ACT2MOVE MOVE2ACT Injury, Empathy, and Healing

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Dr. Bloom and I are working on singing the song “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” from Kiss Me Kate, the musical version of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew.  One of the goals of singing this song is to get Dr. Bloom’s hands all the way up to his head, as though he is brushing his hair, a play on the words “brush up.” 

Posted by Elizabeth Vander Kamp Sep 10, 2013 Posted in Disability 7 Comments

Bedsores: Knowing the Signs and What to Do About Them

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For individuals who are detained to their bed for long periods of time, bedsores can be a very real, and sometimes even deadly problem. Bed sores, sometimes called pressure ulcers, are open sores on the skin that result from prolonged pressure on a bony area of the body, such as the hips, elbows, shoulders, or knees. When left untreated such ulcers can develop

Posted by Elena Watson Sep 09, 2013 Posted in Disability No Comments

Pittsburgh Team Wins Big at National Junior Disability Championship

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It’s strange for me to write this from the third person perspective, since I had the pleasure of being involved in these events in the first person.  So forgive me for that in advance as I share with you about some amazing children I have the pleasure of knowing.

Posted by Chris Miller Sep 07, 2013 Posted in Disability No Comments

Tour guide can define ‘adapted’ when it comes to rafting

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Back in June, my family and I headed to my home in East Tennessee for a week of relaxation with my mom and grandparents. My little hometown of Elizabethton, TN, is full of outdoor opportunities. There are lakes that surround the area, and rivers tie the map together. Outdoors life is part of things in East Tennessee. So we did what we’re supposed to do on any visit there: We booked a trip to go whitewater rafting down the Watauga River.

Posted by Josh pate Sep 05, 2013 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

Summer Exercises

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For the last 2 months, I been in full swing in my off-season exercise plan. Thank God!  Since rugby season ended in April I always feel as if I

Posted by Bob Lujano Sep 04, 2013 Posted in Disability No Comments

5 Water Exercises That Are Great For People With Disabilities

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To me one of the greatest benefits of water for people with and without disabilities is being gravity free. Putting on a neck collar or getting in an inner tube and heading out to the deep end is a great way to lengthen the spine, especially for people who spend a lot of time sitting. Water exercises are particularly helpful for those that have decreased bone density or suffer from pain during normal movements of the body. Not only do water exercises provide

Posted by Chris Miller Sep 03, 2013 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

Business Benefits: Why Hiring Workers with Disabilities is One of the Best Business Moves You Can Make

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When the time comes to hire a new employee, employers sometimes overlook those individuals with disabilities. Workers with Disabilities are a talented segment of the workforce with surprisingly high rates of unemployment. Overlooking candidates with disabilities who are many times more than qualified may mean unnecessarily ending up with a mediocre employee because you limited the talent pool you searched in. Beyond just having a person to fill the job opening, employing people with disabilities can have several productivity, tax, and legal benefits to your company.

Posted by Gerald Berkowitz Aug 30, 2013 Posted in Disability No Comments

How to Fight Insomnia

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Sleep is a huge part of our lives—(about 33% actually,) and it’s vitally important that we get enough of it. Yet for many of us living in this world of 24/7 TV, internet in the palm of our hand, and the 40 hour work week, getting a good night’s sleep tends to take a back seat. Sleeping has become such a low priority that many of us

Posted by Elena Watson Aug 29, 2013 Posted in Disability No Comments

Goalball Anyone?

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I’ll never forget the first time I heard about Goalball.  My high school basketball coach arranged for my team to meet with Jen Armbruster, a member of Team USA Goalball, that won a gold medal at the Paralympics in Beijing, China in 2008. As we walked into a room generally used for the football team meetings, I had no idea what I was about to hear.  My basketball coach asked Jen to come speak with us, because we were having

Posted by Julia Venable Aug 28, 2013 Posted in Disability No Comments

The Physician as a Partner: Beyond Rapport to True Collaboration

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We’ve all gotten that standard form letter that contains the dreaded line, “your physician will be leaving.”  In my case, the recent letter announced that my physiatrist, Dr. A. would be leaving the region marking the end of a seven-year relationship. The unexpected news caused me to stop and reflect on Dr. A’s role in the development of my walking program.  What established the positive working alliance between us?  When I originally embarked on my journey to walk device- free, I did not know what a Physiatrist was or what a critical role this specialty would play in my progression.

Posted by Kerry Aug 27, 2013 Posted in Disability 1 Comment