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To help prevent muscle strains:

  • Warm up before participating in sports and activities.

  • Follow an exercise program aimed at stretching and strengthening your muscles.

  • Increase the intensity of your training program gradually. Never push yourself too hard, too soon.

  • Maintain a healthy body weight. Obesity can stress muscles, especially in your legs and back.

  • Practice good posture when you sit and stand.

  • Use the correct technique when you lift heavy loads.

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