When Disability “Bumps” into Normal

Oct 09, 2013
When Disability “Bumps” into Normal

I was traveling recently to Boise, ID for a US Paralympic Sports Clinic to teach some strength and conditioning to professionals.   There was a person in the airport who most likely had autism as well as some form of lower body impairment.  The periodic yelps and physical repetitive tics of the young girl were obviously unsettling to those around her.  Her family was unscathed by the behavior, but it was interesting to watch as those around her just got their “normal” bumped into a bit.  I think it begs the discussion of what is normal?  And why be bothered by it?


Coaches need practice too

Oct 08, 2013
Coaches need practice too

“Most people get excited about games, but I’ve got to be excited about practice, because that’s my classroom.”
– Pat Summitt


Funding your sports/recreation habit

Oct 04, 2013
Funding your sports/recreation habit

In my first blog I wrote about sit-water skiing and I mentioned how expensive it is to do.  It’s not just water skiing that is expensive; most sports/recreation equipment and/or training for people with disabilities are expensive.  I didn’t own my hand cycle until I was 25 years old.  It wasn’t like I could run down to Kmart and buy an $80 dollar bike.  I had to spend $1200 for a hand cycle (it was 50% off).  As daunting as the cost of equipment or training may be, it should not


Changing paths

Oct 03, 2013
Changing paths

So the phone call came that changed my path forever along with my family’s life.  I was asked to try this sport called Goalball.  I thought to myself what


Rock, Paper, Scissors….RUN!

Oct 02, 2013
Rock, Paper, Scissors….RUN!

As we have found out before, finding group games for youth that are wheelchair friendly can be difficult. Here is an example of one that we use at Lakeshore in our F.R.E.S.H. (Fitness, Recreation, Exercise, Sports, and Health) program.  This is one we like to call “Extreme Rock, Paper, Scissors”. The kids seem to love this game, as well as our staff members. It requires no


Exercise Your Right To Exercise

Oct 01, 2013
Exercise Your Right To Exercise

Today should be like any other day in which we as Americans (317 million in which 56 are Americans with disabilities) should look to engage in some form of exercise activity. Remember in our land of freedom we do have choices. Your choices of exercise should be vast and numerous. Although quality is just as important as quantity. If you choose to view today as another day of exercising then great! However, for those who don’t always look to these opportunities, well today is that day. As we celebrated National Health and Fitness day on Monday, please look at this day as an opportunity to


What a Summer!

Sep 30, 2013
What a Summer!

I haven’t blogged in a while, but to be honest, I’ve been busy. I have a new job working full time to promote adapted sports on campus and in the community, and I just got married!!!! That’s right, Kelley and I tied the knot on August 10. It was the most surreal day of my life. I will never be able to explain the joy and excitement of that day, and the days since.


Where my path began to change: An Introduction

Sep 26, 2013
Where my path began to change: An Introduction

I was on the softball field with my family taking batting practice.  My sister was up to bat, my father was pitching and my Mom and I were out in the field shagging balls.  I told my Mom I was having some pain in my right eye and when I closed my left eye I really  couldn’t see Dad pitching.  We finished up practice and headed home. I rinsed out my eye thinking maybe I got dirt under my contact or something.  After removing my contact and flushing my eye there was no change.  My parents got me into my optometrist that day then


Pilates For People with Disabilities

Sep 24, 2013
Pilates For People with Disabilities

“Pilates cannot be performed by a person with physical disability or injury” is a widespread myth. The reality is quite the opposite. Pilates is implemented as a physical alternative therapy in various rehabilitation centers. Most people picture aerobics or high intensity movements when Pilates is discussed. There are more than 500 Pilates exercises and most of them have smooth movements and can be performed without standing or sitting.


Volunteer for Knowledge!

Sep 23, 2013
Volunteer for Knowledge!

Warning: this blog post is 100% biased. I love research (nerd alert!), I’m in the process of making a career out of it, and I think you should get involved.