Professional sport; comeback after an injury
by Laurence Morin-Emond on October 23, 2013 - 1:58pm
Kevin Alston currently plays for New-England Revolution, in Major League soccer (MLS).After a bad news in April, a diagnostic of chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), Alston become stronger, even if his energy is not at 100%.
Most of the population think that professional but also non-professional athletes are in perfect health and do not hide any problems of health. But that’s isn’t true. A lot of athletes have been diagnose of serious diseases, and no, that’s not because they aren’t doing sports. When we heard cancer and sport, we can think of Saku Koivu, Mike Lowell, John Cullen, Mark Herzlich...The athletes will usually come back to prove they have the strength to continue and to continue to fight the disease. Support by their fans, family, friends and teammates, the comeback will be great for him and he will get a boost of energy.
Kevin Alston, but also most of the professional players around the world, will build or support a foundation, trying to raise funds for the diseases researches. Some professional teams visit each year hospital, making a smile on the sick people, try to listen to team and to understand the pain.
Personally, I think sport helps the athlete to fight the disease physically, but also morally, because of the support of the teammates.