Some athletic injuries are unable to be prevented and are the result of trauma. Many athletic injuries however are not the result of trauma, but often happen because of a muscular imbalance or training deficiency. Many physical tests exist to help coaches, trainers, and therapists identify areas of weakness or stiffness to help prepare them for their season. If these are discovered during preseason physicals, these imbalances need to be addressed early to allow the athlete a safer, and likely more competitive season. A collaborative approach amongst the coach, trainer, therapist, and physician will best prepare the athlete for their upcoming season; whether they are coming off of a previous injury, or if they are just getting back to competitive condition.
Below are a few helpful links for the athletes interested in learning more on how to prevent injury:
- The Santa Monica Sports Medicine Foundation (SMSMF) designed a PEP or Prevent injury Enhance Performance (PEP) program that has been shown to decrease ACL tear rates
- Throwing injuries in Little League baseball players has been addressed with the “Pitch Count Regulation Guide”
- Stop Sports Injuries is a wonderful site dedicated to preventing sports injuries in our young athletes. This website is a great resource for the athletes, parents and those coaching our youth.