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Sports Injury Prevention: Tips to Stay Injury Free

Posted at 9:24 AM, May 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-12 11:24:03-04

Sports-related injuries are common, especially in the summer when most people are outside enjoying outdoor activities. Some of the most common sports injuries are from overuse or acute trauma. Through proper training and body conditioning, you may be able to lower your risk of these summer injuries.

Common Sports Injuries

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Stress fractures or shin splints
  • Ankle sprains
  • Muscle strains
  • Knee injuries

Steps to help prevent these injuries

  • Take time to gently warm up your body and learn the best ways to warm up for certain sports
  • Get proper exercise equipment, including athletic shoes and safety equipment
  • Properly train and condition your muscles
  • Try not to push yourself too hard
  • Allow your body to recover
  • Stay hydrated
  • Seek medical attention when you need it

When to seek medical attention

  • If you suspect a fractured bone
  • When you cannot put weight on a limb
  • Excessive swelling
  • Severe bruising
  • If the injury does not improve with at-home treatments