Mahir Reiss: Recreational Sports May Reduce Risk of Injury in Athletes

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Mahir Reiss responds to a study that asserts that athletes who play recreational sports in addition to organized sports may be at a lower risk for injury than those who only engage in organized play.

Common sense may seem to indicate that athletes who are engaged in a higher rate of physical activity, no matter what form that activity may take, are at a higher risk of suffering from a sports injury; however, a recent article published by Wired reveals that athletes who engage in both organized and recreational sports are less likely to suffer a sports-related injury than those who engage in organized activity alone. Mahir Reiss, a physical therapist in San Diego, California, responds to this announcement by encouraging all athletes to practice safety during their activities and to seek out the services of a physical therapy professional if necessary.

The article explains that the study was based on 891 competitive young athletes. The research team, led by Dr. Neeru Jayanthi from Loyola University, followed the activities of these athletes for three years. Of the 891 participants, 618 were treated for injuries and 273 were uninjured but underwent physicals. Additionally, 124 of the participants were tennis players and, of this 124, 74 played tennis exclusively.

The findings of the study reveal that the players who engaged in both organized and recreational sports were less likely to suffer from a sports injury: "The injured athletes who played only tennis spent 12.6 hours a week playing the game in a structured setting and only 2.4 hours in free play. The uninjured players spent about 9.7 hours a week playing tennis and 4.3 hours pursing recreational sports. The injured players spent five times as much more time playing organized tennis as they did playing for fun, while uninjured players spent on 2.6 times more time."

Dr. Jayanthi concludes: "A projection can be that for single sport athletes, maybe having more free play is actually protective of their injuries. They're still out there a lot, but the total number of hours is divided up differently. We want kids to be out there doing a lot of stuff."

Mahir Reiss, who provides physical therapy services to athletes, believes that this information may help improve the training strategies of young athletes and assist in preventing an undue number of injuries; however, he reminds athletes that this is not a fail proof way to protect against injury. Reiss encourages athletes to use proper safety equipment when engaging in both organized and recreational activities. Additionally, he recommends making an appointment with a physical therapist if necessary to treat and prevent injuries.


Mahir Reiss is a licensed physical therapist in San Diego, California. He owns and operates his own practice, where he treats a wide range of patients. Mahir Reiss offers his services to professional athletes, elderly individuals, and other patients in need of physical therapy treatment. Mahir Reiss strives to help his patients overcome current physical conditions and establish a higher quality of life.

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