What is going on in your sports world?

Sep 18, 2014
What is going on in your sports world?

With the world of professional sports making news off the field than on it, I wanted to bring some semblance of happiness to my wheelchair sport world, that I know that I could probably use right now. As summer comes to an end, I so look forward, to the sport that I have been playing for 20 years.

Wheelchair rugby! Or Murderball, as it was apply coined by our neighbors to the north. I still remember my first day of rugby practice as a member of the Atlanta Rolling Thunder. I was about 27/28 and I had heard about rugby before but I had never seen it. I was too wrapped up in being a wheelchair basketball player, in which I would never start, because I was not that good.

However, once I saw rugby, I knew this was the sport for me. I just loved the contact of the sport. It is as close to playing football as I will get. The best part of being on the Atlanta team was that I a new guy on a team that had many veterans. Everyone was a veteran except for my co-worker, mentor, and friend, Bill Furbish or “Billy the Kid”, as I call him. No matter his age, Bill is always a kid at heart, seeking to get the best out of life. It was his leadership and direction that provided me a solid foundation for playing rugby and basically how to approach a life in wheelchair sports.

Although, I left the Atlanta team in 1997, I still see Bill playing for Atlanta from time to time. I don’t think he will ever retire since he co-founded the Atlanta team. Plus, I know he still loves to compete. I think it keeps him young at heart. It is because of his efforts and commitment to me that I have been able to play rugby for the past 20 years. Thank you, Bill.

I have another mentor that has been very instrumental in playing the sport of rugby. That is Bryan Kirkland. Bryan has been my teammate and more importantly my friend for the last 15 years. Bryan has been playing rugby for the past 20 years. He is a Hall of Fame Rugby Player. In my opinion he is one the All-time greatest athletes to ever play competitive wheelchair sports. His preparation, training and leadership are the fuel to his success. He is a big reason why my time with the Demolition has been filled with championships and Paralympic opportunities. To me, he is the ultimate leader and teammate. He always seems to set the bar high for all others to reach. I try and will still keep trying. Bryan, thanks for all your leadership and direction.

So, as I start a new rugby season, not knowing how it will go, I just know that I have had many successful years. My goal now is to provide the same leadership and direction that I have been given by others. This is what keeps me going. I know that there is still more to be accomplished. I take it as an honor and a privilege to play wheelchair rugby. It has provided me with so many competitive opportunities, social endeavors, and health benefits. Hopefully, it doesn’t end anytime soon. Now, isn’t this what sports is all about?

NCHPAD articles:

http://www.nchpad.org/14/73/Exercise~Guidelines~for~People~with~Disabilities

http://www.nchpad.org/968/5159/How~to~Create~a~Specific~Exercise~Program~for~Athletes~with~Disabilities

http://www.nchpad.org/1175/5765/Wheelchair~Rugby

 


Better Health through Sleep

Sep 17, 2014
Better Health through Sleep

Everyone who is aiming to live healthier has one thing common and that is the belief in organic bedding. Facts have it that such bedding that is made out of organic silk and bamboo has a number of properties that are a prerequisite for your body. For example, the majority of women above 40 years of age are undergoing menopause. Therefore, they experience hot flashes when asleep. Sleeping on eco-friendly bamboo bedding helps them get rid of hot flashes hence providing a more comfortable sleep.


10 Questions You Must Ask Your Doctor for Tinea Versicolor

Sep 16, 2014
10 Questions You Must Ask Your Doctor for Tinea Versicolor

Tinea versicolor is a skin disease caused by some types of fungal infections. Though the disorder is not lethal in character it is known to be capable of spreading in quick time. The disorder is more prone to occur in hot and humid weather condition.


Fall into a rut

Sep 15, 2014
Fall into a rut

With the summer slowly falling into oblivion in which there are three months left in 2014 (where has the time gone), typically we leave our summer routine and develop another set for the fall. Unfortunately, there is a difference.


So what has really changed?

Sep 12, 2014
So what has really changed?

Yesterday was 9/11. A day few of us (particularly those over the age of 20) will ever forget. How could we? It was a day that time seemed to stand still. Gathering around any source of media wondering what was going to happen next and if we were going to be safe. On that day I was standing not far away from where I sit right now typing this. In some ways it seems like so little has changed since then and in other ways it seems like so much has changed. For instance, we will never view flying or TSA like we did before that day. But those are all trivial things, things that truly only affect my time management and really quite self-centered if that’s all I can account to that day. For so many others that day was life changing… if not in those very moments in the days and weeks and years to come that followed that event. The DOD reports that in the subsequent three Operations (Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and New Dawn) over 50,000 service men and women were injured. I know through my work; I have met countless men and women who acquired a disability as a direct result of what they did for our country after that day.


How College Campuses are Becoming Increasingly Accessible

Sep 11, 2014
How College Campuses are Becoming Increasingly Accessible

With classes in full swing on college campuses around the country, students are finding themselves amidst a lot of change: rigid class structures, tuition and textbooks costs, new roommates, and so on.


Ebola- A Deadly Virus

Sep 10, 2014
Ebola- A Deadly Virus

 

A disease which has sniffed the lives of millions in the year 1976 during its outbreak in the African countries, especially in the Congo (then Zaire) and Southern Sudan is Ebola virus. This virus has so much destructive potential that it has claimed about 88% of the population during its first outbreak. Now, again Ebola has hit the world again. As of August 18, 2014, it has been reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) that about 2473 cases are registered out of which 1350 deaths have been confirmed. All these cases and deaths are reported in the African countries like Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.


Tackling Anxiety With Exercise

Sep 09, 2014
Tackling Anxiety With Exercise

According to statistics, anxiety is one of the most common mental illnesses in the world, affecting more than 40 million adults in the United States alone.

The typical causes of anxiety include personality, brain chemistry, life events, genetics, and the disorder is also frequently linked with depression, which I discussed in my last blog post.


Losing a friend

Sep 08, 2014
Losing a friend

In thinking about a topic for a new “health related” article for NCHPAD, an old friend passed away. Well not exactly a “friend” but I felt like I had gotten to know Robin Williams.  Although better known as a comedian, his acting in films like Dead Poets Society, Good Will Hunting and The World According to Garp were among my favorites.


Dental disaster? 8 ways you can keep on smiling

Sep 06, 2014
Dental disaster? 8 ways you can keep on smiling

Appearances aren’t everything, but a dazzling smile certainly goes a long way to ensuring that you put your best foot forward. Below are 8 ways you can smile on, even if a dental disaster or two comes your way.