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6 Ways to Avoid Workout Injuries

How to get fit without getting hurt.

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4. Leg extension exercises and leg press machines

Potential injuries: Kneecap dislocation or bruising; aggravation of arthritis in knee; disc problems; tendinitis.

How to avoid them: Never lock your knees. Don’t put your foot under a bar or other rigid equipment that forces your leg into an unnatural position.

5. 30-minute circuit training workout (like at Curves)

Potential injuries: Torn rotator cuffs; shoulder damage from doing too much too soon.

How to avoid them: Don’t feel obligated to do the whole 30-minute routine when starting out, especially if you feel pain. Stop, rest, and don’t push down too hard.

6. Assisted dips

Potential injuries: Shoulder, elbow, wrist dislocations; muscle strains; ligament tears.

How to avoid them: Don’t use a dip machine that requires you to drop down so low that your shoulders come up to your ears.

Reviewed on May 19, 2008

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