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To help prevent sports-related knee injuries, you should:

  • Warm up and stretch before you participate in athletic activities.

  • Exercise to strengthen the leg muscles around your knee.

  • Not increase the intensity of your training program suddenly. Never push yourself too hard. Increase your intensity gradually.

  • Wear comfortable, supportive shoes that fit your feet and fit your sport.

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