United States Army—September 24, 2012
Quick: Which of these activities injured more Soldiers in 2011: weapons firing, parachuting or off-duty sports?
If you picked sports, you'd be correct. Army accident data show that snowboarding and skiing produce the most injuries of all off-duty sports activities, followed closely by touch football.
Dr. Brian C. Halpern, associate attending physician and clinical associate professor in medicine, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, said preparing for the activity is a "primary goal."
"The different injury types are numerous, and prevention should be a primary goal. Begin a preseason conditioning program that includes stretching, strengthening and cardiovascular conditioning," he said. "Other more specific measures, as outlined in the Air Force study, include implementing and enforcing rules to minimize contact, training to improve balance, improving the playing field conditions, and, if necessary, protecting previously injured areas with bracing.
"At the end of the day, flag football should be fun, and participation is the best reward."
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