Five Ways to Avoid Sports Injuries

Playing sports is fun. Getting hurt is not. Follow these steps to avoid sports injuries and to stay in the game:

  • Wear protective gear, such as helmets, gloves, knee pads and the like.
  • Warm up before playing sports.
  • Know and respect the rules of the game.
  • Note to others.
  • Do not play when you’re injured.

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Delve a bit at each of these points.

Wear protective gear
For protective equipment, understand anything you wear to help you avoid hurt. The gear you wear depends on the type of sport you play. The helmet is the most protective element is used. It protects the head, a very important part of the body, when you play rugby, hockey or baseball or when you ride, skate or go skateboarding, to name a few!

Be sure to wear the right helmet for your sport. For example, do not ever wear a baseball helmet to play rugby! The * should fit snugly but comfortably, and if it has a strap-like in a bike helmet, you need to fasten. If not, it will fall off when you need it most.

Other sports require goggles, mouth guards, knee pads, wrist guards and elbow guards and groin protectors (only for boys). And do not forget the feet. To play rugby, baseball and football requires a special shoe that takes a rubber or plastic cleats in the soles to help grip the ground running.

Talk to your parents or your coach to find out what equipment you need. And always take it because when you play sports.

Warm up before sports
Not a good idea to jump into the field and start playing no more. You should not even start stretching a little warmed up. So take a little jog to get loosened up and ready to play.

Stretching can also help to heat. Warming up will help you prepare for sports. Warm the muscles before sports helps prevent injuries. The warm-up sessions lasting 15 to 30 minutes and include slow, gradual stretching help lengthen your muscles and increase blood flow and muscle temperature. So, your muscles are ready to go and are much less likely to get hurt.

Knows and respects the game
Traffic lights at intersections help prevent crashes between cars and many trucks on the streets at the same time. Semaphore works because drivers know the rules and follow them, at least most of the time. With the sport is the same.

When players know and respect the rules of the game, what is and what is not allowed to do-there are fewer injuries. If you know the game, you and the other players will know what to expect from each other. For example, in football cannot be attacked from behind, thrown to a player’s legs or touch the ball with his hands. It is possible-and safer-run after the ball instead of after the players.

In sports that use plays, it helps to understand what each play and the role of each player in it. Be where you’re supposed to be also can help you avoid injury.

Note to others
Some rules have nothing to do with scoring points or penalties. Some rules are just about protecting other people and being courteous. For example, in baseball the hitter cannot throw the bat after hitting the ball and run to first base. Similarly, a swimmer must ensure that no one in the place of the pool where you want to throw. If not, could fall on someone else.

One way to consider is to communicate to others in the field. For example, a baseball player who is in the garden can shout “mine” to avoid a collision with another fielder. Follow the directions of your coach during the game also can help to prevent injury. It is also good to be educated, for example, telling someone carrying the shoelaces untied. Also make sure your shoes, too!

Do not Play When You’re Injured
This rule is really important. If you love sports, it’s tempting to play after an injury. But playing after an injury-or before you’ve fully recovered from a previous injury-is a bad idea. If you are injured playing sports, inform your parents and your coach. If necessary, see your doctor and follow his instructions on how and when to return to sports.

Now you know what children need to know to avoid injury when doing sports. With any luck, if you follow rules 1, 2, 3 and 4, you will not need to follow the fifth. Or at least not very often!

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