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4 essential steps to avoid sports injuries

It's a nice day and you can't wait to hit the links for 36 holes, play a game of pickup basketball or go running. Exercise has endless benefits, but if you spent the better part of the winter planted on the couch, the kamikaze approach can put you on the fast track to sports-related injuries: sprains and strains, knee and Achilles tendon injuries, swollen muscles, shin splints, fractures and dislocations. To avoid being sidelined:

Schedule a physical.

Get your health checked before you start a new sport or fitness routine, especially if you've had a previous injury, haven't exercised in …

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