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Being Active & Staying Injury Free?
Old 07-06-2019, 07:13 AM
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How do people in TV who are physically active stay injury free? We are in our early 50s and active, but we are started to get injured with sports. My husband ruptured his Achilles Tendon this week at pickleball lessons. We do yoga 3x per week and go to the gym, but are still getting injured. I am getting worried that our retirement might be plagued with injuries.

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Old 07-06-2019, 07:29 AM
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Warm up and stretch prior to play.
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Old 07-06-2019, 07:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Cookie Princess View Post
How do people in TV who are physically active stay injury free?
  • Do a mix of sports (to work all muscles) including swimming, but don't do the same (or similar) sport on two consecutive days.
  • Take one day off a week for a complete rest.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • If you feel any pain, stop immediately.
  • Remember that you ARE getting older!
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Old 07-06-2019, 07:51 AM
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Agree with M Man.

Also......Different sports require different work into sports carefully and slowly. Some injuries come from working "new muscles" too quickly. There are people with weak bones, but my (non-MD) observation is most injuries are muscle related.

I can run, play golf, play pickleball and survive to play another day. But, play a pick-up game of basketball and I find new muscles the next day.

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Old 07-06-2019, 08:10 AM
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As we age we need to consistently evaluate our limitations more and more. I know when I first retired that I tried to do too much. Unfortunately, most of us “learn the hard way”. Slow down and don’t expect so much of yourself. My advice would be to rest at least two days a week by doing something that doesn’t require all that much energy such as taking in a movie, concert, church, or just curling up on the couch or around the pool with a good book with your spouse or significant other. Five days a week is more than enough golf, pickleball, softball or whatever...
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Old 07-06-2019, 10:34 AM
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Doctor told be to avoid all sports that would or could involve impact to my knees, so I eliminated several of these activities, and settled on bowling, up to 5 times a week, rain or shine and air conditioned. My point, talk to your primary care doctor, and adjust or alter your activities to limit possible injuries.
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Old 07-06-2019, 02:53 PM
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More the point were you active prior to starting new activities in TV. We have belonged to a 24/7 facility for 18 years which we used 7 days a week, prior to coming to TV. We are actually doing less here until we join a facility that can offer all the classes, state of the art equipment, and indoor swim lanes we are used to.
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Old 07-06-2019, 03:24 PM
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I would suggest you start with the idea that staying 'injury free' almost impossible.

Even small injuries, seem to affect activities in one way or another...and can be a bummer.

As mentioned above, the best way to minimize the chances of a severe injury is to stretch, warmup and limit total time spent on the sports that have the most impact on joints...which is our weak points as we get older.

As they say..."getting old isn't for wussies."
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Old 07-06-2019, 03:29 PM
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golf and bowling OK - Pickleball or softball??????
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Old 07-06-2019, 04:29 PM
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Depends on the level you play at and what you done at work? If you compete at high level, then you have to put in the time to be able to compete at that level. I play tennis, pickleball, and some golf, even shooting pool requires some warm up (bending over the table and being to break balls hard)

For active sports stretching and light exercising the muscles especially early morning is must. You also have to be within reason the proper weight limit, 20 pounds plus over weight is good way to stay injured.

I even stretch before doing any yard work. Especially pulling weeks or bending over for very long. Still with good warm up and within 15 pounds of my premium weight I still pull something from over playing or previous injury for working 48 plus years.

There also point that you just can’t compete at the high level you want to and have to slow down to be able to continue without major injuries. Pickleball not good sport for someone who’s never played racket sports. You really have to start 6 month before hand to be able to move, change directions, and stretch out for balls cause you’re using muscles and stretching tendons that haven’t been tested for long time.
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