This tag refers to questions regarding prevention from injuries.

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How to run without damaging your feet, knees or hips.

I want to start running. However I am afraid of damaging my feet, knees or hips by running on a regular basis. So what are the most important things to have in mind to avoid any dangers for my joints ...
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How to lose weight when morbidly obese

I am a very overweight man at 400lbs (181 kg). I've been told by several doctors that I need to lose weight or else my health will get worse and worse. What exercises are safe for a large person? For ...
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Should cyclists use weight training to strengthen underutilized muscles?

I've read (and it seems intuitive) that cycling exercises some muscles more than others. Other than the obvious lack of an upper-body workout from cycling, are there specific muscles that tend to be ...
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Best warm up for running

Trying to figure out the best warmup routine for running. I see a few articles that say you shouldn't do any stretching before warming up given cold muscles. This article for example, just states ...
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Making a training plan for medieval swordsmen / reenactment

Some of my friends are into history reenactment and historical fencing. Doing this is quite demanding in terms of fitness, so I wanted to help them develop a training plan to follow. What would be ...
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Are there stretches or exercises that promote knee strength and prevent injury?

I've started cycling some long rides lately, and am feeling some knee pain. I don't know exactly what's wrong; I'm getting minor complaints from all over my knees. See my last question for more ...
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What kind of exercises can I do to strengthen my ankle?

I've been running for about 5 years now and almost every year I get problems on the medial side of my shins. If I keep running, eventually the soft tissue even swells up enough to be palpable and ...
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Does running twice a day regularly increase my risk of injuries?

I live about 3.2 miles from where I work, and the most efficient way to commute is running there in the morning and back in the evening. Is 2 runs a day 3-5 days a week healthy? Does it increase my ...
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How To: Avoid damaging my knee when training for and running a marathon

I am shortly to begin training to run in my first marathon. Speaking with several other people regarding their similar experiences I am now quite concerned that I could end up doing some permanent ...
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What is the correct form for a deadlift?

I asked my gym instructor to check my deadlift form last night and he said I was doing it wrong. According to him: My hips were too low at the starting position - he says the hips should be as high ...
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Can I run barefeet on asphalt?

Can I run barefoot on asphalt concrete to the nearest park (1km) without damaging my feet? I'd do this every other day. I've been running 2-5km three times a week for a year running barefeet, except ...
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Is working out a healthy alternative to combat RSI (Repetitive Stress Injuries)

I was reading questions on Programmers and I came across this one where a use is having issues with a Repetitive Stress Injury from typing. It got me thinking, is exercise alone a viable alternative ...
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Exercises/diet to improve circulation to extremities? (ie for warmth)

I've noticed as I've gotten older that my hands tend to get colder faster when outdoors in the winter. This is especially annoying skiing in the winter where I feel I have to be even more mindful of ...
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What is the key to avoid injury when squatting with your body weight?

After seeing the suggestions about sport/exercise which are less stressful, or even good for my knees, I chose squatting. From the suggestions, it can be done with minimal space and equipment at my ...
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Stretches to prevent shin splints

I am looking for some stretches that I can do before runs and ones after runs that can ward off shin splints. I am pretty susceptible to getting them while training for a 10K or 10 miler. I have ...
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Proper running form - landing on balls of feet?

I've had trouble with shin splints, my IT band, and extremely sore ankles / knees before from long runs before. In order to try preventing this, I've switched landing on my heel while running to ...
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How do I prevent chafing?

I believe just about every long distance runner, hiker, and many more sports enthusiasts have run into the ever long problem of chafing: caused by constant rubbing of another part of the skin—two ...
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Doing squats with a medicine ball - Is it a good thing?

I've been told that squats would be a good way of building up muscles in my knees as they aren't great at the moment. I have been doing squats and either use no weights at all or I do them while ...
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barbell squat wrist problems

One of the aspects that the Starting Strength book emphasizes a good deal is that the wrists should be straight when doing the squat (see point 3, as well as the wrists of the guy in all the cartoons ...
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How to combine running and squating within the week so that stress on the knees is reduced?

After more than a month walking at a fast pace everyday, my body seems to be adapting and now I need to walk at a ridiculously forced high speed in order to feel it sort of challenging. So I want to ...
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Technique for identifying potential injury weak spots

What techniques are there for identifying areas you need to work on and that you will be likely to injure so you can work on that areas before they get injured. Update Most of the activities I do are ...
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Pain on the top of my foot

I was hoping someone could shed some light on some minor pain I've been experiencing. I run long distance. I train about half of the year and usually run one marathon each year. The problem started ...
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What is the best way to light a night run?

I am soon to move to the country and, as it is almost British winter time, I am a little concerned that my regime will be seriously affected by the lack of street lighting. I am considering my ...
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What is causing a bad/strange reaction about 1 to 3 minutes after finishing my runs

Occasionally after I finish running I will be overcome with an urge to gag and a feeling like I have a ball of phlegm stuck in my throat. I usually end up on my knees hacking and spitting up phlegm ...
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Do “barefoot” runners need a different warm-up?

I normally run 10-15 km training runs. My warm-up has always been nothing more than starting very slowly- I run the first 3 km at a crawl, really. A few months ago I switched to "barefoot" running, ...
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is it important to keep both shoulders at equal strength? (If so, why?)

My wife got a hairline fracture in the ball of her shoulder joint about two years ago. Unfortunately, it still hurts when she exercises that shoulder, which limits how much she can train it. If she ...
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Can one prevent bleeding knuckles while boxing?

I'm not generally a fit person, but I started riding a bike to work two years ago when a colleague of mine sold me an slightly used one really cheap. Now in winter I can't (safely) do that so I bought ...
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Is running with hand weights a bad idea?

I've heard that running with weights is a bad idea. Most of what I've read online (for example, this) seems to suggest unequivocally that weights on your legs are a serious health risk, but there ...
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What did I do wrong to get exercise-induced lower back pain?

I am 22, 5'10'', weigh 90 kilograms (198 pounds) and I am constrained to exercise before 9:00 and after 20:00. I therefore exercise twice a day indoors (geek's life) . And it's mostly squats (with ...
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Boxing for Overall Fitness

I am interested in maintaining overall health but get bored after a few weeks of aimlessly pulling weights and running. I was wondering if I could take up Boxing (or Muay Thai) for overall fitness. ...
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Rashes on thigh after running

I am trying to loose my weight, by jogging/running for about 18-20 minutes in the morning. But the issue that i am having is that after a jogging session i get rashes on high thighs, giving at least ...
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Is there a way to prevent swollen feet from barefoot running?

I'm doing barefoot running on streets (tarmac) for approximately one month now. In this time I had several blisters, scratches and pain in the ankle. Now everything works pretty fine, except my feet ...
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How frequently can I hit the heavy bag?

I've heard that hitting a heavy bag is taxing enough that it is easy to overtrain using it, especially for beginners. How much rest should the average person (i.e. NOT a boxer who grew up hitting ...
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Are amount and location of knee pain good indicators of what is wrong?

I've started cycling some long rides lately, and am feeling knee pain. It doesn't seem serious, but it's insistent enough that I've mostly avoided riding for a few days. When I do cycle, I do so at ...
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What is the least I need to run to maintain my conditioning?

Sometimes you know that you have a very busy time ahead of you, and that you're going to have less time for fitness activities, for whatever reason (work, a new child, etc). My questions is this- ...
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What are the precautions to be kept in mind while jogging/running daily?

I have heard that jogging/running may lead to injuries, permanent joint pains etc. I wish to know (in detail) which all precautions are to be kept in mind while jogging/running daily (in order to ...
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How safe is High Intensity Interval Training?

High intensity interval training raises your heart rate really high and I was wondering if this is safe. Is it okay for anybody to jump straight into HIIT like obese or people that haven't been ...
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Why perform chin-ups/pull-ups to failure on Starting Stenght?

I've seen both 'Practical Programming (2nd Ed) Novice Program' as in 'The Practical Programming Advanced Novice Program' is preescriben chin-ups/pull-ups to be performed to failure on each set. Each ...
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Does running faster cause more injuries?

If I run a fixed number of miles, is there any solid scientific evidence on whether running at a faster speed makes me more likely to get injured? I'm a physicist, so my tendency is to try to make ...
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What exercises are helpful in preventing herniated discs?

I have lumbar lordosis and I play basketball competitively. Sometimes when I land from a jump I feel like the pressure comes up from my heel up to my spine. Now I chronically feel a very sharp pain in ...
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Prevent Injuries At Home Gym on Carpet

I have started some exercise programs at home such as P90X and Insanity. However, I have found that working out on my carpet has proven to be difficult in a number of ways. For example, when jumping ...
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Is this pain in my neck — after Smith Machine squats — just DOMs or something else?

Last Thursday (so, 5 days ago), I did a short leg workout, centering on finding my maximum weight for squats. I used a Smith Machine and, for the first time ever, I did not have a pad on the Olympic ...
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“Safe” Ab Exercise

I've been trying to find safe abdominal exercises. That is to say, executing the exercises I have learned through my life I can feel the vertebrae in my lower back rubbing/grinding against each ...
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Can't seem to do a proper bench press … any reasons as to why?

My bench press, aside from me not liking the motion of the exercise, nor the overrated outlook on it in general, is pretty crappy, even with attempts to improve it. I follow a strict regimen only ...
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Are you prone to injury directly after weight lifting?

I'm following the Starting Strength program, and I find that I'm fine the next day, as long as I warm up each lift as he recommends. But, I find that immediately after lifting, even though I'm not in ...
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How should one land when diving in Ultimate?

When diving/"laying out"/"bidding" in Ultimate, should you land on your chest or on your side? This awesome set of progressions for learning to bid in Ultimate uses the WikiHow recommendation of ...
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Is aqua sprinting a good replacement for track sessions whilst injured?

Last year I slightly tore a ligament and damaged the cartiledge in my left knee. I have since recovered and began sprinting again but recently hurt the LCL in both knees during a training session. I ...
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How to exercise muscles that are prone to strains?

I have a few muscles that are prone to strains--lower right hamstring, right pectoral just where it meets the deltoid in my armpit. I have strained these muscles multiple times both by working out ...
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Dumbbell Bent-over Row, possible without bench?

The Barbell Bent-over Row is a well known exercise. It is one of the exercises that StrongLifts 5x5 consists of. I was browsing exrx.net looking for a dumbbell version of this exercise but only found ...
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Risks of extreme soreness

After two years of layoff I recently started powerlifting again. Although I restrained myself to ridiculously low weights, the first sessions gave me significant soreness. I've heard that athletes ...