Simple Steps to Reduce Sports Injuries

Basketball and bicycling rank highest for injuries among recreational sports, causing 1.5 million accidents per year. Baseball, soccer and softball follow, each with almost half a million injuries yearly, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Whether you’re upping your own practice schedule or you’re a parent of a student athlete headed back to school, heeding a few precautions goes a long way in preventing sports injuries.

Here are some tips from osteopathic physician Marcel Fraix, member of the Fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (FAAPMR) and assistant professor at Western University of Health Sciences. Fraix is also a staff physician at Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation in California, where he specializes in sports-related disorders.

Chiropractic Care May Offer Solution to NBA Injuries

Clearly, a sport that requires tremendous power and speed will lend itself to injuries. And so it is with basketball.

In fact, if you go by sheer numbers alone, basketball is the most injury-prone sport of any in the nation — with the latest 2010 data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission showing its 528,584 reported injuries, topping even football’s 489,676. Sidelining hoopsters were everything from back spasms to sprained ankles.

That explains why so many professional teams — across the sports world — are now making chiropractic care part of their health regimens.