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The Reflection

Cold Weather VS Spring Sports

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Michiganders know too well what it feels like to stand in the cold wondering if their toes are going to fall off from the extremely cold temperatures. Everyone tries their hardest to keep warm from  wearing five layers to using all the hand warmers they can find. And once the cold and rainy month of March comes along, most think that it would awful to be out in that weather, but little do they know their local high schools begin conditioning for the season and hold tryouts, wind, rain, snow or shine.

Some athletes of sports are lucky enough to find an indoor gym that they can tryout in, others, are not so lucky. Of course, if outside, coaches tell all athletes to bundle up as much as they can and do lots of stretching, but players are still susceptible to injury. When muscles and tissues are exposed to the cold, they lose elasticity and are more prone to injury, causing the season to end for an athlete. Even though it isn’t in school policy, countless schools offer strength training’s year round to prevent injury, but if you are in a sport you are not allowed to attend any of them, which is why schools should provide warmer equipment and more strength training’s during the season to avoid injuries.

In 2017 alone, 53.2 percent of females and 7.2 percent  of males experienced an ACL tear in High School soccer. This number has significantly risen throughout the years because of more participation of students in school sports. Most of these tears and injuries are a result of the inability to stretch and strengthen muscles. Many doctors suggest that young girls are often more prone to injury than males because of their weak hips which is why the percentage of injury is so high for females. Many studies have shown that if you have weak hip flexors and weak adductors, you are more prone to injuries such as an ACL tear, IT band pain, a torn meniscus, patellar tendonitis (runner’s knee), along with a list of other painful injuries that will set back your season.

Coaches often have their players weight train in the off season to prevent these dreadful injuries, along with stretching before practices and games, but, even with all of these precautions some injuries can slip through from the cold weather. Players that come off the bench or from standing around have tight muscles and when they go into a sprint or a run they make those same tight muscles to stretch, resulting in tears and sprains. According to an article by Washington Post, a study that Tim McGuine, a sports medicine researcher at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, produced found that “muscle of ligament sprains were the most commonly reported injuries, mostly to the ankle or knee, which accounted for 59.4 percent of injuries reported. Those injuries are a result of overtraining and exposure, McGuine said.” This proves that an athlete that trains for a sport year round is working only a select few of muscles, causing a lot of strain on those muscles, making it so that once those strained muscles go out in the cold where they become tightened, they are more susceptible to injury.

With all these possibilities of injury in high school sports, why should it not be that athletes are given proper warm up gear or even a gym once temperatures get to low? Athletes should be able to keep warm along with enjoying the sport they love. If given the warm gear and strength training’s, athletes will get to enjoy the benefits of the cold weather, like making you more immune to illnesses and letting you be in the sun after months in the house.


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