Peter Jokl, MD, is a pioneer in sports medicine, and an expert in fitness training and sports medicine for the elderly. He was the founder and long-time chief of Yale Medicine Sports Medicine, and head physician for Yale’s athletic teams for two decades. He continues to provide nonoperative management and second opinions for people with musculoskeletal conditions.
Dr. Jokl, who specializes in injuries to the knee and shoulder, believes that regular exercises can lessen many age-related declines in musculoskeletal function. He led a 16-year study of runners in the New York City Marathon and found that over repeated races, more people from the older age groups were able to improve their average time than were younger people.
"You can maintain a very high performance standard into the sixth or seventh decades of life," Dr. Jokl told the Associated Press. He encourages patients of all ages to exercise regularly to improve their overall health. At the same time, he urges amateur athletes not to push themselves too hard, too fast, since doing so can result in stress fractures and other injuries.
A professor emeritus of orthopaedics and rehabilitation at Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Jokl has been actively involved in regional and international athletic events. He served as medical commissioner for the 1995 World Special Olympics, and is a past medical director of the Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament and the annual New Haven TAC National 20 K Road Race championships.
In 2015, Dr. Jokl was honored as Orthopaedist of the Year by the Connecticut Orthopaedic Society.