Sports and recreational activities are an important part of a healthy, physically active lifestyle – for kids and adults alike. But more than 2.6 million people are treated in emergency departments throughout the US each year for sports and recreation-related injuries.
So, before taking the field or hitting the court, make sure you follow these key prevention tips:
- Gear up. Use the correct protective gear for the activity, such as helmets, wrist guards, and knee or elbow pads.
- Use the right stuff. Make sure the gear fits, is worn correctly – all the time – and that it is in good condition.
- Practice makes perfect. Practice proper form – this can prevent injuries during football, baseball/softball, soccer, and many other activities.
- Pay attention to the temperature. Stay hydrated and wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Apply sunscreen - often. And pace yourself. Stop all activity and get to a cool environment if you feel faint or weak.
- Be a good role model. Communicate positive safety messages and serve as a model of safe behavior, including wearing a helmet and following the rules.
By following these simple tips, we can have fun in the sun….and be safe while we do it! Prevention is the key!