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Can sprains be prevented?

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.

Aaron Nelson
Sports Medicine
Yes, sprains can be prevented. The best way to help prevent a sprain is to make sure you train for balance and stability as well as overall strength. Implementing a comprehensive exercise program begins with correcting any muscular imbalances and followed by a stabilization program (which will help your body gain control during activity if you are ever presented with an unbalanced state), a strength program (which will strengthen both large and small muscle groups to help support the joints and ligaments) and a power program (which will help to protect the joints in an explosive situation). If you have previously injured a ligament or you don't feel comfortable with your level of strength and stability, you can add tape or bracing to help protect the joint and reduce the chance for injuring the ligaments (sprain). Remember that there is always a risk during physical activity and even a strong, healthy individual or a braced/taped individual can fall victim to spraining a ligament.

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