PLAY IT SAFE
Spending more time outside being active is a big part of summer. But the flurry of activity can also lead to a variety of injuries, many tied to sudden overuse, repetitive motion, or engaging in sports that your body is simply not accustomed to. "The weather becomes nice, you suddenly become more active, and you haven't built up your tolerance," said Dr. Miho Tanaka, director of the Women's Sports Medicine Program in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Hospital. "It's just like working out, if you suddenly go do things that you don't normally do, your body doesn't keep up." The good news is that many common summer sports injuries can be avoided. Medical professionals across the country weigh in on the best ways to do that.
Always consult your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider before beginning any exercise routine or if you have any medical concerns.