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Injuries Abound Among Baby Boomers

by Ryan Halvorson on Dec 18, 2008

Making News

As health-minded Baby Boomers continue to increase physical activity levels, injuries among this group have followed suit. A 2000 report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (www.cpsc.gov/LIBRARY/boomer.pdf; retrieved August 18, 2008) cites a significant increase in sports injury–related doctor visits among Boomers between 1991 and 1998. Boomers are said to account for one-third of all sports participants nationwide; however, improper warm-ups, age-related structural changes and inadequate supplemental training are sending this group to the hospital in droves. If you work with Boomers, you might provide these injury prevention tips, courtesy of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons:

  • Get clearance from a doctor prior to participation.
  • Complete a thorough warm-up before playing a sport.
  • Supplement the sport with a sound fitness program.
  • Get adequate rest to allow soft- and hard-tissue structures to recuperate.

For more information on this topic, visit www.orthoinfo.org.

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Ryan Halvorson

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Ryan Halvorson is the chief content officer for Fit Scribe Media (www.fitscribemedia.com); contributing editor for IDEA Health & Fitness Association; director of group training at Bird Rock Fit in La Jolla, CA; a Master Instructor for Metabolic Effect and the creator of www.Fat2Fitin30.com, a lifestyle organization dedicated to finding ways to achieve improved fitness, nutrition and healthy living habits in 30 minutes or less. He is an internationally recognized speaker and has written for publications such as DETAILS and GQ.