Exactly. It's apples and oranges. Working on a farm, doing manual labor, and just being an active, healthy person is not the same as training for hours a day in intense sports that involve high impact to your body and repetitive pounding.
And Ozzymama, the injuries I'm talking about aren't things that can be missed in years past because of advances in health care. I'm talking about blown ACL's, broken ankles, torn rotator cuffs from overtraining such as that sustained during training for marathons or intense training for any sport. This is very different on the body than farm work.
That is not the point I was making with my post, but whatever, in the real word I'd compliment your reading comprehension and tell you where to get off, on-line, we're not talking about the same things, miss in translation. I was indicating people playing sports as well as doing manual labor, indicating genetics play in. Additionally, how can anyone deny the progress made in sports medicine, in the 50's it did not exist for many of the more rural population. How do we know these injuries did not occur then?
I mean it is irrelevant, every one raises their children differently, my step-son brought home an average of 79 last year, we were told it was much higher, when I saw the papers, the first words out of my mouth were why is this kid not in summer school? A tutor has been hired and attends his mother's home weekly, so as not to have a repeat of similar next year. She's screaming we're not letting the kid have a childhood and taking us to court. Stupid "insert whatever here".
I played basketball and field hockey in University, I would never had made University Varsity teams had I not started young, I wouldn't give up anything for that experience, I played hurt, I played well and I always played to win. You break a finger, you pick up that stick and play. Baseball was only rec. Does it take me a few minutes to come down the stairs in the morning, heck yes, does it mean I don't walk, ride or jog within an hour of getting up - no. I'm just saying it is more dangerous to stifle a spirit than mend a body.