With Gus Macker in town, Gerber Memorial sports medicine physician offers tips to stay healthy
FREMONT, Mich– Warmer weather means outdoor sports. And with the famed Gus Macker coming to Newaygo County for the first time July 16-17, pick-up 3-on-3 basketball games may be a go-to sport this summer.
Brett Martin, DO, sports medicine physician at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial, shared some tips to stay healthy and minimize the likelihood of injuries on the basketball court.
For the lower half of the body, Dr. Martin recommends proper footwear and bracing. Other tips to maximize overall safety include:
“The easiest way to treat injuries is to prevent them,” Dr. Martin said. “Don't ignore injuries. If you’re hurt and don't recover quickly, it is best to see someone who is trained in evaluating sports injuries. The quicker we start treatment, the quicker you can get back to the game.”
Dr. Martin said the most common injuries in basketball are ankle and knee injuries. Tendonitis, or inflammation of the tendons, can also occur, especially around the lower extremities such as knees and ankles as well as shoulders. Heat-related injuries can also occur during outdoor tournaments such as Newaygo County’s Gus Macker, which is being held at Newaygo Middle School, 850 E 76th St in Newaygo.
Dr. Martin recommends participants watch out for signs of complications, such as pain, bruising and swelling of the lower extremities, pain and swelling related to tendonitis, and excessive sweating, dizziness, light-headedness and confusion related to heat.
With some proper precautions, an outdoor basketball game can be fun and safe.