Fear of Injury

 

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You get in the car to travel to work each day with the knowledge that all is not right with the world and that some unfortunate freakish accident could happen to each and every one of us.  But we need to work to get the money to get the stuff to stay alive and thrive.  We wear safety belts, inflate our tires and make sure our vehicles pass safety inspections.  Taking a similar leap of faith toward exercise can be pacified by taking proper safety precautions.

So many strategies - I fear we cannot list them all - writers cramp - won't be able to workout with a wrist cramp!

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Obtain a physical and medical clearance from your physician prior to commencing a physical activity, fitness or exercise program.

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Wear properly inflated and activity specific shoes and sneakers.

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Adhere to strict form and technique. Progress activity duration and intensity gradually.  

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REST and recovery are just as important as progressive overload.  Alternate activities throughout the day, week, month, season, and year.  Avoid repetitive stress injuries by diversifying activities.

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Plan for injuries - they will occur.  How you treat them will determine how quickly you can return to the same activity. RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation of injured body parts.  Reduction of impact related activities best to incorporate from program commencement).  "When in doubt - sit it out!"  "Live to play another day!"  If you can't take your normal range of motion switch to activities that you can perform.  

 

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