How to Transition Safely to Spring Sports

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The snow is melting, and the weather is warming. It’s finally warm enough to take your sports outdoors. However, before you run to the baseball diamond, basketball court, lacrosse field or trail, take a step back to avoid injuries.

To have a smooth transition to spring sports, you should take precaution to stay safe and avoid injury for the season.

From compression sleeves to braces, here are a few tips to help you prevent sport-related injuries or to manage them this spring.

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The Benefit of Compression Gear for Baseball Players

Most athletes don’t just want to perform well, they want to look the part as well. Since many baseball players see the pros wearing compression gear, athletes at lower levels have been sporting compression garments as well. While undershirts and sleeves are stylish (they come in a number of colorways to match various uniforms), many people aren’t familiar with the actual benefits. Here’s how compression gear can help you on the field.
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Soccer Headgear Minimizes Concussions

DonJoy Hat Trick Soccer Helmet Side ViewIn a more recent study on concussions, JAMA Pediatrics found that out of the following sports for girls, basketball, softball, soccer and volleyball and for boys, baseball, soccer, football, basketball, and wrestling, the rate of concussions was second highest in girls soccer and fifth highest in boys soccer.  We know that concussions are frequent, yet the alarming thing is that it has been difficult for soccer leagues and organizations to adopt practices and rules to help reduce head injury.  We need to look at options and solutions that can help protect soccer players at all levels of competition.  There are three aspects we can explore:  education, prevention, and reaction which is closely tied to education.

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Dance Injuries Often Overlooked

legs of young dancers ballerinas in class classical dance, balletDance as a youth sport continues to grow year after year with girls and boys beginning to take dance lessons as young as 3 years old and many get serious and start competing from ages 6-14.  While there are many styles of dance lessons, most if not all dances from ballet to hip hop to contemporary to jazz all require a high level of flexibility, balance, strength, endurance and mental capacity to memorize and perform the movements.  With the pure amount of repetitive motions and body-demanding movements required on a young athlete, dancers are just as likely to get injured as youth football players.

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What You Can Do About Youth Football Injuries on the Rise

Many youth are involved in football these days from your local Pop Warner league to middle school and high school leagues. Kids are playing in flag football and tackle football games and injuries are on the rise. These injuries range from concussions to overuse injuries to trauma. The statistics on youth injuries is alarming. In fact, injuries like concussions are causing some high schools to cut programs and players to stop playing.

Despite injuries, there is still going to be high involvement in football. Football is the core of many high school athletics. Young kids are brought up and trained through their local football leagues to play in high school, college and the hopes of playing in the NFL. This makes it increasingly important to educate athletes, coaches and parents about the possible injuries associated with playing football and how injuries can be prevented and what you can do if you are injured.

We’ve put together this handy guide for anyone involved in football – at any level – to be able to learn and take action to protect themselves and prevent injuries.

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