Summer is in full swing! Unfortunately, with the increase in outdoor activity, comes an increase in injuries. Overuse injuries can happen as people take advantage of the longer days and warmer weather to exercise longer than usual. Make your health and safety a priority this summer while playing outdoor sports.
Hip injuries are common in warmer months, especially for swimmers. Swimming causes repetitive overuse of the labrum, and can result in a labral tear. Proper swimming form is important. Improper techniques can lead to bursitis or tendonitis if not performed correctly. Soccer players are also susceptible to hip injuries and labral tears of the hip.
Playing tennis, baseball and softball can make athletes vulnerable to shoulder injuries, including rotator cuff tears. Repetitive throwing or swinging motions can inflame the rotator cuff tendons, cause shoulder instability and labral tears. If you plan on playing catch this summer, take extra caution and listen to your body.
Cycling is another big summer activity that often results in injury and unwanted joint pain. If you cycle daily, you could experience knee pain. Common causes of knee pain include arthritis, knee ligament injuries, and meniscal tears. Get checked out by a qualified orthopedic sports medicine provider if knee pain occurs frequently during cycling or daily exercise. Pushing through the pain can lead to more damage to the joint if not properly diagnosed.
Take charge of your joint health this summer with preventative measures. Maintain a healthy weight, nutritious diet, and stretch daily to prevent sports injuries. Eating the right food is a key to maintaining strength, endurance, and overall health. Nutrient-dense foods fuel your body with higher amounts of vitamins, minerals, and beneficial compounds than less nutrient-dense foods.¹ Consuming the proper nutrients, vitamins, and calories is crucial for muscular, joint and cardiovascular health.
The American College of Sports Medicine recommends athletes consume at least 16 to 20 ounces of fluids, 1 to 2 hours before outdoor sports or a competition. After physical activity, they recommend consuming 6 to 12 ounces of fluids every 10 to 15 minutes. Staying hydrated and warming up properly can help prevent injuries to soft tissue and ligaments, while helping you achieve peak performance.
The American Hip Institute believes that patient education is an important factor in sports medicine. Understanding the potential for injuries and treatment options will help get the best outcomes for both athletes and active adults.
Dr. Benjamin Domb, Founder and Medical Director at American Hip Institute, is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in Sports Medicine and Hip Arthroscopy. Dr. Domb is rated among the Top Doctors in the USA by the NY Times, US News & World Report, and Castle Connelly.