How to avoid sports-related injuries

If you like to play sports or are a weekend warrior, you know that sometimes accidents happen. You can lower your chances of a sports-related accident or injury and protect yourself by these easy tips:


Wear recommended safety gear

If you are engaged in an activity that has recommended safety gear, be sure to research what safety gear you should be using and use it appropriately. Whether it is a helmet or a mouth guard, these products exist to help you protect your body from injury should you be involved in a more risky athletic activity.

Know the rules

Some sports allow direct contact with competitors and some do not. Rules were established to make the activity interesting to ensure that the game is played safely. For example, you are not allowed to raise your stick past a certain point in hockey because it puts you and your competitors at a greater risk for a serious injury. Be sure to follow the rules of the game in order to keep it fair and safe.

Condition and stretch

Many sports-related injuries occur due to poor conditioning, which could cause a pulled muscle or broken bone. Make sure to stretch before and after every athletic activity. Also, make sure your body is in the proper shape to participate by making exercise a part of your daily routine.

Be aware of your surroundings

Look around at the field or running path before engaging in your game or your run. Be sure you know where big objects are and where other people are in relation to you so that you are less likely to have a collision. If you take your activity off the field, survey your surroundings, before you start, to avoid injury. 

There are many things you can do to help protect yourself and those you love from sports-related injuries. If you want to have some financial protection in place, purchasing accident insurance can help protect your wallet from these injuries by providing you with a cash benefit for covered accidents. You can use this money to help cover crutches or other out-of-pocket expenses not covered by health insurance should you or a loved one experience a sports-related injury.

Being well prepared before participating in sports activities can help you lower your chances of an injury and help you enjoy your activity.

Sources

Kids Health, "Sports and Exercise Safety," accessed May 16, 2014, http://kidshealth.org/teen/food_fitness/exercise/sport_safety.html.

Mayo Clinic, "Stretching: Focus on flexibility," accessed May 16, 2014, http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/fitness/in-depth/stretching/art-20047931.

USA Football, "Small mouths need protection, too," accessed May 16, 2014, http://usafootball.com/health-safety/small-mouths-need-protection-too.

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