Go for the Gold with Proper Sports Safety
While watching the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, thousands of people across the United States and the entire world were captivated by the skill, grace, and speed of athletes like Gabby Douglas, Simone Biles and Michael Phelps as they competed for gold medals and world records. The Olympics can be the perfect motivational tool for getting off the couch and out into the sunlight to try your hand at sports, and for many young athletes, Olympic athletes are great role models. But unfortunately, even for the most professional of athletes, sports and outdoors activities can result in injury. So what can you do to prevent sports-related accidents and injuries?
Use the right equipment
Make sure that all clothing fits correctly. Poorly fitting shoes could lead to a fall or a twisted ankle, while loose clothing could catch on your surroundings, leading to injury. Plus, no one wants blisters from too-tight shoes! Always wear helmets or padding when needed, like for baseball or a contact sport like football. If your activity requires other equipment, make sure to always use it properly.
Follow the rules
In a sport such as football or gymnastics, proper form is important for injury prevention. Make sure you know all the rules before getting onto the field or using a piece of equipment. Ask questions if you are not sure of something. Particularly in contact sports, proper form and rule-following is incredibly important, as an improper tackle, for example, could lead to broken bones or a concussion. For an activity like gymnastics, cheerleading, or weightlifting, have a friend or teammate nearby to “spot” you— this mean that if something goes wrong, like a slip or equipment malfunction, they will be there to immediately assist you to prevent injury. If you are an adult athlete supervising younger ones, always set a good example by playing by the rules and looking out for others.
Watch out for weather!
We all know that Florida can get very hot. If you are playing an outdoor sport, make sure to stay hydrated (preferably with water!) Avoid playing outside at the hottest hours of the day, if possible. Also watch out for other weather conditions that may arise. If a tennis or basketball court is wet, wait until it is dry. A wet court can lead to slipping and falling.
While these precautions might not give you the agility of Gabby Douglas or the speed of Michael Phelps, they will help to keep you active and injury-free. Go Team USA!
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