Safety Tips to Avoid Fall Sports Injury

With school back in full swing, fall sports have started up again. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is offering tips to minimize the risk of injury.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in 2018, emergency departments, doctors’ offices and clinics treated:

  • 111,019 people for volleyball-related injuries;
  • 617,897 for football-related injuries;
  • 371,001 for soccer-related injuries; and
  • 80,617 for cheerleading-related injuries.

Exercise caution this season while taking part in your favorite fall sport with safety tips from orthopaedic surgeons at the AAOS:

  • Always get a pre-participation sports physical examination to ensure you’re in proper physical condition to play a sport.
  • Know and abide by the rules of a sport.
  • Wear appropriate protective gear (for example, a hard-shell helmet and padding for football, shin guards for soccer).
  • Know how to correctly use athletic equipment.
  • Always warm up before playing.
  • Avoid playing when very tired or in pain.
  • Avoid overuse injuries by taking regular breaks and playing other sports. The signs of an overuse injury can be pain that cannot be tied to an acute injury and increases with activity, swelling, changes in form or technique and decreased interest in practice.
  • Wear shoes that provide strong ankle and arch support.
  • Athletes playing on hard surfaces should work on ankle strengthening and proprioception exercises with a band to avoid ankle sprains.
  • Increase running mileage gradually. Encourage run-walk intervals for less conditioned runners.

For more information on fall school sports injury prevention visit, OrthoInfo.org.

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