Wendel Clark: A Renewed Health Strategy at 50
For Wendel Clark, one of the most adored players of all time in the NHL, turning 50 this year marks an important transition. “When we athletes hit 50, we’re aware of what we’ve done to our bodies. The repercussions come back and it’s important to pay attention and ensure as many healthy years as possible,” the former captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs explains.
Affectionately known as ‘Captain Crunch,’ Clark was known for his body checks and offensive plays. Some of those resulting injuries have resurfaced as aches and pain at the age of 50. “I think my body turned 40 when I was 22,” he claims. Genetics is another factor of concern for Clark. His dad and mentor passed away of a heart attack at the age of 73. “My mom has had a triple bypass, so I’m sure I’ll be on cardio meds in the near future,” he says. That’s why it’s important to Clark that he takes TYLENOL® when he is suffering from pain caused by old injuries. “TYLENOL® is the #1 doctor recommended pain reliever for individuals suffering from high blood pressure, he says. “You should always talk to your doctor about all of the medications you’re taking,” advises Clark, “and how non-prescription medications can factor in. Don’t self-diagnose your conditions.”
Sixty-five per cent of Canadians over the age of 50 are unaware they may face potential health risks if they’re using a non-prescription pain medication that is not compatible with existing health conditions or medications. There are important differences between non-prescription pain relievers. Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in TYLENOL®, is the number one non-prescription pain relieverdoctors recommend for those living with high blood pressure.
It’s important to follow your doctor’s advice,” says Clark. “Everyone can get a battery of tests these days. Then you have a track record and can stay up to date and do things appropriately.” For Clark, turning 50 means he’s more aware of managing his health well. Once a man who only ate only one meal a day, he says he tries “to eat smarter and keep my weight stabilized. I still love desserts best, but I’m way more aware of healthy eating habits.”
As an athlete, Clark knows it’s important to stay active as he ages as well. Now retired from the game, he still plays hockey and golf a few days a week, often for the many charities he supports. Married with three busy teenagers, he keeps his mind active as well. He’s a restaurateur, a community ambassador who makes more than 200 appearances a year and an author. His second book, Bleeding Blue: Giving My All For The Game comes out in November.
While he may be turning 50 this year, Clark says, “In my mind, I’m still 35.”
The #1 doctor recommended pain reliever for those living with high blood pressure. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist about the right non-prescription pain medication for you.