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Prevention 101: Simple Steps To An Injury-Free Life

By Peppertan

Ask any doctor, and they’ll tell you that prevention is better than cure. Of course, it’s not always possible to prevent injuries, but if you take these steps, you’ll maximize your chances of enjoying an injury-free life.

Reducing the risk of sports injuries

Sports injuries are among the most common types of injury. When you play sport, you often put yourself at risk, but there are protective measures you can try. If you’re doing exercise of any kind, always ensure that you warm up and cool down. If you fly straight into a hardcore session, you’re likely to pull muscles. If you stop suddenly, your blood pressure will drop, and you may feel faint and dizzy. You’re also likely to wake up feeling very achy. If you’re playing contact sports or taking part in anything dangerous, such as martial arts, make sure you use the relevant equipment. Honing your technique can also help to prevent injuries.


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Steering clear of slips and trips

Slips, trips, and falls are the most common type of workplace and public place accident. When you fall, there is a risk of all kinds of injuries. You may emerge with cuts and grazes, or the outcome may be much more severe. Sometimes, it’s impossible to prevent tumbles, but looking where you’re going and wearing suitable footwear can help. These days, we tend to try and text or listen to music while we’re walking, and this can be a distraction. In some instances, other people may be at fault for your injuries. If the floor is wet in a bar, for example, and there’s no warning sign in place, the owner may be culpable. If you’re thinking of making a compensation claim, visit first.


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Driving safety

The majority of car accidents are caused by driver error. If you are driving on the roads, take care to protect yourself and those around you. Always wear your safety belt, and pay attention to the speed limit. Take extra care if you’re driving in adverse weather conditions, such as fog, heavy rain, or snow. If you get stuck in a torrential downpour, or visibility is incredibly poor, pull over in a safe place until conditions improve. Never drink and drive. Even if you feel fine, there’s every chance that the alcohol in your system will affect your ability drive safely. Give drivers in front of you plenty of space, and always check your mirrors and your blind spot before turning, switching lane, or slowing down. It’s also important to avoid driving when you’re tired. If you’re sleepy, your reaction time will increase, and your judgment may be affected. Take a nap, and then drive. For more driving safety tips, is a useful resource.


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Injuries are part and parcel of life. Most of us will end up nursing minor injuries at some point. Sometimes, accidents are inevitable, but you can often decrease your chances of sports injuries, crashes, and slips and trips. Hopefully, these simple steps will protect you from injuries and ensure you’re fighting fit in the year ahead.

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