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Sport during the summer, do you know that training reduces the risk of trauma?

July 3, 2018

When practicing sports, both amateur and competitive, even in summer, it is important to follow certain training. Although the goal is to play soccer with friends, play beach volleyball on the beach, or play twice as much tennis on holiday, getting physically trained means avoiding injuries and trauma. “Although in sport, injuries can have many causes, from contact/clash with an adversary to inadequate equipment – explains Dr. Piero Volpi, head of the Operating Unit of Knee Orthopedics and Sport Traumatology at Humanitas – it is the lack of training that causes most injuries, especially in muscles, tendons and joints. Each activity also has its own “weak points”; playing soccer, beach volleyball or running, for example, more frequently cause distorted traumas, especially in the ankle and knee, or injuries and muscle distractions due to lack of training. Trying out long running or walking distances without being sufficiently trained can also cause stress fractures in the foot and tibia due to overloading activities. Being physically prepared does not mean exhausting workouts, but spending half an hour walking, or running and stretching several times a week in the months prior to your holiday. It should be remembered, however, that the preparation must be directly proportional to the physical effort that you intend to make, health conditions and age, all factors that determine the type of activity that you decide to practice, even only for the period of the holiday. For this reason, it is essential to consult a specialist in sports medicine who will advise you on the most suitable sports activity to keep fit, have fun and avoid unpleasant injuries.


Finally, in the case of trauma requiring surgery, it is important to know that depending on the type of injury and surgical treatment, summer holidays may be compromised. In fact, surgery is always followed by a period of joint rest and re-education that depend on the extent and severity of the injury and the surgical intervention. Injuries to the meniscus or ligament, distorted traumas affecting the cartilage, for example, require a fairly long rehabilitation period, while after the meniscus surgery are required seven days off, followed by rehabilitation and a month or half after rehabilitation sport activities may be resumed.

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