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The 5 Most Common Summer Injuries

Summer is the perfect time to get outdoors and have some fun. There are loads of activities that can be enjoyed all season long, but whether you love to relax during the lazy days of summer or prefer to let that adrenaline soar, one thing you want to watch out for is avoiding injury. After all, it’s hard to have fun if you get hurt in the process.

Family Medicine Physician, Dr. Srilakshmi Madhusudhan with Dignity Health Medical Group — Bakersfield, says that while summer fun may increase your risk of injury, that shouldn’t stop you from getting outside and enjoying the season. “You may be more at risk of being injured during the summertime simply because you’re more likely to be more active and engage in activities that carry some degree of risk. But with a few extra precautions, you can enjoy your summer without pain, injury or a trip to the emergency room.”

Here’s some tips from Dr. Madhusudhan on how to avoid these 5 common summer injuries:

  • Weather-related injuries. You may love warm sunny days, but too much sun and heat can lead to injury or illness. “One of the most common problems resulting from too much fun in the sun is sunburn, which can be painful,” says Dr. Madhusudhan. “It can also lead to skin damage and may increase your risk of skin cancer so don’t forget to wear sunscreen.” Dehydration is another common problem when you’re out in the sun and heat. “Make sure to drink enough fluids and get out of the heat if you experience signs of heat-related illness, such as fatigue, muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting, dizziness or confusion.”
  • Sports-related injuries. Although you may play sports all year round, summer is a time when adults and kids alike enjoy getting out on a field or court for some exercise, competition or fun. “It’s also a time when more people are prone to sports injuries, such as sprains, strains, dislocations, broken bones and concussions. To make it less likely you’ll be injured, stretch and warm-up before you start,” warns Dr. Madhusudhan . “Wear proper protective gear and follow the rules of the game. Don’t overdo it if you are out of shape and be careful if field or weather conditions aren’t ideal.”
  • Swim-related injuries. Whether in a pool, lake or ocean, jumping in a cool body of water can be one of the highlights of summer fun. But it can also be a source of serious injury.  Dr. Madhusudhan stresses that you should never leave any child unattended if there is any body of water nearby, even a small kiddie pool and adds no running on surfaces that may be wet and slippery. Avoid jumping or diving into water if you don’t know the depth or what may be below the surface.
  • Movement-related injuries. You’re more at risk of injury when you are moving faster than a normal walking pace. “Being on something with wheels, such as a bike, rollerblades or a skateboard can up your risk of getting hurt. To prevent serious injury, wear a helmet, look out for obstacles in the road and be aware of vehicular traffic around you,” says Dr. Madhusudhan.
  • Play-related injuries. Finally,  Dr. Madhusudhan says running, playing and roughhousing can lead to scrapes, bruises, sprains and other injuries. Supervise kids on a playground and teach them how to use equipment safely. Don’t allow use of dangerous toys, such as items that can cause injury if thrown. Supervise play dates for young kids and set ground rules for older ones to make it less likely someone will get hurt.

Following these simple tips can help keep you and your family safe this summer and out of the emergency room, but if an accident or injury does happen, we’re here to help.  Click here if you need to find a doctor, or if you need to visit an emergency room, take advantage of our InQuicker online tool to book your arrival time at one of our three Dignity Health Bakersfield ERs.