Don’t Be Beaten: 5 Ways to Live an Active Life with a Medical Condition

medical conditionFor many people, a sport is not simply a part of life, it is life. So imagine how devastating it would be to discover that your medical condition could prevent you from doing the thing you love.

Sadly, millions of people all over the world do not have to imagine this. They know just what it is like to receive such crushing news, and to face up to a life without their beloved sport.

However, by taking a careful and considered approach, you can continue to play sport despite your medical condition. Read on for information on how to continue enjoying sport in a positive, rewarding and – above all – safe manner.

Wear a Medical ID Bracelet

One way to continue enjoying sport safely with a medical condition is to ensure that those around you know what to do in the event of an emergency.  A Medical ID bracelet can carry important information on your health condition, which can help doctors and medical professionals to administer vital treatment if it is needed.

Many sporting organisations will prohibit the wearing of metal bracelets on safety grounds. However, medical ID bracelets are available in a variety of different materials, and you can discuss with the organisation to find out which form of bracelet or wristband they will allow.

Do Your Research

Knowing more about your condition can help you to understand just how far you can push your body. Many sports place the body under a great deal of strain, and pushing yourself to the limit is an intrinsic part of excelling in sport.

However, some medical conditions – such as heart defects – can make this dangerous. Discuss your condition with your doctor, use library or internet resources to research the condition and gain a better understanding of it; this will help you to understand your condition and the limitations it may place on your body.

Don’t Push It

medical conditionOnce you have identified the limitations associated with your condition, it is important to use this information wisely. Listen to your body when you are playing sport, and don’t be tempted to push yourself further than you know it is safe to.

It can be extremely frustrating to be forced to limit yourself and your sporting activities in this way, but by pushing yourself beyond your known limitations you are putting yourself in danger of injury, worsened physical condition or even death. The key to continuing to play sports when suffering with a medical condition is to compromise. By compromising, you can extend your sporting career and enjoy many more active years.

Don’t Hide Your Medical Condition

For promising young sportsmen and women, the fear factor associated with telling coaches and teammates about your condition can be great. You may fear what their reaction will be, or whether they will drop you from the team, or whether they will consider you too much of a liability even to let you train with the sports club.

As difficult as it can be to do so, you must put all these concerns to one side. You must put your health first, and hiding your condition from people who are responsible for keeping you safe can cause all kinds of problems further on down the line. Be honest, explain your condition, and work with coaches and teammates to allow yourself to keep on playing sport positively and safely.

Set Goals for Yourself

While a serious health condition won’t prohibit you from an active lifestyle altogether, it is probably going to hinder your chances of representing Australia in the next Olympic Games. As frustrating and heart-breaking as it sounds, you need to set yourself achievable and realistic goals.

Examine your condition and reassess your ambitions. Compromises like these will prolong your sporting career, and keep you happy and healthy for longer.

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