The Most Common Sports Injuries and How To Beat Them

How they happen, how to recover, and how to train for prevention
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The number of ways an athlete can get hurt are almost as staggering as the number and variety of solutions. From simple rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE), to recovery exercises that target specific injuries, it’s easy to get lost in all the advice out there.[slideshow:668]

We found thirteen of the most common sports injuries, how they happen and what you can do about them. While every athlete will injure him or herself eventually, the ideal is a routine that encourages prevention. Keeping track of all these variables can be difficult, but a few general guidelines can help keep you injury-free.

First off, dynamic stretching before any activity always helps to prepare your body for the workout to come. (Static stretching and cooling down, not so much.) Second, the body is meant to move with holistic strength and flexibility, so keep your routines well rounded, even if some exercises don't necessarily correlate with your favorite activity. Lastly, don’t be a weekend warrior. Improve in your field of play gradually and mindfully; some of the injuries on our list can take you out for a long time.

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