Athletes: Fit But Unhealthy

INTRODUCTION
Studies continue to show fit but unhealthy athletes

This Website page contains articles about the apparent paradox of athletes who are fit enough to perform great feats, but at the same time have low levels of health, rendering them vulnerable to injury, illness, disease, and sometimes death.

The story of the ancient Greek runner Pheidippides inspired the modern day marathon. He is known for dying after a long run to declare a battle’s victory. Some of my boyhood memories are of athletes dying. It was difficult to grasp how heroes could suddenly drop dead. Ultimately, the study of human physiology brought the answer: they were remarkable fit, but unhealthy. Despite advances in healthcare, this unfortunate problem continues today as more endurance athletes train harder and longer.

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