How to Limit Common Workout Injuries

From the Show: Train Your Body
Summary: For any individual who is physically active, there is a possibility of sustaining an injury.
Air Date: 1/20/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: John P. Higgins, MD
John HigginsJohn P. Higgins MD, MBA (Hons), MPHIL, FACC, FACP, FAHA, FACSM, FASNC, FSGC, is a sports cardiologist for the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and the Harris Health System. His research interests include the effects of energy beverages on the body, and screening for underlying cardiovascular abnormalities in 12-year-olds (sixth graders), and steroid effects on the cardiovascular system.
How to Limit Common Workout Injuries
While some injuries -- such as an ankle sprain or fracture -- are difficult to prevent, many other injuries are avoidable.

By following a few simple guidelines, injuries such as muscle strains, tendonitis and overuse injuries can be reduced.

For instance, every workout must begin with a warm-up and end with a cool-down.

A warm-up is necessary to prepare the body for exercise by increasing heart rate and blood flow to working muscles.

The warm-up should start slow and easy and consist of a general cardiovascular exercise such as walking, jogging or biking.

Listen in as John P. Higgins, MD, discusses ways to reduce those pesky workout injuries.