People of all ages are heeding the advice to get active for the many benefits that exercise offers. It’s always great to get the heart pumping and the endorphins flowing. Being active and physically fit can seem like the healthiest thing for someone to do. However, being physically active increases the risk for injury and the statistics reported for injuries in all age groups are very high! Weekend warriors and amateur athletes are found to deal with some of the same injuries that professionals do. Studies find that typically there are over 2 million injuries in high school athletes a year – and more than half occur during practice. Endorphins interact with the receptors in the brain and can reduce the perception of pain. Injury can be more severe than initially perceived and so it is wise to not work through the pain as they say.