Athletes should incorporate ACL prevention programs into their daily workout routines to help reduce the chances of suffering a possible season ending ACL tear. Programs can be incorporated into a warm up, strength training, or as a standalone program in only about 15 minutes per day. Programs that focus on plyometrics, balance, stretching, and strengthening exercises seem to work best.
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Static and dynamic stretching are both effective methods to increase joint motion and flexibility. Choosing which type of stretch to use in your exercise routine, how to safely perform it and when to do it is more complex.
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Knee pain is a very common ailment affecting a wide range of people. A variety of knee braces from many well-known manufacturers such as DonJoy, Breg, Ossur, McDavid, and Cho-Pat are available to help alleviate the pain associated with different knee injuries. With the help of a medical professional, finding the right brace for a specific injury can be easy.
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One of the most common injuries in athletics is a lateral ankle sprain. This is when the foot is inverted (foot rolls so the inside of the foots arch is facing up) and one or more of the ligaments on the outside of the ankle is damaged. There are different grades of ankle sprains depending on severity as well as the ligament that is injured. The signs and symptoms of the injury help determine the grade, treatment and healing time of the sprain.
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Flexibility is a key contributor in injury prevention and should be an important part of any fitness program. When performed regularly and correctly, stretching can decrease the likelihood of injury and increase overall performance. Stretching can also assist in the development of motor skills, improve body positioning and strength for sports, and relieve aches and pains from stress or being in a stagnant position for a long period of time.
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