Protect yourself from common summer sports injuries.
Spending time outdoors playing sports is part of what makes summer so much fun. Have you already taken advantage of these long summer days by enjoying your favorite physical activity? Whether you are a seasoned competitive athlete or someone who simply wants to take advantage of the warmer weather while staying in shape, you should take some steps to help keep the rest of your summer injury-free.
These injury prevention tips can help you and your family avoid common summer sports injuries like sprains, strains and heat-related issues:
Be in the right shape. Doing too much physical activity can result in an injury. If you haven’t exercised or played sports in months, start out slowly and build yourself up to avoid placing too much stress on your body.
Warm up and cool down. Never forget to warm up to help prepare your muscles and tendons for physical activity. Cooling down is just as important, especially if you will be entering an air-conditioned area after playing sports in the hot outdoors.
Cross train. Sports-related injuries commonly occur due to overuse. Alternate sports, try different fitness routines and take periodic breaks to help prevent over-training.
Wear proper safety equipment. Whatever sport you are playing, always wear protective equipment like helmets, wrist guards, elbow protectors, mouth guards and life jackets. If you are running often, be sure that your shoes offer the correct type of support. Don’t forget the sunscreen, either!
Dress properly and stay hydrated. Whenever possible, wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing that will help you stay cooler in the warm summer weather. Avoid being outside between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM, the hottest hours of the day, and drink plenty of fluids.
Seek medical attention. If you stop sweating, feel dizzy or nauseous, or develop cramps while playing sports outdoors, you could have a heat-related illness. Get into the shade, drink water or a sports beverage, and seek medical attention.
If you experience a serious injury that requires medical attention this summer or any other time of year, Denton Regional Medical Center offers emergency care that you can trust. As Denton County's only designated trauma center, our physicians, nurses and technicians are specially trained in immediate emergency care. Learn more about our trauma center and the services we offer at Denton Regional Medical Center here or contact us at 1-855-477-DRMC for a physician referral.