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Exercise May Prevent Knee Injuries

Posted Jan 15 2013 6:00am

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We often hear people saying “exercise is bad for my knees”, or “I can’t exercise because I have too much knee pain”. Physical activities can be tough on the knees, that’s true. Running, basketball, soccer, tennis are known for causing many knee injuries. However, a new study shows that the correct exercise can actually prevent knee pain and injuries.

The study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine says that the right stretching and strengthening exercises may help you avoid knee pain from training. In this particular study, researchers analyzed the results from more than 1,500 army recruits during a grueling 14-week training program. Half were told to do eight different types of exercise during every training session , focusing on strengthening their leg muscles and making them more flexible by stretching. The other half did standard military warm-up and cool-down exercises.

According to the researchers, this is a first rigorous study to examine whether preventive exercises can slash knee injuries. With traditional warm-up, nearly 5 percent of the soldiers developed knee pain. That number dropped to just more than 1 percent among those who did the special exercises, a significant 75-percent decrease. The study concluded that a simple set of targeted exercises was effective in producing large reductions in the risk of knee injury and pain.

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