Chest Problems - Prevention

The following tips may prevent chest problems or injuries.

  • Stay in good overall physical shape. Do stretching and range-of-motion (ROM) exercises for your arms and shoulders.
  • Maintain good posture. Stand straight and relaxed, without slumping.
  • Warm up well and stretch before any activity.
  • Wear protective gear during contact sports or recreational activities, such as hockey or football.
  • Wear your seat belt when in a motor vehicle.
  • Make sure your child's backpack is the right size with good support. Carrying heavy backpacks may increase his or her risk of chest problems or injury.
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