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How to Prevent Common Sports Injuries

By Dr. Brian Kessler |

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Runner's Knee.jpgIf you are a weekend athlete after a sedentary work week, you want to take every precaution to avoid injuring yourself. This is true whether you participate in softball, football, tennis, or golf. If you know how to prevent common sports injuries, there is no reason you should only hurt even a little as a weekend sporting warrior.

Common Sports Injuries

Your body contains some superpowers.

  • Natural strength and resilience
  • Natural capacity to heal properly

Don’t let your fear of injury – or recurrent injury – change up your gait. Improper performance certainly will lead to another injury. Learn to correctly apply pressure and stress to your body in order to prevent injury or speed up healing.

Preventing Common Sports Injuries

Every sports activity – especially daily workouts – must begin with a gentle warm-up to prevent injury. A warm-up will prevent most common sports injuries. A daily workout schedule preceded by a warm-up routine will help prevent weekend or sporadic sporting injuries.

Benefits of a warm-up routine:

  • Increases blood flow to muscles
  • Helps flexibility
  • Decreases chance of injury

Listen to Your Body

Be smart and recognize when your body is experiencing fatigue. Muscle fatigue eliminate your innate physical protective reactions and increases risk of injury.

Below are some signs of a sports injury and treatment methods. If at-home treatment methods don’t help, it’s time to seek medical attention from a sports medicine doctor.

Signs of a Sports Injury

  • A joint moves abnormally or looks crooked
  • Inability to balance or bear weight on a limb without it giving away
  • Excessive swelling, tingling, numbness
  • Changes in skin color – bruising
  • Pain lasting more than a few days

P-R-I-C-E

  • P = Protect your body from further injury with splint, pad, or crutch
  • R = Restrict activity by halting your sport until injury subsides
  • I = Apply ice immediately to reduce inflammation – don’t use heat because it encourages swelling and inflammation
  • C = Apply compress with an elastic bandage to reduce swelling
  • E = Elevate the injured area above the heart to reduce swelling

One-Stop Sports Injury Treatment Center

Spine and Sports Medicine offers sports medicine treatment at a time convenient for you.

  • Appointment availability 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Off-hours for scheduling appointments
  • Selected evenings appointments throughout the work week
  • Mornings or afternoons on Saturdays

Spine and Sports Medicine is sports injury center providing a vast array of therapies within one convenient Midtown Manhattan location. Our cutting edge facility invites patients into a first class, spa-like environment with warm and inviting décor.

Please click the icon below to schedule your initial consultation at a time convenient for you – or – call 212.986.3888.

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