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August 20, 1993 - Image 127

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-08-20

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WHAT IF...

hazards: lack of condition-
some kids use the time to
ing and acclimatization to
socialize before activities,"
the weather.
he said. Mr. Easterling
Since football is the first
advised proper diet, lifting
major sport for boys in the
weights for muscular
fall, student-athletes' big-
strength and being aerobi-
gest problem is that they
cally fit in order to mini-
show up for training out of
mize injuries.
shape, says Dr. Edward
Of all the school sports,
McFarland, director of the
football accounts for the
sports medicine section of
most injuries nationally,
the Johns Hopkins Medical
says Mr. Cunningham. Not
Institutions. He recom-
only does it come at the
mends a regimen of sum-
start of the school sports
mertime conditioning,
season but it is a "collision"
especially running, so that
sport, in which players
when players return to the
hurl themselves at each
sport, they can participate
other. (Ice hockey is anoth-
without serious fatigue.
er player or a playing
Wrapped in their protec-
object. Cross country is a
tive padding, football play-
"non-contact" sport.)
ers are especially vulner-
Collision and contact
able to the area's early fall
sports obviously have a
heat and humidity. Ath-
greater risk of injury than
etes can generally handle
non-contact sports. Each
80 to 90 degree
Fahrenheit tempera-
tures when the hu-
midity is below 70
percent. But once it
rises, so does the dan-
ger of heat exhaus-
tion.
To acclimate play-
ers to the heat, coach-
es often have them do
some practices with-
out their equipment.
Whenever possible,
players should
remove their helmets,
which also helps to
cool down their bod-
ies. Dr. McFarland,
an orthopedic sur-
geon, also recom-
mends that coaches Protective gear is important in football.
change practice times
to the cooler mornings and
sport has its characteristic
evenings.
injuries. For example, bas-
Coaches should call for
ketball generates a lot of
regular water breaks and
injuries — the most com-
players should be allowed
mon is ankle sprains —
unlimited access to water.
because of the close prox-
Dr. McFarland thinks
imity of players on a small
water is enough; other
court and with the quick,
drinks, like Gatorade,
intense level of play.
aren't necessary. He dis-
The most common foot-
misses salt tablets as
ball injuries Mr. Easterling
"passe."
sees are shoulder separa-
There are two types of
tion, ankle and knee
sports-related injuries:
injuries. You can't antici-
overuse and trauma.
pate accidents but he rec-
Overuse injuries like ten-
ommends as much prepara-
donitis, bursitis and sore
tion as possible. Coaches
muscles are considered
need to teach good playing
preventable with adequate
techniques; players need to
conditioning. For overuse
be in good shape and to
injuries, experts recom-
wear proper equipment
mend icing down the area,
that fits well.
taking a day off from the
sport and seeing how you
Almost all soccer injuries
feel before resuming play.
occur from the waist down.
The basic key to staying
Ankle injuries are the most
away from injuries is prop-
common, followed by bruis-
er flexibility and proper
es. Shin guards, which are
conditioning, says Shane
now mandatory in most
Easterling, an athletic
high school leagues and
trainer with the University
almost all youth programs,
of Michigan MedSport, an
help to prevent severe
outpatient orthopedic and
bruises and fractures.
physical therapy clinic.
Experts also recommend
"Instead of stretching,

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