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F I T 2 0 1 5 - 2 0 1 6 5 Q & A How do running injuries happen? "We see a lot of these injuries in the spring during the Triple Crown races. It's usually what we call overuse injuries, like stress fractures and tendonitis. People try to run too much too quickly. They don't gradually increase their mileage or they don't give themselves periods of rest in between runs. And they don't do things like cross-train with other types of ftness in between periods of running." What about weight-lifting injuries? "Usually the weight-lifting injuries are due to people trying to lift way too much. It's the guys who are trying to bench 8,000 pounds. You can get problems with your shoulder, with your knees; that's usually the trouble there." And CrossFit? "The problem here is, I've seen a number of people that really kind of go from zero to 60. They get really into it; they go really hard. A lot of them didn't really work out much — then they decide to do CrossFit and they just hit it super hard. I have seen a number of stress fractures or tendonitis — the overuse injuries." You don't see anybody from yoga, do you? "I don't, actually. Yoga's great. I think a lot of people don't work their core; they're just working on certain body parts. Yoga's great because it really helps your core and your hip strength. It's like that old joke: The hip bone's connected to the knee bone's connected to the shin bone. You've got to do everything. Doing that kind of stuff will prevent injuries, so I'm a huge fan of yoga." How about adults who play competitive sports. Do you see any of those people? "I do, actually. To talk about the weekend-warrior injuries, like the 45-year-old guy who likes to play tennis and tears his Achilles tendon. Those kinds of things. The body has a little less resilience as you age, so we defnitely see those injuries." What's the number-one thing to keep in mind to prevent workout injuries? "I think the key is staying ft regularly. If you're maintaining your overall health with a combination of cardio, strength and fexibility, I think you're less likely to get hurt than when you're just not taking care of yourself. You don't want to do nothing for two months and then go play basketball with your buddies. That's how you get hurt." Some say stretching helps; others say it's useless. What's your opinion on stretching and injury prevention? "Flexibility is important. You'll fnd evidence to support both sides of everything, I'm telling you. But my opinion is that being fexible and that sort of thing when you're playing sports minimizes risks." Surgeon Michael Salamon has seen a lot of workout injuries in his practice at Ellis and Badenhausen Orthopaedics. To stay well and out of his offce, Salamon recommends mixing it up to avoid overworking the same muscles. And he takes his own advice. His workouts include a mix of cycling, mountain biking, tennis, strength training, running and heading out to Colorado to ski as much as possible. Here, he talks about common mistakes that land people in his offce.

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