Regular physical activity is vital for good physical, social and emotional health. While there is a risk of injury with any type of physical activity, the benefits of staying active far outweigh the risks.

You can reduce your risk of exercise injury by:

  • Maintaining social distancing rules (i.e., stay at least six feet away from others, wear a mask)
  • Wearing the right shoes
  • Using the correct equipment
  • Drinking water and staying hydrated
  • Warming up and stretching properly
  • Being aware of your surroundings—always exercise and compete in a safe and level area clear of any obstacles or items

Stop exercising and seek medical help if you experience symptoms such as:

  • Discomfort or pain
  • Chest pain or other pain that could indicate a heart attack, including pain in the neck and jaw, pain travelling down the arm or pain between the shoulder blades
  • Shortness of breath
  • A rapid or irregular heartbeat