Friday, July 03, 2009

Health Tips for July 3

Health Tip: Straining the Hamstring

A hamstring injury can sideline an athlete or exercise buff for quite a while.

While anyone can pull a hamstring, some people are at greater risk of the injury. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers this list:

  • Young athletes who are still maturing.
  • Many professional athletes, including runners, football players, skaters and soccer players.
  • People who run or sprint for exercise.
  • Dancers.
  • Seniors who play sports or who take frequent walks.

Health Tip: Protect Your Muscles

It's important to stretch and warm up your muscles before exercise.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons lists these common risk factors for muscle strains and injury:

  • Tired muscles that have been worked too hard.
  • Tight muscles that haven't been properly stretched.
  • Weak muscles that haven't been strengthened through training and exercise.
  • Muscles that haven't been warmed up before exercise, sports or other activities.
  • Muscle groups that work together that don't have properly balanced strength. For example, a stronger hamstring than quadriceps, or vice versa.

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