Playing sports can be fun, but they can also be dangerous if you are not careful. You can help prevent injuries by Getting a physical to make sure you are healthy before you start playing your sport Wearing the right shoes, gear and equipment Drinking lots of water Warming up and stretching If you have already hurt yourself playing a sport, make sure you recover completely before you start up again. If possible, protect the injured part of your body with padding, a brace or special equipment. When you do start playing again, start slowly.