Athletes often compete in an environment of contradictions—their careers depend on staying healthy, but they often play through injuries to maintain their value to a franchise.
Despite their status as elite physical talents, athletes are forced to lose or gain weight over time frames no doctor would ever approve for anyone else and are prescribed the kind of addictive medications and therapies that most of us are rarely given.
In short, the men and women who symbolize the fastest, strongest and toughest end up ravaging their bodies, often as a part of the job description.
One of the most glaring examples are the "Big Men" who make a living off of being a human boulder yet can move like a skipping stone.
The consequence of being a gigantic homo sapien who can pile drive grown men or send baseballs into orbit is that things break down, and one day the 24/7 world-class training and nutrition ends...and reality sets in.
A "Big Man" quickly turns into fat dude, and what was once a strength becomes a major health issue. Fortunately, plenty of the latter shed the pounds...often with shocking results.