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If you fail to prepare in life, be prepared to fail. That's the takeaway from a new study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine in which researchers analyzed injury patterns during NFL training camps from 1998 to 2007. Their final observations: the two most common types of injuries during the preseason are sprains and strains, specifically involving the knees and hamstrings.

One possible reason why each injury occurs so frequently: the athlete didn’t condition his body for the strenuous exercise load found during training camp. It’s also a major reason why the injury rate during the preseason is significantly higher than during the regular season, states the study.

If you want to play your best, and more importantly, stay off the DL, prepare for challenges far greater than what you think is required. Think you're prepared for your flag football season? Ask yourself these five questions first.

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David Schipper – David began writing for CorePerformance.com in 2008, after spending six years at Men's Health magazine digging up the newest scientific research in health, weight loss, nutrition, muscle and cardiovascular fitness.

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Tags: Football, Injury Prevention, Hamstrings, Knee

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