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Washington Redskins receiver Pierre Garçon knows what it’s like to have plans dashed with health problems.
In Week 1 of the 2012 season, Garçon experienced one of the best moments of his NFL career, catching a slant pass and running 88 yards through traffic for the team’s first touchdown of the year.
It would help him out of six games that season, and left him with an even greater understanding of the role health can play on and off the field.
“You always worry about working through pain and playing through injury on the field, but in life, you can’t really play through those injuries,” he said. “There’s only a short time until your number is called, but you need to be prepared for it, especially in life.”
Garçon was named one of the Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc.’s health ambassadors last offseason, signing on to help spread the message about pre-screening to prevent health problems that affect all Americans.
That includes among his teammates and Washington Redskins alumni.
“To be healthy off the field if very important to us. You need to make sure you prepare yourself by getting tested and reading your results,” he said. “You also have to provide your body with the right things. You need to eat well and you have to be active on a daily basis.
“That’s the most important thing, is staying fit every day, every opportunity that you can, so that it’s routine to your body.”
Part of HDL, Inc.’s recent partnership with the Alumni Association is to ease the risks that years on the gridiron can bear. No matter when that might be, the most important key is getting started now.
“Your health is your future. It’s great that HDL is involved with the alumni program, because the alumni helped paved the way for us,” he said. “Without them, we wouldn’t be able to be here now, to help the younger guys.
“This is all part of recycling the work that they did for us. We’re going to keep the ball rolling and I enjoy being a part of it.”
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