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Spring Sports Injury Prevention

Matthew Espenshade, D.O.It’s that time of year again!  Transitioning from winter sports to spring sports can be exciting and much needed.  No matter if you are a high school athlete, college athlete or the adult athlete, you can succumb to injuries!


Here are a few things to remember:

  • Make sure you are stretching and staying loose, especially as you transition to a different sport.  You may be using muscles you have not used in a while and stretching will help with your flexibility. Proper warm-up is key!
  • Strengthening muscles can help prevent injuries.  Conditioning exercises while you practice will strengthen the muscles you use during the game.
  • Using proper technique should always be in mind during practice and game time. 
  • Wear the proper equipment.  Helmets, shin guards and other required protective gear is important for injury prevention.
  • Stretching after being physically active will help reduce muscle fatigue and increase blood circulation.  This can also decrease muscle soreness and stiffness.
  • Make sure you are hydrated and eating well-balanced, healthy foods. 
  • Get plenty of rest!  Resting between practices, games and other events is important.  Get plenty of sleep at night.  It will help your body recover and heal.


~ Dr. Matthew Espenshade