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Safety Tips for Athletes – Avoid Injuries

Many people enjoy sports, and as we’re getting into the later summer months, people are anticipating returning to school or to at least return to their hobbies. Sports teams in schools across the nation are attempting to put plans into play where athletes can still foster their skills and develop their edge as a competitor while still complying with state safety regulations.

No matter where you practice, or who you train with, always make sure to consider safety tips to help you avoid sports injuries. You can contact our Cincinnati personal injury attorneys for more information.

Take Time to Warm Up, Take Time to Cool Down

Warming up isn’t just about doing drills with the coach before you really get started. It’s about gradually increasing the flow within your cardiovascular system, which can help reduce muscle soreness and your risk of injury. When you get your blood flowing, waking up all the muscles that you’re going to be using throughout your practice or game.

Just as important as it is to warm up, vinyl, that should take time to cool down too. You want to gradually return to your pre-exercise heart rate and blood pressure.

Never Play Injured

It should go without saying come up, but it never does. Don’t play injured. Even if it’s mild soreness, or you’ve noticed that you’re compensation for the ankle you twisted the other day, it’s best to take a break. Unfortunately, most athletes are extremely competitive by nature, and it drives them to want to play through the pain.

Playing through the pain is something that a lot of coaches and managers are starting to move away from. However, it’s been commonplace over decades to expect players to participate in practices when their injuries are mild.

Focus on Strengthening Muscles

Even when you’re not practicing, you can put the focus on strengthening muscles that will help you improve in-game and protect yourself. Many sports injuries arise from the players giving that 110% in a practice or game but not having the muscle strength to support their actions.

Undergoing conditioning exercises and supplementing gear practices or games with proper strength training techniques can help you reduce the risk of injury. Strength training can be largely supplemental to nearly every sport that is played throughout the nation. What strength training does is it uses fluid movements to promote body alignment and reduce injury risk.

During strength training, you’ll be working with your muscles, ligaments, tendons, and even bones to help align them in the most natural way. Many make the mistake of believing that their body is already in great shape, but all of these elements can become misaligned and lead to damage.

Avoid Heat Stroke and Heat Illness

History is often a threat through the summer, and it’s exceptionally troublesome for athletes. If you’re wearing protective gear, running, and exerting yourself, then it seems like it’s only a matter of time before you experience heat stroke or heat illness.

What you can do to manage the injury is to wear sunscreen, hydrate in the hours before your practice or game, and to wear lighter colored clothing. Many athletes will take care to drink plenty of water while they’re playing, but few people properly hydrate before they get started.

Ask a Cincinnati Personal Injury Attorney to Determine if Someone was Liable for Your Injuries

Ohio, like many other states, has strict restrictions on when you can file a personal injury lawsuit related to sports injuries. The idea coming back in 1999, when this particular restriction went into play, is that the idea that someone could sue for personal injury related to sports events would everyone does it stifle the competitive element.

But we understand that you’re pursuing compensation and effort to cover medical damages that are clearly the result of another person’s negligence. In recent years Ohio has taken a slightly different stance as the alarming volume of traumatic brain injury among young players has come to light. In addition to enacting the return to play law, Ohio is now looking more closely at the assumption of risk and liability.

If a coach or team manager pushed a player who claimed they were injured to continue playing, they might be liable. Additionally, if a school or athletic center failed to provide effective protective gear or inform the athletes that they were responsible for providing their own gear, then they may be liable. It is a challenge to get recovery for sports injuries, but it’s not impossible, call Young, Reverman, and Mazzei to start discussing your options.

Jay A. Bolotin is a partner at the injury law firm of Young, Reverman & Bolotin. Serving the people of Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio, Jay dedicates his career to helping clients in the tri-state area obtain financial compensation after suffering serious injuries. He focuses his practice on cases involving car accidents, trucking accidents, dog bites and animal attacks, and other types of personal injury incidents.

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