After being dormant throughout winter, most of us jump back into outdoor activities unprepared. With summer comes a lot of outdoor activities that may inevitably lead to summer sports injuries. The most common summer sports injuries are ankle, knee, elbow and shoulder sprains. Ligament injuries; broken bones; concussions; neck or lower back strain; and heat-related illnesses are also common.
To Reduce your risk of summer sports injuries:
- Condition your body by gradually increasing activity duration and intensity over a period of four to six weeks. Start with 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise 3 days a week eventually working up to 45 minutes, four to five days a week.
- Activities such as jogging, indoor strengthening, and indoor cycling or spinning are all great ways to prepare for summer activities.
- When you begin your activities, warm up by stretching and slowly getting back into the game.
- Be sure to stay hydrated by replenishing before, during and after activity. Do not wait until you are thirsty to drink.
- Wear light colored clothing that is well ventilated and loose fitting to prevent your body from overheating.
- If you suffer from a sports-related injury, be sure to consult with your sports medicine physician about potential treatment options.