Aging athletes show you can't outrun timeBy Mayo Clinic staff
Original Article: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/aging-athletes/MY01806
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Dr. Creagan, a Newark, N.J., native, is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, and hospice medicine and palliative care. He has been with Mayo Clinic since 1973 and in 1999 was president of the staff of Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Creagan, a professor of medical oncology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, was honored in 1995 with the John and Roma Rouse Professor of Humanism in Medicine Award and in 1992 with the Distinguished Mayo Clinician Award, Mayo's highest recognition. He has been recognized with the American Cancer Society Professorship of Clinical Oncology.
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Aging athletes show you can't outrun time
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
The scene is all too familiar. The aging athlete whose skills are clearly eroding but who can't give up the spotlight and the applause. The sports legend struggles to stay in the game despite being outshone by younger athletes. At the obligatory press conference about his retirement, the fading star finally acknowledges that he can't outrun his birth certificate.
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I learned an important lesson: You can't ignore the numbers. At least not without suffering the consequences. Can anyone else relate to my somewhat humbling experience?blog index