Although they usually don’t cause death, sport-related injuries can be serious and stop you from taking part in the short term, or lead to long-term problems. Many things can cause an injury -not stretching properly, using the wrong equipment, or not paying attention. Including
smart risk strategies as part of your routine can help you prevent injuries so that you can keep doing what you love.
Identify the risks - you can only choose to take smart risk if you know what the risks are. Prepare and plan before the activity so you can make smart choices at the time.
Protective equipment like elbow and knee pads, eye protection, mouth guards, and
helmets can reduce the risk of injury or decrease how badly you might get hurt. No matter what the activity, wear the proper gear and use the correct equipment.
Training and practice can improve your performance and reduce the risk of injury. Combining different types of training that use different muscle groups can also help prevent injuries.
Don’t use alcohol or drugs during sports and other recreational activities. Be in control of your mind and body no matter what you are doing.
Current as of: February 20, 2018
Author: Provincial Injury Prevention Program, Alberta Health Services
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