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Dealing with sports injuries and how to avoid them

Posted Aug 21 2012 7:00am

As most of you will know I love to exercise! In the past I have been a committed runner and now I enjoy more strength training and yoga. Unfortunately a love of exercise does come with the risk of injury which I have experienced while training for half marathons. I found this frustrating but I think this was an important learning experience for me. These tips are primarily relevant for running, but can be applied to most forms of exercise:

If you do get injured, rest! In the past I’d continued to try and push through injuries and it was only when I gave my body the rest it needed that it finally healed.

AXA PPP healthcare are hosting a live web chat on sports injuries on Thursday 23rd August between 3 and 5pm which you can find here . The chat is being hosted by Dr Alasdair Wright , a health expert and GP.

You can access the chat live on the day or forward your questions through Facebook or Twitter . If you miss the chat you can still access information on the be healthy section of the AXA PPP healthcare website , including warm up guides and exercises – the guide on sports injuries is brilliant!

This is a fantastic opportunity to discuss any injury worries with an expert. My question to Dr Wright is:

‘How can I still work my legs in strength training without aggravating my knees and IT band?’

What has been your experience of injuries? Are you very good at listening to your body?

*Post sponsored by AXA PPP healthcare, all content and opinions are my own

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