- Blisters can result in time loss from practice if not properly cared
for. To prevent blisters, avoid breaking in brand new athletic shoes
during practice. Wear two pairs of socks while breaking in
sneakers/cleats. The feeling of a hot spot or rubbing should be referred
to an athletic trainer to protect the area. Change all bandages covering
blisters daily after showering.
- Drink plenty of fluids - proper hydration begins well before the
student-athlete arrives to practice (2-3 hours prior). Athletes should
drink plenty of clear non-caffinated fluids both before and after
practice. Water is the best fluid to prevent dehydration.
- Cramps - can be prevented by drinking more fluids and replenishing
minerals by eating oranges, bananas, and potatoes.
- Flexibility - stretching and proper warm-ups can prevent muscle
- Proper fitted equipment - make sure equipment is fitted properly.
Student-Athletes should inspect equipment issued to them once a week for
unusual wear and damage.
- Taping, Wrapping – athletes with a history of a chronic injury
should protect the injury by taping or wrapping.
- Mouthpieces - Mouthpieces not only protects the athlete's teeth (and
your smile), they can lessen the severity of a concussion or prevent one