Practical Ways to Prevent Common Sports Injuries

 We're continually looking for practical methods to minimize the risk of sports injury.

Here are a few things an athlete can do to cut down sports injuries:
1.         Compete with people of similar level of size, proficiency, and strength. This is particularly crucial in collision sports like ice hockey and football. The more hapless and smaller players find greater than their share of injuries.
2.         Be in condition prior to getting up for practice or competing vigorously. Most sports necessitate serious strength and endurance and these can be acquired by effective conditioning programs specific to certain sports. Whenever possible, talk to the coach regarding conditioning 2 or 3 months prior to the start of the season. The unconditioned athlete suffers injury, some of the times seriously.
3.         Do a proper warm up prior to each practice and game. Tendon sprains and muscle strains and are most common in sports. A proficient stretching sequence in your warm-up may bring down the odds of these injuries.
4.         Employ the suitable gear. Protective gear has been designed and furnished for a good reason. Make sure it fits, it doesn't need repair, and that you don and use it the right way. Most sports are demand the use of our feet. Be sure that shoes and socks fit out and that all socks are clean and have no holes.
5.         Do not put on jewelry in active sports. Neck jewelry can be unsafe; rings produce severe finger injuries like getting caught on hoops and so forth.
6.         Exercise good hygiene. Skin infections are especially more common among athletes and can place you out of competition for a week or more of treatment. It could even spread to other team members. Showering down using an antibacterial soap every day and after every workout boils down the risk of skin infection. Keeping all uniforms and gear washed and clean is also helpful. Have your fingernails clipped shorter than the tip of the finger to avoid painful scratches and dangerous eye injuries (it's a rule in the NBA).
7.         Do not play while having a fever. Some basic viral infections can be serious generalized illnesses last all too long after a hard workout or game. You also wish to avoid any opportunity of passing on your illness to the rest of the team. A fine rule is "with a fever more than 100° stay home and get well."
8.         When playing is to be done in an unsupervised gym or playground  take a minute to be ensure that whatever a player could run into and get wounded from is substantially away from the game area. Lawn mowers, bicycles, cars, score tables, benches, sprinklers and other obstructions can induce serious injuries.