Recreational Softball QUICKGuide
The experts at Summit Orthopedics provide softball injury prevention tips in their QUICKGuide to prevent injuries and stay safe during the sport.
Be aware of the risks of mixing alcohol and sports
It can be easy to quench thirst with a cold beer as part of the softball experience, but keep in mind although it may be ice cold, it actually is dehydrating you. Remember to drink water or a sports drink to keep yourself hydrated and playing at peak performance.
Watch out for too much play, too soon
Before you start the season, set aside time to regularly exercise to ensure you are physically ready for play. Overall fitness and core strength will help keep injury at bay.
Consider whether sliding is worth it
Some studies have shown upwards of 70% of injuries come from sliding in recreational softball. The biggest way you can decrease the risk of injury from sliding is playing on fields with break-away bases. It stands to reason sudden stops against a base that’s not going anywhere transfers all that force to the structures in your foot, ankle, lower leg and knee. If you do have to play on a field with stationary bases, you just might want to consider whether the momentary glory is worth the risk.
No need to play through pain
Listen to your body. When you start to experience pain, it’s time to do some self-care. Back off those activities or movements that are causing the pain. It’s not that you need to completely rest, just be active doing something that doesn’t create pain in that area. It is fine to have soreness or some discomfort with activity, that’s normal. However, when you have weakness or start to limp, that’s when it’s time to see a doctor.
Brush up on concussion symptoms
Although injuries from sliding are the most common, head and neck injuries also account for injuries in recreational softball players. It’s worth your time to familiarize yourself with concussion symptoms. Remember you don’t have to lose consciousness to have a concussion.
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