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Want to Reduce Your Risk of Sports Injuries? Read on…

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

1.35 million young people a year have serious sports injuries, most commonly to the ankle, head, finger, knee, and face, in that order. Football is the number one source of injuries, closely followed by basketball. Soccer and baseball result in significantly less damage.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ 2014 Sports Injury Tip Sheet, most injuries are the result of overuse, not contact.

The Academy makes the following recommendations:

Tips to Prevent Sports Injuries

Take off one day/week and allow for break time during your games/practices. Stop if you experience pain.

  • Wear well-fitting, protective gear.
  • Strengthen muscles with conditioning exercises.
  • Increase flexibility with stretching exercises before and after games/practices and as part of a daily routine.
  • Use proper technique.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Play safe: no headfirst sliding (baseball and softball), spearing (football), or body checking (ice hockey).

Have a healthy and successful sports season!


Orthopedic surgeons at Abington Surgical Center treat hundreds of sports injuries every year. If you or your child is injured, please contact your physician to learn the nature and extent of your injury and how it may best be treated. Call to schedule an appointment today.

Need a referral to an orthopedic surgeon? Please call our Referral Coordinator: 267-960-1440.

Information provided is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor.