Summer is the perfect time to get out and have fun. Many activities can be done throughout the season, but whether you like to relax on lazy summer days or prefer to let the adrenaline rush, one thing you need to be careful about is avoiding the wounds. After all, it’s hard to have fun if you hurt yourself in the process.
Here are some tips from Dr. Madhusudhan on how to avoid these 5 common summer injuries:
Weather-related injuries. You may like warm, sunny days, but too much sun and heat can lead to injury or illness. “One of the most common problems resulting from too much fun in the sun is sunburn, which can be painful,” says Dr. Madhusudhan. “It can also damage the skin and increase your risk of skin cancer, so don’t forget to wear sunscreen.” Dehydration is another common problem when you are exposed to the sun and heat. “Be sure to drink enough fluids and stay away from heat if you show signs of heat-related illness, such as fatigue, muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting, dizziness or confusion.”
Sports-related injuries. Although you can play sports all year round, summer is a time when adults and children like to get out on a field or court to exercise, compete or have fun. “It’s also a time when more people are prone to sports injuries, such as sprains, strains, dislocations, broken bones and concussions. To reduce the risk of injury, stretch and warm up before you start,” warns Dr. Madhusudhan. “Wear proper protective gear and follow the rules of the game. Don’t overdo it if you’re not in good shape and be careful if the pitch or weather conditions aren’t ideal.
Swimming-related injuries. Whether in a pool, lake or ocean, jumping into a cool body of water can be one of the highlights of summer. But it can also cause serious injury. Dr Madhusudhan stresses that you should never leave a child unattended if there is a body of water nearby, even a small children’s pool and adds that one should not run on surfaces that may be wet and slippery. Avoid jumping or diving into water if you don’t know the depth or what may be below the surface.
Movement-related injuries. You are more at risk of injury when you move faster than a normal walking pace. “Being on something with wheels, such as a bicycle, rollerblades, or skateboard, can increase your risk of injury. To avoid serious injury, wear a helmet, watch for obstacles in the road, and be aware of traffic around you,” says Dr Madhusudhan.
Gambling injuries. Finally, Dr. Madhusudhan says that running, playing and brawling can lead to scrapes, bruises, sprains and other injuries. Supervise children on a playground and teach them how to use equipment safely. Do not allow the use of dangerous toys, such as objects that can cause injury if thrown. Supervise play dates for younger children and establish ground rules for older children to reduce the risk of someone getting hurt.
Following these simple tips can help keep you and your family safe this summer. In the event of an accident or injury, we are here to help. Find a doctor near you.