The Older Athlete

General Information

With so many “Baby Boomers” entering their 60’s and staying active, older adults are more frequently experiencing sports injuries than their younger counterparts. Although exercise has a positive effect on aging, the older athlete may be more prone to injuries.

 

Changes that occur with aging

  • Decreased lean muscle mass
  • Decreased elasticity in tendons and ligaments
  • Decreased reaction time and balance
  • Decreased cardiovascular fitness
  • Osteoporosis

Chronic and overuse injuries are common in older athletes. Injuries and sources of pain include tendonitis, rotator cuff injuries, low back pain, arthritis, knee injuries, bursitis and stress fractures. 

 

Rehabilitation

We can help to prevent injury by promoting flexibility, increasing strength to decrease impact on your joints and maintaining cardiovascular fitness. Patient instruction is performed to ensure you are performing adequate warm-ups, taking proper rest and recovery time and varying your activities. Whether you are a former athlete suffering from tendonitis and repetitive trauma or have been consistently playing sports and exercising for years, Advantage Physical Therapy can help you improve your activity level and prevent injuries.