Exercise and sport should be good for your physical and mental health if you undertake it sensibly and take into account your current level of health and fitness. Although injuries sometimes occur during exercise, many of these can be avoided.
In this section we'll explain how proper technique and preparation can help to prevent injuries, as well as give advice on what to do if an injury does occur.
Build up your exercise gradually
Gradually increasing the frequency, duration and intensity of your activity can help prevent injury as your body becomes conditioned to exercising. Read more
Get fit for sport
It’s a good idea to work on important elements of your sport while you work on your general fitness. Get some advice on what to include in your programme, and make sure it meets the guidelines included here. Read more
Get the right exercise equipment
Using the correct equipment for your chosen sport or exercise will help you to avoid injury. One of the most important pieces of equipment is footwear. Read more
Learn about alignment and technique
Poor alignment can put stresses on the wrong parts of your body so learning correct body alignment will reduce the risk of sport injuries. Read more
Fuel your body correctly for exercise
You’ll need plenty of carbohydrates for energy and should eat more protein if you’re building your strength. Drink about ¼ pint of fluid 15 minutes before exercise and then regularly during exercise. Read more
Warm up and warm down
A good warm up will raise your heart rate and prepare your muscles for more intensive exercise. You should then do some light stretching of the muscle groups you'll be using. Read more