The Best Guide for Summer Sports Safety
No more pencils, no more books, no more days spent sitting in the classroom! School’s out, and summertime is here. The warmer months are prime time for outdoor fun. Lots of swimming, biking, playing at the park, participating in sports or camps or just running around outside, there is always something to do. All this activity brings an increased risk of injury. Kids and adults must be aware of the potential summertime dangers and stay safe while enjoying this sunny season.
Tips for Summertime Sports Safety
To be sure your dog day activities remain safe and enjoyable, be sure to follow these tips this summer:
- Warm Up and Cool Down: Get your muscles primed for play before you hit the court by performing a few stretches after a good warm-up. Never stretch cold muscles, this can be counterproductive. Proper conditioning will help keep you limber and protect against injuries. It is equally important to cool down after activities to eliminate next-day stiffness and pain.
- Wear Appropriate Safety Equipment: You can prevent major injuries by simply wearing a helmet, mouth guard, knee pads, goggles and other protective gear that is appropriate for your sport. Also, be sure to wear the right type of clothing for that activity.
- Remain Hydrated: Running around and frolicking outside in the summer heat produces more sweating. Your body is working overtime to cool down which means you must be very diligent about staying hydrated. Drink lots of water and electrolyte drinks to prevent dehydration.
- Stay in During Severe Weather: Avoid outdoor play on excessively hot and humid days and during thunder and lightning storms, or any other type of severe weather. Harsh winds, torrential rain, and lightning can be very dangerous, potentially leading to serious or fatal injuries.
- Take Signs of Distress as a Warning: Fatigue, headaches, nausea and muscle cramps can all indicate heat exhaustion. This is a serious condition that occurs when a body overheats. Take a break if you experience any of these symptoms. Drink water and move to a cool area. If you ignore these signs, you may wind up with heat stroke, which can be life-threatening.
Obviously, there are countless benefits for kids and adults to be physically active. Children who participate in team sports develop skills that can last a lifetime. But active kids and adults are more prone to injuries, particularly in the summer. So always use good summer sport safety practices before heading out in the sun.