OrthoVirginia Blog

Prevention

  • Listen to your body! If you have pain or discomfort, stop the activity and let your parent/coach know.
  • Take time off; have at least 1 day per week dedicated to a rest day. Time off can also be between seasons, cross training during this time is a good idea.
  • Fuel your body correctly; make sure you are staying hydrated and are getting the proper nutrition.
  • Wear the right gear; make sure your gear is in good condition and fits properly.  
  • Participate in a strength training/conditioning program while in season; proper form and technique is a must when strength training.
  • Participate in a dynamic warm up prior to competition or practice.
  • Always stretch after activity.
  • Participate in an injury prevention program during the off season or preseason such as Sportsmetrics.
 
Additional injury prevention resources:
http://www.stopsportsinjuries.org/sports-injury-prevention.aspx
http://www.safekids.org/preventing-sports-related-injuries
http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/menus/sports.cfm
https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/news-features-and-safety-tips/pages/sports-injury-prevention-tip-sheet.aspx
http://sportsmetrics.org/
 
Lindsay Wiggins, PT, DPT
Sportsmetrics Certified
 
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