For both adults and children, summertime means sports camps and adult sporting leagues, nonstop outdoor activities, and extreme heat. Parents and athletes alike need to be aware of any potential risks for injury this time of year. Here are some points to consider.
An athlete’s number one priority in the summer should be hydration. This means beginning hydration at least a half hour before going outdoors or playing a sport. Hydration should continue throughout the day and athletes should never wait to feel thirsty.
Stretch before and Cool down After
During hot weather, athletes should acclimate to the temperature before increasing their activity levels. To do this, a significant period of stretching and warm up should occur. After sporting activities, players should allow their bodies to recover by slowing down their activity during a cool-down period.
Use the Best Equipment
Every sport has specific sporting wear or equipment recommendations. Be prepared before the game and stock up on the correct padding, shoes and regulation equipment. These have been designed to help prevent the most common injuries for that particular sport.
Schedule a Physical
Physicians recommend that every athlete schedule a thorough physical before starting any new sport or exercise. Unknown conditions or specific physical limitations may affect an athlete’s health during physical activity if left undiagnosed.
Sports Injuries (NIAMS)
Sports Injury Prevention (Stop Sports Injuries)
Tips for Exercising Safely in the Heat (Health News Digest)