(HealthDay News) -- Pulled muscles occur frequently in athletes. Most strains respond well to nonsurgical treatments, however, some strains can result in partial or complete tears, says the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
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The academy mentions these risk factors for muscle strain:
- Muscle tightness. Athletes should always stretch.
- Muscle imbalance, which can occur during high-speed activities.
- Poor conditioning. Weak muscles are less able to cope with stress.
- Muscle fatigue, which makes muscles more susceptible to injury.
- Old age or adolescence.
Athletes who participate in football, soccer, basketball, running, sprinting and dancing are especially at risk and should take extra precautions, the academy says.
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