- The sports environment includes not only the weather, but also the facilities, surfaces and equipment that are being used.
- Poor, wet or slippery surfaces, lack of goalpost padding or safety netting, obstacles to trip on and sharp objects, can all lead to injury.
- Rules of the game need to be enforced and sometimes modified for children.
- A safe environment will reduce the number of potential injuries.
- One of the easiest ways to help prevent injury is to stretch. By warming up your muscles, you make them more flexible. Check out Elastoplast’s video library of short stretches you can perform prior to exercise to reduce the risk of injury.
- Adequate fluid intake is important; preferably cool drinks should be taken before, during and after playing sport.
- Correct technique and appropriate training helps improve fitness. For children exercising, monitoring increases in activity to prevent the child from doing “too much, too soon” will help minimise injury
- Make certain that old injuries are adequately rehabilitated before continuing to participate in a sport.
- Protective equipment such as eyewear, mouthguards, wrist, elbows, knee and shin guards, helmets, tapes and braces all contribute to safety. Make sure shoes are appropriate for the sport. See Elastoplast’s range of Support and Braces here.
- “In one recent study of rugby players, mouthguards were the most common protective equipment item worn, (55% by players in schoolgirl’s grade to 73% in Senior A competition). The next most common item was taping of body joints such as the ankle, knee, and hand.”1
Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist contact your healthcare practitioner
1 Marshall SW, Waller AE, Loomis DP, et al. Use of protective equipment in a cohort of rugby players. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 33(12):2131-8, 2001.
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