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The Female Athlete Triad: Concerns and Preventions

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As a female dancer, I run into issues with timing of meals/snacks and figuring out what foods will give me the sustained energy I need to make it through ballet class and hours of rehearsal without making me feel heavy or bloated. I imagine other female athletes can share my frustrations; but before I talk about possible strategies to solving those problems, I want to address a serious concern for many female athletes. It’s known as the Female Athlete Triad.

Posted by Carleton Rivers Oct 04, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Goalball becomes collegiate sport!

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BREAKING NEWS: UC Berkeley just started the nation’s first competitive college athletic team for individuals with a visual impairment. This is pretty big news. But you probably didn’t hear about it on your local TV news station nor did you read it in any papers because; it wasn’t there. The only spot I found reporting it is UC Berkeley themselves. You can read about it here:

Posted by Kelly Bonner Oct 03, 2014 Posted in Disability 5 Comments

Should Hospitals Model an Inclusive Healthy Community?

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I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the concept of Inclusive Healthy Communities lately because I’ve been sitting in a hospital with my dad for the past month and have gotten to know the University of Michigan Hospital and central campus very well. The University of Michigan hospital has a program called “MHealthy.” which includes removing all  sugar sweetened drinks from the hospital dining and vending, having multiple MHealthy options in the cafeteria (which is open 24/7) and keeping serving sizes reasonable. The program also includes programs for patients and those who work at the hospital for Physical Activity, Weight Management, Mental and Emotional Health, and Tobacco and Alcohol Management. The whole hospital campus is tobacco free and there are lots of places to get outside and places to walk within the hospital. The University of Michigan campus has also  started using the modified “handicapped accessible” logo and has several examples of universal design.

Posted by Susan Silverman Oct 02, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized 3 Comments

How Kinect Can Help People with Hearing Impairments & Stroke Recovery

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In November, 2010, the first generation of Kinect hit the markets. The Kinect is a type of motion sensing device created by Microsoft, for use in game systems like the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The innovative Kinect system allows people to control the game without the use of a traditional game controller. Sales of the Kinect were brisk, with around 24 million units being sold by February, 2013. Parents and gaming fans flocked to retailers like Walmart to purchase an Xbox, one that would support the new Kinect technology.

Posted by Gizelle Lachey Oct 01, 2014 Posted in Disability No Comments

Family Fitness for people with a disability

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When a family member has a disability, the need for medical support is met within the medical community through individual practitioners as well as the medical team. Therapeutic treatment is an ongoing process whether the person with a disability is experiencing a life-long condition or has suffered an injury or illness from which there is hope of partial or even full recovery. Please seek to find programs and organizations that can advocate for emotional support by accessing an online community of individuals and families who share the experience of a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Posted by Shelly Duell Sep 30, 2014 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

I am who I am

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It seems like yesterday when I was the “different” one. I was the kid who kept asking to play, the kid who kept screaming to let me onto the basketball court. I was the kid with one leg, the one who would make things harder on everyone else.

Posted by Daniel Nong Sep 19, 2014 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

What is going on in your sports world?

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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?

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Posted by Bob Lujano Sep 18, 2014 Posted in Disability No Comments

Fall into a rut

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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.

Posted by Bob Lujano Sep 15, 2014 Posted in Disability, Obesity No Comments

The U.S. Open

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As you are probably aware, the US Open Tennis Championships are currently taking place. But while TV and social media pages are filled with comments from the matches, I have yet to hear a single word about the Wheelchair Divisions.

Posted by Kelly Bonner Sep 05, 2014 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

Depression And Sport

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Robin Williams’ recent suicide has brought the topic of depression and mental health once again into the public sphere. Like Williams, many other comedians, both past and present, have suffered from depression and psychological demons. Indeed, while they appear bright and invincible onstage, behind closed doors many of these professional funnymen often struggle with self-loathing and the tragic spiral of self-destruction.

Posted by Henry Croft Aug 19, 2014 Posted in Disability 1 Comment