I don't know at one point I realized I was an athlete, but I have come to accept it as true.
I haven't actually had that many injuries as an adult, but the ones I've had have been doozies. Torn shoulder ligament, grade 2-3 ankle sprain and high ankle sprains.
And now, the reminder of my youth -- the osteoarthritis that was predicted in my teens from the damaged knees has made itself known.
I've been working on strengthening and stabilizing the more-affected knee in physical therapy, and that's helped.
But going to sports medicine specialists? They get it. They understand that it's not a matter of *not* doing something, it's figuring out how to minimize pain and damage as a consequence.
They think this circus stuff is crazy, and that running is... probably not the optimal activity for me... but they're helping reduce the pain and make it easier for me to do the things I love.