Summer Relaxation Could Result in Fall Injuries

By: Kristen Ross Email
By: Kristen Ross Email

School sports are starting back up and so is the increased risk for injuries.

"It's that time of year again, and we'll expect to see some of those people who've been sitting on the couch, being couch potatoes all summer long, who really aren't ready to get in there and get going," Floyd Daughters with Brazos Valley Sports Medicine said.

It's a scene all too familiar for sports trainers across the Brazos Valley.

"We'll see some ankle sprains, some shoulder pains, repetitive injuries from volleyball players who really haven't been spiking the ball all summer long," Floyd Daughters said.

As school sports start back up, trainers are pulling the tape out. They're wrapping ankles, wrists, and hoping to prevent some of the most common sports injuries.

"Flexibility does a lot in preventing injuries, climatizing yourself to the sport does a lot to prevent injuries. Listening to your body is key," Floyd said. "When you're body is telling you hey I'm hurting we need to do something about it."

When athletes are hurting from an injury officials say a little bit of R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression and elevation) is just the answer.

Experts say icing an injury for about 10 to 15 minutes every two hours is a good rule of thumb. To avoid other injuries and soreness in general, a little bit of water goes a long way.

"Your muscle is made up of mostly water so when it's working and contracting it's really working that water out of the muscle tissue, and with your body being hot and sweating it out, you're losing that fluid," Floyd said.


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