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How do I know if a muscle strain is serious?

It is hard to initially diagnose the severity of a muscle strain. Functional tests can assess the activation of a muscle, which can be a helpful determinant; however, retrospect diagnostics are more effective. This means that a clinician can evaluate the length of time it took to fully heal from a strain, and then accurately determine what the severity of the strain was. (This answer provided for NATA by the Weber State University Athletic Training Education Program.)

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