In the excitement to get on the field and start playing there are a few things that can go forgotten. Here is a list of the most common things that are forgotten and why they shouldn’t slip the mind.
One of the things athletes tend to forget before they begin sports competitions is to protect their mouths. Mouth guards are especially important in high-speed, high-impact sports such as ice hockey, football, rugby, and basketball. Boxers must always wear mouth guards to avoid losing teeth and to avoid getting knocked out easily. In addition to losing teeth, an injury to an unprotected mouth could also cause cuts and bleeding in the lips or gums.
Another thing athletes often forget is to stretch properly. This isn’t a problem for collegiate and professional athletes as they are forced to stretch with their coaches before the game begins. People called weekend warriors are most at risk for injuries relating to a lack of stretching. They work their normal jobs all week and play sports on weekends. Proper stretching helps increase range of motion and helps prevent stress injuries such as torn muscles and ligament damage. Never take the field without stretching first.
Proper hydration goes a long way toward keeping athletes performing their best. It not only aids in the prevention of injury, but it helps someone who plays sports keep their energy levels up. As the human body loses water, humans naturally slow down. Our bodies will shut down to conserve water unless it is replenished regularly during and after exercise. It’s also a good idea to have enough water in your system before you even begin the sports.
It’s Just a Game
Some athletes even forget why they are playing the game in the first place. It’s easy to get caught up in winning and forget that you are playing a sport to enjoy it and to have fun. Competitiveness can sometimes ruin sports for some people. It’s natural to be competitive, but competition itself can be enjoyable as long as people don’t take things too seriously. It would be different if you were a professional athlete, since there is a lot of money and fame on the line. As a recreational athlete, you should relax and take the game for what it’s worth to you.
Depending on the sport in question, some athletes don’t remember that it is often a team sport. Some basketball, football, and hockey players will try to do everything on their own even if they aren’t good enough to do so. Everyone else who plays would like a chance.