If you play sports, you already know the benefits of getting exercise while doing something you love. But even though you are doing something good for your body, you could be putting it at risk, too. Sports injuries sideline millions of people each year, and experts predict that those numbers will continue to grow as the beginner age for participating in sports continues to drop.
Young athletes are starting competitive sports earlier than ever. While finding their passion so early in life can lead to great things, it can also wear their bodies down earlier, ending a promising athletic career. Child athletes who play the same sport year-round and expose their bodies to the same repetitive motions are especially vulnerable. These injuries can be particularly devastating because they can affect growth plates — the region in long bones where growth occurs — and impact the nonsporting aspects of life, too.
While there is no way to prevent injuries from sports-related accidents, some injuries caused by straining and overuse can be prevented by doing appropriate pre- and post-sport stretching and listening to your body when it needs to rest. Most importantly, if you experience any unusual pain associated with your activities, please call Omni Orthopaedics for an appointment