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.