What you wear and how you prepare—doctors say those two things can keep athletes safe during practice or a game. “Obviously, wearing protective equipment is going to be at the top of the list, so helmets, helmets, helmets,” said Dr. Christine Norton, a resident physician with Lee Health.
Before starting any sport, it’s important for athletes to warm up and hydrate. “Hydration is really, really important, especially in Florida where we see heatstroke. There are actually protocols that the high schools have ice baths that are ready for any of the athletes at practices,” she said.
But if a player is injured—it’s important to promptly respond and treat the injury—some of the most common are sprains, fractures, and concussions. “After an on-field hit, it’s very possible that athletes can show symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, sometimes a little nausea, they can be sensitive to lights, some of them may even be a little bit confused and have speech slurred, so those are reasons to immediately pull the athlete out and evaluate them,” Dr. Norton said.
Having team physicians on the sidelines can help to evaluate, diagnose and treat athletes with injuries quickly. “Even things like eye injuries, teeth injuries, cuts, lacerations, and so it’s basically analyzing is the athlete ok to go back into play or do we need to pull them out?” she said. Precautions that can keep athletes safe during a game.
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