It took me quite some time to figure this one out for myself. Six knee surgeries to be exact. Early in my career I was working at a country club in Long Island where I spent my days treating golfers with all types of ailments. One aging veteran of the PGA tour used to tell me often “Life is a marathon, not a sprint”. This gentleman lived by these words as he would let me know on a weekly basis he was never quite ready to ramp up his routine.

What I first mistook for laziness know seems like genius. To see a professional athlete, in one of the only sports whose playing career has the potential to last a lifetime, know what his limits are is not common these days. We live in a time when the extreme is thought to be the norm and not only athletes but weekend warriors push themselves to the limit. Despite the best intentions, the end result is not always what is expected.

As the NFL draft nears, we see countless young athletes with their physical prowess on display all over the sports channels. Their training regime seems to mimic that of a United States Navy SEAL. This is all well and good but there comes a time in everyone’s life when it’s a bit much. This is the reason why you hear about a 30 year old professional athlete being called “Old”. I have seen people much younger than myself with joints that are in bad shape. Despite popular belief it is not due to a major injury, just repetitive strain over and over.

Our bodies are the perfect vessel to accomplish everything it is that you want to do. We can move faster, improve our balance, and decrease the risk of injury through proper training. One of the downsides is that life does not follow a clear cut path. You can do everything right but sometimes an injury out of your control can happen. You also can think you are eating the perfect balance of macronutrients but your body type needs something different than you are giving it.

Remember an injury doesn’t have to spell the end of whatever it is that you want to do. That is the moment you need to start training smarter. By training smarter that means taking the time to understand your injury and what are the proper ways to go about safely exercising and adequately resting your body. Understandably your profession may not deal with the inner workings of human movement but there are plenty of resources to give you a better idea of what to do. This may involve hiring a licensed physical therapist to give you a head to toe screening to find out how you can work out smarter.

Yours in Health,

Keith Pacific