Play it Safe: Prevent Injury

Stay in the Game

Your coaches and trainers have taught you well. Take their lessons to hear and be smart when you work out, even when they’re not around to remind you. You can support your team from the sidelines, but if you’d rather be in the game, you’ll need to stay healthy and safe!

 Theres no I in Team, but there is one in Injury

GEAR UP

The proper equipment for workout and game day is part of playing it safe. Of all the safety equipment, the right helmet (worn the right way) is most important. Learn more about concussion prevention, and be a #helmethead!

 

WARM UP & COOL DOWN

Prepare your muscles and your heart for the work you’re asking them to do, and ease them back to a resting state. Check out our Athletes and Coaches page for some sport-specific training information.

 

STRETCH

Include dynamic stretching in your warm-up and workout routine. Mobilize and practice the movements you’ll be using as you prepare for an injury-free outing. Learn more about dynamic flex (stretching).

EASE INTO IT

Build intensity, duration, and frequency gradually as you work out—not all at once, which can result in injury. Read more about peaking for maximum performance.

 

MIX IT UP

Don’t overuse one set of muscles. Balance out your exercise routine across all areas of the body, and all muscle groups. Cross train to be a better all-around athlete, and consider the benefits of the Functional Movement Screen.

Work out smart to prevent injury.