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June 24, 2010
WHILE winter sports pro-
vide the opportunity to
get away from the office
and provide social inter-
action and friendly competition, they
can also lead to a higher risk of inju-
ry for the ill prepared.
The ADF Health Status (2000) rated
sports injuries as high as 32 per cent.
Recent statistics highlighted by Sports
Medicine Australia claim that hospital
data shows an increase of more than
30 per cent for sporting injuries during
With this in mind, how can you best
minimise your chance of injury?
One of the major causes of sporting
injuries is human error. Often play-
ers 'jump in' to make up the numbers
or there is only one team in the local
workplace and all players, regardless
of skill level, are welcome.
Have you been asked to "fill in" or
"come and play" for a work team (with
the match being that night)?
With low sports-specific skill lev-
els, the chances of injury to yourself
and others is high. Likewise, poor fit-
ness plays its part.
Ensure you are fit enough to play
sport. Undertake some pre-season
Before all games, include a warm
up that ends with a simulated game,
thus preparing the body for the spe-
cific activity to follow.
Terrain and equipment
Sporting fields or ovals that have
lowered pipes, drains and sprinklers
create potential trip hazards. Many
fields also have hidden potholes and
dips with stones, pebbles and branches
Most team sports at one stage or
another have players sliding, falling
or jumping. Remember loose soil or
stones or sticks and uneven footing
caused by dips or potholes have the
potential to not only cause sprains and
strains but also tear and graze skin.
Often ring-in players have to bor-
row equipment that does not fit cor-
rectly or, for simplicity, many lunch-
time-fun games totally disregard incon-
Have you ever played basketball
without a mouth guard or soccer with-
out shin pads?
Before playing games, even those
quick games, check your playing
Don't allow peer pressure to
drag you into playing a game
when you know you're unpre-
Acclimatise yourself to exer-
cising in colder weather by
training outdoors and conduct-
ing a thorough warm up that
is longer than in the summer
Apply a broad-spectrum 30+
sunscreen to exposed skin
Maintain your hydration by
drinking water before, during
and after the game or training.
Dress in layers to trap heat
and prevent heat loss. Add or
remove layers of clothing as
necessary according to exer-
cise level and conditions.
Those with a pre-existing
medical condition affecting the
feet, such as diabetes, should
see a doctor before taking part
in winter sports.
The winter sports season is upon us so, as
LT Rob Orr says, take particular care with
your preparations for the cold season.
area. Have each team spread out
and search for hidden obstacles and
remove the smaller obstacles like
stones, etc. If you're unhappy with
the venue, find another.
Avoid using solid concrete paths
or gutters that ring the playing area
as boundaries, use marker cones or
jumpers placed well within the field.
Ensure that you have all of the
equipment required for your sport
and that the equipment is used.
Often players are poorly prepared
for the cold climate. With an insuf-
ficient warm up, the colder muscles
impact on your energy usage and mus-
cle movement, placing your body at a
greater risk of injury.
Be prepared both physically and
logistically for your sporting games to
minimise your chance of injury.
For more information see Sports Medicine
Australia at http://sma.org.au/2010/06/
Things to think about to
avoid injury in the winter
PREPARATION: Make sure your kit is appropriate and fits correctly.
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