Key tips for preventing injuries in sports

Researchers say the need for time is not to ban, but to urge frequent cognitive and cerebral caution and monitoring for high school students ...

Here are helpful injury prevention tips to help you stay safe on and off the field

TIPS 1: Understand the importance of proper heating

Preparing the body for physical activity is an important step in preventing injuries. A warm-up gives the body time to prepare for more activity. You can start with slower movements and gradually increase the intensity until you reach the speed of the game. This will ensure that the body is ready for action and optimal performance.

TIPS 2: incorporate specific dynamic and sports stretches

Stretching can help loosen and prepare muscles for activity. There are two main types of stretching: static and dynamic stretching. Static stretching is what you remember from high school gym class: holding a hamstring or a quad stretch for 20 seconds and then switching sides. The leg changes are a great dynamic stretch for any activity that involves running.

TIPS 3: Include ACL prevention exercises

You will be surprised to know that women are eight times more likely to suffer an anterior cruciate ligament injury (ACL) than men. Whether it is based on muscular strength, gait or body alignment, the fact is that all children should consider incorporating these exercises.

TIPS 4: after the activity

After any sport or recreational activity, be sure to cool down, stretch and take care of any injuries, no matter how minor they may seem. Getting involved in sports is a great idea. But overdoing it can cause overuse injuries. Remember that activities should always be fun and make sure you have enough time to rest and rejuvenate.

From the importance of sportsmanship, to the ups and downs of winning and losing, sports activities offer great opportunities to gain life experience and build trust. But as the number of participants in sports increases, so does the prevalence of sports-related injuries. Knowing injury prevention practices is a step to develop good habits with a focus on prevention. Here is a smart count ...

POINT: I agree. We have organized several CBSE cluster tournaments, the recent one being All-Kerala CBSE Kabaddi Tournament and noted that injury cases are increasing. In some cases, the true sports spirit disappears when children want to win at any price. They do not hesitate to exploit their opponent or rival even when they are exhausted. Fair play is of the utmost importance in sport and this must take root in children in their formative years, as some talents become professionals. Those who hurt opponents deliberately should be punished.

HAREENDRANADH K, national coach of the Khelo India Fitness program and head, Bhavans Munshi Vidyashram, Ernakulam

COUNTER POINT: I do not agree with the studies. I have been training since the last four years and the students have shown an improvement in terms of physical and psychological health. Anyway, here are some tips to avoid the negative impact resulting from contact sports :

1 Coaching must be holistic: sports, culture and psychology must also be integrated.

2 Positive reinforcements should be used to encourage students to train for any sport effectively.

3 Students should be encouraged to win, but not at the cost of becoming bitter. If our coaches take licenses granted by our football Federations and keeping up to date, the quality of the contact sport in particular will improve. We need a proper culture for students to play, as it helps them grow in aspects of physical and psychological health.

ANANT GUPTA, coach

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