Tips for Preventing Injuries in Fall Sports

It’s that time of year again! Not only is it back to school, but it’s also back to sports. At MALO Health & Wellness, we acknowledge the importance of being properly prepared to participate in sports, especially with the added pressures of teammates, coaches, and parents. In any athletic participation, there is always risk of injury. Our goal is to properly train athletes of all levels, abilities, and ages, in order to help prevent injuries.

The best way to avoid injuries is to train year-round, work to stay in shape and remain as healthy as possible. This can be as simple as incorporating stretching and plyometric exercises into your daily routine. A plyometric exercise involves quick movements repeated in succession, with very little time between movements.

Varying the types of sports and exercise you engage in can also help to reduce your risk of injury. This is because different movements and exercises use different muscles, so there is less chance of obtaining an overuse injury. This type of injury can affect muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones, and generally happens gradually.

Other types of injuries are harder to avoid. Acute injuries, which are more sudden, happen when players collide or the body is subjected to another sudden force. Acute injuries include conditions such as sprains, strains, fractures and contusions. Unfortunately, prevention is more difficult for these injuries, and they often occur as a normal part of athletics, especially high-impact athletics.

As much as we would like to avoid getting hurt, we know that isn’t realistic. When injuries do occur, it is important to be checked out by a qualified physician. No matter how minimal the damage may appear, or how big the upcoming game is, our orthopaedic staff encourages everyone with an injury to seek treatment right away. We acknowledge that often times our patients are tempted to “play through the pain,” but this is much worse in the long run. Minor injuries can worsen, and a rehabilitation plan that might have included two weeks’ rest can suddenly turn into sitting out an entire season.

If you sustain an orthopaedic injury of any type, the doctors at MALO Health & Wellness are always ready to help. Our highly skilled physicians will treat you at our state-of-the-art facility, using only the highest caliber equipment. Let us help you get back in the game. Call us today to schedule an appointment at 201-549-8890.

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