Generally, men are more active than women. This goes on to say that the former are more prone to having sports injuries. The effect can range from mild to severe. In fact, there are already plenty of men who died while playing their favorite sports. Others end up disabled for the rest of their lives.
It is thus very important that men should take care of themselves more when they’re engaged in a certain type of sport. To make sure that there will be fewer to zero injuries, take note of the following tips:
1. Warm up. Ensure that your body is well conditioned before you ride a bike or run around the field. Warming up can make your muscles ready for the strenuous activities.
2. Have yourself checked. Before you start any kind of sport, ensure that you’re physically ready. This means seeing a doctor first so he can check if your body is really capable of handling intense pressures. You will also know which of the sports out there are not meant for you.
3. Wear protective gear. Men are very susceptible for shoulder and knee injuries. That’s why before you play basketball, hockey, mountain climbing, or biking, you should wear your knee, shoulder, and elbow pads. Don’t forget to bring your helmet too, especially in sports that involve great speed. Your head can be very sensitive when it gets hit to any hard object. Worse, when your brain gets damaged, it could mean complete paralysis or death for you.
4. Check the venue first. Sometimes accidents happen because of certain flaws in the venue. For example, the basketball court can be so wet that it can definitely cause someone to slip. Roads can be filled with a lot of potholes, and before you know it, you are already thrown from your bicycle. You can check the venue on your own, but it would be better if you have a maintenance officer doing it. He can easily spot even the tiniest defect.
5. Follow the rules. The sports guidelines are not only meant to know who really wins a game, but they also prevent a lot of sports injuries. Hence, if the rules say don’t hit your opponent in the face, then don’t. It will not only cause bruises but also huge trouble.
6. Exercise. Going to the gym and performing several cross-training routines are not only good for the health. They can also make you more prepared for sports. They can tone your muscles and make them very strong. They can also make you more flexible and faster.
7. Take some rest. There’s no use in abusing your body. Taking a rest will give your body a time to heal. You will also feel refreshed or re-energized after taking some sleep or break.
8. Drink plenty of water. A lot of sports persons suffer from intense heat of the sun. Thus, even in the middle of the game, they collapse, lose their energy, or even die. To prevent heat exhaustion, always keep your bottle or water handy at all times. You can take in before, during, and after practices or competitions.