Fall is the season for school sports, and that means plenty of excitement for students, players, and parents. However, it’s possible to become over exhaulted during the sports season, especially if an injury is involved. If you’ve got a child playing sports, here are a few ways to prevent sports injuries this fall.
AFC Short Hills provides care and treatment for all sports injuries. Unless the damage is life-threatening, be sure to visit our center for treatment. You won’t need an appointment for urgent care services.
Warm-Up and Cool Down
Preventing sports injuries begins before your child ever steps foot on the court or field. Warming up before practice or a game loosens the muscles and gets them ready to work hard. Try having your child do some light exercise and not-too-intense stretching before the game.
Likewise, a proper cool down after the game or practice will give the muscles a final stretch. This should prevent soreness and pain afterward.
Wear the Right Gear
The need for the proper protective gear for the sport in question cannot be overstated. Helmets are required in lots of sports, like football, baseball, hockey, biking, and skateboarding, so make sure you have a good one. Double-check that you’ve got the right helmet for the activity; a biking helmet won’t be suitable for a football game!
Other pieces of protective equipment your child might need for their sport are mouth guards, cleats, eye covering, wrist and elbow protection, or athletic cups for boys. If you’re not sure what to get, check in with your child’s coach.
Know Your Game
The better your child knows the rules of the game they’re playing, the better they’ll be able to avoid injury. Take some time to go over these rules with your child. This will help them not only play the game correctly, but they’ll also know what other players are expected to do and where they might be on the field or court. Just as drivers know the rules of the road and expect others to do the same to avoid accidents, players who know the game well won’t find themselves in potentially harmful sports situations.
Keeping communication open between the players and the coach, as well as among the players themselves, will prevent any accidental collisions during the game. Calling “mine” in volleyball, for example, is a great way to let other players know to step away and give space, limiting potential clashes.
Know When to Rest
Knowing when to rest is key for preventing sports injuries. Without time to rest, the muscles cannot repair themselves and therefore won’t grow. They’ll also be even more susceptible to injury.
Additionally, if your child is already injured, it’s best to stop playing for a while – even if an important game is coming up. Playing on an injury can make it much worse and reduce the likelihood that it will heal correctly.
If you’d like to know more about preventing sports injuries this fall, contact AFC Urgent Care Short Hills. From prevention to treatment, the experts will be able to make sure your child has a safe and healthy season.