Anyone
who has played sports knows how common knee injuries are; in fact,
more than 200,000 people tear their ACL every year, plus millions of
smaller sprains and tears. Depending on the severity of the damage,
recovering from a knee injury could take almost a year, in addition
to reconstructive surgery and physical therapy.
An
ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so use these tips to
avoid a knee injury and a lost season:
Warm
Up Before Physical Activity
A good warm up routine consists of light exercise – such as jogging
or jumping jacks – and a combination of static and dynamic
stretching to prepare your body for physical activity. This will help
improve your flexibility, increase blood flow to the muscles, and
reduce your risk of injury.
Wear
the Right Shoes
Whenever you are doing any kind of physical activity, make sure to
wear proper footwear. Your shoes should be specially made for not
only the activity you are doing, but also the surface which you are
doing it on. If your shoes are too big or too small, it could alter
your leg alignment and put you at risk for injuring yourself.
Know
Your Limits
It is important to know your body’s limits so that you don’t exceed
them and wind up hurt. Not all injuries happen instantly, some come
as a result of repeatedly overusing your muscles and joints. Don’t
try to be a weekend warrior – that is, trying to fit a week’s worth
of activity into two days.
Use
Proper Technique
No matter what you are doing, it is important to do it with proper
technique. Whether it is learning how to tackle with correct form,
lift weights, or land from a jump with your knees bent, good
technique will keep your muscles in joints in a position where they
are least likely to become strained or injured.
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