I have played football my whole life, and ended up playing D-1 college football as well. Needless to say, I have a very real understanding of the toll football takes on your body. I have had multiple broken bones, dislocations, torn muscles, strained muscles, tendon injuries, a concussion, more contusions then I could ever count, and jammed ever joint I have. A lot of the strain my body took in college I believe was escalated due to the weight (body) changes my coaches would ask of me season to season. One season I was asked to gain 40 lbs (which I did successfully), and then told to drop 20 in the offseason. After football I did amateur competitive power lifting and strong man competitions. I am 6'1 and weighed 250. At my prime I bench pressed 450 lbs and squated over 700 lbs. The human body is not meant to do this, and eventually it gave out, I tore my quad with 600 lbs on my back (right were it connects to the knee) and a month later did the same to my chest. I have recovered fully, and lift VERY conservatively now but am concerned I have done permanent damage to my body. I am 24 years old, both my knees make terrible popping noises that can be seen and felt (by me or anyone that puts their hand on my knee) everytime they are bent. The knee (quad) that was injured is especially bad and gets extremely stiff from time to time. The only other recurring ailment is my shoulder, which has similar symptoms. This is due to an injury to my bicep tendon.
I guess I am asking if this should be a major concern? Will it get worse if I take care of myself going forward? Should I be seeking treatment (arthritis, etc)? Thanks in advance, I appreciate any advice offered.
PS - I have NEVER taken any drugs or supplements (outside of multivitamins, and LOTS of protein shakes).
And kids, football is fun and there is nothing in the world like it. But never forget, no matter how long you play there IS going to be a life after football...don't forget you have to live with the choices you make!
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