Sports are getting more attention and increased participation in recent years. Better programs have been in place for those who want to try out their skills in any sport, and there might just be a way for people who need to uncover their inner athletic abilities.
As interest in sports rises, so do the cases of injury. The good news is, 50% of all sports injuries can be avoided. Here are some useful tips and preventive strategies you can apply to ensure a good and safe game every time:
1. Ask your physician.
Don't get too excited about taking part in a physical sport. It is wise to ask your doctor about your plans. This is particularly advised for those who had medical issues in the past or are undergoing medication. Make sure you get properly evaluated physically before making that big leap. Remember, your passion for sports should make you a healthier, better person.
2. Prepare by getting in shape.
Prior to actually participating in any sport, it is best that you give your body the chance to be prepared for it. If you suddenly take part in a strenuous marathon without any experience or understanding of your body, you are in for a serious injury. Seek your doctor's or coach's advice, or ask your good, supportive friends about how to introduce the activity to your body by getting in shape.
No one succeeds overnight, not even the best athletes in the world. It takes a lot of effort, a lot of time and a lot of getting to know your body's strengths and weaknesses to become the real deal in your chosen sport. Start slow, and as time passes, increase the intensity of your routines and take the higher step toward reaching your athletic goals. It is never wise to "do too much too soon;" in fact, this is the perfect formula for injury.
4. Drop overconfidence.
Your passion and fervor for your selected sport may be commendable, but know your limits. Be where beginners should be, and adjust accordingly as you enter the intermediate to the advanced levels. When you think too highly of your skills, you risk suffering a case of serious injury. Don't overdo it; conquer one mountain at a time.
5. Wear the right sports gear.
Sports equipment and gear are not exactly for show. Well, some helmets, protective eyewear and mouth guards may be visually pleasing with all their styles and colors. Essentially, however, they are made to keep you protected. Wear them properly and at all times as required. It is also important that you keep such equipment in tiptop condition and change them as needed. Remember, it's not enough that you have all that you need to avoid injury; you need to make sure they work properly and are not broken or damaged.
By Dave E Carter