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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Joints take quite a beating over the course of a person’s life, causing wear-and-tear damage that can lead to osteoarthritis and other chronic joint conditions. Weight-bearing joints, like hips and knees, are among the most vulnerable to this type of damage. Avoiding joint and hip injuries is an important step toward that goal and can help prevent disabling joint problems later in life.
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Fad diets require you to eat fewer calories than you need to live. Many involve risky behaviors and restrictions that can adversely affect your health and even slow down your metabolism. Once you have completed your crash diet you are left with a body that burns calories slower than before you started, resulting in weight gain. Don’t give in to instant gratification, learn to spot fad diets and how to lose weight and maintain gains the healthy and responsible way.
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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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