Spring is finally underway, bringing with it warmer weather. After a crazy winter, we can finally get outdoors.
Spring means different things for different individuals. For some, it is a time for spring cleaning, and for others, it is a return to sports. However, with sports comes the risk of injury.
According to an article in the Columbia Tribune, the bulk of sports injuries can be contributed to overuse. With overuse, you see injuries involving ligaments (tissues that connect bones), tendons (tissues that connect muscles to bones), the muscles themselves, and stress fractures (when too much pressure or force is placed on bones).
How can you keep your spring on track and avoid sports-related injuries? Here are some tips:
- Always warm-up before engaging in exercise or sports of any kind.
- Wear any appropriate equipment like helmets, mouthpieces, and shoes. It’s also important to make sure these pieces of equipment fit properly.
- Know the signs and symptoms of various injuries. For example, the symptoms of a concussion include headache, loss of consciousness, confusion, dizziness, ringing in the ears, nausea, etc., says the Mayo Clinic (http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/concussion/basics/symptoms/con-20019272). You should also know the signs and symptoms of a sprain versus a break or fracture.
- Don’t go full force 24/7. You have to allow your body time to recover from athletic or strenuous activities. Take time off at least once a week, or do something less demanding, like going for a simple walk.
- Take breaks while engaged in athletic activities. Whether you’re just working out, at practice, or in a game, it’s important to take breaks to let your body rest and to hydrate. This tip will be even more important as we head into hotter temperatures.
If you do find yourself injured, it’s important to listen to the doctor, physical therapist, or other healthcare provider in regard to when you can return to full activity. Be sure to cooperate and participate in any strengthening or flexibility exercises that are recommended.
If you are injured on someone else’s property and it is due to their negligence, you may want to consult with an attorney to find out about having your medical bills and any damages covered. For example, if you’re playing basketball at the gym and slip and fall in the locker room because there are standing puddles of water, you’d want to talk to an attorney.
Use these tips to fully enjoy spring injury-free.