There's always the chance of injury when an athlete takes to the basketball court, the ice rink, or the baseball diamond.
But thanks to a prevention program through Trinity Sports Medicine, athletes have some important tools to prepare them for their sport.
Carla Burbidge has this week's Eye on Health.
This summer, young athletes from around the region are taking part in a program called "FASTER" put on by Trinity Sports Medicine these past years.
A couple of days a week, athletic trainers run students through a series of exercises designed to improve flexibility, and strength, and overall performance.
(Kevin Melby, Athletic Trainer) "You get out of it what you out in, they think some of these exercises are crazy, but if they work hard they can do a good job."
Trinity Sports Medicine takes the FASTER program to several schools, like here at Our Redeemers.
Hockey players have several different sessions at MAYSA arena.
Trainers target things like shoulders, ankles and knees, areas that are more prone to injury.
And even if athlete would get hurt, they heal faster when the body is strong.
(Robyn Gust, Athletic Trainer) "You can see the difference from the first year, to the second of third, we want kids to learn the right techniques."
FASTER has been going on long enough, that Trinity Sports Medicine officials know it works.
They want to see the young athletes in this program, rather than at the clinic after an injury occurs.
(Robyn Gust, Athletic Trainer) "We see great results in strength and flexibility."
For Eye on Health I'm Carla Burbidge.