If you play a sport such as basketball, soccer, or cricket, you’re treating your body well by giving it the exercise and stretch that it requires to remain healthy.
Studies have shown that sports can also make you happier and improve your overall mental health.
But playing sports comes at a risk. According to an estimate, more than 15,000 Canadians seek medical help annually for the injuries caused during sports and other recreational activities.
Ankle strain, hamstring strain, shin splints, and concussion are a few injuries that can occur while playing physical sports.
But more than half of these injuries can be prevented by taking some key prevention measures.
Let’s look at some ways in which you can protect yourself and your kids from getting injured while playing sports:
Use protective gear
Around 45% of head injuries can be prevented by using well-fitted and high-quality helmets. Use the right protective equipment such as wrist guards, elbow and knee pads, as well as helmets while playing sports.
It has been noted that most injuries occur during practice, as children and adults don’t take the same precautionary measures while practicing that they would take during the game.
Make sure that the protective gear is of good quality and well-fitted. Poor quality equipment won’t offer you the best protection, and ill-fitted gear will make you uncomfortable.
If your body isn’t given enough fluid during exercise, it can lose critical electrolytes and get dehydrated.
Drinking a glass of water every 15 minutes during physical exertion reduces the chances of getting a heat stroke.
If it’s hot outside, wear appropriate clothing such as light-colored, loosely fitted shirts to avoid heating your body.
Exercise resistance training
Resistance training reduces your chances of getting injured by increasing your strength and endurance.
There are a variety of exercises in resistance training that can improve your muscle fitness and help maintain flexibility and balance.
Stretch and warm-up before the game
Stretching is known to improve your athletic performance, but did you know that it can also reduce the risk of injury?
But warming-up is not the same as stretching. Warm-up increases your body temperature and enhances blood flow. An appropriate warm-up exercise reduces your chances of getting injured by increasing your muscle elasticity.
Learn more about sport-related injuries and their prevention by taking the first aid training at Metro Safety Training in Vancouver, Surrey, Burnaby, and Richmond. Visit our website or call us at 604-521-4227.