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What increases my risk for repetitive stress injuries?

Engaging in any kind of repetitive activity increases your risk for a repetitive stress injury. People who run regularly and change how long or how often they run too quickly risk getting a repetitive stress injury. Similarly, beginning a new exercise routine before your body is prepared can increase the risk of these types of injuries. Certain types of sports that involve significant amount of direct impact on the body, like basketball, running, or gymnastics, run a higher risk of developing repetitive stress injuries. Female athletes who don't menstruate regularly (or at all), as well as anyone suffering from osteoporosis or other conditions that diminish bone density, are at higher risk for repetitive stress injuries. Engaging in a job that requires a significant amount of repetitive actions, like excessive keyboarding or scanning groceries, also increases the risk for repetitive stress injuries.

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