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SHAPE Shares: Lindsey Vonn Recovering from Knee Injury


Skiing champion Lindsey Vonn is said to be recovering after suffering from a season-ending injury in a fall at the Alpine Ski World Championships in Austria earlier this week, CNN reports.

"First off, I want to say thank you to the amazing medical staff that cared for me. I plan on returning to Vail as soon as I can to have the necessary surgeries. I am also grateful to my fans for the the outpouring of support, which has really helped me stay positive. I can assure you that I will work as hard as humanly possible to be ready to represent my country next year in Sochi," Vonn said in a statement released by her publicist.

We're glad to hear that Vonn will be okay and want to help you stay off the sidelines (or, more likely, couch). Injury-proof your body or rehab yourself with these tips.

1. Check your form. To get the most out of any move, you must perform if correctly. Learn the No. 1 exercise women do wrong and how to fix your form to minimize risks and maximize the butt-toning results.

2. Do a little "prehab" to strengthen injury-prone areas. Runners, this one's for you! Avoid common running injuries such as shin splints, runner's knee, and ITB syndrome by incorporating a few specific stretches into your warmup.

3. Look for alternative methods of exercise. If you've been sidelined for an injury, you may think you can't work out until you've recovered. But as long as you're being careful, there's no reason you have to gain weight. Low-impact exercises, tiny changes to your diet, and even volunteering all simple, healthy ways you can keep busy until you're back in the gym—as long as you get the okay from your doctor.

4. Try an active recovery workout. Proper rest and recovery time is essential to maximizing your workout results. If you're still feeling the burn from yesterday's cardio sesh, try this gentle yet active circuit to help ensure your muscles are ready for your next workout.

5. Be careful, no matter what you're doing. Far be it from us to tell you what to do, um, "down there," but as Today notes, pubic hair grooming injuries are on the rise, so while we're talking about injury prevention, consider this your friendly neighborhood reminder to take extra care the next time you decide to DIY your own bikini wax.


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