New tips recently published by the New York-Presbyterian Hospital (NYP) offer help for those who want to enjoy the season with athletics. The following tips were compiled by Dr. William Levine, chief of sports medicine at NYP/Columbia University Medical Center, and Dr. Andre Panagos, assistant professor of rehabilitation at NYP/Weill Cornell Medical Center:

  1. Start slow. Your best bet is to prevent injuries before they happen. If you push yourself too hard, too soon, that minor soreness could turn into something more serious.
  2. Don't forget to warm up. Although you may feel warm in good weather, you still have to give your muscles a chance to go through the motions and get blood pumping to all the necessary areas.
  3. Gentle stretching before finishing your activity will help those hardworking muscles retain and improve flexibility.
  4. Treat injuries. For tennis elbow, runner's knee and similar injuries, try R.I.C.E.-- rest, ice, compression, and elevation.
  5. Take frequent breaks.
  6. Pay attention to your body. Don't ignore the little aches and pains in the joints and muscles. They are early signals that could help you prevent more serious injuries.
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