Posts Tagged 'wheelchair'

Who are we?

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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.

Posted by Daniel Nong Nov 27, 2013 Posted in Disability 2 Comments

Basketball Is My Drug

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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.

Posted by Daniel Nong Nov 19, 2013 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

4 Wheel City turning Disability into Hip-Hop Beats

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I’m sitting in a session at a disability disclosure conference at the University of Delaware, and I learned of the one thing I didn’t expect to learn: one of the keynote speakers who are from a different generation than myself (older) informed me about a hip-hop duo. I was locked in Bizzaro World.

Posted by Josh pate Nov 13, 2013 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

Where is the coverage for Tatyana McFadden?

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Yesterday was the ING New York City Marathon, an event that was canceled last year due to Hurricane Sandy, and an event that carried an enormous weight for crowd security after the tragedy in Boston.

In my opinion, a tragedy has occurred with the NYC marathon….there was paltry coverage of one of the event’s greatest champions, Tatyana McFadden.

Posted by Susan Silverman Nov 05, 2013 Posted in Disability No Comments

A US Journey

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With the US National team playing at the American Zonals at Lakeshore this weekend it made me reflect on the 7 years of my life that I was part of the US Rugby Program. What always first comes to mind about those days were the life-long friendships that I have developed over the years of playing. These friendships are life sustaining for one reason, a shared commitment.

Posted by Bob Lujano Oct 18, 2013 Posted in Disability No Comments

AXIS Dance Summer Intensive 2013

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“You’re a walkie and I’m a wheelie,” Mollie said to me.

“I’m a what?”

“A walkie.  I’m a wheelie.” 

Posted by Elizabeth Vander Kamp Oct 10, 2013 Posted in Disability 2 Comments

Summer Exercises

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For the last 2 months, I been in full swing in my off-season exercise plan. Thank God!  Since rugby season ended in April I always feel as if I

Posted by Bob Lujano Sep 04, 2013 Posted in Disability No Comments

The New Accessible Icon

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There’s a new icon on the streets.  Check out the changes from the 1968 Universal Accessibility Icon.  Compare the head position, the legs, and the arms.

Posted by Elizabeth Vander Kamp Jul 19, 2013 Posted in Disability 9 Comments

Sports Gear and Accessible Vans: The Logistics of Adaptive Sports

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Basketball,  Tennis,  Waterskiing,   Snow skiing, Rugby, and  Volleyball, have all been adapted for play by wheelchair users. In fact, wheelchair paintball is gaining momentum these days. Sports at all levels have logistics issues—transporting players, coaches, and equipment to the court, field, gym, mountain, lake, wherever. While pro teams and world-class athletes (with sponsors who provide money for logistical needs) have it easier dealing with logistics.…

Posted by Susan Hawkins Jun 25, 2013 Posted in Disability 2 Comments

Burnout for People with Disabilities in Athletics

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Burnout is a subject that has been widely researched in the Health, Sports, and Fitness disciplines. Recent studies show links between burnout and musculoskeletal diseases including chronic neck and back pain and osteoarthritis for women and cardiovascular disease in men.[i]

Posted by Kerry Jun 24, 2013 Posted in Disability 2 Comments