Do You Have Boomeritis

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 Don’t expect to be able to do at 50 what you were able to do at 20.  For me that means no cheerleader moves like straddle jumps, consecutive cartwheels or splits.  Overdoing it means I could develop something called “Boomeritis.”

Boomeritis is a term used to describe the increase in sports related injured suffered by baby boomers.  Hospitals and private physicians are seeing an increase in patients suffering from bone injuries like tendonitis, bursitis, sprains and strains.  These injuries are caused by athletic wear and tear and age-related changes that cause tissue to become more suseptible to injury. 

Statistics show that most of the boomeritis conditions are relatively minor but they add up to nearly 90,000 injuries per year, a 42 percent yearly increase.

No pain, no gain?

That old phrase may have been the motto on the high school football field,  or a motivational tactic used by your fitness trainer 30 years ago, but it’s definitely not true anymore.  At our age pain is a warning, which may well point to an injury and possibly even need a doctor’s examination.

And by all means, don’t confuse boomeritis with arthritis.

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3 thoughts on “Do You Have Boomeritis

  1. Your words are wise and I need to heed them myself. Every couple of months I decide to overhaul my body and up the work outs. Invariable, at my age, I’ll feel it in my back or my hips.
    I do think we need to remain strong and I do think we need to keep our hearts healthy with aerobic exercise but i’m also learning moderation. The “Forever Young” motto of our generation is true in many ways. Yet, a dose of reality doesn’t hurt either!
    Eileen Williams recently posted..Midlife Jobseekers- Your Time is NOW!

  2. Actually, I had all tendonitis, bursitis , etc. when I was much younger, as well. I think what happens to us Boomers is that we are feeling so good, we still think we can be as physically strong as we once were, and even take it for granted (I know the I do), so when something “pops” when I’m twisting … I’m a little shocked, lol.
    Debbie Barth recently posted..You Ought To See The Other Guy

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