Safety tips

Last updated: July 27, 2021

Safety Tips for Returning to Sports

Safety Tips for Returning to Sports

Sports provide tremendous social, emotional, and physical benefits. In fact, between 2003 to 2015, the number of people in all age groups increased their participation in sports. Returning to sports is an exciting time for athletes.

Whether you were out of sports events for an acute reason (like an injury or COVID-19) or have taken some time off since your last foray into athletics, it is important to ease back in slowly. The best way to get athletes back to the games they love is to prevent illness and injury. This article will cover how to minimize the risk of infections, overheating, and trauma.

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Get the all-clear

Make sure that their healthcare provider clears them to return to athletics. Make sure your child gets a physical examination. If there are any relevant medical diagnoses, make sure their coaches also know and have appropriate emergency phone numbers.

Minimize the risk of infections

Most people exercise to improve their health, but sometimes being in close quarters with others increases the risk for infection. The most relevant current consideration is COVID-19. In these times, you should still follow COVID-19 restrictions.

Avoid sunstroke

Sunstroke, also known as heatstroke, is the most severe heat injury. It occurs during exposure to high temperatures and is considered a medical emergency, so it is crucial to prevent it.

Prevent injury

When engaging in sports, there are often risks for injury from high-impact movements, overuse, and contact. There are some ways to minimize the risk of injuries potentially:

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The bottom line

Sports are fun, but sometimes illness and injuries can wreak havoc. Staying safe is the best way to ensure a healthy and happy season. By warming up properly, listening to your body, and maintaining proper hygiene, you can stay safe. These tips will decrease the likelihood of injury and illness. However, it may not prevent it entirely. If you do wind up sick or injured, seek prompt medical attention.

Written by on Jul 20, 2021

Caitlin Goodwin MSN, CNM is a board-certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with more than 12 years of experience as a nurse. She currently works as a Certified Nurse-Midwife for the Cleveland Clinic.

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