Prevent Sports Injury

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Some parents are afraid of seeing their kids enjoy a chosen hobby like sports because of the possible injuries that they may get from it. Sports injuries usually happen when a person gets involved in sports that require contact and vigorous activity. Some may get it from the competitions, training sessions or organizing physical activities.

What are the benefits of sports?

  • Boost self confidence.
  • Relieve stress.
  • Increase self-esteem.
  • Promote sportsmanship.
  • Help people socialize or mingle with other people.
  • Improve your mood.
  • Increase self-awareness.
  • Bring about lower risk of bad influences.
  • Improve blood flow.
  • Maintain a healthy body.
  • Drive us away from sickness.
  • Increase flexibility and endurance.
  • Keeps you active.
  • Improve skills.
  • Promote better concentration and focus.
  • Brings enjoyment

Such are the many benefits of sports that to prevent injury is essential. Before you can prevent something, you should know why people get injured from playing this beneficial hobby.

An injury from sports may happen for the following reasons:

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    Lack of proper training
    A player who did not go through proper training may injure himself when he falls down to the floor and hit the pavement. He may also lack the technical skills to avoid players who may defensively snatch a ball, thus hitting his face, ribs or trip on a limb.
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    Forgetting to warm up the body or extremity before the actual game
    When a person does not perform warm up exercises before an actual game, there is the possibility of straining an arm, suffer from contracture or sprain. The body is like an oven. If you do not prepare the oven for the baking, chances are, the cake won't get properly baked. When the body is not properly attuned to the game, he may suffer from pulling a ligament or breaking a leg.
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What are the types of Injuries from Sports?

Injuries to the Face

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There are many sports that may cause injury to your face. The injury may be caused by an impact to your teeth and gums, making you lose a tooth. It is also possible to get a broken or bleeding nose, swelling or deformed jaw . Examples of these are boxing, basketball, soccer, mixed martial arts, football, wrestling, ice hockey, slam ball, and many more. This usually happens with full contact sports. The injuries may be the result of a blow, collision or heavy fall. Nose bleeds may happen because of extreme heat temperature or an accidental collision that hits the nose.

Limb and Muscle Injuries

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Upper and lower extremities may suffer from broken bones because of a collision or a heavy fall on the ground. These injuries are frequently observed in sports like basketball, ice hockey and martial arts.

Skin and Other Injuries

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Injuries other than the two categories mentioned above, skin and other types of injuries may also happen in combination with the earlier classification. An injury to the face may come with a bruise to the eye or cheek as a result of the face hitting an elbow or a knuckle, such as that with boxing and basketball. A cut may happen when the lip gets hit by a stray ball. Involuntary muscle spasms may also happen which may render a player unable to concentrate on the game, thus not seeing an forthcoming injury or blow to any part of the body. Blisters from wearing inappropriate sports gear may also develop.

How do you prevent sports injuries?

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    Proper Training
    For a particular skill in sports to develop, one should learn the sports and train to get the required skill. Without the knowledge and skill, the sports cannot be properly performed or executed during an actual game. Violation of rules may happen between players. The lack of knowledge will prevent the player from identifying what is not allowed and allowed in the game, thus sustaining or inflicting an injury to a player or sustaining one himself.
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    Warm up before the actual game
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    Warming up before a game is to have a couple of stretching so that the muscles and ligaments are prepped before the vigorous activity. This is also applicable to exercises. It is akin to the air conditioning unit of a car. Before you can actually feel the change in temperature, you should provide ample time for the machine to rev up its engine to deliver what you are asking. Warming up before every play is important because it prepares your body and muscles to avoid injuries. Simple warm-up could be started by doing some stretching, sit-ups or push-ups.
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    Wear the appropriate gear for the sports
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    You cannot wear a loose pants for swimming. This will require more force for your arm and legs to swim as the extra flap of clothing also influences the flow of water. Mouth guards are essential for boxing and martial arts performance. Without this gear, you are at risk for losing a tooth or biting your tongue. Protection against blows to the head is what the helmet is for with full contact sports like ice hockey and soccer. In addition to the body gear, these two equipment serves to protect the wearer from blows and collisions. Without these protective gear, they may sustain concussion, contusion, bruises or cuts. Appropriate footwear is also required. This is especially important in basketball and soccer. Without a good pair of soccer shoes, the player cannot run properly on the wet grass as the shoes will provide traction on the playing field. A good pair of basketball shoes is also important, not just to make running to and fro inside the basketball court easy but to prevent the feet from getting blisters from the friction of the skin against the shoes.
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    Play and perform the game in the recommended environment
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    You cannot expect to be free from injuries if you are wearing the appropriate gear for basketball, yet play on a dirt road makeshift court. It is expected that as you lay up the ball, there is that possibility of falling on the floor. Now, falling against a combination of dirt and stones may be a painful experience. It would be impossible for someone not to sustain any sort of injury from such situation.
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Additional Tips

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    Follow the rules and regulations of every sport
    Remember to always follow each rule in every game to make sure no one gets hurt and avoid fights between players.
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    Never play when you feel bad, injured or tired
    A player should always be aware of what his or her body feels. Don't push yourself too much.
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    Rest is always recommended
    Resting restores all the energy your body needs so that you can keep up with your game.
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    Drink plenty of water
    Always keep your body hydrated.
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    Stay in shape
    Before joining any sport, your body should be in shape and be fit.
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