Common Summer Injuries and How to Prevent Them

Posted on July 27th, 2018 by Orthopaedic Specialty Group

It’s only natural we become more active come summer, but with the increase in activity also comes the increased chance for injury. Without proper preparation or training, you could wind up spending the beautiful summer days indoors recovering. So as the summer sun and beautiful weather increases, here are the common sports injuries that do too.

Joint Injuries

With the excess activities and excitement that summer brings, it’s easy to get lost in the game and forget technique. Because of this, we often see an increase in joint injuries and dislocations. One way to ensure you aren’t spending the rest of your summer benched is by strengthening and conditioning your muscles before overusing. Talk to your doctor about the best exercises for you or the possibility of physical therapy.

Strains and Sprains

Jumping into a sport or activity without any prior prep can lead to many common summer strains and sprains. Stretching and strengthening your muscles before an activity is key to injury prevention. To fully prepare yourself for all summer and fall activities, start working on a physical condition program too.

Issues With Your Feet

Proper footwear is vital, but in the summer it’s easy to choose the c0nvient slip on choice. Flip flops aren’t supportive shoes, so your feet get a bit more of a beating than they would in the colder months. Not to mention, going shoeless can lead to a lot of slips and falls. Your best bet is to make sure your footwear matches your event and that your summer sandals have the support you need to prevent aching and injury.

Pulled Muscles/Hamstrings

You always want to remember to stay hydrated, stretch before any major activity, and to not push yourself past your limit. Whether you are jogging, playing group sports, or going for a vigorous swim, a good stretch before can really help prep your muscles for the activity ahead. When you jump right into high impact activities at full speed, you are risking damage to your muscles that could put you on bed rest the rest of the summer.

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