Athletes, Keep Your Back Safe During Game Time

All athletes, whether young or old, pro or weekend player, are at risk of injury. Some of the most common injuries happen in the back and neck, especially in contact sports. No matter what sport you play, there are a few ways you can avoid injuries.

  1. Warm Up Properly: A lot injuries and muscle pulls happen because an individual attempts strenuous activity before the muscles are warm. Give yourself plenty of time to warm up and stretch, even if you are participating in a sport that seems low-key, like golf. Warm up with a fast walk/slow jog and then stretch slowly, holding each stretch for about thirty seconds.

  2. Use the Proper Gear: Many injuries can be avoided if the right gear is used. Don’t underestimate a fun game of football with friends; injuries can happen anytime. One of the most important pieces of equipment to have is a well-constructed shoe that supports your foot and prevents slipping. Consider wearing back support for bowling or golf.

  3. Drink Up: Make sure you get enough water before and during the activity. Heat injuries are very common in sports. To avoid these dangerous injuries wear lightweight clothing and don’t workout/play for too long in the heat or humidity.

  4. Take it Easy: We know you are competitive, but there comes a time in every athlete’s game that they need to start taking it easy. Overdoing it can lead to repetitive stress injuries. You can avoid this by taking several rest periods throughout practice and games and cross-train to use your other muscles more. If you experience any pain or inflammation, it is best to see your doctor.

  5. Keep Healthy: Having a healthy diet and avoiding smoking and excessive drinking will help you avoid injuries on the playing field. Make sure to get plenty of rest before and after your game and practices too to allow your body a chance to recover.

No one wants to be put on the bench with an injury or back pain. Remember, when it comes to protecting your back and neck during sports, always listen to your body. When your body is saying it is tired or in pain, listen and take time off.  


Story Credit, Image Credit: Sports Photography by Dustin Liebenow. Used under Creative Commons license.