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SATURDAY, June 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cold-weather couch potatoes beware: You could be at risk for injuries if you don't properly prepare and ease into such summer activities as golf, tennis and running, an expert says.
"It's important to warm up, stretch and ease into exercise to prevent sports injuries," Dr. Barry Root, chairman of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Glen Cove Hospital in Glen Cove, N.Y., said in a hospital news release.
Sprains, strains, twists, and muscle and tendon tears and pulls are among the most common types of injuries.
Root offered the following sports injury prevention tips:
"People who take part in regular activities can develop overuse injuries, when they push their bodies past the limit; these conditions accumulate over time and the body is signaling to take it easy," Root said.
"If you have a more significant injury, such as a torn ligament in your knee, you'll have to immediately stop what you're doing on the tennis or basketball court and seek medical help," he advised.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more about sports safety.