It’s hard to believe that it is almost Fall — but here we are!
Fall sports injuries are commonplace, yet many of them are preventable if you plan ahead.
With this in mind, here are some tips from our fellowship-trained sports medicine physician, Collin O’Keefe, designed to address concerns he hears from his patients and their parents about how to enjoy a fun and healthy fall season:
- One of the most important rules before the start of any sports season is to get a physical. A physical is essentially a proactive way to address any limitations or problems you, or your child, may experience during their upcoming season.
- Set realistic goals. Set an obtainable goal and gradually work to improve over the course of the season.
- Wear the right gear. Players should wear appropriate and properly fit protective equipment, such as shoulder pads, helmets, mouthpieces, face guards and eyewear.
- Strengthen muscles. Conditioning exercises in practice strengthens the muscles you use during the game.
- Use the proper technique. Whether you are tackling another player or running cross country, be sure to use the proper technique.
- Increase flexibility. Stretching exercises before and after practice and games can increase flexibility.
- Take breaks. Rest periods are very important during practice and games to help reduce injury.
- Drink plenty of fluids before, during and after practice and games.
- Do not play through pain. If you’re injured or you don’t feel quite right, stop. While you may be able to finish out that game, the damage could keep you out even longer.
- Play safe.
Whether you are a student athlete or a weekend warrior, if you’ve experienced a sports injury, please call us at 248-669-2000 to schedule an appointment.
Get better faster at LKO!