How to Prevent Injuries

You can prevent injuries by warming up, stopping exercise when you feel pain and by not exercising intensely when your muscles feel heavy or sore.

Muscles are made up of millions of individual fibers. When you first contact a muscle, you use only one percent of the fibers. As you continue to exercise, you contract more fibers, which share the load, place less force on each fiber and help prevent injuries. So go slow before you go fast. When you feel pain in one muscle during exercise, that's a signal that it may be starting to tear and you should stop exercising. Every time that you exercise intensely, your muscles are damaged, causing them to feel sore on the next day. Exercising intensely when muscles feel sore injures them. So do not exercise intensely when muscle feel sore. It usually takes at least 48 hours for muscles to recover from hard exercise.

Checked 8/9/08

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