Thursday, May 04, 2017

No Longer The King

Years ago, I tore my right meniscus.

While bowling.

Ironically, this happened only five days after I'd run a marathon.

Until last week, this was the most embarrassing injury story I'd ever heard.

Please note the phrase "until last week."

Also, until last week, I never asked the question "Can you tear your ACL playing hopscotch?"

Now, I never need to, because I know the answer to that question is "yes."

It wasn't me, in case you're wondering. But someone I know was warming up for a workout by playing hopscotch (much longer story), landed poorly, and boom.

It wasn't even his workout.

He was helping a friend who has Parkinson's disease in a non-contact boxing workout. Believe it or not, this kind of exercise helps slow down symptom progression (see more here).

If I understand correctly, there are many types of exercise that can have this effect, particularly those focused on balance.

It's all remarkable, but hopscotch claimed its first victim. Collateral damage.

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