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Sports Injury Prevention
 



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Common Injuries


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Protective Gear


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Preventive Measures



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• head injuries


• bruises, sprains and strains to the shoulders, knees and ankles


• helmet


• mouth guard


• shoulder and other pads


• proper shoes


• proper conditioning and warm-up exercises


• good playing conditions


Basketball




ankle sprains


strains and dislocation to the ankles, knees and shoulders


dental injuries


eye protection


elbow and knee pads


mouth guard


proper shoes


 


• strength training


• aerobics and warm-up and stretching exercises


• good officiating


Soccer


ankle sprains




>• bruises


>• cuts and scrapes to the knees


>• headaches


>• stress injuries


>• shin guards


>• proper shoes


>• aerobics and warm-up exercises


>• proper training in “heading” the ball


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>Gymnastics


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>• traumatic injuries from falls and dismounts


>• stress injuries




• back strain


 


• secure equipment


• skilled spotters


• stretching and strength-training


Baseball and Softball


 


• impact injuries from the ball


• soft tissue strains, such as “baseball finger” and “Little League elbow”


 


• batting helmet


• shin guards


• mouth guards


• proper shoes


 


• proper conditioning and warm-up exercises


• breakaway bases and softer baseballs



More Sports:

Playing It Safe: How to Keep Your Young Athlete Injury-Free


Doctor or Dr. Mom?: Guidelines for evaluating the seriousness of your child's injury.

Playing It Safe: Resources

What Makes a Great Coach: A Parent's Primer on Finding a Sports Mentor with the Right Stuff




From United Parenting Publications, April 2002.


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