Millions of people experience a sports or exercise injury each year.  Shin splints, pulled muscles, aching kneecaps, and strained hamstring muscles are common when you begin a new exercise program or put too much stress on your body. 

Here are tips to avoid getting hurt when exercising or playing sports:

¨        Have A Fitness Test:  A visit to your doctor is important if you are starting a new exercise program.  Your doctor may find an undiagnosed heart condition or other disease that will require workout modifications.

¨        Know Your Body:  It sounds basic, but many fail to make adjustments to account for known body weaknesses.  For example, if you have knee problems you may want to try a stationary bike instead of a treadmill.

¨        Wear Proper Attire:  Wear proper shoes that fit and grip the ground to avoid slipping or tripping.  Workout clothes that keep you warm but not  hot are best to avoid getting overheated and passing out.

¨        Act Your Age:  When you get excited about a new workout or sport, you can do too much, too quickly and push yourself too long.  Work with a trainer, and make sure you’re using the correct technique.

¨        Feed Your Muscles And Hydrate Your Body:  A high protein meal one hour before your workout will give you the fuel you need to keep going. Thirty minutes before you exercise, drink about 16 ounces of water.  Drink more water during your workout to replace the fluids you’re losing.

¨        Know The Injury Warning Signs: If you have any of the following for more than 48 hours, see a physician: joint pain (including swelling, redness and heat), reduced range of motion, or numbness, and tingling.

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