After being in the health/fitness/exercise fields for 11 years, there are two things I’ve heard women say that have become my pet peeves. One is, “I want to lose weight without doing any work” (no joke, a woman walked into my office at the gym and that’s the first thing she said) and two “I don’t want to lift weights because I don’t want to bulk up.”
Posts Tagged 'wheelchair'
Losing independence can be a difficult experience for anybody. It may seem like your options are drastically limited in many ways, but luckily, there are tons of activities that can be done using a wheelchair that will keep you just as active as anybody else. One way that’s growing in popularity is wheelchair dancing.
Recovering from a traumatic brain injury is a long and arduous process during which the patient’s mobility and independence are in recovery. There’s the psychological aspect too. A healthy recovery therefore requires patients to conquer their negativity, combat their sedentary lifestyle, and incorporate a certain amount of exercise into their routine every day.
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.
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?
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.
After my last blog I thought that summer meant things would slow down but as I type this I am on a plane headed to work at a military camp for a week after just getting back last night from Junior Nationals all week. Apparently there’s no rest for the weary but it hasn’t been all work and no play ALL summer. In fact, we kicked off summer with family vacation at my favorite place on earth – no, not Disney world – that’s the happiest place on earth – this is small town North Carolina. Population 25!