The Oldest Athletes Who Are Still Playing Well

Men's Journal—December 3, 2013

We all want to believe that we can remain world-class athletes well past our primes, crossing up defenders in our corporate basketball leagues, and diving for touchdowns in our flag football games. Some people actually can stay in shape for decades – and on stages much bigger than local gyms and fields.

Dr. Riley Williams, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist at New York's Hospital for Special Surgery, knows what it takes for professional athletes to play into their late 30s and early 40s. “The guys who played different sports for a long time really had to be focused and motivated mentally to continue to perform at a high level,” he says… “Physiologically speaking, none of us are built to do that for unlimited years.” Dr. Williams is the medical director for the Brooklyn Nets as well as the medical director and orthopedic surgeon for the New York Red Bulls. He spoke to 'Men's Journal' about some of the most impressive veteran athletes still playing today.

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