Posted on Jul 22, 2020, 7 p.m.
Article courtesy of : Nicholas DiNubile MD, who is devoted to keeping you healthy in body, mind, and spirit.
“Records are meant to be broken, not athletes.” ~Cal Ripken
Over the years, I have seen many professional athletes leave a piece of themselves on the court or on the field. Injuries take their toll, especially when you push your body to the limit. Many of the injuries are due to the repetitive pounding that accumulates over time until breakdown occurs and the full extent of the damage may not be realized until when the athlete has vanished out of the limelight, into retirement.
I believe that modern sports medicine has tremendously improved the situation for athletes. With better conditioning, earlier recognition and more advanced treatments, we keep athletes healthier and going longer. We have also learned to put the athletes’ short and long-term health first. The old days of shooting the athlete up with numbing medicine and sending them back into the battle is fortunately gone.
Whereas the pros seem to be on the right track, I have seen too many recreational athletes and fitness enthusiasts put themselves in harm’s way with their workout programs. Over training, playing through injuries, not allowing adequate healing or rehabilitation are all too common. These individuals are frequent flyers in my office.
If something hurts, is stiff or swollen, has you limping or interferes with your active enjoyment of life, get it checked — sooner, not later. Also, be sure your fitness program devotes adequate time to three equally important areas: cardiovascular or aerobic conditioning, strength training, and flexibility or stretching. Usually one or two are neglected at the expense of another.
About the author:
Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Nicholas DiNubile, is Vice President of the A4M, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine, best selling author, keynote speaker, and one of our esteemed medical editors who is dedicated to keeping you healthy in body, mind and spirit. Dr. DiNubile was appointed Special Advisor to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (1st Bush Administration with Arnold Schwarzenegger as Chairman). He has advised two United States Presidents on matters of health and health policy, and has cared for numerous celebrities and high level athletes.