After a week of a sedentary schedule, weekends are the perfect time to indulge in some hard training or sports that might lead to sports injuries like spraining in ankles, straining the hamstring, shin splints, groin pull, knee injury and tennis elbow. Though involving in any kinds of sports is fun, getting injured is not. A few tips would help you enjoy your sports and prevent the common injuries. Using protective gear: This can be anything that may prevent you from getting hurt. Helmets are the most common type of protection for any sport you play. But make sure that you choose a helmet that's ideal for the sport you play. It should fit snugly but make you feel comfortable as well, and you will have to fasten it tight so that it doesn't leave your head when you need it the most. Other protections include mouth guards, pads and knee guards and most importantly, ideal sports shoes. Warm up: Loosening up a bit would help you to get ready for the sport. It's never a good idea to get up from your seat and start playing. Take a light jog and stretch so that your body is flexible. This is one of the most common ways of sports injury prevention and it reduces chances of being injured to a great extent. Also, refrain from playing a sport when you are injured. If you are an admirer of sports, it is really tempting to be back on the field the next day after facing an injury, but this could lead to further complications rather than healing.