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5 steps to reduce risk of sports injuries

In addition to touching base with your FCMG provider if you have questions or concerns about participating in outdoor sports, take these simple steps to help you avoid sports-related injuries:

  1. Warm-up and stretch: Before engaging in any physical activity, it is important to warm up your muscles and stretch properly. A good warm-up gets your heart rate up, increases blood flow to the muscles, and prepares them for physical activity. Stretching helps to increase flexibility and reduce the risk of injury.

  2. Use proper equipment: Using the right equipment for the sport you are playing can help prevent injuries. Make sure to wear the appropriate shoes, pads, helmets, and other protective gear. Make sure the equipment is in good condition and fits properly.

  3. Build up gradually: If you are new to a sport or have not played in a while, it is important to build up gradually. Start with light activity and gradually increase the intensity and duration of your workouts. This will help your body adjust to the demands of the sport and reduce the risk of injury.

  4. Hydrate and rest: Drinking plenty of water and getting enough rest are important for overall health and can help prevent injuries. Dehydration can lead to muscle cramps and fatigue, while inadequate rest can lead to overuse injuries and fatigue.

  5. Listen to your body: If you experience pain or discomfort during physical activity, stop immediately and rest. Pushing through pain can lead to more serious injuries. Pay attention to your body and adjust your activity level accordingly.

    Injured while playing sports even after following these tips? Contact your FCMG provider for a diagnosis and course of treatment!