Sport Injury Prevention: Gear
It may seem like common sense, but one of the best ways to prevent sport injuries that can land you at the orthopedist office, is to make sure you are wearing the proper sport equipment. Check out some of the most critical pieces of sports gear to help keep every level of athlete safe.
It's a no-brainer! But joking aside, you should always be wearing a helmet for contact sports and extreme sports. Head injuries are very common injuries caused by falls or collisions that can take place in many of our favorite sports and activities. From the field to the pavement, check that you are not only wearing a helmet, but the appropriate helmet designed for your sport or activity.
Wearing the right shoes for the right activity can be the difference between a slip, misstep or even conditions that can become an issue later in life. Make sure if your sport requires cleats, or specific styled running shoes or traction shoes you are being fit by a professional. The wrong style or fit of shoe worn can cause long term issues with the structure of the bones and joints in your feet.
Safety Pads and Guards
Contact sports and extreme sports require proper padding to protect your bones and joints from the stresses we put on our body. Your major joints such as the shoulder, knees, wrists and ankles all need proper protection in the event of a fall or collision. This protective gear can be the difference between a minor sprain or pulled muscle to dislocations or breaks which require much longer healing and restrictions, preventing you from getting back to the activity you love.
With all sports and activities, it is encouraged to do proper research before starting something new. Understanding the proper equipment needed can help you protect yourself from serious injury and in many situations minimize extensive damage to your bones and joints. Ask your orthopedic provider for more information on keeping safe during your favorite sport or activity.