My experience as a Paralympian has been one of the greatest adventures that I could have ever imagined. After several years of playing Quad Rugby and the love for my sport I realized that there was something greater than just club level play for me.
Beginning this Friday, over 700 athletes from 44 nations will compete in five sports at the Winter Paralympics in Sochi. I am thrilled that NBC will be showing live coverage of the games for the first time ever, but I am kind of tired of the cold weather and the teasers of spring and summer that have been coming and going in Birmingham. Since in my mind I am at the beach, I’d like to focus on a warmer sporting event. It is the third largest sporting event in the world behind the Summer Olympics and the World Cup; the Summer Paralympics. The games have come a long way from Dr. Ludwig Gutman’s Stoke-Mandeville Games, and the first official Paralympic Games, held in Rome, Italy, in 1960. During the London 2012 games, over 4,000 athletes, from 164 countries competed in 20 different sports. In 2016, athletes will compete in 22 different sports, with Paracanoe and Paratriathlon making their Paralympic debut.
I have been a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetics Association) since I was a student at Samford University. The Academy’s website provides a wealth of knowledge for students pursuing a dietetics career and current dietetics professionals. However, it may not be well known that the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics also provides an abundant amount of nutrition information designed specifically for the public. One of their goals is to improve the nation’s health through food and nutrition which is why they created “National Nutrition Month®” back in 1980. This is a month long celebration every March that promotes the importance of living a healthy life through eating right and staying physically active. Every National Nutrition Month® has a theme and this year’s theme is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right”. Visit the Academy’s website to find out more on National Nutrition Month®. To celebrate and promote nutrition in the month of March, I will be sharing how I make eating right super tasty. Let’s get started!
Today is my 27th birthday! I’m very thankful today to have nothing on my calendar until after lunch and leftover birthday cookie from my small group meeting last night to eat for breakfast
Have you ever gone into water, sunk down to your shoulders, and felt the tension in your body float away? I hope you have. As someone who works in water nearly every day, I find myself asking what is it about water that feels so good? What unique environment do those 2 Hydrogen atoms and 1 Oxygen create? Well, let’s take a look at the physical properties of water.
Heart disease is a wide term that includes any type of disorder related to heart and that affects the heart. It is an umbrella term which means same as cardiac disease but not cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease relates with the disorder of heart, blood vessels (that includes arteries, veins and capillaries) or both, while heart disease relates with just the heart.
Born and raised in the small town of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, its probably not the place you would look to find a Paralympic swimmer. Despite being born with cerebral palsy, I was introduced to sport and activities from my friends that were able bodied (AB). The thought of wheelchair and adaptive sports were only introduced in an annual competition. All competitors were truly weekend warriors! I was happy just to participate with my friends and family. I am blessed because I was never treated differently in my neighborhood. I was one of the gang who happened to use a wheelchair and walker to participate in the same activities as my friends.
I love Olympic seasons, they only come around every two years and you get to see the best of the best from so many different places come together for the love of the game. When the summer games are on, you’ll frequently find my TV on whatever channel happens to be airing the games and I’ll stay up late to see an event finish.
Physicians know that there are a number of benefits that sports involvement provides patients diagnosed with chronic diseases and disorders that include traumatic brain injury. Participating in physical activity or sports prevents physical deterioration that many experience from inactivity. Playing sports enhances physical function while decreasing the risk of developing secondary medical conditions. Sports also improve patient’s quality of life and well-being. At TryMunity, we remain dedicated to providing TBI sufferers, friends, family members and caregivers with information and emotional support.
For people whose disability requires using a wheelchair, it’s all about staying active and living life to the fullest. If it’s not, it should be. When your activities, dreams, and ambition are held back by a lack of suitable transportation, it might be time to think about getting a van equipped for accessibility.