Posts Tagged 'athletes'

Weightlifting: How to get started

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From an early age we are told that exercising with resistance training, and cardiovascular activity will help us live longer and healthier lives. However, people with disabilities may see this as an oxymoron since many may already have secondary health issues such as heart and lung problems. If a person with a disability has secondary health issues how can they exercise effectively?

Posted by Adam Foster Jul 30, 2014 Posted in Disability 2 Comments

Rowing: the Unknown Sport of the South

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Although most people experience the sport of rowing on the Olympics, most of the Southern states of America do not know exactly what this competitive sport entails. Throughout my college career, I never expected to join a team, much less, a rowing team. I never thought I was athletic enough, I never thought I was competitive enough, and I never thought I would be able to find a sport that fit me. After playing violin for 12 years, I’m sure you can see why. However, upon my second year in college, I got recruited to be on the team. You would think that this is because the recruitment chair thought I was athletic, strong, had long legs, etc… but that certainly was not the case. Little did I know, I was being recruited for one of the most difficult and frustrating positions on a rowing team: the coxswain.

Posted by Tatum Loo Jun 30, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann, M.D., and the Paralympic Games

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Ludwig Guttmann, M.D. was a German-Jewish refugee who fled Nazi Germany in 1939 and joined the neurosurgical faculty at Oxford University in England. Prior to his leaving Germany, Dr. Guttmann was the assistant to the leading German neurosurgeon of that time, Otfrid Foester, at the University of Breslau. Forced out of the University of Breslau because of anti-Semitism in 1933, Dr. Guttmann became the Chief of Neurology and Neurosurgery at the Breslau Jewish Hospital. It was there that he developed many of the techniques to treat spinal cord injury that he used and perfected in England.

Posted by Bob Lujano Jun 24, 2014 Posted in Disability No Comments

Challenge Accepted

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It is amazing how one person’s words can stir up a community. In recent days, the wheelchair basketball community is in a frenzy due to Steve Coburn’s words in regards to his prize horse California Chrome losing in the Triple Crown this past weekend.

Posted by Daniel Nong Jun 10, 2014 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

Married to the Chair-Just plain Busy!

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Well track season is here once again which means- I’m busy. My students say that they are busy as they complain about the number of projects I have given them, and I just laugh because I only wish I was as “busy” as I was when I was in college. Kinda like I wish I was as “fat” as I thought I was in college too! But when I say I’m busy now days it’s at a whole new level As in so busy we haven’t had time to go to the grocery store which means two things.

Posted by Kelly Bonner May 29, 2014 Posted in Disability 2 Comments

Introducing adapted sport to a college campus

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Back in February, we hosted Adapted Sports Day at James Madison University where we invited youth with disabilities on campus to experience college and play wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball. A colleague of mine, Dr. Thomas Moran, and I wanted to ensure that our student volunteers weren’t just watching the participants but that they had an adapted sport experience, too. So, we required the student volunteers to participate in the sports, also.

Posted by Josh pate May 13, 2014 Posted in Disability 2 Comments

A Day In My Life

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Somehow the soft knock at my bedroom door wakes me up quicker than the melodic tone of my 8 a.m. phone alarm.

Elijah, who woke up in the bedroom next to mine two minutes prior to knocking, steps through the door.

He grabs me a pair of sweatpants and a t­-shirt, helps me sit up in my chair, and puts my glasses on. He’s been with me for five years. The morning routine comes as natural as waking up.

Posted by Kerry May 06, 2014 Posted in Disability 2 Comments

Paying Student/Athletes?

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Athletes in revenue producing sports should be paid some of the revenue? That seems sensible enough, but for fun let’s tweak this statement. Student athletes in revenue producing sports should be paid some of the revenue! Controversy upon controversy begins.

Posted by Jared Rehm Apr 18, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized 2 Comments

#39 Roy Campanella

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Hello sports fans! Today is that wonderful time of the year when baseball is in full swing. On Tuesday April 15, we celebrated the incredible life of #42 Jackie Robinson, who was the first man to break baseball’s color barrier. As we celebrated this day, let’s also not forget to remember a man who was the first athlete to face the barriers of being an athlete with a physical disability. I am talking about #39, Roy Campanella.

Posted by Bob Lujano Apr 15, 2014 Posted in Disability No Comments

A Paralympic Tale

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My experience as a Paralympian has been one of the greatest adventures that I could have ever imagined. After several years of playing Quad Rugby and the love for my sport I realized that there was something greater than just club level play for me.

Posted by Bob Lujano Mar 06, 2014 Posted in Disability No Comments