Monthly Archives: April 2011

2011 Walk for Wheelchairs

For all those who talk about a generation of entitled and self-involved children, the citizens of Escambia County, Florida would like to proudly introduce Teal Garth and Chandler Morales.  These two 15-year-old teenagers from West Florida High School are leading a 33-mile walk around Perdido Key to raise money for wheelchairs that will eventually be sent to children with Cerebral Palsy and other diseases who live in Ecuador.  Right now Garth and Morales have gathered enough friends and community members together to raise more than $20,000 for the cause.  Wow.  This world isn’t half bad at raising children who learn to think of others both in and beyond their community.

In 2008, when the Walk for Wheelchairs began, the two teenagers made the trek in just three days, earning them praise from the community and popularity among peers at school.  It didn’t take long for either of them to persuade friends to come on board and test their endurance.  Before long, their venture became a talking point for the county, with neighbors urging neighbors to donate for the cause.  Perhaps the most touching part of this fundraising mission is that neither Garth nor Morales have ever been to see the children whose lives they’re changing every year.  They hope to change that this year.

The Walk for Wheelchairs ended on Wednesday with a final, 6-mile stretch and the waiting arms of proud parents.  The money they raised will go to Bayside Medical Missions in Fairhope, Alabama, a non-profit organization that transports every wheelchair to the children in Ecuador who suffer from any number of conditions that diminish their mobility.

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No Mora Skiing, Please

Jim Mora, Jr. has enjoyed a fairly successful career as both an NFL coach and analyst; a man who can understand and communicate almost every aspect of professional football to the average layperson.  The former coach of the Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons (where he had Michael Vick as his quarterback) has a reputation for being one of the best names in his business.  He currently works as an analyst with the NFL Network.  But put him on the ski slopes and Mora is a different man entirely.

Several months ago, he felt his knee pop during a ski run but pushed himself for several more hours.  No doubt the middle-aged coach had seen plenty of his athletes play through pain and adversity, leading him to believe that he was just as invincible.  Unfortunately, while Mora is a tough cookie, his body isn’t conditioned to push itself through a popped knee.  Instead of being able to shake it off, he went into surgery last week for a torn ACL.  Poor guy.

“Now I know what those players go through.” he said.  “Not fun.”  Seems he was learning that not everyone can push themselves through an injury.  Most of us are human and need some time to recover.  Considering that the 2011 NFL season is in limbo, he might have some ‘Mora’ time on his own.

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NFL Lockout Ends, Injuries To Begin Again

When the lights of Super Bowl XLV went down and the Green Bay Packers were once again hoisting the Lombardi trophy at the close of last season, many fans were wondering if this was a fitting end to the National Football League as we know it.  Arguments between players and owners had been bubbling up for several years, leading to the potential of a 2011 shutdown.  And when negotiations came up empty last month, owners officially locked out their players, knowing that a continued lockout would mean no football season, no revenue, and no Super Bowl XLVI.  But on Monday, Minnesota federal Judge Susan Richard Nelson ruled that owners now had to open their doors to the players, a decision that is sure to be appealed and that now comes with its own share of awkward realities.

By Tuesday, many players weren’t quite sure how to approach the new turn of events.  Some were comfortable training in the alternative facilities that they’ve been in for seven weeks now.  No players showed up in Detroit (not that we would expect much from the Lions).  Others were willing to test the waters and found that their coaches, who have been caught in the middle, were eager to let them in. 

Needless to say, a court-ordered ruling doesn’t change the hostility and tension that still exists between players and owners.  With just a few months until the tentative new season begins, a lot could change.  And while players gradually make their way back onto their home fields for practice and workouts, injuries are sure to show up in the news once again.  If, however, there is no season to play, then many of the potential injuries will matter less and less to the fans.

Whether the NFL lives or dies in 2011 won’t deter children, teens, college students, and even adults to go play a game at their local park.  The Brace Shop wants to ensure that you have all the protection you need as the summer heats up and football returns.  Our Football Shop has products for preventing and healing injuries in the field of play.  Each item comes highly recommended at a reasonable cost to you.  No one can beat The Brace Shop prices, their service and their huge selection. The Brace Shop supplies hospitals, sports teams, schools, doctors, therapists, nursing homes & military bases around the world. Shop Where The Pros Go!

WWII Soldier Honored in VA Fight

While it’s true that attorneys have a bad rap, disability lawyer John Tucker didn’t let that image get in his way of volunteering to represent the widow of a World War II veteran almost three years ago.  His client was denied compensation from the VA when her husband died, even though doctors agreed that his death came as the result of a ‘service-related’ injury.   Both Tucker and his client were able to claim victory against what he called ‘government bureaucracy’, even though she had been fighting the battle for almost seven years before he joined the case.

The client’s husband, Tucker argued, had been receiving VA benefits for his war injuries until passing away in 2001.  Like other VA widows, Tucker’s client believed that continued benefits would be seamless and without question until an unexpected break in payments left her puzzled and unsure who to contact.  Appeal after appeal eventually brought her case to Tucker, who not only helped her win those benefits, but to get them retroactively paid going back to 2001 when they stopped.  Obviously, figuring out how much was denied this widow will take some time, but her husband’s name will now be honored through the justice system.

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Spiderman Returns

Parodies of the Broadway version of Spiderman have been playing on an almost endless cycle.  One-liners from Conan.  Sketches on SNL.  Cartoons in the New Yorker.  And their comical criticisms are not without warrant.  At least once a month, an actor or stunt person is either leaving or returning to the show because of an injury (a recurring problem that was discussed in an article from the Brace Shop last February).  This week, however, one of the stunt men returned from his injury, earning permission from his doctor to get back to playing his part in the thrill-seeking role he once filled.

Christopher Tierney is an Irish American from Portsmouth, New Hampshire who, during a December preview of the show, fell between 20 and 40 feet (depending on the embellishment of the commentator) into the orchestra pit.  Members of the cast thought that no one could survive a fall of that height.  Audience members weren’t sure if the ‘Call 9-1-1’ shouts were part of the show or not.  And once Tierney was rushed to the hospital, doctors weren’t sure if he would ever walk again (surmising that the actor might be paralyzed).

Among the other faults of Broadway Spiderman are its outlandish costs.  Some have estimated that the show requires nearly 65 million dollars in production costs, but that there is almost no way to replenish that amount from paying customers without raising every ticket price to more than $1000 per seat.  After all, a movie can be played in multiple theaters for multiple movie-goers, but a broadway production has only one audience at a given time.

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No Pain, Plenty to Gain

Tennis players are prone to aches and pains, but the ONS Foundation for Clinical Research and Education wants to deliver a Connecticut seminar on May 10 explaining how to diminish those aches and pains during  a match.  Their motto is, “leave the aches and pains to your opponent.”  The keynote speaker, Dr. Paul Sethi, and his colleagues will be addressing everything from common injuries (tennis elbow, shoulder and wrist damage, sprained ankles) to more effective warm-ups and conditioning techniques.  Patrick Hirscht, an expert in the tennis profession, will discuss how to use proper form and avoid popular mistakes that often lead to problematic and nagging injuries for amateur players.

Last week, ONS provided a ‘Free Golf Injury Prevention Seminar’ addressing many of the same concerns about form and technique for preserving a player’s game.  And last month, ONS was a leader in teaching baseball players and triathletes about how to prepare their bodies to achieve maximum benefits from the sport they love.  All that to be said, if you are an athlete and have concerns about injury prevention, ONS is a great resource for learning opportunities.  With the game of tennis being covered next month, one can only imagine that they’ll have a seminar dealing with soccer, basketball, and football by the end of the summer.

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LCP Child Becomes Teenage Hero

Benjamin Rutkowski was only seven years old when he was diagnosed with Legg-Calves-Perthes disease (LCP).  As a result, Rutkowski soon developed rheumatoid arthritis, requiring that he have a lift in his shoe, a brace for his hip, a wheelchair for mobility, and far more medications than a child should ever need.  With two elbow surgeries and a hip replacement by the time he was 15, Rutkowski was one of the few children in America who knew the multiple financial and medical challenges that come with being an LCP patient.

Today, Rutkowski is an avid basketball player and member of his local Boy Scout Troop where he recently endured a tough 70-mile hike within the mountains of New Mexico.  And since Shriners Hospital for Children in Erie, PA was the only hospital willing to perform his hip surgery, Rutkowski decided to organize a collection of used medical equipment that could be donated to the very place that made him whole again.  Against all likelihood, he collected 273 pieces of medical equipment from members of the community.  This was a far cry from the 100 or so items that others had told him was more realistic.  The teenage hero plans to enter college next fall to major in physical education.  “Yes, I have a fake hip, but I am not going to use it to get out of anything,” said Rutkowski.  Bravo, young man.  Bravo.

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Wrestling Neglect

The statute of limitations has evidently not been exhausted for a case in Washington that has already passed the four year mark.  On February 1, 2008, Eighth-Grade Wrestling Coach Dan Price filled out an accident report on Talon Watkins, saying that the boy had ‘twisted his knee during wrestling practice’.  Where the report asked for the nature of the child’s injury, Price checked ‘dislocation’ with a question mark.  Had the coach failed to document the incident, this might be a very different situation, but the Watkins family has been a constant fight against the district, alleging that the coach was negligent.  And if, in fact, he was negligent, then the parents believe the coach and the district are to blame for the chronic injuries that Talon continues to battle.

Today, Talon Watkins is 18 and soon to graduate from high school.  The district that once counted him among their athletes, spoke out this past week in defense of the coach.  “There are certain sports where injuries happen regardless of fault.  When you engage in wrestling, you sometimes get injured.”  Unfortunately for the district, Watkins and others who were present at the time of the injury have pointed out that this did not happen while wrestling, but while engaging in horseplay.  And as a result of boys being boys without a coach to temper their childishness, a student landed on Talon’s knee, causing it to visibly swell up.  This, the Watkins say, is why they have substance to their case.  Since the district plans to fight this in court, the decision will be left up to a mediator.

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Sykora Breathing on Her Own

Stacy Sykora, the two time All-American volleyball player from Texas A&M University, was seriously injured in Brazil when her bus crashed on the way to a semifinals match on April 12.  Doctors reported that she had suffered head trauma and internal bleeding on the left side of her brain.  After nearly a week in the ICU, Sykora is now breathing on her own, but she may never play the game of volleyball again.

Competing and starring in the Summer Olympics since 2000, Sykora has been a stand out athlete for every U.S. team that she has represented.  During the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, she received a second place ranking for her 123 digs.  During the 2004 Olympics in Athens, the U.S. team entered a tough competition as the favorite and yet were outplayed by an undefeated group from Brazil.  After the 2004 loss, Sykora did some soul searching and eventually came back to represent the U.S. in the 2008 Summer Olympics from Beijing.  That year, they came in third behind none other than Brazil.

Needless to say, a volleyball star like Sykora has been fighting to win gold for years.  That competitive urge led her to go join the Brazilian Volei Futuro, where she had hoped to maybe carry her reputation to another, more lasting Olympic memory.  The bus crash in Brazil has given pause to her family, friends, and fans.

Volleyball can often be among the more underrated of professional sports, but some of the most amazing and talented athletes (including Sykora) continue to play for its success.  Our Volleyball Shop is stuffed with braces and supports for almost every kind of injury a volleyball player could suffer.  Each item comes highly recommended at a reasonable cost to you.  No one can beat The Brace Shop prices, their service and their huge selection. The Brace Shop supplies hospitals, sports teams, schools, doctors, therapists, nursing homes & military bases around the world. Shop Where The Pros Go!

Knee Brace on Oregon Receiver

On April 8, Josh Huff of the Oregon Ducks was injured while diving for a catch during practice.  Speculation was fairly intense; some suggesting that he had destroyed his ACL just two weeks before the Spring Game.  By Monday of the next week, he came on the field with a knee brace so tight that one commentator wrote, “If you’re driving across a bridge, you would want that bridge to be as sturdily constructed as the brace on Josh Huff’s left knee.”  Essentially, the brace was so tight that his knee was immobilized.  Coach Chip Kelly struggled to answer questions about his condition, only acknowledging that Huff was on the field for practice and nothing else.  Then, just one week after the injury, Huff showed up to practice on Friday with a lighter knee brace, allowing him far more flexibility.

When asked about the severity of his knee, Huff is now saying that it’s nothing more than a sprain.  He even showed off his ability to run backwards.  Critics argue, however, that the practice on Friday did not include pads, allowing him to give off the illusion that he was healthier than he actually was had this been a real game time scenario.

Fans are hoping for the best from their rising sophomore.  Last year, in a game against the Arizona Wildcats, Huff ran for the longest play of the year and helped his Ducks achieve their best start in history.  Even opponents have been hoping for their chance to see him on the field next year.  And as they say, time heals all wounds.

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