Stay Fit With SOMA 6/22

This week’s theme is Sports Safety!

Every week we have been posting exercise videos, nutrition tips, and more on our blog to provide you with opportunities to stay fit and active even at home! This blog will focus on Sports Safety!

Stay Safe While We Wait!

If you have been practicing a sport recently it’s important to make sure you are practicing that sport as safely as possible!

A lot of you are probably missing your summer sport seasons, your coaches, and your teammates. But while you wait, you may be trying new ways to stay fit. We encourage you to do so safely. While some of these topics may not seem relevant right now, personal safety is always important when exercising.


COVID-19 Update

We are still putting together what requirements are needed to resume sport seasons and practices. Be sure to read and follow Special Olympics “Return to Play” guidelines once they become available.

Thank you for your patience.

Gear makes the game!

It’s important to wear the right gear. Players should wear appropriate and protective equipment that fits them properly. This includes pads (neck, shoulder, elbow, chest, knee, shin), helmets, mouthpieces, face guards, protective cups, and eyewear. During the summer, this might include using a helmet while batting in softball. It also might include wearing a mouth-guard while playing basketball, wearing goggles while playing badminton, and more!

Cycling is a huge activity in the summer, but make sure you are doing it responsibly by WEARING A HELMET!

Athletes should not assume that protective gear will prevent all injuries while performing more dangerous or risky activities. Be cautious of harming yourself and others.

Give It A Rest!

Take time off. Plan to have at least 1 day off per week to allow your body to recover.

Stretching exercises after games or practice can increase flexibility and prevent injuries. Stretching can even be incorporated into a daily fitness plan. Rest periods during practice and games can reduce injuries and prevent heat illness too!

It’s All In The Technique!

Using proper technique should be ensured during your practices and games. Strict rules against headfirst sliding (baseball and softball), spearing (football), and checking (in hockey) should be enforced. Even if you are just practicing in your backyard or at a park its important to make sure to use good form! Using good form helps prevent injuries.

If you do start to feel pain, stop and take a rest. Do not play through pain! Know your body and be aware of what it is trying to tell you.


Avoid heat illness by drinking plenty of water before, during and after exercise or play. Stop practicing during high heat, and wear light clothing. Stay hydrated by making sure to reach your Fit 5 goal of drinking 5 glasses of water everyday!!

Click here to learn more about hydration!

For more about exercise, nutrition and hydration, Commit To Stay Fit!

Wear comfortable clothes and find a room with some space to work out. Don’t forget to have water available to rehydrate!

THIS WEEK Wednesday, June 24th 3PM: Michaela Mazure will leading this Fitness Class!


If you haven’t done so already, don’t forget to commit to stay fit! You’ll receive even more exercises and tips!

Why you should Commit to Stay Fit with SOMA:

  1. Access to our athlete fitness dashboard
  2. Weekly email with the blog of the week and info on live fitness class
  3. Daily wellness goals
  4. Nutrition tips and recipes
  5. Winner of the week giveaway!


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