TRIATHLETE Joyette Jopson is an advocate of a healthy lifestyle, and, more importantly, a secure future.
Joining triathlons and marathons for the past 13 years, Jopson knows that every athlete’s best asset is his health. So it’s better to be safe than sorry.
One awkward landing off a spike or a block can cause an ankle or knee injury for a volleyball player; a collision between basketball players can result in a contusion.
So being insured is important, Jopson says.
“As an athlete, knock on wood, I’m just a crash away from a total disability or an illness and I know how important it is to have this health [insurance],” Jopson, 39, said.
Jopson, who will represent the Philippines in the FWD North Pole Marathon on April 19, knows that an athlete is as good as his last game, match or race.
She's concerned that not all athletes whose careers were never the same again owing to injuries. Or worse, careers that were ended abruptly by injuries.
“Were putting our lives at risk and I’m a cyclist, ang daming nagka-crash or even may mga nababalitaan tayong namamatay,” she added. “But what if it’s not death? What if it’s disability or an illness?”
She also noted that if athletes can spend on some luxury, why not on their well being.
“We insure our cars, our homes, but things like this, we should insure ourselves because it’s our best asset, it’s not our cars, it’s not our homes, it’s really our health,” she said.