Whether you’re an elite athlete or you just run or lift weights, this book has important information to keep you and your kids healthy!
Viewed through the lens of many devastating injuries to some of the best athletes ever to play their sports, I discuss how sports medicine has helped athletes play longer and better than ever. In doing so, we have also created some dilemmas we will have to solve if we want to keep athletes and active people healthy and performing at their peak.
- Professional athletes: Should athletes try to return to play as quickly as possible after injuries or take steps to protect their bodies for the rest of their careers? Do team physicians and athletic trainers side with the athletes or the teams in determining when they can safely play?
- Weekend warriors: Should active adults continue to push ourselves to exercise, even if we might develop arthritis and other injuries down the road? Should we turn to experimental treatments like stem cells and PRP to help us continue to train?
- Youth athletes: As many parents and coaches push kids to train longer and compete harder than ever to earn college scholarships and pro contracts, do we risk physical injuries, and worse, ruining sports for our kids?
- Doctors, surgeons, and all healthcare professionals: Should we continue to develop new treatments and surgeries to get athletes back in the game or focus our efforts on preventing these injuries from occurring in the first place?