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Avoiding Sports Injuries

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It can be a ton of fun to play on a team in an organized sports league but the fun can quickly come to a halt if you incur some sort of injury. No matter if your injury is something that will heal quickly, or if it takes you out of the game for the entire season, injuries are something that every athlete wants to avoid. Here are some steps that you can take to prevent sports injuries:

Protect Yourself

Depending on the sport, there is gear that is designed to keep you safe and injury free. For most sports, this equipment is not optional, but rather, mandatory. You will find that in many games, the referee will check players for the appropriate equipment before the game begins. This protects not only you as the player but it also protects the other players that are on the field as well. In soccer, players must wear shin guards to prevent a leg injury. Football players wear helmets to protect themselves when they get tackled and hockey players wear padding all over to protect them when they get hit, pushed into the boards or get hit by a puck.

Warm Up Routine

Before playing at a practice or a game, it is always recommended that you stretch and warm your body up before giving the game your full intensity. This warms up your muscles rather than putting immediate demand on them. You will prevent strains, tears, muscle pulls and much more if you take a few minutes before physical activity to warm up. Also, after a game or practice, cooling down by stretching and slowing your movement for a few minutes can help your muscles recover safely.

Understand The Rules Thoroughly

No matter what the sport is, it is important to know all of the rules of the game and what is expected of you as a player. Rules are designed to keep the game moving, and help teams keep things fair. However, rules are also designed to keep players from doing certain actions that would result in somebody getting hurt. For example, in many youth soccer games, children are not allowed to head the ball (bounce the ball off of their head). This is simply to prevent concussions from occurring. Adults are allowed to do this but they learn the proper way to do so and they are much more developed and able to handle the impact.

Be Aware

When on the ice or on a sports field, it is important to pay attention to your surroundings and be aware of where other people are. You want to win the game but you want to do so safely. If you end up running full speed into another player because you were not paying attention, this can hurt both you and the other player.

Respect Your Injuries

If you are recovering from an existing injury make sure your coach knows about this and be sure to sit out that game. You will be much more prone to another injury if you haven’t healed from the original injury. Not only that but you can become injured if you are favoring a certain body part or moving in a way that is different than normal because of a pain or an injury.

Playing sports can be extremely fun and competitive. However, getting injured isn’t fun for you and your team will have to learn to play without you. Be responsible when you play and follow these few rules in order to protect yourself and to also protect others that are playing along with you.

 

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National Safety Month

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National Safety Month is observed during the month of June. Every year, people are encouraged to become aware of the steps to reduce the likelihood of injuries and death caused by many different factors such as negligence, accidents, and more. If there is a special day for a certain awareness campaign, there is also a month-long observance such as this.

Every day, we are faced with the risk of getting injured that may eventually lead to sudden death. This is taking a toll not only on our families, but also on the economy in general as unexpected injuries are counter-productive. Moreover, safety is considered our basic need on top of food, shelter, and clothing. We all have an instinct to be safe, but some of us are not aware of the ways to ensure it.

What Must Be Achieved in National Safety Month?

There are months in which people become observant of a corresponding theme. For instance, December 25 is Christmas day, but the entire month of December is filled with Christmas themes such as Christmas messages, ads, events, and more. All these can slowly shape our culture.

Such is what must be achieved in National Safety Month. People should observed and practice all that are being propagated until they make it a habit to follow safety tips all the time. National Safety Month aims to shape our culture in order to make our community a safer place to live.

What Are the Safety Concerns Covered by National Safety Month?

Safety at Home

Our home should be the safest place we can resort to. However, this is not what happens all the time. Children are commonly the victims of accidents at home simply because they are too young to be aware of the risk involved in every kind of activity.

Falling is one of the most common causes of injuries at home. Although children are vulnerable to this kind of accident, adults can also become victims as they need to fix something at home like roof, ceiling, window, cabinet, curtain, ect. However, sometimes, falling causes death depending upon the situation.

Fire is also another common accident that happens at home. This is because some people are not aware of what causes fire at home such as prolonged charging of electronic devices, improper use of kitchen stoves, faulty electrical wiring, and so on.

Safety at Work

At work, injuries happen in many ways. In production areas, workers get injured because of improper use of dangerous machines. In construction areas, falling debris and slippery floors are the usual causes of accidents and injuries.

Aside from work-related activities, some accidents simply happen in company premises even outside working hours. Therefore, workers should be cautious not only during work, but even after work for, as long as they are still in the workplace.

Safety on the Road

Every year, around 1.3 million people die in road crashes around the world. This is a very serious problem which must be addressed not only by government authorities but also by private individuals.

Some people die on the road because of the negligence of other people. No matter how carefully you drive, there are some drivers who are not as careful as you are, and they may drag you to a situation you keep avoiding. Nevertheless, there are different steps to get rid of such incidents, so people must be aware.

Accidents are typically the result of being complacent. Sometimes, the lack of discipline causes this. All of these topics are what National Safety Month aims to address to keep people safe.

 

 

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Understanding Alcoholism

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Drinking has become entrenched in our society and it is part of our lifestyle. From toasting the bride and groom with a glass of wine or drinking during the happy hour to brush of the stresses of work, it has become a natural part of our live and this makes it difficult to establish when it becomes a problem.

For most people, moderate drinking means two drinks a day for men or one for women, this is however one end of a range that goes through alcohol abuse to full blown alcohol dependency.

Alcohol abuse

This is a drinking habit that results in adverse effects and results in the user not being able to fulfill their daily duties, whether in school, work or family obligations. At this point, it is common to find someone with legal problems as a result of drinking such as DUI or public disturbance. It also affects an individual’s ability to relate with other people.

Alcohol dependency

Also called alcoholism. This is where an individual has lost total control of their alcohol use. It is not dependent on the type of alcohol being consumed or the amount, it is solely about a person’s inability to stop drinking, either to maintain the alcohol fueled “high” or to avoid the stress and pain of withdrawals. Withdrawal symptoms include sweating, nausea, irritability, restlessness, tremors and even convulsions.

Alcoholism Warning Signs

The divide between social drinking and alcoholism can be blurred and many people don’t seem to know when they are on the verge of alcoholism. Below are some of the warning signs of a drinking problem:

  • If someone gets behind the wheel while intoxicated.
  • Drinking more than you had planned to.
  • Mixing alcohol with other drugs.
  • Poor work or school performance due to alcohol related activities.
  • Not remembering events while you were drinking, also called blacking out.
  • Inability to relax or unwind without alcohol.
  • If relationships start suffering due to alcohol.
  • Feeling guilty or ashamed and hiding it from family and friends.
  • Avoiding family commitments due to alcohol.
  • Breaking the law under the influence of alcohol.
  • Inability to stop drinking even when you try.

Causes of Alcohol Related Disorders

There are several causes of alcoholism, they include genetics, physiological and social factors. These factors do not affect everyone in the same way. For some alcoholics, psychological factors such as low self-esteem and impulsiveness my lead them to consume alcohol while others may be affected by social factors, chief of which is peer pressure. Poverty and physical abuse may also lead to alcohol dependency.

Genetic factors also play a key role in the alcohol dependency of some people. Most people who boast how much they are able to ‘hold’ liquor may be more at risk-not less- of developing alcohol problems. The absence of a history of drinking in a family does to protect the children from developing these problems.

How Alcoholism Affects People

Small amounts of alcohol may be beneficial for the body but heavy drinking is detrimental to someone’s health. Short-term effects include hangovers, memory loss and blackouts. Long-term effects that are as a result of heavy drinking include cancer, stomach ulcers, heart problems, brain damage and liver cirrhosis.

There are other dangers to alcoholism apart from ill health. People who suffer from alcoholism tend to engage in risky activities that may cause death, they include: Driving while drunk, suicide, unprotected sex and even homicide.

Drinking problems are also associated with mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety and memory loss. Such preexisting conditions may be made worse by alcoholism.

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Understanding Teen Alcohol Abuse

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Take A Trip Down Memory Lane

The best way to understand what prompts teens to abuse alcohol is to go back to your own days as a youngster. What teenager has any desire to become the wino stumbling drunkenly home with bags twenty tons heavy weighing down his eyes and making him look like a grim-reaper with a ratty wig? What teenager wants to get their insides spread across the interstate because they got hammered and then run over by a semi? Young men and women don’t have the experience to properly understand the consequences of their actions. They may understand what they are doing is wrong, or taboo, but the why behind it eludes them.

Get Inside Their Heads

When you were a teenager, it probably eluded you, too. As a fourteen year old, sneaking into the barn at the edge of the neighbor’s property with two kids from Algebra class and a six pack of beer, you weren’t trying to really get into “trouble”, you were trying to see what this whole “beer” thing is about. It wasn’t that you wanted to become an alcoholic, or get in a drunk driving accident. You wanted to have a new experience. Or, you wanted to be one of the “cool” kids. You didn’t want to be a drain on your family, get arrested, or develop an alcohol problem. It started out innocent enough! But then several years had gone by, and the “cool” thing to do became drinking after school at any opportunity. In large part, because it was illegal for you to drink, you had to find your alcohol from people willing to buy it. This meant it didn’t often come in large quantities, so you’d have to drink a lot really quick to get the “buzz” you were after. But at the same time, you didn’t really understand what alcohol could or would do to your body. You had been drunk several times without vomiting or a hangover–you figured that stuff was for people who couldn’t hold their drink! Oh, how wrong you were.

Curiosity Killed The Cat

Curiosity. Trying to be cool. Behavior that follows patterns. These three things are a big factor in teen alcohol abuse, but another which may be even more prominent is abuse elsewhere in a young person’s life. A child from an impoverished portion of town scarred at seven by a knife-wound to the head from a drunken father will likely develop a similar substance dependence over time. These things are cyclical, and can be informed by poor choices on the part of presiding authorities.

Clueless

In any situation where teen alcohol abuse is taking place, though, what is integral to understand is that the teenager has no idea what danger they are in. Even if they have been subject to abuse from long-time alcoholics, they never attribute those same eventual characteristics to themselves. This is just human nature–we tend to avoid thinking about those aspects of our persons which are most shameful to us. We blind ourselves. Why should a teenager be any less culpable of this because they’re younger? In point of fact, they’ll do so much more effectively than those experienced enough to have grown out of such mental behavior.

Change Surroundings

The best thing to do to help curb teen drinking is change the situation. Change a teen’s surroundings. Get them involved in activities which must be alcohol free. A new perspective yields new goals and directives which can help correct a downward spiral. But above all else: be there for your son or daughter, show them love.

 

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