Can muscle strain be prevented?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

There are several things you can do to reduce your risk of a muscle strain. Before you start playing a sport, make sure you've conditioned your muscles and are in good shape before you start playing the sport or participating in a lot of physical activity. This may include strengthening your muscles through weight-lifting or other conditioning activities, as well as keeping your muscles flexible. Each time before you begin physical activity, try to stretch and warm up your muscles properly. If you're prone to injury, make sure you wear proper footwear and any other necessary equipment, such as braces, that may protect your muscles.

Strains can be prevented by regularly participating in a resistance training program and maintaining adequate flexibility for the demands of your activities. Proper nutrition and hydration are also necessary to allow optimal health of muscles and tendons. (This answer provided for NATA by the Weber State University Athletic Training Education Program.)

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