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Published:January 13th, 2007 07:09 EST
Preventing Sports Injuries

Preventing Sports Injuries

By Danielle Yoesep

Everybody likes to stay active and play sports.  Nobody likes getting hurt.  However, many people do not take any precautions while playing sports, as they should.  One way that will keep you safe is to wear the protective gear that is required for the sport you are playing.  The protective gear will keep you from getting hurt as well as getting any serious injuries.  All of your protective gear should fit snugly, not too big or too small. 

Another thing you can do to prevent yourself from getting any injuries is to warm up before you start playing the game.  It is not a good idea to start playing the game without warming up first.  Warming up is very important because it helps get your body ready to play.  Warm ups include doing things such as taking a light jog to get loosened up and doing some stretches to make sure you do not pull any muscles while playing.  Warming up lengthens your muscles and increases your blood flow and muscle temperature.  That way, your body is ready to go; and it is less likely to get hurt. 

When playing any game, you need to make sure that you know all the rules.  When all the players know the rules of the game, it is less likely for anybody to get hurt.  All of the players know what to expect from one another; therefore, everyone can interpret what is going to happen next. 

For example, tripping somebody purposely in sports is illegal.  Players can expect that nobody would try to trip other player because it is not legal in the game.  Players who do trip other players know that they will have consequences to pay because tripping is not allowed in the game.  Another extremely important thing you need to know is not to play when you are injured. 

If you are really into sports, it might be tempting for you to jump right back into the game even after an injury.  Playing if you are hurt or before an injury is fully healed is a bad idea.  It can lead to an even worse injury, which will keep you from playing for even longer.  We all know that sports are fun to do, but it is not as much fun when you are sitting on the sidelines just watching because of an injury.