For many baby boomers, being a lifelong athlete can be coming to the realization that your body is not ever going to be as fast or strong as it once was. With age, maintaining fitness takes extra effort, but so does preventing injury through stretching and strengthening core muscles. A 50 or 60-year-old body isn’t nearly as forgiving as a 20-something body.
More and more of us are striving to keep physically fit as we age. The key to staying active is choosing an activity that your body can handle – and knowing when to take a break.
Returning to activity too soon after an injury has become a common source of reinjury among athletes of all ages. “Incomplete rehabilitation syndrome” occurs when individuals return to action before the injured joint has the same strength and range of motion, which places them at much higher risk of injury.
What’s important to remember is that aging athletes can stay active for a long time. There’s no hard set “age limit” at which your body no longer benefits or is capable of exercise. However, if you’re starting to experience pains from your current regimen you may want to schedule an appointment with a sports medicine specialist, who can help you formulate injury prevention plans and how to stay in the race for the long haul.
If you’re training for a marathon, like the upcoming Yuengling Shamrock Marathon, our experts will be able to help you get the most out of your final weeks. Especially since Dr. Luciano-Perez, our regionally known sports medicine orthopaedic specialist, is serving as the medical director for the entire event!
Contact us today about our full continuum of sports-related orthopaedic care.