Over the past several weeks I have written several columns related to sports injury prevention, proper training techniques, hydration, nutrition, marathon recovery, tendonitis etc. However, I feel it is also my responsibility to report the effects of over training and over exercising. While the end result is mostly physical, the cause is often psychological. We all know the personality type: type A, hyperactive, goal-oriented, driven, possessed and highly organized - almost at all costs! By now, my family and friends are thinking that I am describing myself. While it may be true, I am not alone! Many Clarks Summit residents know Dick Kane, Pat Fricchone, and Dr. Joe Gronsky as the fitness nuts running through the streets at 5:30 AM for 6-10-15 miles each day. What they may not know is that later in the day they play golf, tennis, ski, swim, play sports with their kids. Well, after 20 years they are now suffering the effects of long term multiple micro traumas. They is suffering from what orthopedic surgeons at the University of Pennsylvania call "Boomeritis! Boomeritis is inflammation of the baby boomer from overuse. Lower back pain, hip, groin, and knee pain is almost a daily event.
As baby boomers continue to enjoy sports with the same vigor and intensity as when they were younger, they are finding that their older bodies just can't keep up. While these individuals often succeed in finding the balance of fitness and craziness, they have had times when they took it too far. Furthermore, nearly all compulsive exercisers suffer from over training syndrome. When take too far compulsive behavior is rationalized by insisting that if they didn't work to extreme then their performance would suffer.
*Each sign is worth 1 point:
• 1-3 Points = Normal compliance & disciplined behavior
• 3-5 Points = Caution but OK
• 5-7 Points = Reexamine goals
• 7-10 Points = Get Help
If you have two or more of the warning sings, consult your family physician to rule out potentially serious problems.
Visit your family doctor regularly, and listen to your body.