Thursday, August 14, 2008

Wannabe Athletes Prone To ‘Olympic Syndrome’

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The Olympics are in full swing and a related epidemic is striking wannabe athletes.

It’s called “Olympic Syndrome” and it occurs when average Joes tune into the Olympics and decide to emulate their favorite Olympic heroes.

The wannabe athletes attempt to push their bodies like trained Olympians, resulting in lots of aches and injuries.

Sports medicine expert Dr. Eric Lee says the main cause of Olympic Syndrome is “overuse of the body,” which often leads to knee injuries, torn ACLs, ruptured tendons, sprains, and strains.

Most people attempt Olympic sports like running and basketball, but their bodies aren’t conditioned to handle the wear and tear.

Lee explains, “Many times someone who hasn’t gone running in five years gets inspired by the Olympics, so they try to go full-force with running instead of gradually getting back into it.”

To avoid injuries, Lee suggests aspiring sports stars stretch and build their stamina over time through proper training and conditioning.

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