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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.

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May 12th, 2013
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About the Author: Gabe Mirkin, MD

Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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