When spring weather beckons you to get outside and get active, the last
thing you want is a trip to the
emergency room for treatment of an injury that could leave you sidelined until the fall.
With just a few simple steps, you can keep injuries at bay while still
enjoying the activities you love. Reduce your risk of a springtime sports
injury with these tips.
Warm up before you begin
As Fred Redfern, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Sunrise Hospital and Medical
Center, discusses in this video, warming up before you begin any physical
activity is crucial in preventing injuries.
When you warm up, you stretch your muscles slowly and get your blood pumping
so that it is not such a shock to your system when you begin more rigorous
activity. If you fail to warm up and jump right into activity, you have
a higher risk of pulling or tearing a muscle, tendon or ligament.
Increase your conditioning slowly
If you have spent most of the winter on the couch, don’t expect to
jump into a physically demanding activity right away. Slowly increase
your fitness levels as you start a new activity regime. If your physical
conditioning is not advanced enough for the activity you’re attempting,
your body may be too fatigued to maintain proper form, which could lead
to an injury.
Use the appropriate safety gear
Never participate in any physical activity without the necessary safety
gear. From helmets to face masks and shin guards, safety equipment protects
you from broken bones, concussions, broken teeth and eye injuries, which
all require emergency care. Make sure your safety gear fits you correctly,
and replace it if it becomes worn or damaged.
If an injury does occur, the emergency care team in Las Vegas at Sunrise
Hospital & Medical Center is on standby to provide urgent treatment
so you can get back in the game fast. Learn more about our ER or get a
referral to a physician by calling (702) 233-5300.