STRETCH- Maintain your muscles and tendons by doing routine stretching. WARM UP and cool down with work-outs and activities. BE AWARE of your body mechanics and lifting techniques with any project or activity. Think before you lift! CROSS TRAIN to prepare for a new activity and ease into the activity. BE AWARE of fatigue and discomfort to proactively prevent the fatigue and discomfort from developing into an injury. If you are developing an injury or have injured yourself, early intervention from your physical therapist often decreases recovery time and improves your outcome.