Be safe while playing sport

SPORTS Medicine Australia is encouraging Gympie athletes to be careful this summer with a wet season tipped by forecasters.

Sports Medicine Australia CEO Mark Brown said clubs and players needed to be mindful of wet conditions carrying additional risks – particularly with a wet summer forecast on the horizon.

“There’s the obvious, of course, (such as) slippery surfaces but the clear message is that clubs need to be on injury and accident alert if games are going to be played in wet conditions,” he said.

“Constant changes in the weather mean constant changes to sporting grounds and that can affect some of the most basic plays in a number of games and, subsequently, safety.”

Summer and high humidity go hand-in-hand and athletes needs to be aware of the potential of heat stress.

To combat heat-related illnesses, adequate hydration before an after an event is paramount.

Meanwhile, damp sports grounds can also be problematic when combined with long grass as too much grip between the shoe and ground can lead to knee and ankle injuries.

“Advice regarding suitable footwear for conditions from a podiatrist is a good idea,” Brown said.

Stopping for a moment and taking the time to assess the risks and finding ways to minimise them can prevent a lot of heartache.

Brown said athletes needed to weigh up enthusiasm for the game and safety.

“Being aware is not a difficult concept to grasp, especially if it means avoiding a month of physio, a trip to the hospital or, at worse, loss of life,” he said.

Gympie Times


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