As I hit the big "60" today I'm thinking about all the times I've been injured competing in various sports over the years. I've had a broken foot, broken collar bone, broken fingers, numerous sprained ankles, many cases of tennis elbow, rotator cuff surgery, a couple knee surgeries and last but not least numerous trips to the chiropractor. Many of my friends (and probably at lot of you) have similar or worse injury histories.
Why do we continue to compete and keep piling on more injuries? The fact is there is nothing like competing in athletics. No matter what sport you pick there is an adrenalin rush and sense of achievement that can't be matched anywhere else. Sure, sometimes you compete in your job or your business but it's just not the same.
Age has a lot to do with injuries because we lose flexibility and muscle tone as we get older. If that's not enough, we also get doses of "Uncle Art" (arthritis) in the joints of our knees, elbows, ankles, shoulders, etc. The good news is that there are braces, supports, insoles, cold therapy, inversion therapy, electrotherapy and rehabilitation products for every type of sports injury. Modern sports medicine is a wonderful thing!
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Thankfully there are sports that many of us oldies can still compete in. My personal favorites are tennis and golf because I love being outdoors. Tennis is great because you can still get some "hustle" points and good exercise. Golf is the classic mental game that keeps you focused mentally.
Enjoy competing as long as you can. When that time comes when we can no longer compete, all we will have is the memories.
About the Author:
Bruce is the president of Return2Fitness, an online sports medical resource and product center. His "entrepreneurial spirit" has resulted in the founding or acquisition of 20 companies during his 39 year career. Bruce is not a medical professional so please consult your local specialist before making any changes in the treatment of any injury or condition.
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