Tips for Prevention

Today, athletes of all ages are participating in more strenuous activities such as mountain biking, in-line skating and skiing. Whether you are a serious athlete or some one who is trying to get in better shape, all sporting activities and exercise can carry a risk for injury.

Follow these common-sense guidelines for safer sports and exercise:

Warming up and repeated stretching make muscles more resistant to injury.
Most sports have protective gear specifically designed to avoid injuries common to its activities. For example, helmet, wrist guards and knee pads for in-line skating; shin guards for soccer; helmet and padding for ice hockey; and a batting helmet for baseball.
For maximum safety, learn how to properly fit, position or wear protective gear. Consult a coach, athletic trainer or knowledgeable staff member at a sporting goods store for instruction. Replace athletic shoes when the tread wears out or the heel wears down.
A regular conditioning program increases physical fitness and can prepare athletes for activities. Don’t expect the sport itself to get you in shape.
Take the time to learn the rules of the game. You can also take a lesson from an instructor to increase your knowledge and improve technique.