Physical exercise is great for the mind, body and spirit. And playing a
team sport can be good for learning accountability, dedication and
building confidence and leadership skills.
But participating in athletics isnt without its risks, whether youre an
elite athlete, a weekend warrior or take an occasional jog or bike ride.
Sports medicine experts say thats why its important to learn how to
prevent injuries and look beyond your medicine cabinet to treat some of
the most common sports injuries.
And once youve recovered, its also good to know how to keep from suffering
the same injury again.
A lot of injuries happen within the first few months of a person taking up
a new activity, said Dr. James Borchers, director of sports medicine at
Ohio State Universitys Wexner Medical Center.
The last thing we want people to do is to defeat themselves before they
even get started.
One way to reduce the risk of this happening is by talking to your doctor
about the appropriate level of exercise for your fitness level and
abilities, he said. Many injuries occur when people do too much, too
When starting an exercise routine or a new workout program, start slowly,
Borchers said. You should gradually build up the intensity, duration and
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