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Common Injuries - Tips From the Pros

Injury Prevention Guide

Methodist and the Texans have teamed up to bring you and your family “Playing it Safe: Your Guide to Sports Injuries and Nutrition,” a guide with simple tips on how you can play the game and stay in it – for life. Download the full guide (pdf).

Whether it’s an adult soccer league, a pickup basketball game or an aerobics class, finding and keeping a fitness plan is essential for a long and happy life. Professional athletes and their physicians know that a successful game or workout routine should be injury-free. Here are some tips on preventing injury, from the pros Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.

To learn more, download our full Sports Injury Prevention Guide (pdf).

  • Get your check-up. Regular physicals before starting a sports season or an exercise program are important for your safety and performance. Sports superstars such as Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson, Houston Astros slugger Lance Berkman and Dynamo forward Brian Ching visit their doctors at The Methodist Hospital before each season to make sure they are healthy and strong enough to play.
  • Warm up before you work out. Spend just a few minutes preparing your body before sports or other exercise, and you might prevent an injury that could require weeks of recovery.
  • Wear the right protective gear. Depending upon your sport, everything from the right helmet to the right shoes can save you from injury, and may even save your life.
  • Fuel your body the right way. A healthy diet, good hydration and the right vitamins and minerals are crucial to keeping you at peak performance.
  • Know your risks. Whether it’s an acute (sudden) injury, an overuse injury or a re-injury, knowing the kinds of injuries common to your sport can help you prevent them. Pre-habilitation and athletic training from Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine can show you how to play smart and stay off of the sidelines.
  • Get proper treatment if injuries happen. Even the best athletes can get hurt at times. Prompt diagnosis and treatment are essential so that sports injuries remain temporary setbacks—not life-altering traumas.