To Pay or Not To Pay?
At this point, I truly am undecided. By the end of writing this I may feel decided but will probably change my mind on it about 7 times today.
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.
As an athlete for a division one school, the topic of student-athletes being paid to play hits me right at home. I get asked “don’t you wish you got paid for this bro?” by NARP (non-athletic regular people and I always respond….I do. Not in the sense that professional NBA players do by the millions of dollars, but I get paid in the form of a free education at one of the top universities in the nation. Most people forget
Born and raised in the small town of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, its probably not the place you would look to find a Paralympic swimmer. Despite being born with cerebral palsy, I was introduced to sport and activities from my friends that were able bodied (AB). The thought of wheelchair and adaptive sports were only introduced in an annual competition. All competitors were truly weekend warriors! I was happy just to participate with my friends and family. I am blessed because I was never treated differently in my neighborhood. I was one of the gang who happened to use a wheelchair and walker to participate in the same activities as my friends.
I love Olympic seasons, they only come around every two years and you get to see the best of the best from so many different places come together for the love of the game. When the summer games are on, you’ll frequently find my TV on whatever channel happens to be airing the games and I’ll stay up late to see an event finish.
Physicians know that there are a number of benefits that sports involvement provides patients diagnosed with chronic diseases and disorders that include traumatic brain injury. Participating in physical activity or sports prevents physical deterioration that many experience from inactivity. Playing sports enhances physical function while decreasing the risk of developing secondary medical conditions. Sports also improve patient’s quality of life and well-being. At TryMunity, we remain dedicated to providing TBI sufferers, friends, family members and caregivers with information and emotional support.
If you’ve been playing golf or adaptive golf long enough, you may have developed a slight twinge that pops up during your backswing. Just because you are experiencing back pain does not mean you have to give up your golf game. You can still play the game you love most and even improve your backswing with our top three stretching tips.
The lifestyle of an athlete is one that is chosen, for it takes a certain amount of guile and discipline to be able to function in the athletic world. At the University of Illinois, those that were on the wheelchair basketball team had a very tedious schedule. While most people are still sleeping at 5:00 AM, we were up and preparing for our 6:30 AM practices. As “normal” people were dreaming, we were out on the court trying to make our dreams a reality. Before we could even get on the court, we had to make sure our chairs were ready. Chair maintenance is a tedious but necessary part of being a wheelchair basketball player, if the slightest thing is off about our chairs it can mean the difference between a win or a loss.
For as long as I’ve been involved in adapted sports, there has been a struggle to find those who will participate. I am often told by people I approach at local gyms, schools, and parks that there are not people with disabilities around to participate. The classic line is “I’ve never seen anyone with a disability around.” That statement is probably true, but
I grew up in east side Long Beach, where the drugs overflowed the streets and kept the gangs at war. The only refuge from the dangers of the outside world, were my family and sports. I am the first American born in my family. My mother and father escaped from the war in Cambodia and came to America with hopes of a better lifestyle for their kids. Little did they know, my brother, sister, and I would be exposed to drug abuse, gang violence, and discrimination early on in our lives.