Health Tip: Muscle Sprains and Strains

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(HealthDay News) -- Sprains and strains are common injuries that result from sports and exercise. Sprains involve a stretch or tear of a ligament, while a strain is an injury to a muscle or tendon.

While everyone is prone to strains and sprains, here are suggestions from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons on how you can help prevent them:

  • Try a conditioning program that will help strengthen muscles.
  • Every day, do a few stretching exercises.
  • Always wear shoes that support and fit properly.
  • Always warm up before any sport or activity.
  • Wear appropriate protective gear before participating in sports or exercise.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet so that your muscles are well-nourished.