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Sporting injuries - are you fit for the pitch?

Recovery is as important as exercise


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It's also important to let your body recover from exercise because, as Croft stresses: "Recovery time is when you're repairing those muscles to build your strength."

She warns that people should be aware that as they age their body changes and isn't as adaptable, and advises 'weekend athletes' that they need a longer warm-up period, and possibly a little cross-training in another sport during the week, to keep their fitness up.

She adds: "If you start to get a niggle and it persists beyond about two weeks, get someone to have a look at it.

"Often people just ignore these niggles, thinking they'll go away, and they can then become something like a muscle tear that you can't ignore and which will cause a lot more of a problem."


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