Can Weight Control Prevent Injury?

A recent study found that 69 percent of knee replacements might be attributed to obesity. Naturally, the more a person weighs the more pressure they experience on their joints. Research has found a connection between being overweight and developing osteoarthritis (OA) of the knees and even the hips. Each step a person takes they are bearing a force 3-6 times their body weight. Overall weight loss reduces the likelihood of OA and has been found to substantially reduce pain. Maintaining a high cardiovascular fitness level avoids joint injuries that occur when your body begins to get tired and your joints carry unbalanced weight.

(source: http://health.usnews.com/health-conditions/bone-joint-health/osteoarthritis/prevention#1)

 

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