Health Tip: Preventing Sprains and Strains

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(HealthDay News) -- For anyone who exercises, especially athletes, sprains and strains are a part of the game.

To help ward off these soft-tissue injuries, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests:

  • Make sure clothing fits loosely and comfortably, and shoes are in good shape.
  • Use protective gear.
  • Create a balanced exercise regimen that incorporates different types of activity.
  • Always warm up before a workout and cool down afterward.
  • Drink plenty of water before, during and after exercise.
  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes each day. But take a day off when you're tired or sore.

-- Diana Kohnle

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