The start of school doesn't just mean back to the books. For student athletes, it means going back to the gym and gearing up for fall sports.
Dr. David Litner, an orthopedic surgeon, offers a word of advice to anyone looking to play.
"It seems that most of the kids that tear their ACL's tear them in the first part of the season," says Litner. "Most kids that tear their shoulders tend to tear them in the first part of the season. We're not really sure why that is, whether it's conditioning or what-not, but those are the more common ones that we see."
Dr. Litner is the head physician for the Houston Astros, and he says the same injuries can sideline athletes of all ages.
Although lifting weights and running are good for conditioning, Litner suggests that athletes and coaches focus on jumping and landing exercises. Doing these exercises can train your muscles to protect the body from common injuries, keeping you on the field and off the sidelines.
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