Thursday, September 8, 2005

Autumn Can Be A Real Pain-In-The-Neck For Student Athletes

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Back-to-school time is already a pain in the neck for students but it can mean pain everywhere else for high school athletes.

That’s the painful truth from Dr. Jordan Metzl, a sports medicine expert for SEAL-ON first aid products.

He says the start of school usually means an increase in athletic injuries and attributes it to contact sports like football and soccer as well as “overuse” injuries from volleyball or cross country running.

Part of the problem is caused when students try to get in shape for competition in a week’s time, instead of training gradually throughout the summer.

Sadly that isn’t always enough. Many injuries are caused not because the athlete is out-of-shape but because the playing surface is terribly uneven.

He says there are countless injuries each year due to divots in football and soccer fields to cracks on a tennis or basketball court, and Metzl thinks parents or teachers should be willing to forfeit a game whenever the field or court increases the risk of injury.

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