Sports injuries in weekend warriors will occur. The more hours of participation is directly linked to increased risk of injury. That being said, stretching before and after playing, and thoroughly warming up–which would be getting the heart rate up and gentle sweating–should help lessen the chance of muscle and tendon injuries during play. Staying hydrated particularly in the warm weather will also help reduce muscle strains.
Dr. Peter Kurzweil, Orthopaedic Surgeon