Playing Through the Pain? Not a Good Idea

From the Show: Train Your Body
Summary: Playing while hurt conveys a warrior mentality to sports. But doing so could lead to a life-changing injury.
Air Date: 9/3/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Mike Bergeron, PhD
Michael BergeronMichael F. Bergeron, Ph.D., FACSM, is the Executive Director of the National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute and a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota at the Sanford USD Medical Center. He also has an appointment as a Senior Scientist in Sanford Children's Health Research Center. He is internationally recognized for his research and leadership in exercise heat stress and youth athletic health.

Dr. Bergeron is a Fellow and past Trustee of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and is currently a member of the National Federation of State High School Associations Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the Academic Advisory Board for the International Olympic Committee postgraduate Diploma Program in Sports Medicine. Dr. Bergeron serves as an Editorial Board member for the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism and Journal of Athletic Training. He also serves as a clinical and scientific consultant to the WTA (Women's Tennis Association) professional tour medical services.

Dr. Bergeron has worked with numerous youth, collegiate, and professional athletes on appropriately and safely enhancing athletic capacity and resilience by providing individualized and sport-specific training and nutrition/hydration guidance, with a particular emphasis on preparation, competition, and recovery strategies in the heat and helping athletes to avoid exertion-based heat illness and injury. Because of his recognized expertise and reputation among athletes, coaches and sport and sports medicine governing bodies, Dr. Bergeron has been regularly featured in myriad national television, radio, online and print media and publications.
Playing Through the Pain? Not a Good Idea
You see athletes - professional, college or high school - playing their sport while hurt.

How often have you watched the team physician run out on the field and then the athlete gets up and continues play? Probably more times than you can count.

But is this a good idea?

What if that athlete was your child? Or you?

Would you play through the pain?

Playing while hurt conveys a real warrior mentality to sports. Unfortunately, doing so could lead to a life-changing injury.

In this segment of Train Your Body, Melanie Cole, MS, and Dr. Mike Bergeron, PhD, dispel the myth of this "hero" attitude and explain the dangers of sucking it up and playing through the pain.