Many of you may not know that the fastest man in the world has scoliosis. That’s right. Usain Bolt, Olympic gold medalist, has scoliosis.
In the Dec. 12, 2011 issue of ESPN The Magazine*, Bolt describes how scoliosis affects his training:
“When I was younger it wasn’t really a problem. But you grow and it gets worse. My spine’s really curved bad [makes “S” shape with finger]. But if I keep my core and back strong, the scoliosis doesn’t really bother me. So I don’t have to worry about it as long as I work hard. The early part of my career, when we didn’t really know much about it, it really hampered me because I got injured every year.”
Usain Bolt is the picture perfect example of being able to physically do anything you set your mind to, even when dealing with scoliosis.
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