Summer means long days, warm nights, and plenty of fun activities. From weekends lounging at home to family vacations to day camp for the kids, this is usually the time of year everyone loves. But with all the extra activities and a more relaxed attitude, you are also at a greater risk of getting injured and suffering from specific aches and pains.
Here are some of the more common causes of summertime injuries.
The weather is warm and the days are longer, which means you’re ready to get outdoors and have some fun with friends. Beach volleyball, company baseball and softball, racquetball, basketball, golfing, and more are thoroughly enjoyed during summer. The extra activities put you more at risk for sprains and strains, muscle aches, and sports injuries like tendinitis. Staying hydrated, taking breaks as needed, and stretching can help minimize the risk of a recreational sports injury.
Slip and Falls
The pool is the place to be during summer. It’s also the site of slip and fall accidents that can cause muscle sprains and strains, whiplash, herniated discs, and even a concussion. If you’re spending time at a public or private pool, use caution and wear slip-resistant shoes. If you’re having people over to your pool at home, make sure they are aware of the slip and fall risks and do everything you can to minimize the risk of an accident.
About 7 out of 10 playground injuries are caused by falls or equipment failure, both at public and private home playgrounds, according to the National Program for Playground Safety. Children can suffer fractures, scratches and bruises, cuts, sprains and strains, and concussions while playing on a playground. Minimize these risks by ensuring there is adult supervision wherever and whenever children are playing.
Boating, riding jet skis, paddle boarding, and swimming are all fun summertime activities. Always be prepared for a possible boating accident and have life vests aboard – it’s the law. Swimming is a great way to cool off, but it’s important to stop swimming during bad weather, avoid jumping into shallow water, and play safely while at the beach or in the pool. When engaging in any water activities, follow all safety precautions to avoid an injury.
ATVs, Mopeds, and Bicycles
There’s nothing like enjoying the cool summer breeze when riding an ATV, moped or bike. As more people hit the road to enjoy the nice weather, be mindful of these riders if you’re in a car. If you’re a rider, wear all the appropriate safety gear and follow the rules of the road to decrease the risk of an accident.
Though not necessarily an injury, during the summer, people are more likely to be active and outdoors. Time spent walking around amusement parks or on vacation can cause aching feet and lower back pain. If you’re carrying around a backpack or heavy purse, it can strain your neck and upper shoulders.
Chiropractic treatment can help relax your muscles, recover from summertime injuries, and prevent other problems from developing. If you’re ready to get more active, schedule an appointment with a chiropractor who can create a treatment plan that will help you stay healthy all summer long.