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How to Prevent Stress Fractures

Stress fractures commonly develop in people who have just dramatically increased their level of physical activity. So to prevent them, go slowly. Experts recommend that you never increase your exercise intensity by more than 10% per week. Make sure to warm up and stretch for a few minutes before exercising. Take frequent breaks to give your body a rest. And if you feel pain during exercise, stop. Don't push through it. High impact sports and work activities increase the risk for stress fractures.

Also, using good exercise equipment can help prevent stress fractures. Don't wear worn-out running shoes. People who have fallen arches or other anatomical problems may benefit from custom inserts or arch supports in their shoes.

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By Amy McGorry Elbow injuries can really throw a curveball to baseball pitchers. That's especially true if the injury's a torn or damaged ulnar collateral ligament (UCL), which usually results in surgery. But pitchers aren't the only ones who are susceptible. UCL injuries also affect golfers, tennis players, quarterbacks and anyone who plays a sport that involves overhead motions (such as volleyball) or a risk of landing on an outstretched arm (such as hockey).

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