Concussion, Traumatic Brain Injury, and How the Dangers of Sports and Exercise Can Affect Your Health

by Barrer, Steve

A (Philadelphia Magazine) Top Doc's case for moderation in running, cycling, skiing, and other things we do because we think our bodies are invincible.

When was it decided that exercise could only be good for you? Leading neurosurgeon Dr. Steve Barrer argues—based on his extensive career treating exercise-related injuries, a cornucopia of his own personal injuries from exercise over the years, and ample scientific data—that we ought to change the way we think about exercise. Instead of succumbing to what Barrer calls “the cult of exercise” that follows the mantra “no pain, no gain,” how about some common sense?

In a clear, friendly, and compelling voice, Barrer surveys exercise and sports that are commonly practiced—yoga, soccer, skiing, running—and informs the reader knowledgeably and conscientiously about the injuries that can result. We've come to believe that the body can handle the abuse that comes with these sports, but it can't. Before we get carried away with the culture of excess that has been assigned to exercise, let's remember that exercise is not always good for you, and make sure we don't get the wrong idea from the model that's been set.

Steven J. Barrer, MD is currently Director of the Neurosciences Institute and Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery at Abington Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Barrer was named among the “Top Docs” in Philadelphia Magazine from 2009–2012 and has published numerous journal articles and papers in his area of expertise, neurosurgery. Dr. Barrer is involved in educating medical students and residents, holds a position on the clinical faculty of Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia and is frequently invited as a guest speaker for his patient-centered passion, wisdom, and wit.

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