PAUL'S POINT OF VIEW
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SUMMER OF LEISURE
Here’s a fun fact you may not know: My birthday is on July 4! Of course, as you read this, the Fourth of July has come and gone, but I do love sharing my birthday with the United States. It’s a day of fun and fireworks! I actually became a U.S. citizen in 2012 after I had lived and worked in the U.S. for 25 years. This alone makes celebrating my birthday on the Fourth all the more special. As it happens, my wife’s birthday is in the same month as mine on July 25. This year, we spent time with her family in San Diego, where many of them live. We spent the day on the beach celebrating and having a great time. This summer, I will also be spending some time in Sisters, Oregon. In Sisters, I’ll be taking part in a decathlon of leisure sports. It’s something I’ve participated in for the last nine years, with this being my 10th year. As I mentioned, it’s all leisure sports. I’m talking disc golf, stand-up paddleboarding, canoeing, over-the- line (a bat and ball game somewhat like softball), Ping-Pong, and more.
In the past, badminton was part of the lineup, but we rotate the games we play. There’s also a sawing competition with a dull crosscut saw blade where one guy stands on each side of the blade. It’s all very elaborately scored. The decathlon comes to an end with a game of liar’s dice. Then, the two “losers,” whoever is in 11th and 12th place, have to engage in a bout of tug of war. Whoever comes in dead last, which is 13th place in this case, well, they don’t have to worry about playing tug of war. Instead, they get to organize the next year’s event, including the decathlon dinner. It can be a lot of responsibility! This is basically my leisure activity for the summer. It’s a fun little getaway while still being very competitive. I’ve won the decathlon a few years, but it is getting tough. We’ve noticed that as we get older, we get injured a little easier than we did in the past.
When we kick a ball or swing the bat, we feel it more. It’s something I bring up with our patients at the clinic. As you get older, you have to be more mindful about how your body works with your favorite activities. You don’t have to give up those activities, but you do have to take extra care of yourself. You may notice that you injure more easily or feel more aches or pains after an activity. I work with a lot of people who injured themselves while participating in one of their favorite sports and leisure activities. My goal is to get them back out there enjoying what they love. This summer, if you find yourself experiencing any aches or pains you’ve never noticed before, give us a call. We’ll get to the bottom of it, so you can get back out there.
–Paul Kane, P.T., BSC, CMP
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