Monday, 9 May 2016

2016 Summer Olympics - Perspective from Alan Nolet

The Summer Olympic Games in Rio are only 3 months away.  Our Canadian athletes are training harder than ever, making sure to take great care of their finely tuned bodies!

Aches and pains are treated quickly as an important step to prevent minor injuries from becoming chronic.  Athletes also strive to prevent injury using a combination of nutrition, massage, physiotherapy and rest on a weekly and daily basis.  I know this because I was fortunate enough to compete for Canada's gymnastics team at three Olympic Games in 1988, 1992 and 1996.  Having been on the National gymnastics team for over 20 years and national champion in 1993, I know what it takes to recover and maintain a healthy body at an elite level.

Alan Training for the 1996 Olympics
Years later, as a Registered Physiotherapist, I see many elite and amateur athletes regularly making two common mistakes.  First, they over-train, and second they neglect minor issues which then turn to more serious injuries, preventing them from reaching peak performance.

Whether you are a weekend warrior or an elite athlete, the experts at The Sports Clinic are here to get you back in the game and keep you at your best!

Contributed by Alan Nolet, B.H.Sc.PT, B.Kin, CAFCI, C/NDT.  Alan practices at The Sports Clinic at UTM and also at Physiotherapy On Wheels.

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