Preventing Sports-Related Injuries Before They Happen

The first rule to preventing injuries is to realize they are going to happen, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t precautions you can take to keep injuries at bay. The first tip is to stretch and warm up. It is incredibly important to get your body ready to go for a game. Warming up increases blood flow and should be done at least 30 minutes before the game, while stretching should take up half of the 30-minute routine.

The next rule of thumb is equally important to warming up-cooling down. After an intense football practice or game, you should spend half of the time you spent warming up toward cooling down afterwards. This can be as simple as walking around the field and stretching for 15 minutes.

Drink plenty of water and practice healthy eating habits. It may seem strange that water and veggies will help you prevent injuries, but even moderate dehydration takes a large toll on your mental and physical game. Remember to drink more water than normal on game and practice days.

Make sure to get at least 8 hours of sleep. Your muscles will not rebuild properly without it. Losing out on sleep increases your chances of being injured.

Get a massage. This may seem like a luxury, but when you are putting a lot of toll on your body, this helps to rid the muscles of toxins and waste that can become a hazard for torn ligaments and muscles.

The last precaution any football player should take is to make sure all of your equipment fits properly. Your helmet and shoulder pads can’t help you, if they are two sizes too big.

Follow all of these guidelines, and you should have a fun and safe football season!

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