The Mature Athlete requires a specialized type of care.
Have you noticed that your primary care doctor often lacks answers to your sport specific questions? Have you noticed that you are often told not to practice or train when you have an injury? How about the pills that are thrown at you to cover up the symptoms of an ache or pain rather than addressing the underlying cause? Has your doctor ever given you solid advice about nutrition and your diet to help you improve your performance?
Don’t Guess, Test
I like to test things out on myself so that I have personal experience before advising people to try something like a treatment, lab or diet for example. I prefer to support people with solid medical advice to help find the answers to questions. For example, do you know if a ketogenic diet is good for you? Why not use laboratory testing to see if certain markers are staying the same, improving or getting worse. What about getting back into shape after a ling absence from your sports? Again, using testing to take a snapshot of your risk factors and metabolism can help you guide your return to sports.
If Insurance Doesn’t Pay…
I need to explain why the average doctor on your insurance plan who works in a large group does not take the time nor offer personalized services. In a nutshell, insurance does not pay for it. You see, if insurance does not reimburse the doctor for something then the doctors who take insurance tend to avoid offering the service because they will not be paid for the service. This is why the average physician dispenses drugs and makes referrals to specialists for procedures rather than offering treatments based on nutrition, supplements, non surgical treatment options and rehab exercises.