Sports Injury Prevention Tips for Women Warriors

From backyard kickball to professional and collegiate teams, many women take part in sports across the country. Hundreds of thousands of women count themselves as collegiate athletes, and that number continues to grow. Unfortunately, that means that these women are also prone to painful sports injuries. 

Nobody wants to go down with an injury. Unfortunately, injuries can happen, causing problems across the U.S. While you can’t stop every accident, there are sports injury prevention tips that you can follow to help you stay healthy.

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Sports Injuries: Prevention Tips

Participating in sports as an adult can be a whole lot of fun. Competitive games can help bring people together as a team and serve as a fun way to stay fit after you get out of work or while you are at school.

Unfortunately, playing sports can also lead to injuries, a reality that comes with physical competition.

Contact Westshore if you’re suffering from any sports-related injuries.


Three Common Sports Injuries & How to Treat Them

Tell the truth: Do you always warm-up before working out? 

If not, you could be setting yourself up for an injury. Not all injuries can be prevented, but a warm-up helps get blood flowing to your muscles, increases flexibility, and reduces your risk of muscle strain and injury. 

Injuries can occur when your body isn’t ready (or conditioned) for an activity, like when you start an activity with “cold” muscles or compete in a game of flag football for the first time in months. 

Athletes and weekend warriors alike are equally susceptible to sports injuries. That’s why we are sharing a list of three of the most common sports injuries and helpful treatment tips. 

3 Common Sports Injuries and Treatment Tips 

Ankle sprains and plantar fasciitis are some of the most common sports injuries. Make an appointment with your podiatrist to get treatment. Image of man with ankle brace and crutches.

1. Plantar Fasciitis 

What It Is

One of the most common causes of heel pain. The tendon along the arch of your foot (plantar fascia) is stretched irregularly which causes small tears and inflammation. 


Sports Medicine Tools of the Trade

Can you imagine the physician for a professional sports team telling an injured athlete to walk down the street to the hospital for an xray?

Well, that’s exactly what happened to Gordie Howe.

I had the pleasure of attending a luncheon which featured one of the greatest hockey players of all time, “Mr. Hockey”, Gordie Howe. He was speaking to us (mostly a group of physicians) about his experiences and the various injuries he encountered during his career in professional hockey.

One story was about when he severely injured his wrist. While being examined in the locker room the physician said, “Gordie, it looks like you may have a fracture in your wrist. You’re going to need x-rays. You’ll have to take a walk to the hospital down the street.

I could hardly believe what I heard. One of the greatest professional athletes of all time had to walk on his own to a hospital in order to receive medical treatment.

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Get Your Ohio Sports Physicals Early

Get your sports physicals early. Westshore has multiple locations with family physicians able to complete high school sports physicals. Image of boys high school soccer player from Hudson Ohio licensed CC BY 2.0

The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) requires that all Ohio student-athletes are eligible, complete the pre-participation physical evaluation (PPE) form, and visit the doctor for a routine physical exam. 

So while you are relaxing this summer, make an appointment for your student to get this part of the process completed early. 

We list the four important steps in the process for your child to play sports in schools in Ohio.

How to Get Your Child’s Ohio School Sports Physical 

1. Make sure your student is eligible to play.

Go over the eligibility checklist for your student's school level: 

You’ll notice both checklists stress concussion education and awareness.  

Optional: Complete the Free Course on Concussions in Sports 

Required: Review and sign the Ohio Department of Health’s Concussion Information Sheet [PDF] 

For more information about eligibility, visit the OHSAA Student-Athlete Eligibility page 

2. Complete the pre-participation physical evaluation (PPE) with your student online or on paper. 

Schools need health information about your student to evaluate his/her ability to participate in organized sports or physical education classes. The information will not be used for any other purpose unless you sign another authorization form permitting such additional use. 

Do you have questions about the OHSAA consent form? 

Check out the OHSAA Frequently Asked Questions for parents.

When completing the PPE, have the following information ready: 

  • Family medical history
  • Personal medical history
  • Immunizations/ Allergies/ Medications
  • Primary Health Insurance Information

Complete the PPE Online 

Follow these steps to complete your PrivIT Electronic Pre-Participation Evaluation (e-PPE). Learn more about PrivIT e-PPE

  1. Search for your school
  2. Register for an account 
  3. Complete the questionnaire 
  4. Print your documentation
  5. Complete physical exam

Or Complete the PPE on Paper

Print the Pre-Participation Physical Examination Form 2017-2018 [PDF] and complete the six-page questionnaire with your student prior to visiting the doctor for the physical exam. 

3. Make an appointment with your doctor for a physical exam.

4. Bring the completed PPE form with you to your physical exam. 

We wish you and your student-athlete a healthy, successful sports season! 

Don’t have a primary care or family physician? 

Westshore Primary Care has multiple locations and weekend hours. Call us today to schedule your sports physical appointment 440-892-6424. 

DISCLAIMER: This blog is for informational purposes only. It does not replace medical care from a licensed physician. If you have a medical concern, please contact your doctor.

Photo Credit: "Hudson Soccer 2013” by K.M. Klemencic is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Concussions Explained

Concussions usually occur by a bump, jolt or blow to the head. Occasionally this may cause a loss of consciousness. They range from mild to severe and can affect a person's memory, judgment, reflexes, speech, balance and coordination. 

Concussions are common in contact sports like football, hockey, and soccer, but they can also occur on the playground. We must be cautious because this is a brain injury and can have serious consequences if not recognized and allowed to heal.


Get Moving for National Physical Fitness Month!

Are you getting enough physical activity? 

How about your family? Do you know the suggested daily amount of activity? 

If you’re an adult, you should be incorporating at least 30 minutes of physical activity into your daily routine.For children that time is doubled to 60 minutes. 

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Why is Being Active Important? 

The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition shares that 

Regular physical activity can produce long-term benefits, such as helping 

  • Prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and stroke
  • Control weight
  • Promote strong bone, muscle and joint development
  • Improve sleep 

When you’re not physically active, you are more at risk for

  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease

But how do you squeeze that activity into an already packed schedule? 

We’ve gathered some tips for each group below to help you get moving for national physical fitness month. 


Meet Dr. Zenos Vangelos, Sports Medicine Specialist

Meet Dr. Zenos Vangelos, D.O. 

Dr. Zenos Vangelos will bring his Sports Medicine Practice to the Westlake brand of Westshore Primary Care.

Semi-pro soccer player? Check. 

Team physician for the Cleveland Indians and US Soccer Federation? Check.

Seeing new patients for his new sports medicine practice at Westshore Primary Care? Check.

Dr. Zenos Vangelos brings a wealth of sports medicine experience, a passion for returning injured athletes back to the playing field, and a desire to train others in the field of sports medicine.