Life after 35: Professional Athlete’s Career and Aging
What do you know about a professional athlete’s career? Looking in from the outside, it may seem like it’s all fun and games, but is this really true? From brutal practice schedules and disciplined fitness regimen to weekly games, an athlete’s body is known to take quite a few hits – regardless of the sport. Football, basketball, soccer, rugby . . . the list is never-ending. When someone signs up for a sport, whether or not it’s contact, the body can take a toll. This fact is specifically true when age becomes a factor.
But how, exactly, does age affect a professional athlete’s performance?
Age and Sports Performance: What Do You Know?
Unfortunately, the older an athlete is, the more he or she may experience the aches and pains from previous practices and game days. Specifically, those older than 35 (note: this isn’t an “old age” by any standards) are most likely to feel previous blows the body has encountered. Remember, aging is already hard on the body. Yet, athletes endure more pain than what a body is ultimately made to endure.
Particularly, the older a person gets, the harder it is for their body to naturally heal on its own. Interestingly enough, he or she may even have more trouble when it rains, as arthritis sets in. Bone and joint pain or aches can become more prominent, too. It’s imperative to know that with age, it’s necessary to see a doctor as soon as an injury occurs.
With age, various body ailments become a greater concern, but so does an athlete’s performance. Muscle atrophy can set in, meaning the loss of muscle mass takes place, changing the way an athlete runs, catches the ball, tackles, and gets back up after being knocked down. Furthermore, because of these conditions, it may be common for an athlete to retire in his or her thirties.
Life After Sports
Even after retirement, it’s important for a former athlete to stay active. For example, if he or she becomes inactive, then other issues can transpire, including weight gain, and a variety of health problems. However, these health problems become less probable when fitness and exercise stay a part of daily life.
The idea to remember here, is how important it is to stay active. Age changes everyone – whether a professional athlete or not. Yet, not moving your body can create more harm than all injuries sustained on the field. You may be retired after 35, but you’re not dead! Therefore, keep moving!
It’s Just a Number – Stay Active!
Yes, it’s true: Age is just a number, and it shouldn’t change the way you feel. If you can get out of bed in the morning, move your body, and stay active, well, that’s all that matters! Being a professional athlete may be for the young. After all, a professional athlete’s career is affected by age. However, life doesn’t end when the ref blows the whistle. Don’t become inactive or let your health decline, just because you’ve played your last game. Enjoy your time on the field, and then move on, but keep moving.
The challenge may be to find a fitness regimen that respects your body changes (and stamina), without becoming so soft that you go from hard play to low key. Activ8 Athleticism knows how to take care of athletes before, during and after their career.