St Paul MN Chiropractor | Summer Sports-Related Injuries
Summer is a season full of beautiful weather, vacations, sports, and other enjoyable outdoor activities. Unfortunately, summer also means an increase in injuries. There are many ways to prevent the injuries that are most common during the summer months, as you and your family enjoy the warm weather.
School vacation and summer weather entice us to enjoy the great outdoors. This is good for our health in many ways. Recreational activities improve our mental and physical health through exercise. This is not an attempt to discourage good old outdoor fun. But now is an important time of the year to start thinking about the seasonal hazards of summertime and make a plan to enjoy the season in good health.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure in sports safety
The freedom of riding a bike can’t be beat, but following a few safety tips and obeying the rules of the road can help you stay safe and avoid accidents.
- Always wear a properly fitted helmet. Over 85% of head injuries can be prevented by wearing a helmet.
- Keep your bicycle in good working condition.
Boating and Water Toys
Before you set off in your boat this summer, remember these important safety tips:
- Have life jackets for everyone on board! Children under 12 years old must wear a life jacket on any boat. Children under 16 must wear a life jack on a sailboat.
- If the kids go out for a paddle they should always stay within eyesight of an adult.
- Never drink and drive a boat.
Inline Skating (i.e. roller blading)
- Wear a helmet.
- Use wrist and elbow guards to avoid fractures in the wrist and elbows.
- Don’t go far until you know how to stop (safely)!
Note: Roller shoes are just like roller blades and require the same kind of safety gear.
- You must be 16 or older to operate a Personal Watercraft.
- The rules that apply to boats also apply to jet skis. Wear your life jacket, use the buddy system, and ride only during the daylight hours.
Scooters and Skateboards
Warm weather is here and school is out for the summer. For thousands of Minnesota kids that means spending long days outside enjoying summer activities. One activity gaining in popularity involves riding All-Terrain Vehicles, commonly known as ATV’s. Each year, 40,000 children across the country are injured in ATV crashes. These injuries can be quite traumatic. Children are more prone to ATV injuries for several reasons, including their lack of experience operating motorized vehicles, poorly developed psychomotor control and lack of judgment that can result in risk-taking behavior and poor decision-making skills. ATVs, or four-wheelers, are not toys– they are machines. It is important to remember that if you and your child plan on riding four-wheelers, it’s crucial that you take the appropriate safety precautions. With respect to other recreational activities and many common sports, ATV driving has the highest risk of hospitalization of 33 sports and activities in which children routinely participate, including riding a bike, snowboarding, skateboarding, wrestling, basketball and scooter riding. The risk of serious injury associated with driving ATVs is 61 percent greater than the activity with the next highest risk (football). (Fiscal Year 2005 CPSC Briefing Package pg. 158-9) Always wear protective gear – especially a helmet – when riding ATVs. Wear a motorcycle or motorized sports helmet and make sure it is certified by the U.S. Department of Transportation or the Snell Memorial Foundation. For more information on sports safety, check out the following links: Inline Skating Safety Bikes Skates Skateboard Safety Scooter Safety Trampoline Safety Skateboarding Safety Tips – National Safety Council ATV_Riding_Tips
Sports and Chiropractic
The sports chiropractor can enhance an athlete’s recovery from injury and prevent future injury. In the competitive sports world, these athletes realize that if spinal or extremity problems exist, their performance will be compromised. The goal for each patient is to get him/her in peak performance to produce a winning result. Professional, amateur and weekend athletes seek out Sports Chiropractors for many reasons:
- Quicker recovery after training/games
- Prevention of injury
- Peak performance
- Better balance
Stay In The Game With Chiropractic!
More and more you are seeing professional teams utilize chiropractic adjustments. Why do you think that is? It’s because research has shown that adjustments give these athletes greater mobility and strength. By getting adjustments and muscle treatments, the muscles, spine, and nervous system all work better to deliver the best power your body can deliver. That competitive edge makes a huge difference in the athletes overall results. Period……… That’s why athletes like Emmitt Smith, Jerry Rice, Joe Montana, Evander Holyfield, and Arnold Schwarzenegger all utilize chiropractic. Why should you be any different? Be proactive. Stop in today for an adjustment and bring your children with you. Have them checked before they begin their summer sports. Be like the pros that stay on top of their game. Lets all be the best that we can. If you have experienced a sports or personal injury of any kind, give a St Paul MN Chiropractor a call. They can help with current injuries and also prevent any future injuries. Have A Safe Summer!