Sport injuries are very common among children and even among adults. It commonly takes place due to carelessness and not taking precautions to avoid them in the first place. Sport injuries range from being minor – broken teeth, to major – broken ankle, paralysis. This, however, only happens in the extreme cases. Nevertheless, this shouldn’t stop us from taking precautionary actions, because as they say, “Prevention is better than Cure.”
Let’s take a look at how some of the sport injuries can be avoided by following simple steps:
- Wearing protective gear: Protective gear is anything that is worn by a player in order protect themselves from getting hurt. However, different protective gear is worn for different kinds of sports. Helmets are one of the most common protective gear, and is worn usually in sports that include, hockey, softball, baseball, skateboarding and more. There are also a few protective gears that you should use such as: shin guards, jockstrap, gloves, mask, plastron, knee sleeves, padding, elbow pads …
- Eye care: In sports, where there is a potential chance of the ball hitting your eyes, for example, cricket, eye wear is extremely important. This will prevent any eye problems to occur even if the ball hits the eyes and also acts as an extra shield of protection.
- Mouth guards: Some sports require the sportsmen to make sure they wear mouth guards. This is particularly important, as in worst cases, it can distort the shape of the face. Moreover, it can lead to more painful problems and leave the face permanently disfigured.
- Know the rules of the game: One very important factor is being aware of how the sport is played. Just going to the field and playing around with the equipment’s can be harmful and is highly discouraged. It’s best to practice with someone who has expertise in playing the game before you actually start hitting the field!
- Warm Up: Warming up is an extremely important step. It helps the body be prepared for what may come. Loosen up yourself and stretch a little. This is even more crucial for athletes. This is because, it not just helps the muscles stretch, but also helps them gear up for the upcoming race.
- Don’t play when you are injured. Although for some the urge to play may beat all odds, it’s a good sporting practice to avoid playing when you have already injured yourself. It’s best to give your body some time to relax before it can get to work again. This is known as the healing time and is extremely important for every injured sportsman.
No matter how hard you try, it might as well be impossible to not injure yourself at all, especially if you are involved in hard core sports. However, following the steps mentioned above can prove to be extremely useful. These will help to minimize the injuries caused, if not completely eliminate them.
Playing sports is a great way to unwind ones daily stresses and let it all out. Being injured whilst playing sports shouldn’t demotivate us from playing it in the future, but should help us realize that it’s best to take precautions the next we play the game. Therefore, play lots, but don’t forget about your health!