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Health Information For Teens
Whether it’s as part of a high school track program or cross-country team or a way to get in shape, running is a wonderful sport. It’s great exercise, almost anyone can do it, and all you really need to get started is a good pair of sneakers.
These tips can help you run safely.
It’s best to get fitted for running shoes by a trained professional. They can help runners get shoes that:
Minimalist shoes are becoming popular, but there’s no evidence that they’re better than regular running shoes.
Running socks come in a variety of materials, thicknesses, and sizes. Avoid socks made from 100% cotton. When cotton gets wet, it stays wet, leading to blisters in the summer and cold feet in the winter. Instead, buy socks made from wool or synthetic materials such as polyester and acrylic.
To prevent injuries while training or running:
It’s important to stay alert while running outdoors. Don’t wear headphones or earbuds or anything else that might make you less aware of your surroundings. Staying safe while running involves the same common sense used to stay safe anywhere else, like avoiding parked cars and dark areas, and taking note of who is behind you and ahead of you.
Runners should carry a few essentials, such as:
Other safety tips:
Playing hard doesn’t have to mean getting hurt. The best way to ensure a long and injury-free athletic career is to play it safe from the start. Find out how.
Patellofemoral pain syndrome (or runner’s knee) is the most common overuse injury among runners, but it can also happen to other athletes who do activities that require a lot of knee bending.
A hamstring strain happens when one or more of the muscles in the back of the leg gets stretched too far and starts to tear. Find out how to treat hamstring strains in this article for teens.
A sprained ankle is a very common injury that happens when the ligaments that support the ankle get overly stretched or torn. Find out how to avoid ankle sprains and what to do if you get one.
If the tendon just above your heel becomes swollen or irritated due to overuse, it can lead to a painful condition called Achilles tendonitis. Find out how to treat it – and prevent it.
How can you get ready to play your best season ever? Read these tips for teen athletes.
If you’re having trouble choosing a sport, this article can help!
You’ve prepared for the game in almost every way possible: but now what should you eat? Read about performance foods, nutritional supplements, and more.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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