Wheelchair rugby has been a competitive sport in the US for almost 30 years and it has been an inter-national competitive sport over the last 20 years. There have been many changes to the sport of wheelchair rugby, within the game, the rules, and the equipment. However, there has also been a change that has very much impacted the sport from an athlete point of view. The inclusion of athletes with cerebral palsy (CP) have shaped or impacted the many teams in the world of wheelchair.
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With the beginning of the fall season, a change in schedule always precipitates. I have now established a change in exercises, days to exercise, diet, and even rest days during the fall. Over the last three years, I have grown accustomed to having a calendar that lists my daily schedule and activities. When this happens I feel like I have switched gears from summer fun activities to hard core structure I basically have my fall season planned out for each day. This is great for me considering I just spent the summer free lancing it. I can then focus on just bringing a fun-filled attitude for when it’s time to exercise.
September 30 marks the first global awareness day of Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy. As most people know, breast cancer, leukemia and diabetes are well-recognized and researched diseases. Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy, on the other hand, has failed to capture the attention of researchers, even though it has been around for quite some time. The goal of the day is to help bring awareness to the disease through social media, volunteering and reaching out to news media outlets.
It is that time of the year! It is my favorite time of the year. It’s the time of year when I get to meet up with my rugby teammates and start training. Competitive athletic season is upon us. Ready or not, here it comes? Or in some people’s cases, it is already here.
Attention! Attention! Have you heard the news? Are you aware of what is going on? Today, our Surgeon General has just asked you to do something that not that many people get asked to do.
On May 2 2005, when my husband woke up from surgery after his motorcycle accident and heard the words “spinal cord injury” and “paralyzed” one of his first thoughts was, I am going to walk again and that remained a theme throughout his rehab. He thought if I just work hard enough, if I just keep trying, I will walk again. If you walk through the halls of any rehab center today you would probably hear the same mantra from the majority of patients. No one wants to accept the reality that they will experience the rest of their life from a wheelchair, but that is the reality for millions of Americans.
Kerry and I began training together about nine months ago. As a Nursing student and Trainer, I have had some clinical experience with Cerebral Palsy (CP), but prior to working with Kerry, I had never worked with a person with CP in functional movement training. Kerry’s goal to walk without assistive devices full-time was a big undertaking and a bit daunting.
Collaboration is a dynamic, creative, and interconnected process. My walking program has been built upon collaboration. From the beginning, I have combined approaches from a wide range of Health, Medical, Rehabilitation, and Fitness disciplines. I have used methods from physical therapy, yoga, dance, and functional movement to support my overall fitness and walking efforts. I have brought together professionals to contribute their knowledge and expertise in the advancement of my efforts to walk device-free. I engage professionals to problem-solve and develop new targeted strategies to improve my strength, flexibility, and other aspects of mobility.
For years I have always heard that unemployment for people with disabilities has been at or around 70%. This number has always been the same in my 10 plus years of public speaking, 20 years in the workforce of serving people with disabilities and the 30 plus years that I have been a person with a disability. At times it seems as if this would never change. How can it? How would we know for sure? Something has got to change. What can be done to make a dent in this number?
When faced with disability, it may have a profound impact on you, but it can transform your life in unexpected ways. Adjusting to your new reality can be a struggle but it can be overcome. You can battle and continue to live life successfully by keeping certain things in mind.