Exercise does a body good but sports-related injuries are common, says CDC study

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(ABC News) – Getting in better shape? You’re not alone.

The U.S. is becoming a more active country, with 213 million people last year reporting regular physical activity.

But, ouch. Today, a new CDC report, showing sports-related injuries are responsible for 8.6 million annual visits to doctor’s offices and hospitals in the U.S.

The most common activity that led to these visits?

For both men and women of all ages, it was general exercise, like running or weight-lifting.

But it was young men, engaging in team sports like basketball and soccer who appeared to be at the highest risk.

The good news – half of these injuries were easily addressed without expensive ER visits or hospital stays.

Also important to remember that most who exercise don’t end up with aches and pains that require medical attention.

And as we all know, most Americans don’t meed recommended guidelines for physical activity.

So by all means, keep up the exercise, while remembering to stay safe out there.

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