Sports are usually a great deal of fun for a child. Many children start to play sports from a very early age and continue to play them throughout school and even later on in life. They bring many people joy and support team building and sportsmanship. Sports even have a great benefit for the body and its health overall. Sometimes things can go astray when partaking in sports and injuries can occur. Although not all sports injuries are 100% preventable they can be lessened. The use of safety equipment and these tips can help children prevent sports injuries.
- Make sure you are in the proper condition to play a sport. If you have never played a sport in your life, do not exercise regularly, and lead a sedentary lifestyle, you probably will have a hard time becoming a track star overnight. Start slow and allow your body time to adjust and adapt to the new active lifestyle.
- Get your annual physical before playing sports. Your primary care physician can help you decide if playing a sport is right for you.
- Follow the rules of the game, they are there for a reason. Certain types of tackles and other contact type movements can lead to severe injuries. If they are not allowed in the rules there is likely a good reason for it.
- Get the right gear. Use gear that fits correctly, is right for the sport and that will properly protect you while playing.
- Make sure you know how to use your safety equipment correctly. A piece of safety equipment is not effective if worn incorrectly. Severe injuries can come from the improper use of safety equipment.
- If you are in pain or are exhausted do not play in a game. Fatigue and pain can lead to unintended injuries such as sprains, fractures, or shin splints.
- Warm up before you play so that your muscles, ligaments, and bones are not shocked at the sudden increase of activity.
- Cool down after you play. Allow for your body to slow down and catch up.
If you follow these tips then you are on your way to a safer sports environment. Still have questions? Want to know more tips or look into orthotics to help you in the game?? It is time to visit Dr. Lawrence J. Kales, of Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle, located in the nature coast area of Florida. There he will examine your feet and determine your condition and discuss a treatment plan with you. Do not let your child’s feet suffer, call 727-868-2128 or make an appointment online.