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Easy Ways to Prevent Sports Injuries This Summer

Summer sports are now beginning. But before you dust off your sports gear, you should be aware of your chance of getting injured.

Sports injuries are very common among all age groups. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2.6 million kids alone visit the ER each year after getting hurt playing sports or doing other activities. Luckily, there are ways to help prevent sports injuries.

Five Ways to Prevent Sports Injuries

Wear protective gear — Make sure you and children use the right equipment for your sport or activity such as helmets, knee and elbow pads. The gear should fit and be in working condition.

Get a physical — Many sports require you to get checked out by your doctor before you can play, and for good reason. A physical can pinpoint if you or your child have any health issues that may lead to injury.

Stretch — Before you start your activity, make sure you stretch out your muscles. Stretching lowers your chances of getting hurt by helping your muscles work properly and your joints move more easily.

Warm Up — Jog in place or do some jumping jacks or lunges to get your heart rate up and to loosen up your muscles and joints. All of this can help your perform at your best and prevent sprains and strains.

Don’t Overdo It — If you push your body too hard, too fast you are likely going to get hurt. It’s best to slowly build up your strength and endurance by training weeks before your sport or activity begins. The American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine says that you should follow the 10% rule: only increase your training activity, weight, mileage or pace by 10%each week.

Sources: CDC , Stop Sports Injuries , WebMD

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