It is what we wait all summer for—a new sports season! Is your child—or are you—involved in sports?
Our team at AFC Urgent Care Bronx Webster Ave. wants to give you a few tips on how you can conquer sports season and keep your young athlete safe from injury!
What Are the Most Common Sports Injuries?
Believe it or not, basketball actually has more injuries than any other sport, followed by football, soccer and baseball. Common sports injuries include hamstring strains, groin pulls, shin splints, ACL tears and concussions.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help reduce sports injuries in your athlete this year.
Ways to Prevent Injuries
- Take time off regularly.
- Wear the proper, sport-specific protective gear.
- Strengthen muscles.
- Increase flexibility.
- Play safe.
- Avoid playing when hurt.
- Use proper form and technique.
Should I Warm Up Before Playing a Sport?
It is definitely a good idea to both warm up and cool down when playing a sport. When you just go out there and play, you are not giving your muscles a chance to stretch. Therefore, you are putting yourself at an increased risk for an injury.
Lower your risk by perform stretching exercises regularly, including before games and practices. Now, what are the benefits of sports?
Benefits of Sports
- Improved heart health
- Lowered risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke
- Reduced blood pressure
- Lowered stress
- Increased self-esteem
- Better mood
- Ability to handle adversity
Did your athlete get injured during practice or a game? Visit AFC Urgent Care Bronx Webster Ave. today—we are open seven days a week!
About the Author, Sasha Guillaume, Owner of AFC Urgent Care Bronx Webster Ave
Sasha is a native to Port Chester, NY and studied Syracuse University School of Architecture, where he earned his Bachelor’s of Science and a minor in Marketing. Sasha has worked as an architect and project manager for smaller firms, and has worked to grow his mother’s local business before transitioning into his new career of managing AFC Urgent Care Bronx Webster Ave. Sasha on the Board of Directors for the Westchester Coalition for the Hungry and Homeless. He was also recognized and named to the 2012 Class of 40-Under-40 by the Westchester Business Council. Sasha strives to deliver the best medical care and looks forward to helping his Bronx community grow.