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Punch Up Your Martial Arts Practice
Date:2/10/2009

Follow these steps to avoid injury--while getting kicked, punched, and thrown

ROSEMONT, Ill., Feb. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Whether it's for self-defense, competition, discipline, or just exercise, people are turning to martial arts in increasing numbers. Martial arts can include karate, taekwondo, tai chi, judo, and hapkido, as well as related sports such as kickboxing and capoeira.

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (http://www.aaos.org) (AAOS), martial arts can be a good way to stay active during the cold, winter months. The appeal of these sports is that the focus is not on strength and muscle mass, but rather on balance, flexibility, speed, strength, agility and endurance, making them appropriate for both males and females, young and old.

Therefore, AAOS recommends that martial arts students and their instructors take precautions to minimize the chance of injury.

"Martial arts can be a great way to get some exercise while developing mental discipline," says Joseph Marotta, MD, spokesperson for the
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