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What are the Best Methods of Sports Injury Prevention?

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  • Written By: K. Gierok
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  • Last Modified Date: 05 November 2016
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Sport injuries are not only often quite painful, but typically take months to recover from completely. It is important, therefore, that athletes take all steps possible in order to ensure sports injury prevention. Those who are concerned about the prevention of sports injuries should be sure to start by learning how to properly perform the basics of the sport that they are participating in. In addition, athletes should incorporate resistance training into their routine and use protective gear at all times. Undergoing a complete physical examination is also important in the prevention of sports injury.

In order to ensure sports injury prevention, young and old athletes alike should be sure to learn the basics of the sport that they are participating in at an early stage, and perform these maneuvers in the correct manner each time it is required. For example, though it may be much easier for a hockey player to simply skate into the boards during a game or practice, learning how to stop or turn will aid in the prevention of painful breaks or sprains. Those who have a difficult time mastering the basics should consult with a coach before attempting full contact play, games, or practice in order to avoid sports injuries.

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Next, those who are interested in sports injury prevention should incorporate high amounts of resistance training into their routine. While some athletes may not initially understand the need for an increase in muscle mass, larger and stronger muscles typically lead to shoulder, knee, and hip joints that are also much stronger. By strengthening these areas, athletes are at a much lower risk for the development of dislocations or other painful injuries.

Athletes should also be sure to use the correct gear and equipment at all times, and not only in game situations. At times, during practices, it can seem cumbersome to wear the pads, helmets, and other pieces of protective equipment that are required in games. Playing or practicing without these pieces of equipment, however, can sometimes lead to disaster. Though it may be frustrating for athletes to be required to wear numerous pieces of protective equipment at all times, it is essential for the prevention of athletic injury.

Undergoing a complete physical is also an important step in ensuring sports injury prevention. Seeing a physician prior to the start of a new athletic endeavor can not only educate the athlete about whether or not they are healthy enough to participate in the sport, but can also provide tips and techniques for maximizing athletic performance.

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