Fitness: A Bad Case of 'Boomeritis' (cont.)
The key to continued activity is finding new ways to move your body. Boomer's good health and aching feet led him to try a new sport in retirement: hockey. A self-proclaimed "fanatic," he took up the game with a vengeance.
"Now I play pretty much full time through the summer and winter months," he says. "And what do you know? It doesn't hurt my feet."
Know Gain From Pain
Esiason had to learn the difference between playing with pain as a professional and avoiding injury as an amateur. And it's a lesson weekend warriors can learn from, too.
"The professional athlete culture says play now and check it out later. And you always had a trainer to get you through, whether it was a smashed hand or a stiff neck," he explains. "But once I [no longer had] trainers and that culture around me, I found out that preventive health care has to be part of my life."
Never play through the pain. Even Boomer won't do it anymore!
Baby boomers such as Boomer are lucky, Kremchek says. Today's sports medicine means that most people can continue to play the sports they love for as long as they like -- provided they learn new tricks.
Here are some tips for baby boomers from the AAOS:
SOURCES: Boomer Esiason, chairman, The Boomer Esiason Foundation; former NFL player. Timothy E. Kremchek, MD, medical director and chief orthopaedic surgeon, Cincinnati Reds; director of sports medicine, TriHealth System of Good Samaritan and Bethesda Hospitals, Ohio. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Sports Injuries and Baby Boomers."
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