Two of the most prominent men in their respective sports/ professions, Ronnie Coleman for bodybuilding and Tiger Woods for Golf, are evidently paying the price for decades of commitment to their trade. It seems that the repetitive nature of skill acquisition in golf in particular, and muscle growth in bodybuilding can take its toll on the body. The twisting movements in golf, no matter how good your form is will inevitably exert wear and tear on bones, joints, connective tissue and muscle. Similarly, the compound moves synonymous to body building will inevitably place strain on connective tissue, particularly in the knees, elbows and hips.
So from a physiotherapist, chiropractor or osteopaths perspective, it’ll be little surprise that these two champions of their profession are suffering with back injuries (Tiger Woods) and hip problems (Ronnie Coleman) to the extent that he now needs his SECOND hip replacement. So it seems that there are prices you pay over the course of a lifetime when trying to become the best at what you do. You spend the waking hours thinking about training, invest your mornings and/or evenings actually training/ practising, get early nights to recover, and then spend your later years hobbling because of your labours.
No doubt all of the surgery and discomfort is a pain (literally and metaphorically), but you can bet your bottom dollar that if you asked both Tiger and Big Ronnie would they both do it again, you can bet your bottom dollar that the answer would be a resounding ‘Hell yeah buddy!’… ‘These hip replacements ain’t nothin’ but a peanut’!