Sports Injury Prevention

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Listen to your body. It is important to pay attention to warning signs and keep track of symptoms such as unusual fatigue, loss of throwing control or pain that develops after practice or competition. These could be signs of existing or impending injury. Do not play through pain or “tough it out” as this may lead to serious injury.

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Stay hydrated. To avoid heat illnesses, cramps or injuries during play, your athlete should drink plenty of fluids before, during and after practices and games.

Use the right equipment

Use the right stuff. Be sure that sports protective equipment is in good condition, fits appropriately and is worn correctly all the time—for example, avoid missing or broken buckles or compressed or worn padding. Poorly fitting equipment may be uncomfortable and may not offer the best protection. Make sure to use the right protective gear for the activity or sport, such as helmets, wrist guards, knee or elbow pads.

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Have fun and reduce the emotional stress. The pressure to win can cause significant emotional stress for a child. Young athletes should be judged on effort, sportsmanship and hard work. They should be rewarded for trying hard and for improving their skills rather than punished or criticized for losing a game or competition. The main goal should to have fun and learn lifelong physical activity skills.
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Tips sourced from UTMB Health Orthopedics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.