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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