For both weekend warriors and serious athletes, sports injury prevention involves managing injury risk—with knowledge, proper technique, and personal safety equipment. A second key to injury prevention is not ignoring problems or ‘pushing through the pain.’ Lastly, the fitter and more active a person is, the faster they recover from injury and disease.
Stanley A. Herring, M.D., Senior Medical Advisor and Co-Founder of the U.W. Medicine Sports Health & Safety Institute, Medical Director of Sports, Spine and Orthopedic Health for U.W. Medicine, and Co-Director of the Sports Concussion Program, a partnership between U.W. Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Clinical Professor, Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, and Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington
Team physician for the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Mariners and a consultant to the U.W. Sports Medicine Program.
Hunter Wessells, M.D. Professor and Chair of the Department of Urology, University of Washington School of Medicine, member of Advisory Committee for Urology on the American College of Surgeons Legislative Task Force, and member of the Uro-Trauma Legislative Taskforce of the American Urological Association.
During This Episode We Discuss:
- Sports injury risk, prevention, mitigation.
- Find what works best for you.
- How much exercise per week is necessary?
- Fitness is not owned by any medical specialty.
- Recovery from surgery is improved by being active prior to surgery.
“Being active is the single most important thing they can do for their health, not just for their musculoskeletal health, but for their health in general, whether it’s urologic health, cardiovascular health, mental health, or any other aspect of fitness, it’s so critically important.”
“Being physically active carries the risk of being injured, oftentimes they are different sides of the same coin. In terms of prevention, realistic goal setting, act your age when you exercise, adequate recovery, meaning you need to understand how much exercise you need to reach your goal and understand the best way to get that exercise.”
“As an adult, we need to find a way to be active 150 minutes a week, that doesn’t have to be extreme exercise…30 minutes, 5 days a week of moderate exercise is remarkable. So finding something you like and being consistent about it is critical.”
“Children who are active become adults who are active, so your kids will do what you do… we need to think about introducing outdoor recreation and sports participation as a family idea early in a young person’s life.”
Stan Herring, M.D.
“Depending on your activity you can manage risk differently ( re trauma). Most injuries related to this risk that’s poorly managed. When these individuals come in to see us, we don’t tell them to stop doing these things that they love, but we ask them to approach it a little differently.”
Hunter Wessells, M.D.