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This Ex Athlete is Now One of the Philippines' Foremost Experts on Sports Rehab

By Mandy Altura, 08/07/19, 7:30AM CDT

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Knowing what to do and what not to do when preventing sports injuries is a handy knowledge or information to have, even if you are not doing any exercise right now.

“I believe that sports and exercise are the true fountain of youth,” says sports medicine specialist Dr. Ben Valdecañas. “It retards aging, and keeps everything in the body balanced.” As one of the leading specialists in regenerative medicine research in the country, he wants to optimize the health and athletic performances for his patients—which includes everyone from pro basketball players to triathlon hobbyists. 

After completing his orthopedic residency at Saint Luke’s, Valdecañas flew to San Antonio, Texas to undergo a two-year fellowship training. Later, he returned to the Philippines and worked on becoming one of the most prominent figures in the field of sports medicine in the country. He said he was inspired to enter his field due to the beauty of exercise, and the positive effects that it can have on the average person. “I consider everyone to be an athlete, and everyone deserves to be an athlete,” he opines.