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Sprains | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the injury?

An individual can lower the risk of sprains by taking the following measures.

  • Build muscles through a regular conditioning program.
  • Do daily stretching exercises.
  • Wear shoes or boots that fit well and are appropriate for the planned activity.
  • Eat a healthy diet, following the food guide pyramid.
  • Follow sports safety guidelines for children, adolescents, and adults.
  • Warm up before sports and planned exercise.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Establish an ergonomic workstation and use good body mechanics.
  • Wear seat belts in all moving vehicles.
  • Avoid alcohol or drugs when driving, operating machinery, exercising, or playing sports.

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    Sprains: Treatment & Monitoring

    Author: James Broomfield, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 08/09/01

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