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8 Tips to Avoid Sports and Work Related Injuries

Written by Erik Larson, Community Blogger | Aug 16, 2017 7:02 AM

During your everyday life, it can be easy to have an injury that takes you out of your regular swing of things. However, there are ways that you can avoid these injuries. Work is one place where you will have to be very careful to avoid injuries. If you are regularly participating in sports, you will have to be careful as well to avoid sports related injuries. Here are eight tips that will help you avoid sports and work related injuries. 

Make sure to warm up and cool down 

When you are participating in any type of exercises or sports, it is imperative that you warm up and cool down before getting into the swing of things. This will help your muscles to be less strained. You will be able to have a fuller motion of your body and avoid broken bones, as well. Running or jogging before you hit the field is a great way to get your body ready for the upcoming physical activity. 

Avoid taking shortcuts at work 

While it can be tempting to take the fastest route during work, it is important to avoid taking shortcuts. This is especially true if you work in a dangerous work environment. When you take shortcuts, it is far too easy to forget about safety precautions. A great example of a shortcut that is taken far too often is workers who climb refusing to wear a safety harness. This could result in injuries that will leave you paralyzed for the rest of your life. Take the time to implement the proper safety precautions when you are at work. 

Don't work high-risk jobs that you haven't been trained for

Avoiding risky jobs that you don't have the proper training for may seem like a no brainer. However, there are far too many workers who are attracted to these types of jobs due to the high hourly pay rate. Labor staffing companies will bypass required safety training courses all the time in order to fill positions. Even if you are tempted by the amount of money you can make, avoid high-risk jobs that you haven't been trained for. 

Protect your eyes when you are playing sports 

Your eyes are one of the most vulnerable parts of your body when you are playing sports. This is especially true with high-intensity sports like mountain biking and racquetball. Over 40,000 people end up in the emergency room each year due to sports related eye injuries. Make sure that you are protecting your eyes when participating in these types of sports. 

Make sure you train on the off season 

Most sports are very seasonal. When you are only playing a certain sport during a few months out of the year, your body can get out of shape during the off season. It is important to train and stay fit even when the regular playing season isn't in full swing. This will help you perform better when the season comes back around and can help prevent sports-related injuries. 

Move around more at the office 

The office doesn't really seem like the place where you are going to get that injured. However, back, wrist, neck, shoulder, and hand pain can be caused simply by sitting in the same position for eight hours a day. Do yourself a favor and get up to move often at the office. During your lunch break, try going for a jog or shooting some hoops. This will be a great way to keep body limber even when you are working long hours. 

Don't overdo it 

In any aspect of your life, you have to practice moderation. This is very true when trying to avoid injuries. Don't push yourself too hard at work or at play. This can result in fatigue that will eventually turn into an injury. Pace yourself when you are at work or out playing sports. 

Avoid overtraining early in the season 

Overtraining can be a very easy thing to do right when the season starts up again. After being away from your favorite sport for months, you want to come back with a vengeance. However, you have to let your body catch up to your enthusiasm. Don't push yourself too hard right at the start of your season.

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