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Published on August 17, 2015

7 Ways to Prevent Sports Injuries

How to Prevent a Sports InjuryProper Preparation is Key to Avoiding Sports Injuries

Most athletic injuries in children happen from overuse and can be prevented with proper training and common sense.

Here are some simple tips on how to avoid sports injuries:

  1. Warm-Up and Cool-Down – All athletes need to stretch their muscles to release tension and prevent injury before and after playing sports.
  2. Hydrate – Hydrate adequately to maintain health and minimize cramps. Kids often forget to drink water while playing sports. Muscles need hydration to work properly and avoid cramps. Your child should take water breaks every 30 minutes or more.
  3. Wear Protective Equipment that Fits – Have your child wear properly sized equipment. Check it weekly to make sure it still fits to avoid injury.
  4. Practice Proper Technique – Get instruction on proper technique. Coaches and trainers are there to teach proper technique to avoid injuries.
  5. Increase Training Gradually – Remember the 10 percent rule and do not increase training activity, weight, mileage or pace by more than 10 percent per week. This allows your child’s body time to recover.
  6. Take a Break and Rest – Encourage your child to rest, take breaks or the next season off. If your child can play a different sport during the year, they may avoid using the same muscle groups continuously, which can lead to injuries.
  7. Schedule a Pre-Participation Physical – Have your child receive a pre-participation physical, which allows for the screening, prevention and treatment of any conditions. It's also meets WIAA requirements.

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