Playing sports can be fun, but it can also be dangerous if you are not careful. You can help prevent injuries by
- Getting a physical to make sure you are healthy before you start playing your sport
- Wearing the right shoes, gear, and equipment
- Drinking lots of water
- Warming up and stretching
If you have already hurt yourself playing a sport, make sure you recover completely before you start up again. If possible, protect the injured part of your body with padding, a brace, or special equipment. When you do start playing again, start slowly.
- Sports Injury Prevention Tip Sheet (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Bicycling (National Institutes of Health)
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