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Knee Perk!


Don't let your knees take a beating because of your active lifestyle. A few simple measures can reduce your chances of knee injuries. More than three quarters of your bodyweight pounds on your knees each time your feet hit the ground while running. Over extended periods of time, this kind of pressure wilt wear down your knees.

This is why it is important for you to alleviate this pressure by wearing a support or brace during sports activities. There are several types of injuries that could occur from knee sprains or Repetitive Stressed Injuries (R51), where stress on the knee is built up over a period of time.

Knee sprains can be minor or severe, depending on the level of damage sustained by the ligaments of the knees. It can occur as a result of sudden falls when your body weight jams onto your knees, as well as sudden twisting actions that do not allow your knees to accommodate to your body shifts. 

Meniscus injury, a form of RSI, can occur when the knee suffers from excessive trauma such as rotating the knee while bearing weight. A partial or total tear may occur-when a person quickly twists or rotates the upper leg while the foot stays still. This can happen when you're dribbling a basketball around an opponent for instance.

Another case of injury occurs when the tendon is injured, which can lead from a condition called tendinitis or simply, a ruptured tendon. This can occur when a person over-exerts a tendon by dancing, cycling or running, causing the tendon to over-stretch like a worn-out rubber band. As a result, the tendon becomes inflamed. This type of injury is most likely to happen to older people whose tendons tend to be weaker.

Bolster Your Blisters

Blisters can be such a pain to live with, so wash and dry your feet before you drain the blister. Apply an anti-bacterial cream onto it, and put on a blister plaster to speed up the healing and keep skin protected.

Twisted Fate

Walk off an ankle injury and you might have to walk with a cane in the future. Untreated ankle sprains increase the risk of osteoarthritis. Swiss researchers analysed the health histories of 268 people and noted that 18 percent of those with osteoarthritis had suffered previous ankle injuries.

Overtime, an untreated sprain may increase risk five fold. "If the ligaments are stretched, the ankle bones slide against each other, wearing down the joint surface," says David Weinstein, M.D., head of the U.S. medical staff at the 2004 Olympics and a Men's Health advisor. Stretch and strengthen your legs, and pick up an ankle brace (available at sporting goods stores) for already abused ankles.

Fighting Fit

For those who exercise daily, replace minerals lost through sweat and urination with multi-vitamins, Potassium, sodium, calcium and magnesium are needed to help with muscle and nerve contractions.

 

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