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As the weather warms up, many of us head outside to participate in our favorite outdoor activities. Summer sports are a great way to have fun and get some exercise, and proper planning and common sense can help keep you safe while you play. Whether you participate in team sports, rock climbing, kayaking, water skiing, or any other outdoor activity, there are some things you should know before you head outside.
Physical activity can help you look good, feel good and perform at your best. However, if proper safety measures are not followed, you risk injuring yourself and potentially those around you. Being informed about some common hazards can help you keep yourself and your loved ones safe. Some of the more common summer injuries include1:
It can be tempting to skip the safety measures so you can start having fun sooner, but keep in mind that these proper precautions only take a few minutes of your time and getting injured can sideline you for weeks or even months. Below are some tips to keep you outdoors, active and injury-free4:
Taking part in outdoor activities can be among the best parts of the summer season. While the risk of injury can never be completely eliminated, there are many steps you can take to make sure you stay safe while enjoying the summer weather. For more information on summer sports injuries and what you can do to prevent them, visit the resources below:
1. American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. Sports medicine media guide: An illustrated resource on the most common injuries and treatments in sports. http://www.sportsmed.org/uploadedFiles/Content/Media/News_Room/Sports%20Media%20Guide%202011%20Final.pdf. Published 2011. Accessed June 17, 2013.
2. American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Sports-related head injuries. http://www.aans.org/Patient%20Information/Conditions%20and%20Treatments/Sports-Related%20Head%20Injury.aspx. Updated December 2011. Accessed June 13, 2013.
3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Unintentional drowning: Get the facts. http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/water-safety/waterinjuries-factsheet.html. Last updated November 29, 2012. Accessed June 17, 2013.
4. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Injury prevention for summer sports. https://www.foh.hhs.gov/NYCU/injuryprevention.asp. Accessed June 12, 2013.
5. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Questions and Answers: FDA announces new requirements for over-the-counter (OTC) sunscreen products marketed in the U.S.http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/UnderstandingOver-the-CounterMedicines/ucm258468.htm. Updated June 23, 2011. Accessed June 17, 2013.
6. U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Resource Center. Life jacket wear/Wearing your life jacket. http://www.uscgboating.org/safety/life_jacket_wear_wearing_your_life_jacket.aspx. Updated March 20, 2013. Accessed June 12, 2013.
7. BrainLine. Summer sports injury prevention tips. http://www.brainline.org/content/2009/06/summer-sports-injury-prevention-tips.html. Accessed June 12, 2013.
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