Risky Business

“Stop Existing and start living.” This is one quote many that exist would love to pursue in their daily lives. Having full control of one’s own life is what makes living a lot more rewarding. When participating in physical activity one does not need balance of risk with living the good life, but may just need to have each one of these to enjoy life. Many people try to live the good life with complete balance of risk and well

Life can be a difficult balance of everything

-being, but I believe there must be much risk to really enjoy life. Participating in physical activity needs risk well being and living the good life in order to fully appreciate life.

Risk is found in everything one does and should not stop one from having a fun filled active life. Every sport has risk, but in order to have fun and find oneself one should look beyond risk to find joy in physical activity. For example, in the sport of running one would think there is no risk in physical injuries, but think again. Having participated in track and field and wrestling I have found joy in being able to push my mind-body to the limit. I have been able to find the inner strength in myself to push beyond my capability, but pushing me came with a higher risk of injury. In the sport of track and field I had a tough season which eventually caused me to develop shin splints and knee problems, but I pushed forward with the help of the athletic trainers at Fullerton Community College. This ability to push myself in sport even with the risks helped me better understand myself and my values. I found that I valued persistence and experiences of achievement which helped me feel good about me. This great feeling allowed me to find the “The good life” which “refers to the experiences and conditions of living that we regard as desirable (Pg. 206 Kretchmar).” This desire of pushing the envelope definitely outweighed any risk factor that was out there because I love the feeling and am willing to go through pain for it.

There is always enjoyment in doing risky physical activities. This can be demonstrated in the question of why is it that people still go to amusement parks even though there is a risk for serious injury? There is just a natural urge for humans to explore beyond what we see as “Safe” because we are curious creatures. For example, Steve Bloom explains of a time he took a risk in a job, he said, “I knew I needed a change so I quit. I had searched for a job before I left, but didn’t have anything lined up right away. It was really scary at first, but I knew quitting was the right thing to do. Several years later, I’m still glad I made the decision.” article Risk is something that can improve one’s life and it does not have to be a job, but it can be a change in hobbies. Maybe there was a physical activity such as mountain climbing that one wanted to participate in, but it was far too risky in injury. This could actually be the best change in one’s life in improving their own well-being because they’re now happy with themselves.

In each case one needed to take a risk in order to really improve one’s well being and experience of the good life. This risk no matter if it was large or small had the same outcome in that the person doing it experienced a positive relief of stress and an improvement in their well being. This positive improvement in well being had a autonomous effect on the person’s experience of the good life.  

Effective Success for Patients

Many people pursuing a professional career in the medical field have one objective and that is to cure and treat patients. This goal has resonated for years in the minds of many professional doctors, but their needs to be further improvement in keeping this goal personal with the patients. Doctors nowadays prescribe patients with medication and surgical procedures more than massages and comedy clubs for relaxation.  The patient’s personal wellbeing matters as much as their physiological wellbeing. Having an understanding of the human person will further improve future professionals as me to treat patients more effectively and successfully.

The mind and body are one entity that many people

Understanding patients is important for everyone

view separately in hospitals. Many health professionals when faced with a patient who suffers from back pain have a materialistic and dualistic perspective of treating their patients. “Dualism, because it treats the body as a machine, recommends mechanical answers for mechanical problems. Materialism suggests that we should reduce any problem to its root causes and then intervene at this point (Kretchmar Pg. 124).” A traditional practitioner will begin by focusing on the back and look for physical or physiological abnormalities to then recommend the perfect intervention of surgery, rest, or stretching.  A holistic practitioner in a sense looks outside the box where it may seem unlikely to be the causes of the problem.  They look beyond the site of pain for a group of partial causes and may question decisions about lifestyle or reducing stress. Having a holistic view in one’s professional career may further improve their ability to spot clues on simple critiques in lifestyle or stress that may improve the patient’s wellbeing and health. In my future professional career I expect to view patients through a holistic lens where the mind and body are inseparable. This will allow me to know my patients personally and further my relationship between the person and their health.

Applying philosophy in medical professions can further improve patient health. Not just looking at the patients’ health from a physiological perspective but more into their personality of who they are will further improve the practice in medical health. For example, Daniel Ofri M.D. says that, “Doctors, of course, can’t solve the economic, societal and interpersonal challenges that cause unhappiness, but attention to the inner sense of suffering is helpful above and beyond our treatments for the disease itself.  Article info It may be very conventional to treat a person for their cholesterol with medication but also understanding how their personal lives may be affecting this disease may further help them improve their own health. The doctors say, “Don’t presume that these challenges are facile to solve, but hopefully our conversation helps let patients know that their happiness matters as much as their cholesterol”. This gives the patient a better connection with their doctors and even in who they are in their own lives.  The doctors being able to have an understanding of their patients will give meaning to them and can make them and their patients happy. This is an improvement in the medical field that will be necessary for future patients to have a better relationship with medical professionals.

Having taken Philosophy of sport and physical activity at Cal State University of Fullerton has really allowed me to realize the importance of keeping the human being in mind rather than what class of disease they have. This body of knowledge in kinesiology studies has allowed me to really grasp the importance of having a holistic approach in my future professional life. Having a primary structure of knowledge focused on the human body and having my secondary knowledge with philosophical value will help me and many future medical professionals in improving their own careers. I personally will take into account that each patient is an individual with different backgrounds and cultures. Having a philosophical perspective will allow many future health professionals like me to integrate meaning, value, and culture with the data, measurement, and statistics from science. These ideas both matter and need to be mixed to be able to cure patients.