We all love summer, especially since it allows us to be outdoors, exercise and play sports that
we can’t play during the colder months.
For the athletes and recreational sport players though, this is also a red hot time for injuries.
According to The Department of Health and Human Services, 2 million people are injured
because of sports (whether team or individually played) every year.
In the summertime, these sports cause the most injuries:
• Baseball and Softball
Seeing teams of injuries every summer because of sports is Dr. Sean Lager, Orthopedic Surgeon
of Gotham City Orthopedics in NYC and New Jersey.
Dr. Lager saves the lives of Gotham City (aka: NYC) just as the crime-fighting Batman, but he
adds a day and night protection twist, keeping his practice open 24/7.
According to Dr. Lager, Gotham City Orthopedics sees an increased number of injuries across
all ages during summer.
The most common injury is fractures due to falls during sports.
Summer Sport Safety Tips
He gives these safety tips to all athletes for their summer games, or sports players for their
#1. Make equipment your best friend
Equipment is important such as helmets, elbow caps, wrist guards, knew guards are all
helpful in trying to reduce the risk of fractures.
#2. Be wary of the dark
Make sure not to stay out too late when there is poor lighting or after dark.
#3. Pay attention to crowds
Bicyclists in particular need this tip.
Pay attention to people who may be preoccupied on cell phones.
Also keep focused on the rules of the road.
#4. Keep your skin protected
Wear protective clothing from the sun.
We see burns half the time, it’s very important to use sunscreen as well.
#5. Stay hydrated
Dehydration during physical activity can contribute to impaired performance, fatigue,
headaches and even mental confusion.
Stay hydrated to ensure your best performance!
Before any physical activity, it is important to prime the body with a warm-up.
In a warm-up, you prepare your body for physical activity by increasing your heart rate,
loosening your joints, and increasing blood flow to your muscles.
This preparation will help prepare the body for the more intense physical activity and will
help to prevent injuries.
#7. Find a workout partner
A workout partner can be an incredible motivator to maintain your exercise regimen.
Not only will you have a spotter during exercises such as weight training, but you will also
have a partner by your side to keep you safe.
Have you had sports injuries?
What are you or your family doing to prevent summer sports injuries?
Share your suggestions, thoughts and comments with us.