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Sports Injuries

Updated 22 September 2014

Injury-proof your body

The best way to mend an injury?

The best way to mend an injury? Don’t get one in the first place. No matter what life stage you’re at, a few simple precautions can keep you in action.

You’re 20m away from achieving the best 10-kay time of your life. As the seconds tick away, you gather your reserves, lengthen your stride and… @#$%! Pain blossoms in your ankle and that tearing sound can’t have been good. Goodbye 10-kay record, hello ice pack. Injuries are like that mean kid in preschool who would topple your tower of blocks just as you were nearing the top. In one painful second they can undo months of hard work – and there’s nothing like the thought of starting over to squash motivation. But while pinching that preschool bully before she went Godzilla on your masterpiece would’ve had you sent straight to the naughty corner, you can take steps to avoid injury. Read on to see where your biggest risks lie and how to minimise them without giving up your active lifestyle.

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Adrian Rotunno is a medical doctor in the Sports & Exercise Medicine fellowship at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa, and qualified physiotherapist. Team physician for Dimension Data pro-cycling, and Boland Rugby. Special interests include endurance sport, in particular cycling, as well as contact sports.

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