Treating the Athlete, and the Athlete in All of Us
The Athlete Difference
In summary, the athlete is built on the same foundational physiological platform as non-athletes. The athlete may develop greater adaptive and reparative abilities, but they usually have significantly greater physical demands placed upon them, and often times greater social and personal demands as well. This can lead to a lack of time, poor nutritional habits, a degree of distraction, inadequate sleep, rest, & recovery.
These factors can affect the athlete’s adaptive ability, and their ability to positively respond to their training stimuli. With greater demands, risks are greater, too. This heightens the need for a monitoring system through which the athlete is tracked and managed appropriately. The athlete does not always have the ability to do this for himself or herself, and unfortunately, traditional training and medical channels do not adequately address this reality. The athlete, short on time, needs a consultant and/or advocate to assure that the right management is employed. Similar to a professional athlete needing an agent to handle legal and contractual issues surrounding their careers, the athlete needs a health and/or performance consultant to be the point person for health and training related issues.