Summer is a glorious time of year for reconvening with the outdoors and partaking in athletic activities that otherwise went in dry dock during the cold and dreary months on the calendar.
Long days, pleasant temps and sun-drenched afternoons are open invitations for letting loose in the timeless pursuit of, well, fun. But summer revelry can sometimes come with a painful price tag, namely injuries. However, by employing a few simple precautions you can navigate the most active period of the year without remaining on the sidelines or missing out on all that the season has to offer.
Common Injury: Diving Incidents
Advice: While taking a leap into the pool can be a thrilling way to spice up a swim, it also adds potential danger to this timeless summer activity. As such, only those willing to participate safely should partake in diving. Failing to do so dramatically raises the risk for spinal injuries. Diving should always be done feet first, rather than head first or sideways. And naturally, it’s never smart to dive into shallow water. People tend to forget that the floor of the pool isn’t the only danger zone. When diving into water, there are many other objects to watch out for, especially if you’re jumping into a lake or the ocean. Always make sure the coast is clear before jumping in to deter the risk of injuring your spine and suffering from a diving related incident.
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Common Injury: Pool Mishaps
Advice: During those lengthy, boiling summer days, having a pool seems like a miracle. And while it does save you from enduring the heat in boredom, a wide range of responsibility comes along with this backyard accessory. Slipping and falling by the water, as well as drowning, become high risk issues in the hotter months. To stop injuries like these from ruining the fun, fence around your pool. Puddles on indoor flooring may be tricky to see, leading to a slip and possible injuries, so it’s also useful to make sure any water that’s been tracked inside after swimming is dried up before others come running through and potentially trip. Lastly, having a designated room to enter after going for a dip makes clean up much simpler. Rather than having water by every entrance, there’s only one to worry about after everyone’s made it inside. Containing the slippery areas is the best way to limit an injury and make things easier on you.
Common Injury: Bicycle blunders
Advice: Who doesn’t love the fresh air in their face and their hair blowing in the wind as they ride their bikes during the summer? What people actually don’t love is hurting themselves on these enjoyable modes of transportation. Nothing’s worse than swerving the wrong way and scraping up a knee, but luckily, there are some ways to avoid this. To lower your risk of serious injury, a helmet should always be worn, as well as knee pads and other protective gear. When it comes to the smaller stuff, making sure your breaks and tires are up to safety standard are the best way to steer clear of them. In addition to that, adding reflective gear to your bike and donning bright clothing make you easier to spot when riding in the road, which in turn keeps you away from colliding with someone else and harming not only yourself, but another person as well.
Common Injury: Hiking hysteria
Advice: Hiking is enriching visually and a great way to make your summer active. This enjoyable pastime is known for potentially causing injuries, though. Thankfully, there are ways to avoid these bumps in the road. Your feet can become problem areas when hiking is a reoccurring hobby that you choose. Things like blisters are minor, but annoying and probably nonetheless. Assuring that you own a good pair of hiking shoes can prevent this however. On a more serious note, issues like a twisted ankle could spark up during your hikes if you happen to slip on a jagged, unleveled surface. This is yet another instance where good shoes that support more than just your feet alone come in handy. Although it’s not an injury, heat related complications should be monitored as well. While you may form a limp or require a brace from these ailments, nobody feels like suffering from heat exhaustion or dehydration. Stocking up on water before a hike is key to not only avoiding heat related dangers, but also giving you the energy needed to prevent slips and falls.
We all make mistakes, especially with warm-weather fun on the brain. If you’ve fallen into the trap of a pesky summer injury,contact the skilled staff at JAG-ONE Physical Therapy to get back on your feet and into the festivities again as fast as possible; we will make sure you don’t miss a beat this summer.