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HEALTHY DOSE BY EMILY FROST

READY TO MOVE?
Once upon a time, starting a new exercise or activity was no big deal.
You just needed the motivation and the proper gear. But after you
reach a certain age, and you've suffered one too many unexpected
injuries, you learn that jumping into a new exercise isn't quite that simple.
However, just because it takes a little extra time to start a new activity the
right-and safe-way doesn't mean that you shouldn't try something different.
Adam Cochran, MD, an orthopedic surgeon affiliated with Gwinnett Medical
Center, offers helpful tips on some of the season's most popular activities.

Jump Right In to Swimming

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* Lower back muscle strain: pain
and stiffness that worsens when moving
or bending
*Jumping-related injuries: ranging
from joint sprains to traumatic brain
injury, paralysis or, in rare cases, death
Remember these simple tips to stay
safe while swimming:
* Even if you don't feel tired, take
breaks every hour so that your body,
namely your joints and muscles,
can rest.
* Look around at signage to see
pool depth, pool rules and locate
safety equipment.
* Come prepared with water and
healthy snacks to keep up energy and
prevent dehydration.

Even if you don't consider yourself one of
60 million routine golfers, the lush green
courses and two-plus hours spent outdoors
in the beautiful weather may just be enough
to convince you to finally give it a try.
So whether you're taking your first swing
of the season or of your life, you'll want to
be sure that you prepare your body for the
surprising toll this low-impact sport takes.
"While you may not notice any
discomfort in the midst of playing," explains
Dr. Cochran, "spending four to five hours
in a bent position, and making repetitive
motions, can cause a number of injuries."
Some of the most common include:
* Back pain: sharp or dull pain
concentrated in the lower back
* Elbow tendonitis: pain outside
elbow, forearm and wrist
* Meniscal injuries: swelling and sharp
pain in the knee, as well as a locking or
giving-way sensation
* Patellar tendonitis: pain in the front
of the knee
To keep your swing and health in good
shape, keep these tips in mind:
* Spend at least 10 minutes warming up
and stretching, focusing on your hands,
wrists, forearms, elbows, shoulders, spine
and pelvis.
* Don't do a full round of 18 holes on
your first outing. Instead, build up your
endurance by starting with practice at
the driving range, followed by nine holes,
then 18.
* Opt for a golf cart and/or a bag
carrier to avoid the strain of lifting your
heavy bag.

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When it's summer and you live in
Georgia, there's really only one place
to be in the midst of a hot, humid
day: in a cool body of water. While it
seems harmless enough to just put on
your swimsuit-and sun protection-
to relax the day away, there may be
hidden dangers you're overlooking.
"Jumping into the pool, showing
off those swim strokes or playing
games in the water can all be tough on
your body," says Dr. Cochran. Some
of the most common sports-related
injuries include:
* Irritation and inflammation
of the shoulder: pain and swelling,
stiffness and loss of mobility

Take a Swing
at Golf



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