The summer is winding down, but there are still some long days and nice weather left to enjoy. But with the outdoor fun and activity comes an increase in the odds for injury. Here are 3 of the most common summer injuries and some tips on how to avoid them!
Watch out for these common injuries
You know you need to prepare for sunburn and bug bites when you are out and about, but also make sure to avoid:
1. Trampoline injuries. These can include broken or fractured bones or twisted knees or ankles, if you fall off the trampoline in just the wrong way. However, you also risk colliding with another person on the trampoline and suffering bruises, bumps, and bloody noses (and a pretty bad headache). Only allow one person at a time on the trampoline and attach a net around the edge to prevent falls.
2. Bicycle injuries. A bike accident can result in cuts and scrapes or something more serious such as a fracture, a concussion, or even a brain injury. Invest in a good-fitting helmet, and you might even get some protective knee and elbow pads if you are new to bike riding.
3. Overuse injuries. If you’ve got extra time to play your favorite sport, that means more fun, but it also means you may be overusing your joints, muscles, and tendons. For example, baseball and softball players are notorious for developing problems with their shoulders and elbows. Make sure you warm up properly before you play, to stay flexible and to loosen up your body, and take a break for a few days if you notice any pain. You could also cross train – that is, play more than one sport – so that one part of the body doesn’t get the same tough workout every day.
The fall is quickly approaching, but there is still time for some summer fun – and summer injuries. You don’t want to spend the fall recovering from your summer adventures! If you are in pain, the staff at Sports Occupational and Knee Surgery in San Antonio, TX, can help. Call (210) 696-9000 for an appointment today!