A guest blog from Athletic Trainer Rachel Sharpe
In the world of sports, injuries seem to be part of the game. At times, this statement can hold true. Athletes cannot save themselves from every bump and bruise they receive playing in a physical game; however, there are a number of injuries that can be prevented by remembering a few key tips:
1. Wear properly fitted clothing and equipment.
This seems like a no brainer but oftentimes athletes are playing in shoes that are too small, knee pads that are too big, or shorts that are way too long. When clothing does not fit appropriately, it can lead to much larger issues such as painful blisters on their feet, knee contusions because the pads cannot stay in the right place or bruised body parts due to falling over clothing that does not allow proper movement.
2. Stay well fed and hydrated.
Many people underestimate the importance of fueling their body. Compare the body to a car. A car cannot function without gasoline. Similar to a car, the body has to have “fuel” (food) as well. Likewise, if a car is supposed to run on diesel, it does not perform well with unleaded gas. While an athlete’s body can function on a diet loaded with fats and soda, it performs at its best with the best fuels such as carbohydrates, proteins, electrolytes and water. Without access to these fuels, the body begins to break down resulting in injury. To learn more about the importance of nutrition and performance, visit The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) website.
3. Get enough sleep.
Sleep often gets sacrificed when we get busy and have things to do. This habit typically does more harm than good, especially for athletes. The best chance for the body to recuperate or recover from this habit is during sleep. A constant state of sleep deprivation will result in a continual lack of recovery. Overtime, this inability to recover can lead to injury.
As you are planning for your next game or upcoming season, consider these tips to help prevent injuries.
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