muscles are prepared for the game as well as after they are being helped return to their natural state.
If you do happen to get an injury while playing it is extremely important to not play through the pain. This can be very detrimental and potentially cause the injury to worsen. If something feels off during play, take time out and either rest or get seen by a physical therapist. At the Pro Staff Institute, we specialize in sports rehabilitation to help you get back in the game.
Whether you play at the recreational or professional level injuries can happen but they be prevented by making simple changes both prior to playing as well as after. You will not only be benefiting yourself and your overall health but your game.