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Staying Safe With Springtime Sports

Mar 27th, 2024

Staying Safe With Springtime Sports

As winter turns to spring, many of us (and our children) are eager to break free of “cabin fever” and enjoy our favorite springtime athletic activities. Indeed, spring is a time for us to enjoy the outdoors and engage in our favorite sports. However, safety should never take a back seat. Whether running, cycling, baseball, soccer, or other outdoor sports, springtime is also “prime time” for sports injuries, especially if you’ve not been as active during the winter months. Let’s review some springtime sports safety tips to reduce the risk of injury. 

Warm-Up and Stretching 

Before jumping into your sports gear, it’s crucial to warm up your body and stretch. This step prepares your muscles for the forthcoming activity, reducing the risk of strains or sprains. 

  • Start with a light jog or jumping jacks to get your blood flowing. 
  • Follow this with dynamic stretches targeting the muscles you’ll use during the sport. 

Protective Gear 

Regardless of the sport you’re engaging in, wearing the appropriate gear (e.g., helmets, pads) can greatly reduce the risk of injury. For maximum benefit: 

  • Always ensure your gear fits properly and is in good condition. 
  • Replace any gear that shows signs of wear and tear. 

Avoid Peak Sun Hours and Stay Hydrated 

You might be tempted to exert yourself more during the first warm days of the season, but remember that your body is likely not yet acclimated to the temperature changes. For example, exercising during peak sun hours (10 AM to 4 PM) can lead to heatstroke on hot days. To reduce your risk:  

  • Schedule your activities early in the morning or late in the afternoon; 
  • Drink plenty of water before, during, and after your sports activities, and 
  • Use sunscreen and wear UV-protective clothing if you must play during peak sun hours. 

Know Your Limits 

While pushing your boundaries can lead to improvement, overworking yourself can result in injuries, especially when first starting out after a winter “break” from these sports. Listen to your body and know when to rest. 

While the above tips can reduce the risk of injuries, they won’t reduce the risk of others acting carelessly. Sports accidents and injuries often occur due to the negligence of others–from people acting recklessly while playing contact sports to ignoring the rules of the road (for cycling, for example), to injuries caused by faulty equipment. If you or someone you love is injured during springtime activities, our personal injury attorneys can evaluate your case to determine fault and, in many cases, can help you obtain compensation. Call our offices to learn more.