Whether discussing your children playing intramural sports or yourself playing in your company’s softball tournament, it is important to think about safety. Playing sports can be a great and fun way to maintain a healthy lifestyle. But without taking some precautions before running onto the field, you could be in for more than you bargained for. Here are some things to remember:
- Talk to your doctor- If you have any type of preexisting condition, make sure that you are not getting yourself into something that may not be good for your health by playing a sport. Find out if there are any alternatives or stipulations before you commit yourself to a team.
- Stretch- Going into a game with tight muscles can increase you risk of injury. Warm up before you play to keep your muscles loose and your lungs working properly.
- Drink plenty of water- Dehydration can occur quite easily during excessive exertion on the field. Drink small amounts of water periodically, even when you are not thirsty, to maintain proper hydration.
- Know the rules of the game- If you are not familiar with the rules of a game you are playing, you could risk injuring yourself or another player. Before you set foot on the field, learn how to play the game.
- Take breaks when needed- Sit out if you are feeling woozy or extra tired. No extra curricular game is worth the risk of injury due to over-tiredness.
- Always play fair- Do not let a bad call by the referee or an unscrupulous player get the best of you. No matter what happens, always play fairly on the field.
Also, you will want to be sure your health insurance will cover you for injuries that may be sustained while playing sports. Call us for more information on how your health insurance will cover you or your children during sporting activities.