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Adults getting injured in recreational sports leagues

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My colleague Wes Case at Bthesitemagazine.com wrote about injuries adults are suffering while playing for recreational sports leagues.

They are breaking ankles and wrists and even suffering concussions. Local doctors are seeing an increase in injuries.

Here are some tips from Wes' story on how to prevent injuries.

Stretch more
Alexis Marianes said she feels "kind of silly" stretching before an intramural game because it could appear she's taking a recreational activity too seriously. But stretching will literally warm up your body, improving muscle elasticity in the process.

Wear proper equipment
In many cases, including football and kickball, field conditions worsen over the course of a day. Whether it's from rain or dew, things can get slippery out there, leading to possible injury. "I keep telling players to go to the clearance rack of Dick's and get a pair of cheap soccer shoes. The plastic cleats will help," said BSSC president Mike Cray.

Stay active year-round
This is a no-brainer but its benefits can't be understated. "We get busy in our working lives, but four or five days per week of 30 minutes of cardio will keep you in better playing shape," said Jennifer Kramer of the National Center for Sports Safety.

Hold off on the alcohol
Alcohol consumption negatively affects motor-skills and balance, so playing sports drunk, or even buzzed, can play a role in injuries. "Have your fun but be responsible about what you're doing," said Dr. Harrison Youmans of Union Memorial Hospital.

Don't make it worse If something about your body is nagging you, get it checked out before taking on more physical activity. "Don't play hurt," Youmans said. "Follow up with somebody."

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