Play it Safe to Avoid Sports Injuries

With the warm weather here, many of us are eager to get back in the game – whether it’s tennis, golf, running or basketball. If you’ve been inactive during the winter or spring, don’t jump back into vigorous physical activity without preparation because you may be at risk for injury, says a local physiatrist. “It’s important to warm up, stretch and ease into exercise to prevent sports injuries,” said Barry Root, MD, chairman of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Glen Cove Hospital One of the most common injuries is sprains – a stretch or tear of ligament that can take place at the ankles, knees or any joint. Also common are strains, a twist, pull or tear of a muscle or tendon, which is often caused by overuse or force. Examples are tennis elbow, low back strain or runner’s knee.

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