Injury Prevention Resources

Henry Ford Sports Medicine helps athletes stay injury-free.

Tips to prevent sports injuries

Many sports injuries can be prevented with proper form and conditioning. Use these tips to continue enjoying your favorite sports, injury-free:

  • Cross-train: It’s easy to fall into a workout routine you enjoy. However, it’s important to condition all your muscle groups. Shoot for a good mix of cardio, strength, and flexibility exercises in your training plan.
  • Eat and hydrate properly: Follow a nutrition plan that includes a balance of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and plenty of water. This will help you build stronger muscles and avoid dehydration.
  • Listen to your body: If you experience pain during exercise, or if you’re diagnosed with a sports injury, take time off. Though it’s frustrating to sit out of practice and play, it can help prevent more severe injuries down the line.
  • Warm up and cool down: Before exercise or competition, warm up with light cardio and gentle, active stretches. After a workout, cool down the same way. This will help relieve muscle tension and increase flexibility.

How we help athletes prevent injury

Practice makes perfect. That holds true on the playing field and for sports-related injury prevention. Henry Ford Sports Medicine specialists help athletes practice better form and body movement -- and prevent injuries before they happen.

We provide specialized programs for knee injury prevention, as well as injury prevention for runners and golfers. Athletes from any sport can benefit from biomechanical conditioning, a video analysis to correct form and balance issues that could lead to injuries.

Overuse is a common cause of sports injuries. Our sports conditioning and personalized exercise program keep you in the game and injury-free.

Preventing concussions

Our Concussion Clinic is unique in metro Detroit. Our team approach to sports concussion prevention involves doctors, neuropsychologists, and athletic trainers.

STOP Sports Injuries: protecting student athletes

Henry Ford Sports Medicine specialists participate in STOP Sports Injuries. This national campaign aims to educate athletes, parents, and coaches about injury prevention across a large spectrum of sports. Our own Patricia Kolowich, M.D., is one of the specialists who developed the campaign.

Use this helpful Guide for Parents and these sports-specific tips below to help your student-athlete stay in the game, injury-free:

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