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Published on November 25th, 2018 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


Top Performance Trainer/Fitness Advisor Ben Shear Sheds Light on Athletic Injuries and Effective Pain Management Tools

For the 78 percent of Americans that participate in physical activity once or more a week, aches and pains are inevitable – whether as a result of their athletic pursuits or due to silly everyday mishaps.

A recent survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of ThermaCare found:

  • A staggering 65 percent of Americans are still harboring pain from a sports injury that occurred when they were in high school, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that more than 13 percent of people have dealt with recurring pain resulting from exercise for more than 10 years.
  • Despite best athletic intentions, more than half of people also reported injuring themselves in a silly or embarrassing way:

o    More than 35 percent reported injuring themselves by tripping on the sidewalk or falling down the stairs.

o    More than one in 10 have injured themselves making the bed.

So, what should we be doing before and after starting our favorite workout or physical activity? Training Expert, Ben Shear, who has trained athletes of all sports and levels, including the NFL, NBA, NHL, and Olympians has the answers.  Ben shares:

  • Highlights from the “Play Through the Pain” survey
  • Tips to minimizing sports-related pain
  • The importance of stretching and switching up your preparation by type of activity
  • His favorite pain-fighting treatment tools
  • Preparatory and recovery plans active people should be equipped with (hint: why low-fat chocolate milk can be a good thing!)

Ben Shear is the owner and director of performance at Athletic Edge, BenShearGolf and x-Hockey Performance in Scotch Plains, NJ. He is a sought-after performance coach for PGA touring professionals, Division 1 universities, Elite Juniors, and competitive amateurs alike. Shear is the co-host of “Golfer’s Edge” on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio and the Fitness Advisor for Golf Digest Magazine. His sports-performance facility was ranked as one of the “Top Six Strength and Conditioning Destinations in the Country” by Rodale Press, and he has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Golf Fitness Professionals in the U.S. by Golf Digest Magazine.

Interview Courtesy of ThermaCare

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