Orthopaedic Care of the Aging Athlete

by TOI Admin November 9, 2011


By Michael K. Riley, M.D.

Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon


The aging athlete is the group of individuals over the age of 40 that have continued their athletic endeavors or taken up some sort of athletic activity in mid-adulthood. Exercise throughout life is a great practice because research has shown its positive effects on the aging process. It is a proven fact that maintaining an active lifestyle is healthy, and can increase the quantity as well as quality of life.  However, as we continue to age our body becomes more prone to injury due to the fact that our bones, muscles and even tendons begin to breakdown or become less elastic. Fortunately, approximately 30 to 50 percent of the physiological changes are the result of de-conditioning, that is, little or no exercise. 


To stay fit, healthy and continue athletic and fitness activities, one must train the body safely and properly. Our goal is to achieve a balance between an age-appropriate lifestyle while minimizing the impact of injuries on an active lifestyle. Treatment is focused on the framework of the body, including the skeleton and muscles, with a sports medicine approach that is safe, effective and in the best interests of our patients. No matter what level of activity our patient’s desire, we respect the importance of maintaining athleticism and we work hard to insure that our patients can continue the activity level that best suits their needs.


Treatment can range from medication, therapy, activity modification up to and including surgical intervention.


To hear more and to have an opportunity to ask questions, join me for a community presentation at 10 a.m. on November 10 at Comfort Suites – The Villages. It is hosted by Ocala Health Systems and is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to 1-800-530-1188.


Dr. Riley is board certified in orthopaedic surgery with an additional certification in orthopaedic sports medicine and practices at TOI’s Ocala office. Dr. Riley attended medical school at the University of Michigan and completed his internship in general surgery, followed by his residency training in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Florida. Dr. Riley is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and Southern Orthopaedic Association.



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