(HealthDay News) -- A pulled muscle, especially involving the thigh, is a common injury among runners and people who play basketball, hockey or football. And while the injury can't always be prevented, there are factors that increase your risk.
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The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says you're more likely to pull a muscle if:
- You have tight muscles that haven't been properly stretched or conditioned.
- You have muscles that work together, such as the quadriceps and hamstrings, but one muscle in the tandem is weaker than the other. This is known as muscle imbalance.
- You have a fatigued muscle that is no longer able to properly absorb energy when you run or play sports.
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