Attention Athletes: Simple Tips for Preventing Injuries

Sports Injury Prevention TipsSports injuries can affect your athletic abilities and competitiveness. Believe it or not, sport related injuries can even affect the quality of your life and your ability to enjoy recreational activities. Luckily, there are many different things you can do as an athlete to help prevent injuries. Here are a few simple tips:

Tip #1: Introduce new athletic activities gradually, whether it’s a new training program or just a new exercise routine.

This is why: People often jump straight in to a new training program, new exercise routine, or new sport related activity without giving much thought to possible injuries to muscles and joints. By simply starting any new athletic activity gradually, you can avoid these types of injuries.

Tip #2: When you are tired, do not train.

This is why: Fatigue is one of the most common causes of sport related injuries, and training when you are tired makes you susceptible to many different types of injuries.

Tip #3: Stop or take a break from athletic activities if you “Feel Pain.”

This is why: Pain is often a sign that something may be wrong. If you experience any pain when training or performing athletic activities, you should stop immediately to avoid the onset of an injury.

Tip #4: Don’t ignore minor sport related injuries.

This is why: Even if an injury doesn’t bother that much, be sure to allow enough rest for the injured area to heal; this will prevent a minor issue from becoming a more debilitating problem in the future.

In order to reduce your chances of injury, it is necessary to take preventative action. It’s true that not all sports-related injuries can be prevented, but with the right techniques, you can prevent most injuries. Implementing these simple routines can help you to avoid most common sports injuries.

Alfred A. DeSimone, MD
Director of Sports Medicine
Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon