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Warm-ups should be performed before any type of exercise – even a kickabout in the park, a top knee surgeon has said.
Amir Qureshi, a knee and limb reconstruction surgeon at University Hospital Southampton, said those who avoid limbering up face a greater risk of being injured.
Warm-ups - People
Warm-ups are not seen as 'socially acceptable' and are instead judged as being 'over the top', making people feel uncomfortable doing them, he said.
He claims to have witnessed an 'influx' of knee injuries in recent years, partly due to a rise in popularity of the 'couch to 5k' mentality.
Mr - Qureshi - Activity - Fit - Sport
Mr Qureshi said this described those looking to get back into physical activity and get fit or play amateur sport with little to no preparation.
'I firmly believe we need a wholesale change in mindset when it comes to injury prevention in amateur and recreational sport,' he said.
Belief - Nothing - All-out - Activity - Consequence
'There is a growing belief you can go from nothing to all-out activity with no consequence.
'There is a tendency to skip warm-up routines and muscle conditioning exercises and concentrate on distance, whereas preparation and gradually increasing activity is where the focus should be.'
Mr - Qureshi - Muscle - Sport
Mr Qureshi said it was 'imperative' to undertake muscle conditioning prior to competing in competitive sport.
And he added it is also crucial to consider a simple warm-up routine prior to even a kickabout in the park with family or friends.
Routine - Incidence - Cruciate - Injury - Cent
'Partaking in a simple warm-up routine can reduce the incidence of incurring an anterior cruciate ligament injury by up to 70 per cent,' Mr Qureshi said.
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