There are several things that you can do to help prevent knee injuries, allowing you to safely enjoy sports and exercise. Always use common sense when trying something new or increasing your activity level. The key to preventing injury is to maintain good strength, muscle balance and flexibility. Here are a few tips that you may find valuable:
We can’t stress enough how important it is that you are aware of the signals that your body is giving you. Don’t ignore pain or swelling as they are often an early indicator of an injury. If ignored, a minor injury can become a severe injury. Don’t feel compelled to push through pain. If you have questions, consult a physical therapist or a trainer to help design an exercise program specifically for you.
An important step in designing an exercise program is an evaluation by a physical therapist or professional trainer. He or she can identify those body traits that may make you more or less vulnerable to a knee injury. Based on this assessment, a physical therapist can design a program that will help you achieve your optimum levels of strength and conditioning.