Feb 18, 2015
The Importance of Rapport, Time, and History
One of my social work text books describes rapport as “’a state of compatibility and empathy that permits mutual understanding between the client and the worker.” [i] Achieving mutual understanding between a client and a fitness professional is built over time. I have had an advantage during my latest transition in my exercise and walking program because I already knew the new Movement Specialist I would be working with.
Feb 17, 2015
I know not everyone is a fan of the National Basketball Association (NBA). I know there are many us who prefer wheelchair basketball and other activities. However if you did not get the opportunity to enjoy this weekend’s NBA All-Star break then you really missed a treat. You missed a unique opportunity to watch celebrities, basketball skills, celebrations and people with disabilities all having a few laughs. What, people with disabilities?
Feb 16, 2015
According to teenhelp.com, three to five percent of teens battle attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Those with ADHD can also have at least one other developmental or behavioral disorder. Two of the most common among teens are conduct disorder and oppositional defiant disorder. Helpforadd.com notes that about 50 percent of teens with ADHD eventually develop one of these disorders.
Unfortunately, teens diagnosed with accompanying behavioral disorders are more likely demonstrate negative long-term outcomes. Early diagnosis and treatment for these disorders is essential for the prevention of other risky behaviors in teens, such as substance abuse and criminal activity.
Feb 13, 2015
February is Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) awareness month. RA can be diagnosed at any age. It is defined as a systemic inflammatory disease that affects the lining of our joints called the synovial membrane. It is classified as an autoimmune condition that is found in 5 or more joints and normally diagnosed within 6 months of symptom onset.
Feb 11, 2015
I recently had the opportunity to be the athlete liaison for the first ever adaptive division at WODAPALOOZA Fitness Festival. WODAPALOOZA is a Crossfit competition that takes place in Miami, Florida bringing together some of the fittest athletes around. The competition occurs over three days and on 3 different stages. Over the three days the athletes complete 9 different WODs with standardized reps and weights finishing them in remarkable amounts of time. And I must admit it is quite impressive to watch. The chiseled bodies, the intense WODs (workouts of the day), and the athletes leaving everything they’ve got out on those competition stages. It’s enough to make anyone put down their Twinkie and pick up a dumbbell.
Feb 10, 2015
Athlete’s foot or tinea pedis, is a widespread skin infection and is common among athletes and gym goers. Moreover, any skin infection including Athlete’s foot has worse effects on people with disability. Let’s see how its effects are different for people with disabilities:
Feb 09, 2015
Social Justice is a term I had heard about in my late teens when I started college at a Catholic School in New Jersey. After I learned about it, every time I hear the words, the work Mother Teresa did throughout her life flashes in my mind. Back then, I didn’t realize the relevance of this subject to the overall well-being of people with disabilities. I’d always wanted to advocate for people with disabilities in some fashion, but wasn’t really aware that the topic is really at the center of my interests, even so many years later.
Feb 06, 2015
As this day draws to an end and the weekend begins, I want to give a big THANK YOU to those who participated in wearing Red in support of women who fight heart disease. Especially for those who have lost a loved one and those who still battle today. Remember that heart disease is the number one killer of women.
Feb 04, 2015
I am sure that you were one of the 114 million people that watched the Super Bowl. If not, it’s OK, it will happen again next year around the same time. What may also be around or not are some of the commercials that featured people with disabilities.
Feb 02, 2015
I have pursued my goal of walking without devices full-time for more than 8 years. I have had many transitions on my journey, but throughout these years, I have stayed at the same fitness facility. On December 1, 2014, I started a new chapter when I began to work with a new training team. The Movement Specialist and trainer with whom I worked successfully for more than five years moved on to another professional opportunity.