Aging Athletes Specialist

James J. Biemer, MD

Internists located in Portland, OR

When you’re an aging athlete, you may have a higher risk of sports injuries and accidents compared with your younger teammates. James J. Biemer, MD, and his caring, friendly team understand the risks of aging athletes and help you improve your performance and function, keeping you in the game longer than you thought possible. Located in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Biemer and his team get to the root problem of your issues, helping to maximize your capabilities.

Aging Athletes Q & A

James J. Biemer, MD

What is the concern with aging athletes?

As you age, your body systems begin to slow. Your body’s cells don’t heal as quickly, and they die more often. This process, while normal, leads to a variety of problems, especially for older athletes. They not only notice a drop in performance, but they also see a decline in strength, endurance, and agility.

Aging athletes, and nonathletes as well, struggle with balance and flexibility, which makes them more prone to accidents and sports-related injuries.

How do you help aging athletes?

By focusing on aging athletes and using the concepts of functional medicine, Dr. Biemer works to reduce the effects of aging and slow the progression of chronic disease. The biology-based system’s ultimate goal is not to treat symptoms but to find the root cause of illnesses and address them.

With aging athletes, the focus isn’t just on how they physically perform and their medical ailments. It includes improving other areas of health and wellness, including emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. Using this integrative approach, Dr. Biemer also strives to keep you active longer, allowing you to keep playing, swimming, and enjoying your retirement and grandchildren.

Depending on your specific needs, your doctor may recommend alternative services in combination with traditional medicine. This can include things like:

  • Resilience training
  • Stress management
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage therapy
  • Herbs and other supplements

What can aging athletes do to stay active?

Whether you’re an aging athlete or a senior who wants to be as healthy as possible, there are things you can do at home to improve your health and wellness and maximize what you get out of your later years.

Dr. Biemer may recommend a variety of methods, and one of the most important is improving your diet. Eating real food and including various fruits and vegetables provides your body with the nutrients and energy it needs to thrive. Avoid processed foods and sugary-sweet treats and drinks.

Getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week also provides a range of health and athletic benefits for seniors. Without regular exercise, fitness levels drop quickly for aging athletes, and your cells begin to die faster.

Getting regular medical care from a trusted physician also impacts how you age and function. To optimize your health, call Dr. Biemer’s office for more information.