Can sprains be prevented?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

There are several things you can do to reduce your risk of a sprain. Before you start playing a sport, make sure you've conditioned your body 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, since muscles help support your joints. It's also important to stay flexible so that your joints have a good range of motion. Each time before you begin physical activity, stretch and warm up properly. Make sure that you're wearing proper footwear for physical activity, and avoid high heels or shoes that don't fit properly.

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