Family physicians invariably treat many athletic injuries during their routine clinical practice. With the increased interest in fitness in the general population, the number of people resuming active exercise as they age is increasing. Injuries sustained during childhood or adolescence frequently have lifelong effects that can hamper later attempts at physical activity. Elderly patients are commonly afraid of exercise for fear of injury or exacerbation of degenerative joint disease. For patients at all ages, proper training and prevention can lead to lifelong athletic activities that reduce significantly the risks of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and complications from falls by the elderly.
KeywordsAnterior Cruciate Ligament Rotator Cuff Stress Fracture Medial Collateral Ligament Overuse Injury
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