Meniscus lateral view“Strong muscles and flexibility can reduce the risk of injury and speed your recovery if you do get hurt,” says Mark Schwartz, MD. “Also, pain, stiffness or soreness that lasts more than a few days, might be a sign of something more serious, and you should see a sports medicine specialist.”

 

The Weekend Warrior
A pick-up basketball game? No problem; you’re in shape. In fact, you have your team varsity shirt to prove it . . . from 1978.

“After 30 years of little or no activity, evaluate your physical condition before jumping into a training program. A sports medicine specialist can help you assess if you’re ready to start training for your personal goals.”

The Multi-Tasker
Why make two trips from the car to the house with your bags when you can load each arm before you waddle indoors? Oh, wait, might as well answer the cell phone too . . .

“Most accidents occur when people are trying to do too much in too little time. Take it easy. Do one thing at a time. If you must multi-task, try not to do things that require physical mobility, stretching or climbing.”