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4 Common Summer Injuries and How to Prevent Them

March 21, 2017
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As winter eases up and comes to an end, many people look forward to getting back outside and enjoying the beautiful, sunny weather. However, even some of the most fun summer activities can put you at risk for injury. Stay safe by reading up on some summer injury prevention tips.

  • At the BBQ:
    You may think you’re a barbecue pro, but U.S. fire departments respond to around 8,200 fires involving grills every year. It’s important to take proper precautions such as lighting and opening the grill carefully. Always grill in a well-ventilated area and use longer tongs to decrease the risk of burns. Otherwise, you may end up needing medical tests in an urgent care facility.
  • At the beach:
    Sunburns are a particularly dangerous injury because so many people overlook their prevention. Not only that, but sunburns have been proven to increase your risk of developing skin cancer. You can never be too safe at the beach — always wear sunscreen that has a high SPF. Beyond that, keep applying it throughout the day; don’t assume that one application in the morning is all you’ll need. It’s better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to an injury as painful as a peeling, blistering sunburn.
  • At the park:
    Whether you’re walking through a trail at a local park or climbing up countless stairs to get to the top of a waterslide, your feet are likely to be sore after a long day of standing on them. There are approximately 6.8 million bones broken in the U.S. each year, but sore feet can be almost as painful. Prevention starts with wearing the right shoes: anything supportive should work well, but avoid flip flops at all costs — they throw off your lower body’s entire alignment and can cause knee, hip, and back problems. If it’s too late for you to take these precautions, take a couple pain relievers and treat yourself to a relaxing foot massage.
  • At the campground:
    Camping is one of the most popular summer activities, but it doesn’t come without risks. If you go on a camping trip without bug spray, you’ll come home covered in bites. Mosquito bites are usually harmless, but ticks can cause Lyme disease. Check yourself for ticks after coming out of the woods or any area that has a lot of bugs. Wearing long sleeves is also a good idea. If you come back from your trip and feel like you may have a serious bug bite, visit an urgent care center to have the appropriate medical tests.

Ultimately, the best way to prevent these injuries is to stay proactive in prevention efforts. For more information on common injuries and medical tests, contact Phoenix Urgent Care.