Prevention & Recovery
At North East Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, we’re dedicated to preventing sports injuries for adults and children in Tupelo and beyond.
No matter what sport you play, you can be injured. While contact sports pose the greatest risk of traumatic injury, most injuries in athletes caused by overuse.
The most frequent sports injuries are sprains (injuries to ligaments), strains (injuries to muscles), and stress fractures (injury to bones). In children, the areas where bones grow are at greater risk of injury. By following the prevention tips below, you can keep yourself and your kids healthy and active all year long.
Sports Injury Prevention Tips
- Take time off. Allow yourself at least one day off per week from a particular sport to let your body rest and recover.
- Wear the right gear. Athletes should wear the appropriate protective equipment for their sport (such as pads, helmets, mouthpieces, face guards, shin guards, protective cups, eyewear, etc.) and ensure that it fits properly.
- Strengthen muscles. During practice, focus on sport-specific conditioning exercises to strengthen muscles used in play.
- Increase flexibility. You should always stretch before and after games, practices, or workouts. Stretching increases blood flow to the muscles, better preparing them for activity and decreasing your risk of injury.
- Use the proper techniques and body mechanics for your sport.
- Take breaks. Doing so during practices and games can reduce injuries, especially for outdoor sports in the hot sun. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids before, during, and after exercise or play to prevent heatstroke or illness.
- Play safe. Make sure coaches enforce strict rules against illegal moves such as headfirst sliding (baseball and softball), spearing or clipping (football), and body checking (ice hockey).
- Stop the activity if you feel pain.
- Avoid reinjury by allowing an injury to completely heal before returning to your sport. Returning to play too soon causes your body to compensate for the weakness and increases the risk of injuring another body part.
If you have any questions, give us a call at North East Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Tupelo, Mississippi, at (662) 377-6700 and we’ll be happy to help.