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Stay in the Game

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Sports can be a lot of fun. They are also a great way to get exercise exercise IMAGE SOURCE—GETTY IMAGES an activity that someone does to grow healthier or stronger, or to keep his or her mind sharp (noun) I do gymnastics for exercise. . But it’s important to play safe and keep your body healthy. Find out how.

Warm up.

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Before playing, take time to warm up. Go for a light jog. Learn a few stretches stretch VGAJIC—GETTY IMAGES an exercise which puts the body into a position that makes the muscles long and tight (noun) We begin each ballet class with exercises to stretch our muscles. . Stretching will loosen up your body.

Wear protective protective SHIRONOSOV—GETTY IMAGES used to keep something from being harmed (adjective) During the winter, I store my bike in the garage underneath a protective covering. gear.

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This includes helmets, pads, and mouth guards. Different sports use different gear. Make sure it fits you properly.

Drink water.

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The body needs water to stay healthy. When you sweat, your body loses water. That’s why it’s good to keep a water bottle handy when you play. Take a break and drink up!

Take care of yourself.

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If you get hurt while playing a sport, stop. Playing with an injury injury SERGEYRYZHOV—GETTY IMAGES harm or damage to the body (noun) Kyle was removed from the soccer game because of an injury. can make it worse. Tell a parent or coach if you’re hurt.

Did You Know?

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It’s important to listen to your coach. Coaches teach players the rules of a sport. Rules help keep you and other players safe. That makes for a good game.

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