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Posted 7/26/2012

The Olympic games are almost here! Watching these elite athletes can inspire even the most casual sports fans to take to the field, court, pool, or mats.

But participants at every fitness level need to play and compete safely. Check out our articles for lots of info on how to do so -- and still have fun.

Neil Izenberg, MD


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Bob Bowman: Tips from a Gold Medal Coach
Michael Phelps swims like a champ and has the Olympic gold medals to prove it. Get sports advice from his longtime coach, Bob Bowman.

U.S. Ice Hockey Player Angela Ruggiero: Getting Ready for the Olympics
She's already won three Olympic medals, including a gold, but Angela Ruggiero isn't done yet. Find out why healthy food is part of her game plan.

Taking the Pressure Off Sports Competition
Sometimes sports competition can make kids feel pressure. If it's too much, a kid might not have as much fun as before. Find out what to do if this happens to you.

Five Ways to Avoid Sports Injuries
Sports injuries often can be prevented. Find out how in this article for kids.

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Winning is more fun but losing happens to everyone. Find out how to handle losing - and other frustrations in sports.


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