Avoiding Sports Injury
Sports of any kind is a rewarding activity, essential for a healthy body and mind and good for the soul. Getting injured is not and it is easy to take steps to avoid sports injury. Take the following measures to avoid injury while training and the need for first aid care during any sporting activities:
- Wear protective gear and supports, good quality, supportive foot ware and gum shields where necessary.
- Warm up and cool down before all of your sporting activities.
- Know the best practice and recommendations for the sport.
- Don’t play when you’re injured.
- Ensure that you have a fully stocked Sports First Aid Kit close to hand, just in case of injury.
Avoiding Sports Injury: Protective Gear
Protective gear is anything you wear that helps keep you from getting hurt. Recommended gear depends on the sport: Helmets, guards and pads are the most common protective gear. They protect you while you’re playing football, hurling, rugby, hockey, hiking, rockclimbing, biking, skateboarding, and inline skating, to name just a few!
Make sure wearing the correct helmet to suit your sport, that it fits correctly and is comfortable. All helmet should fasten with an adjustable chin strap.
Other protection include: gum and mouth guards, pads: wrist, elbow, and knee guards, and a protective cup (for boys only). Cleats are worn in football, hurling,, rugby and soccer. As above these items should fit correctly and be comfortable and fasten with velcro straps where appropriate.
Avoiding Sports Injury: Warm Up
It’s not a good idea to just jump straight into your sporting activity, wherever that may be. You shouldn’t start stretching until you’re a little warmed up. Start with a light jog to get loosened up and then stretch fully before you hit the field, track or pitch.
Avoiding Sports Injury: Know the best practice
Knowing what’s best for your body when playing sports is essential to avoid sporting injuries. Warm up and stretch fully before you take to your favourite sport. Cooling down after your training, session or match is also essential. Talk to your coach about the right diet to suit your training schedule. Regular, high quality sleep and rest days are essential to allow your body to recover from the rigors of training.
Avoiding Sports Injury: Don’t Play When You’re Injured
This is the most simple and important rule of sports. If you love sports, you want to be able to engage in your preferred sport over your whole lifetime. It can be tempting to jump back into your sports activity too soon, even after an injury. However playing when injured is a terrible mistake to make. Give your busy time to heal and rest following an injury or otherwise it could lead to an injury that might leave you on the bench for a long time. See a doctor for your injuries, when necessary, and follow their advice in order to recover quickly and return to your active fun filled life.