Reduce Your Risk of Sports Injury

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Unavoidable accidents or age-related deterioration can injure our joints, bones and muscles, which are designed to endure hard work through a lifetime. However, with proper preparation, sports injuries often can be averted.

If you take steps to protect yourself while playing sports, you can limit your risk for many sports injuries—especially those due to overuse of joints, muscles, or tendons; improper technique; or misuse of equipment.

Tips to Avoid Sports Injuries

  • Make sure you’re in good physical condition for the sport you want to play.
  • Take time to train properly for the specific sport.
  • Warm up before you begin.
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Wear appropriate clothing and safety equipment (such as helmets, protective padding, mouth guards, etc.)

It’s important to give your body time to rest and recover after playing a sport. Your muscles and tissues need a break to restore themselves. Most injury is due to repetitive use, and it’s most likely when your body has had insufficient rest.

Listen to the signals your body sends you. If you feel tired or sore, don't force yourself to head to the soccer field or the tennis court. “No pain, no gain” is not a maxim to follow. Instead, give your body the advantage of stress reduction through healthful practices such as yoga, meditation, or any form of relaxation.

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