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Young trees Staying Healthy Perception of old Staying Ahead of the Game

The game of life is full of challenges for boys as well as men. Good health and fitness are main ingredients for success, and boys and young men are not immune to diseases, or injuries.

However, as a group, boys and young men have stronger powers of recuperation for most ailments, when compared to old men.

Young men are like young trees - "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." - Proverbs 22:6

Male risk taking behaviors play a significant part in the number five cause of death (accidents) on the CDC's list and may also play a part in the number eleven cause of death (suicides), and the number fifteen cause of death (homicides).

Conditioning boys to engage in risk taking behavior begins at an early age in competitive sports, "Go for the gold," translates nicely into risk taking behavior in later military service, "Be all you can be" is one oft repeated slogan from one branch of the military.

Unfortunately, the road to the gold is littered with broken bones, torn cartilages, and an assortment of other injuries, and being all you can be sometimes means being dead, or horribly disfigured.

In the game of life, longevity has an increased probability of success when a boy, or man, knows his limitations, and avoids those behaviors that have a high risk of harming him.