PreventionBy Mayo Clinic staff
There aren't any self-care measures that will specifically help prevent chronic exertional compartment syndrome. But following basic sports and fitness guidelines can help protect your health and safety during exercise:
- Warm up before starting exercise.
- Cool down when you're done exercising.
- Stop if you're in pain.
- Check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program if you have any health issues.
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet.
- Stay hydrated.
- Engage in a variety of physical activities.
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