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In health and fitness, injury refers to any physical harm done to the body that results in pain, inflammation, or loss of function. It can be acute, meaning it happened suddenly, or chronic, meaning it developed over time. Injuries are often caused by accidents, overuse, poor technique, or inadequate warm-up or cool-down routines.

Examples of Injury

  • Strained muscle
  • Broken bone
  • Torn ligament
  • Inflamed tendon
  • Dislocated joint

Synonyms for Injury

  • Physical harm
  • Damage
  • Hurt
  • Pain

Antonyms for Injury

Related Terms

  • Pain management
  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical therapy
  • Rest and recovery

Confused with

Injury can sometimes be confused with muscle-soreness">muscle soreness or fatigue. While muscle soreness is a common result of exercise, it should not be confused with pain caused by injury.

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