Injury Prevention

Why do injuries occur?

There are various reasons why an injury might occur, including improper training, improper technique, equipment failure and/ or anatomic or biomechanical issues of the athlete.

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    What should I do if I have an injury?

    If you’re in pain, STOP!

    If you are experiencing sharp, stabbing pain, you should stop the activity immediately. If you play through pain you risk making the injury worse and probably cutting your season short. If you are bleeding, your joints are swelling, or you can’t put weight on the affected limb, or if you feel dizzy or physically ill, seek medical attention immediately.

    Don’t be afraid to say something. If you experience pain or other symptoms that might indicate an injury, you need to tell your coach, parent/caregiver or doctor immediately. The sooner an injury is diagnosed, the more effectively it can be treated, and the sooner you can return to playing.

    The American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) works with leading experts to develop injury prevention tips and guidelines. For more information, visit

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