Men's Health
Sprains and Strains Quiz
Sprain? Strain? The terms for these injuries sound so similar, what's the difference? Find out by taking this quiz.
Sports Injuries
Sports Injuries
Many sports injuries can be prevented with proper conditioning and training, wearing appropriate protective gear, and using proper equipment.
Sports Injuries: When to Call the Doctor
Sports injuries can be either acute traumatic, which require immediate medical care, or chronic overuse injuries.
Exercise
Exercise doesn't have to be vigorous to offer health benefits. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity daily, or on most days of the week.
How to Avoid Sports Injuries
Sports injury rates could be reduced by 25 percent if all athletes — professionals and amateurs — followed essential safety, conditioning, and preventive strategies.
Avoiding Joint Injuries
Common injuries include a twisted ankle, sprained wrist, overextended elbow and damaged knee ligaments. Fortunately, you can take steps to help prevent joint damage.
Strength Training at Home
Getting to the gym for a weight workout isn't always easy. That's why it pays to have weights at home as a backup, or even as a substitute.
Feet First: Choosing the Right Footwear for the Job and Sports
Both men and women should wear safety shoes and boots appropriate for the job and designed specifically to protect feet.
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (Runner's Knee)
Runner's knee occurs when the kneecap rubs against the thighbone as it moves. The condition can be caused by a structural defect or a certain way of walking or running.
Preventing Sports Injuries
Good preventive steps: Warm up before you work out, alternate days for exercising certain muscle groups, and cool down when you're done.
Sports and Fractures
Stress fractures are weak spots or small cracks in the bone caused by continuous overuse. They often occur in the foot after training for basketball, running, and other sports.
Shin Splints
Shin splints involve damage to one of two groups of muscles along the shin bone that cause pain. The location of the shin splint pain depends on which group of muscles is damaged.
Exercise and the Aging Person
Exercise is good for people of all ages. It helps lower blood pressure, reduces the risks for falls and serious injuries, and slows the body's loss of muscle and bone mass.
Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper's Knee)
Jumper's knee is also known as patellar tendonitis. It may be caused by overuse of the knee joint, such as frequent jumping on hard surfaces.
Lumbar Strain (Weight Lifter's Back)
A lumbar strain is an injury to the lower back, which results in damaged tendons and muscles that spasm and feel sore.
Inguinal Hernia
An inguinal hernia is a bulge that occurs in your groin region, the area between the lower part of your abdomen and your thigh. Inguinal hernias occur because of a weakening of the muscles in the lower abdomen
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