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Injuries and Prevention

Injuries are not an uncommon occurrence during intense physical training. Safety is always a major concern.

Most injuries can be prevented by designing a well-balanced PT program that does not overstress any body parts, allows enough time for recovery, and includes a warm-up and cool-down. Using strengthening exercises and soft, level surfaces for stretching and running also helps prevent injuries. If, however, injuries do occur, they should be recognized and properly treated in a timely fashion. If one suspects that he is injured, he should stop what he is doing and, if appropriate, seek medical help.

Most injuries can be prevented by designing a well-balanced PT program.

Many common injuries are caused by overuse, that is, people often exercise too much and too often and with too rapid an increase in the workload. Most overuse injuries can be treated with rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). Following any required first aid, health-care personnel should evaluate the injured person.

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