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Advice for athletes during coronavirus cancelations



With the competitions canceled and the practices put on hold the medical professionals want to make something clear: don’t let this time off set you back.

"Exercise is extremely important," said Dr. Richard Hinton, Regional Medical Director for MedStar Sports Medicine.

Dr. Hinton adds that regular exercise can, among other things, boost your immune capacity. For athletes who are faced with this unexpected down time, you need to keep at it.

"The key thing is maintaining an aerobic base and a general core strength during this time," he said.

Dr. Hinton spoke to WMAR-2 Sports Reporter Shawn Stepner from Union Memorial Hospital.

MedStar physical therapist Rebecca Schumer helped demonstrate some of those core exercises to do at home - like forward planks, side planks and Russian twists.

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