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Jun 10, 2010 7:10 PM by Veronica White

Living Right: Adult Sports Injuries

With adults trying to stay in shape amidst their busy lives, injuries are becoming more common.

One local athlete, Gaye Alexander, now runs marathons, after doctors told her she would never run again.

"He said ‘you know, your running career is probably done;' so of course I had to prove him wrong," she says.

After years of training, Gaye was eventually running marathons.

Then she had a setback: 2 years ago she tore a support ligament in her other knee.

Her physical therapist, Scot Jones, trained her in rehab.

"They have other things going on in their life, so education becomes a bigger deal because they have to continue rehab independently," he says.

Scot says adult injuries are increasingly common because adults push too hard amidst busy lifestyles.

"We're very demanding on our bodies- we want to be able to do what we could do in our 20s when we're in our 40s and 50s- but our bodies just don't respond to stress the same way," he says.

Gaye agrees: "This last one was harder because I had children and a career, then an injury... I couldn't do anything."

The best way to avoid injury, Scot says, is education and taking it slow, and seeking professional help if you are hurt.

Now Gaye is back to normal again and working out regularly.

If you have questions about nagging sports injuries, call the Lourdes medical experts on our Living Right helpline tonight (Thursday) from 4pm to 7pm.
Call 236-6333.

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