Certain sports have the reputation for being less safe than others. But the truth is that every sport has its dangers. When choosing which sports to let your kids play or which sports to play yourself, you have to consider multiple factors. There are different things to watch out for in each sport. But if you know what you are looking for and what you’re trying to avoid, you can give yourself or your kids the best chance of staying healthy.
So-Called Dangerous Sports
Football and hockey both have a bad reputation for being dangerous. And there’s good reason for this. Concussions are very common in both sports. But the risk for getting concussed goes up or down depending on which position you play. In football for example, running backs and linebackers are at greater risk to get a concussion on a single play through a big hit to the head. But linemen may engage their heads on every play and get smaller concussions more often.
If you’re a hockey player then your best bet is to play goalie if you’re worried about concussions. Of course, concussions are not the only injuries to worry about in football and hockey. Both are very physical sports where players routinely collide and end up on the field or ice. So if you play either of these sports for years on end, injuries may be unavoidable. But the good news is that if you are playing the game right, using proper technique, warming up and stretching, you can reduce your risk of injury greatly.
Avoiding so-called dangerous sports doesn’t mean that you can never get injured. In a sport like baseball, you can be at risk for different kinds of injuries. It’s unlikely that you might get concussed or break a leg playing baseball. But you could get injured from throwing too much or the wrong way.
Proper technique is very important in sports because if you do something wrong you could be hurting your body. And sports tend to be very repetitive. So if you’re doing something wrong, you’re most likely doing it wrong over and over again.
In baseball it’s not uncommon for pitchers to have issues with their shoulders and elbows. Even if you’re using proper technique, throwing a ball at high speed, over and over again puts a lot of stress on the arm. So you want to make sure that you are taking time of to rest.
Off Seasons Are Important
There’s a reason that the pros take time off. Exerting your body in the same way for months on end is incredibly tiring both mentally and physically. So even if you are an amateur athlete or a kid playing youth sports, it’s important to take time off.
This is especially important nowadays when kids specialize in one sport at an early age. If you’re playing tennis all year round, you put yourself at risk for overuse injuries. It’s healthier to switch things up and play a different sport each season. But if you’re singly focused on one sport, make sure you’re taking time off between seasons or giving yourself a season off in order to recover.
Injuries are a scary part of sports but they don’t have to be a reason not to play. If you do your research and know how to avoid injuries you can put your mind at ease. If you’re deciding which sports to let your kids play, think about which injuries you’re most concerned with and steer them into sports where they are less common. In the end, sports should be fun and not a source of stress or pain.