Watch Out for These Common Summer Injuries

The summer brings all kinds of opportunities for fun, with nicer weather and more time to spend out in the sun. It also brings the potential for minor annoyances like sunburns and bug bites and the potential for more serious injuries as well. With all the activity comes an increase in the risk for injury – read on for 3 of the most common summer injuries and tips on how to avoid them.

3 common summer injuries

Keep these potential injuries – and how to avoid them – in mind as you have your summer fun:

1. Overuse injuries. More time for playing your favorite sport means the odds of an overuse injury are increased. Beware of the overuse of joints, tendons, and muscles – baseball, tennis, and softball players, for instance, are famous for developing overuse injuries in their shoulders and elbows. Warm up properly before you play, and skip playing and rest for a few days if you do start to notice pain. Cross training (playing more than one kind of a sport) can also help to work out different muscle groups and give overused muscles a rest.

2. Bicycle injuries. Bike injuries can be fairly harmless – cuts and scrapes – or they can be something more serious, such as a broken bone, a concussion, or even a brain injury. Wear a properly fitting helmet, obey the traffic rules, and make sure you are paying attention to the road and everything that is going on around you.

3. Trampoline injuries. Falling off a trampoline can mean a twisted knee or ankle or broken or fractured bones. Colliding with someone else on a trampoline can mean a bad headache, bruises, and bumps. Only let one person at a time on the trampoline, and attach a safety net around the edge to prevent falls.

Summer is winding down, but there are still a few weeks left of nice weather and extended daylight. You don’t want to spend the fall recovering from a late summer injury – be careful, but if you do hurt yourself and find yourself in pain call Specialty Orthopaedics in Harrison, New York. Call 914-686-0111 for an appointment today!

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