Pushing yourself too hard during a workout, a hike, a sport, or any sort of physical activity can result in an injury that leaves you out of commission. If you are someone who is competitive, this is especially real for you. You are probably someone who keeps your eye on the prize and will stop at nothing to win. But without being too careful, an incident could occur and next thing you know, you are no longer able to move like you used to.
At U.S. HealhWorks, we want to make sure these sort of incidents don’t occur and that you can continue being physically active for as long as you want. This is exactly why we strongly promote sports physicals. In any case, if you are an avid athlete, you should be implementing an injury prevention strategy so you are never in such a situation.
President and CEO of the National Safety Council, Deborah A.P. Hersman stated, “The Olympics are a testament to what we can accomplish when we work hard and dream big. Many of us learn life-long teamwork and leadership skills from playing sports. Being mindful of safety can ensure big dreams are not dashed by preventable injuries.”
The consequences of overexertion in a sport can include injuries that lead to long-term health problems and impair growth. Fortunately, many sports injuries commonly sustained by athletes are easily prevented. Just a few of the effective injury prevention practices that both you and coaches can uphold include providing age-specific coaching and physical conditioning, teaching proper use of sports equipment, and promoting an atmosphere that upholds healthy competition. In addition to these, the NSC recommends practicing the following sports injury prevention tips:
- Make sure to have regular sports physicals.
- Understand the signs of a concussion and learn how to prevent them.
- Prepare for an emergency by taking a first aid and a CPR class.
- Check facilities for any potential safety hazards such as broken equipment or uneven surfaces.
- Keep hydrated.
For a thorough sports physical and other medical needs, go to a nearby urgent care center such as U.S. HealthWorks.
(Move Over, Michael Phelps: Is Your Future Olympian At Risk of Injury?, EHSToday.com)