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      Health Minute: Shaping up your vocal cords

      What would a game be like without enthusiastic fans? So it's not surprising that many of these fanatics can lose their voices after a rousing sporting event but now doctors are finding they could be seriously injuring their vocal cords in the process.

      How do you know if you've damaged your vocal cords?

      Y ou'll start to hear your voice crack a bit or get a little bit raspy, and that should be your clue that something is wrong here.

      W hat can you do to save them?

      P hysicians recommend you keep quiet. Give the cords a rest.

      D rink water to keep the cords moist , and i f you must cheer warm up your cords before the game.

      D octors recommend once you warm up, yell with one blast, not with a lot of words