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Wellness: Preventing Injury

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  1. Wellness: Preventing Injury

Unintentional Injury
Falls
Sports Injury
 


 

Unintentional injuries

Each year, approximately 20 million Americans are injured unintentionally at work or at home. The majority of these injuries leave people with disabling conditions.

 

National Safety Council
The National Safety Council provides safety and health solutions to reduce unintentional injuries. For more information, visit their website.

 

Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention
The Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention is a branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This department monitors trends and conducts research related to unintentional injuries in the United States. Information is available on the prevention of injuries, understanding risk factors, and evaluating interventions that prevent injuries. Visit their website for more information.

 

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Falls

Falls can happen to persons of all age groups although older adults are more at risk than others.

 

Fall Prevention For Hawaii's Seniors

An informative brochure about risks for falls and prevention tips.

 

Hawaii Seniors:  Fall Prevention Video

 

National Safety Council
The National Safety Council has a Home Safety section that contains information and articles on falling, risk factors, and tips to prevent falls.

 

Falls Among Older Adults
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides an overview of the problem, fact sheets and publications, including examples of home safety checklists.

 

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Sports Injuries

There are two types of sport injuries - acute and chronic. Acute injuries include bone fractures, bruising muscles, tendon strains or tears, ankle or wrist sprains, and lacerations or scrapes. Chronic injuries are caused by repetitive motion or overuse of a joint or muscle. Chronic injuries include bone stress fractures, tendon swelling or inflammation, and inflammation of the bursa, which is a small sac surrounding the joints. Many sport injuries can lead to disabling conditions.

 

Injury Prevention and Sports Safety
tips for preventing sports injuries.

 

Checklist for minimizing injury in sports

  A kid's checklist but applicable to older adults.

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Last Updated on 10/2/2017

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