Dr. James Andrews recommends slow return to sports for athletes

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James Andrews, MD, of Gulf Breeze, Fla.-based Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, released a series of steps young athletes should use as they return to sports.

Dr. Andrews recommends young athletes ramp up slowly to performing activities to prevent injuries.

He created a series of steps for young athletes to follow:

  • Be aware of your body

  • Slowly acclimate to heat

  • Maintain daily habits

  • Complete a physical examination

  • Gradually progress weight training and plyometric activities

  • Practice proper hygiene and infection-prevention strategies

Dr. Andrews said, "While many athletes stayed active during the quarantine period, it will take time to achieve prior levels of athletic conditioning needed for participation in sport."

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