Health Watch: Summer's End: Sports Injuries

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about the end of the summer season and all the things that come with this time of year. Whether you’re a student athlete starting practice for fall sports or an adult getting back into working out as the summer heat wanes, you need to be careful not to overdo it.

Overuse injuries can come from pushing yourself too far too fast – trying to return from an injury too soon or trying to increase the difficulty of your workout too quickly. Dr. Robert Dimeff, medical director of sports medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says the 10-percent rule is a good rule of thumb. You shouldn’t increase the difficulty of your routine by more than 10 percent a week – 10 percent more distance or weight, for instance. Signs of overuse include recurring stiffness or pain, a drop in performance, favoring one arm or leg over the other and pain that interferes with exercise. Other causes of injury can include poor body alignment, poor technique or poorly fitting equipment.      

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August 2010


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