Colin Kaepernick's Loss of Muscle Mass Blamed on Vegan Diet, Instead of Multiple Surgeries
Colin Kaepernick has been shoved into the spotlight this week after his controversial decision to sit down during the national anthem in protest of police brutality against communities of color. He has received both praise and ire in response, leading to a flood of impassioned opinion all over social media and the press.
What you might not know about the San Francisco 49ers quarterback is that he has been following a vegan diet for nine months. He has also, according to sports fans, been looking trimmer than how the typically bulked-up football player used to look. Some outlets are criticizing his dietary choices, blaming his vegan diet for his loss of muscle mass. Michael David Smith from NBC Sports even puts this ill-informed nonsense out into the interwebs:
“[I]t’s hard for anyone not to lose muscle when on a vegan diet because protein is essential to maintaining muscle mass and most protein sources are animal-based.”
Not only is this simply untrue, this post fails to consider that Kaepernick has had surgery on his shoulder last November and on his knee and thumb this past January. 49ers head coach Chip Kelly stated, when asked whether Kaepernick was back to his pre-surgery weight:
“No, he’s not and obviously you understand that because he did have three surgeries, so he’s limited in the type of lifting he does. So, he’s not the same size he was when he played. I don’t know the exact playing weight he was at, because I wasn’t here before. But, he’ll be the first to tell you that, that’s he’s not where he was before.”
Any athlete who has suffered an injury and/or surgery knows that recovery time can be a painful and frustrating climb. Mobility limitations and muscle mass loss are to be expected. To blame Kaepernick’s difficulty maintaining the football player physique, after three surgeries, on the limited knowledge of his diet is irresponsible.
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