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SOURCE American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Orthopaedic surgeons offer fitness safety tips
ROSEMONT, Ill., Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Many adults begin the early weeks and months of a new year trying to launch and maintain a rigorous exercise program. And yet, these overly ambitious and strenuous efforts often result in injury, and ultimately, discouragement and the return to sedentary habits.
In 2011, more than 800,000 Americans received medical treatment for exercise-related (non-equipment) injuries, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
"The problem is that many people mistakenly think that pushing their bodies harder and enduring pain are the keys to a successful exercise program," said E. Edward Khalfayan, MD, a Seattle orthopaedic surgeon who is the head team physician for the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Mariners, and an American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) spokesperson.
"Many injuries that we see are due to overuse and training errors. An optimal, sustainable exercise program begins slowly, and continues with a gradual increase in difficulty," said Dr. Khalfayan. "Before beginning any exercise program, especially if you have an existing health condition such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, or if you are a smoker, contact your physician. It's also advisable to talk to your physician if you have any bone, joint, or muscle pain that does not improve with rest, ice and modified exercise."
Consider the following Academy exercise tips to reduce injuries:
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