5 Common Summer Injuries and How To Prevent Them

Summer time and the livin's easy : or at least, it should be! These few warm months we have in Minnesota should be a time of rest and relaxation, but what can we say - we're an active state! Between biking, walking, even lawn mowing and a little too long in the sun, seasonal injuries can creep up every once and awhile. According to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, they see nearly 6,000 more patients in the summertime. Let's see if we can't help you prevent some of those summer sores.

Heat stroke. We're not telling you to avoid having a little fun in the sun, but there are certain preventative measures you should take to avoid becoming over heated. First and foremost, stay hydrated; especially children. Drink water every 20 minutes during sports play, wear a hat and stay out of the sun during the heat of the day (from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). If you notice someone's face getting red and they're not sweating it's time to get inside and out of the heat immediately.

Grill burns. You may be the Top Chef of your backyard, but that doesn't mean accidents can't happen. Make sure the grill isn't right up against your house and is a safe distance away from pets and children at all times. Also, never squirt lighter fluid onto direct flames, even for show. If you do get a minor burn, hold the skin under cool water. Holding it under cold water will shock the sensitive skin. All major burns should seek medial attention immediately.

Lawn mowing. Each year 80,000 Americans require hospital treatment for lawnmower accidents. Look, duty calls, but first make sure the lawn is rid of all dangerous material that could get caught under the lawn mower blade and spat back out. Bonus points for wearing long pants and sunglasses to protect the eyes.

The wrong shoes. The worst thing you can do for your feet is walk around all day in flip flops. While they may look cute at the beach, they provide virtually no arch and ankle support which can throw off the entire alignment for your body causing knee, hip, and back pain.

Biking. As the bike capital of the nation (seriously), perhaps this one holds the most importance. Besides the obvious like wearing a helmet, many bikers struggle with lower back pain problems. Secrets of prevention include bike fit (many people ride bikes that are too big causing them to hunch over), core strength (up those ab workouts!), and riding style. Sports doctor and USA Cycling certified level 3 coach Jonathan Edwards suggests staying at a 45 degree angle and not hunching over when you climb big hills-the main culprit.