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LKR021260Mud races such as the Warrior Dash and Spartan Race are all the rage lately.

But they can be awfully dangerous if you’re not cautious.

Some tips to come out unscathed from Dr. Robert Mantica, our well-known Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine specialist:

1) Don’t dive into anything (major injury or even paralysis can — and has — occurred);

2) Don’t give into peer pressure (these races often involve “teams” running together — if something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it);

3) Be aware of your surroundings (you’re often running with hundreds of other competitors — watch for those around you to avoid contact and a possible fall, injuries, etc.);

4) Remember the story of the Tortoise & The Hare? (tread lightly in your first such attempt).

(Published July 11, 2014)

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