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We’ve all had some pretty dumb injuries in our lives. Just last night, I slept on my neck weird, and now I’m writing this looking at the screen from a 15-degree angle to the right. But what takes the cake is when I fell and badly hurt myself during the holidays after failing to notice a pothole because I was too busy admiring a gorgeous palm tree at a botanical garden. Embarrassing? You betcha!

But that’s nothing compared to what some other people have been sharing on Twitter after LA-based NFL analyst for ESPN, Mina Kimes, asked them about their stupidest injuries. And I have to say, popping your jaw while brushing your teeth too hard really makes me feel for you, Mina!

While you’re reading through the stories about dumb injuries, upvote the ones that made you groan the loudest, as well as the ones that you can relate to. And, if you’re feeling up to it, share your own similar stories in the comment section. Fortunately, there are ways to recover from such injuries more quickly, as well as to reduce the frequency of such embarrassing moments as we age.

Image credits: minakimes

Image credits: minakimes

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    Bobert Robertson
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    3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Lol I have many experiences like this. One being similar in that on a few occasions I have fallen asleep with my arm in a weird position only for it to go numb and I wake up with my own hand on my face, but have no feeling in my hand, so I freak the eff out because I wonder who's hand is on me.... only to have to use my other arm to lift it off my head. Next, I got a tattoo on my inner bicep and had my arm back behind my head for a couple hours while the artist worked on it. Finally they said to stretch it out, and I didn't realize my arm was completely dead and when I moved it, I had no control and punched her square in the thigh.

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    Stupid, completely avoidable injuries can make you reevaluate your life and make tons of promises about how you’re going to live a completely healthy life from now on. At least for a few minutes if the injury’s not too serious; longer if your bones now ache after the injury, foretelling the coming rain.

    As we age, our bodies tend to get weaker. Our bones shrink in size and density, our muscles lose strength and flexibility, and we become more prone to accidents. However, getting into the habit of moving lots and being physically active is one of the ways that we can offset the gradual decline of our bodies.

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    Activities like walking, swimming, weight training, and calisthenics help us stay strong, less prone to injury, and keep our bodies fit, so we recover from accidents quicker than if we were couch potatoes.

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    Another part of staying healthy is eating a healthy diet that’s low in saturated salt and fat, and has a variety of veggies, fruits, high-fiber foods, and lean sources of protein in it. You also ought to limit your intake of sugar, quit smoking, and either completely give up or greatly reduce how much alcohol you consume. Managing stress via exercise, socializing, and mediation, as well as getting enough sleep, are two further ways how you’ll stay fit, focused, and capable.

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    If you’re already very physically active (I assume there are at least a few professional athletes among our readers!), then you need to be aware of what you can do to reduce the risk of injury during training and competitions. 

    Health Plus explains that most sports injuries can be avoided by doing some form of warm-up like stretching or cardio. However, there’s also the need for proper cool-downs after you finish exercising. The amount of time you spend cooling down should be roughly twice as long as you spend on your warm-up.

    The right equipment, shoes, and clothes are also important factors. Of course, knowing how to do particular exercises is much more important than splurging on top-notch gear, but it’s still nonetheless an important aspect to consider if you can afford it.

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    3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Guess you must’ve been pretty thick-skulled! (This is a joke, please don’t murder me)

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    If you do suffer a sports injury, you should remember the RICE method. RICE stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. If you become injured, you should get as much rest as possible and refrain from straining the area. Apply an ice pack on the soft tissue area that’s hurt. Next, wrap the area with a medical bandage to prevent swelling: not too loose but not too tight, either. Finally, raise the injured body part above the level of your heart to reduce pain and swelling.

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    3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    You would think the doctor would have scheduled an appointment at the time for 3 weeks, and called when you failed to show.... at least that is how it would work where I live

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    3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    https://nhl.nbcsports.com/2015/10/25/beau-bennett-hurt-himself-celebrating-a-goal/comment-page-1/

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