I am sure we are all familiar with what has been going on with the Russian delegation in what has become an unfortunate situation for athletes that have been banned from the Olympics and Paralympics. It is unfortunate for these particular athletes who have seemed to be involved in a situation that was out of control. Yet, out of this sadness, there will be victory for all Paralympians.
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As we have finished watching an outstanding Olympic games we can fill the next two weeks with anticipation for the Paralympic games which be held September 8-17. The best part of these games is that they will be on the same TV channel as the Olympics. Now, I do look forward to the break! After being glued to my TV at night and on weekends I can use a little break. But not too long! Remember the Paralympics have about 19 different sports plus they will also be in the same beautiful city of Rio. What should not be forgotten about these Paralympic games is that there would be no Paralympic Games if it is was not for the effort of the athletes, NBC, USOC, IOC, Rio Olympic Committee and Dr. Ludwig Guttmann. Who is Dr. Guttmann?
I wrote a blog a couple of years ago regarding changes that occur in the body rather big or small. I quoted the ancient Chinese poet and philosopher Lao Tzu, “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”
For the last 2 months, I have not been able to exercise or even workout in my rugby chair. So what is going on with me? You guessed it, Summer time. I have been doing some traveling for vacation and work. I have also been un-seasonally sick. It is usually during the winter that I am ill. Thus, I have not been able to train, exercise or workout like I have wanted.
It is not every day that you get an opportunity to go to Moscow, Russia. I am not sure if people choose Moscow as a vacation spot. However, I, along with 8 other USA representatives, was selected to be part of this historical trip. I eagerly accepted for three reasons: one, I was able to travel to a country that I had never been before. I got to visit a friend from Moscow, who I met in the states about 3 years ago. Last, I was given an opportunity to teach and play wheelchair rugby. After 20 years of playing wheelchair rugby you would think that I would be burned out. Not yet!
Academy award-nominated film producer Peter Guber once said, “Your body language, your eyes, your energy will come through to your audience before you even start speaking.” Meanwhile, according to Albert Mehrabian, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at UCLA, approximately 55 percent—more than half—of communication is nonverbal. This is true in all areas of communication, particularly when communicating with patients. As soon as you walk through the door, you have begun a conversation without speaking a word, and that silent dialogue can have serious repercussions. Unconscious behaviors the physician may not even realize he is exhibiting can make patients uncomfortable and make communication more difficult.
There is no pill for loneliness. So said by a friend of mine who has bipolar disorder and a visual impairment. How right he is. There are many things we can treat with pills – high blood pressure, arthritis, ADHD, headaches … but the cure for loneliness requires something much bigger and even more vital for our health: relationships.
Having a disability can be difficult, but having a solid support group in your life can make the obstacles you face much easier to conquer. Friends offer a shoulder to lean on, an ear for listening, someone to laugh with, and the motivation to become your happiest and healthiest self.
Keeping children safe and secure during sporting activities can sometimes be a difficult task – especially if the children in question have disabilities. This is due, in part, to a lack of adequate information concerning the risks involved with certain activities. But before we go into more specific advice (every child is different) on this issue, there are, firstly, general steps that all parents and carers should take to ensure the safety of their child.