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From aaos.com (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons)
Baseball, softball, golf and lacrosse are popular spring sports. And while outdoor exercise is advantageous, these activities do cause many injuries each year, especially among child and adolescent athletes. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in 2016:
· There were more than 380,800 baseball-related injuries;
· Approximately 303,000 softball-related injuries;
· Nearly 114,200 golf-related injuries; and,
· More than 49,000 Lacrosse injuries.
Baseball, softball, golf and lacrosse require repetitive motions of the arms, legs, ankles, wrists and elbows, without an ongoing, balanced fitness regimen, or a slow, steady return to a favorite sport, spring athletes may be placing themselves at greater risk for sprains, tears and overuse injuries.
The most common baseball injuries include mild soft tissue injuries, such as muscle pulls (strains), ligament injuries (sprains), cuts, and contusions (bruises). Although baseball is a non-contact sport, most serious injuries are due to contact — either with a ball, bat, or another player. The repetitive nature of the sport can also cause overuse injuries to the shoulder and elbow.
Most golf injuries are due to overuse from repeating the same swinging motion. Leading the list of injuries is golfer’s elbow, technically known as medial epicondylitis. Golfer’s elbow is an inflammation of the tendons that attach your forearm muscles to the inside of the bone at your elbow.One of the best ways to avoid elbow problems is to strengthen your forearm muscles and slow your golf swing so that there will be less shock in the arm when the ball is hit.The following simple exercises can help build up your forearm muscles and help you avoid golfer’s elbow. For best results, do these exercises during the off-season as well.
Low back pain is another common complaint among golfers. It is often caused by a poor swing. The rotational stresses of the golf swing can place considerable pressure on the spine and muscles. Also, poor flexibility and muscle strength can cause minor strains in the back that can easily become severe injuries. Here are some simple exercises to help strengthen lower back muscles and prevent injuries.
Knee injuries, including anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, are the leading cause of lost game and practice time for lacrosse players. Ankle and knee ligament sprains, sustained while cutting and dodging, also are common in lacrosse. To avoid these injuries, players should be proactive in conditioning. Stay in shape year round. Prior to the lacrosse season, start a graduated program of plyometrics, neuromuscular training, conditioning, and strength training geared to lacrosse demands. Warm up properly by thoroughly stretching and gradually increasing the intensity of your workouts. Hydrate regularly and get plenty of rest.
With any outdoor sports be sure to wear sunscreen and stay hydrated. Also, check your equipment and inspect playing surfaces for needed repairs. Many injuries occur when players start a season on playing fields that are not in peak condition.
Our choice of shoes and bags may be placing unnecessary stress on joints and muscles that over time may cause serious pain or injury. Large purses and briefcases can cause shoulder, neck, elbow and back pain, and wearing poorly fitting shoes, especially those with high heels, platforms or pointed toes, can result in bunions, hammer toes, corns, knee and lower back pain and other conditions.
Fortunately, being fashionable doesn’t have to hurt. Consider the following tips for avoiding shoe and bag related pain and injury:
Rethink your purse, briefcase or backpack
Buy and wear the right shoe
Keep your feet fit
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