1. Have a pre-season physical examination and follow your doctor’s recommendation.
2. Warm-up and cool down properly with low impact exercises like walking or cycling.
3. Consistently incorporate strength training and stretching. A good stretch involves not going beyond the point of resistance and should be held for 10-12 seconds.
4, Hydrate adequately to maintain health and minimize muscle cramps. Waiting till you are thirsty is often too late to properly hydrate.
5. Keep an eye out for unsafe play surfaces. Playing grounds should be in good condition.
6. Don’t play through the pain. Speak with an orthopedic sports medicine specialist or athletic trainer if you have any concerns about injuries.
For the rest of AAOS’s safety tips and the full article here is the link. Be cautious this fall, and have fun!