One of the biggest problems and most unfortunate events in any sport are injuries. There is nothing worse than having to be sidelined from playing because of a sports related injury. I can personally say from experience that the feeling you get when you are injured and cannot play with your team is not a good feeling. However, there is good news. With proper training and taking certain precautions, you can greatly reduce the chances of you being injured while playing sports. Read on to learn how you can lower your chances of getting injured.

1. The easiest way to prevent an athletic injury is by following all of the rules in place for your sport and by properly wearing all of your protective equipment. Sports like football require you to wear all of those protective pads and mouth pieces as so many other sports require, in order to help protect athletes from injury. Therefore, you should make it a point to wear all of your equipment and adhere to all of the rules in your sport.

2. Staying in top shape and conditioning your body to perform at optimal levels from the start to the finish of the athletic event can help prevent injuries too. For example, if a football player conditions his body so he can run all game long then he possibly won't get caught standing around a pile up because he is tired and therefore may be less likely to get injured. Being in shape can also help you maintain proper technique when you're on the playing field which can help reduce the likelihood of being injured. Make it a point to put 110% into conditioning during practice and when training for a game.

3. Make sure you properly warm up your muscles before partaking in any athletic event. It's important to perform a good dynamic warm up which will ensure your muscles are prepared for the intense cuts and collisions that may come with your sport. Make it a point to build up a light sweat. This is a good indication that your body is prepared to participate in a sporting event.

4. Flexibility training is an important aspect of training that can cut down on the chances of an athlete being injured. You should focus on increasing your range of motion in your muscles, tendons, and ligaments on a daily basis. This can mean the difference in being shaken up during a awkward twist or bend and possibly being injured for the rest of the season. Therefore, make it a point to stretch everyday and work to improve your flexibility.

5. Weight training is another area that can help prevent athletic injuries. In addition to training in order to improve muscle strength and endurance, one should focus on improving core strength. The core is comprised of the abs, hip flexors, and lower back. These muscles are what hold the body together and where all of your power is generated from. The stronger these muscles are, the less likely an athlete is to get injured.

In conclusion, while injuries are not totally preventable, with training, practicing proper technique, and following all of the rules for the sport, an athlete can cut down on their risk of being injured. Play smart and good luck!