Tips for Avoiding Common Summer Sports Injuries

Summer brings the irresistible allure of outdoor activities and sports. Whether you prefer a relaxing game of golf, a competitive tennis match, or a refreshing swim, engaging in these activities is not only enjoyable but beneficial for physical health. Nonetheless, with increased activity comes an increased risk of musculoskeletal and spinal injuries. At Long Island Spine Rehabilitation Medicine, our physiatrists are experts in diagnosing and treating summer sports injuries. We are also adept at helping our patients to avoid them. 

Common Summer Sports Injuries

While some summer sports are associated with warm weather and the pleasures of fresh air and light clothing, many indoor winter sports can easily be relocated to open fields and courts. Whatever sport you play this summer, we are here to help.

Swimming

Swimming is often the first sport that comes to mind when we think of summer sports. Delightful as it is to slip into cool water on a hot summer day, swimmers should be aware of more than the obvious danger of diving into water that is too shallow. Those who swim vigorously for long periods, especially when they do not build up to this activity gradually or use proper stroke technique, may develop:

To avoid these summer swimming injuries, our doctors recommend learning proper form, gradually increasing intensity and duration, and warming up by doing shoulder- and neck- strengthening exercises.

Baseball

Repetitive motions play a part in a great many sports injuries, including the repeated throwing, batting, extended reaches, and sudden sprints of baseball. Any of these actions can result in: 

To prevent these baseball injuries, it is wise to practice and refine your pitching, hitting, and catching techniques, to warm up sufficiently, and to exercise your shoulder and leg muscles to strengthen them between games.

Tennis, Badminton, Pickle Ball, Racquet Ball

All games that require rackets and involve repeated swings of the arms and rapid sprints across the court make players prone to:

  • Tennis elbow
  • Tendonitis of the wrist
  • Sprained ankles (injured ligaments)

Steps to avoid these injuries include making sure you are properly trained in correct strokes and proper footwork, and that you use a racket well-suited to your physique and skill level. 

Volleyball

Volleyball players frequently injure themselves during spiking, blocking, jumping, and hard landing. Common volleyball injuries include:

The best way to protect yourself against these injuries is to focus on strengthening your shoulders and leg muscles, practicing proper jumping and landing techniques, and using protective knee pads or braces.

Basketball

Basketball players, who clearly run, pivot, and jump a great deal, are prone to:

  • Ankle sprains
  • ACL tears
  • Jumper’s knee
  • Tendon and ligament injuries
  • Fractures (from falls or collisions)

To prevent basketball injuries, our physiatrists recommend practicing agility drills, strengthening core and leg muscles, and wearing appropriate, supportive footwear.

Golf

Although golfers move at a relaxing pace, they repeatedly perform the same motion as they swing their clubs, which may, especially if their posture is incorrect, result in:

To prevent golf injuries, it is important to perfect your swing and to learn to maintain good posture, especially while bending. It is also important to make certain that your clubs fit your height and strength, and to strengthen your core muscles.

Bicycling

Bicycling through the countryside on a summer’s day may seem idyllic, but cyclists, especially those who ride long distances, often suffer one of the following injuries from gripping the handlebars for a long time, prolonged riding while positioned incorrectly, or from falls or collisions:

  • Wrist pain
  • Knee pain
  • Head injuries/concussions
  • Fractures

If you’re an ardent bicyclist who wants to avoid accidental injuries,  make sure your bicycle fits your body properly and that your seat and handlebars are properly adjusted. Also, make sure to wear a helmet and padded gloves.

When Even a Pound of Prevention Doesn’t Do the Trick

Even with the best preventive measures, injuries still occur. If you are injured while participating in your favorite summer sport contact Long Island Spine Rehabilitation Medicine immediately. We are well-prepared to diagnose and treat your summer sports injury efficiently and effectively, using traditional and complementary therapies specifically chosen and combined to meet your particular needs. We share your commitment to getting you back in the game at the earliest possible moment.