Monthly Archives: May 2012

Massachusetts Under the Radar

Over the last several years, the state of Massachusetts has been the subject of incredible political intrigue. First it was the death of Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy in August of 2009, followed by the stunning election of little known Republican Scott Brown as Kennedy’s replacement. Then came the issue of Romneycare, a state-run universal health care program signed into law by 2012’s presumptive GOP Nominee, Mitt Romney, who declares that he will immediately destroy the so-called Obamacare (modeled after Romneycare) if he is elected president in November. But in all the hub-bub over politics, the beloved New England state has proven that they are incredibly good at something everyone else should be acutely aware: injury prevention.

Trust for America’s Health, along with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have ranked states according to their injury statistics as well as a checklist of policies related to injury prevention. According to the report, Massachusetts has the third lowest rate of injury-related deaths, meaning that the severity of injuries incurred by residents is not as high as they might be elsewhere in the country. Only California and New York ranked higher in legislative policies for injury prevention. The state might have raised their credibility if law enforcement officers had the right to pull people over for not wearing their seatbelts, but legislators don’t appear to be rushing any bills through the floor on the issue.

While it may be politically volatile as voters consider its relationship to the 2012 Presidential Election, there is one thing we know for sure: Massachusetts flies under the radar as a pretty safe place to live.

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Ramsay Humbled Outside the Kitchen

Like Simon Cowell, Chef Gordon Ramsay has gradually turned into one of those people we all love to hate. Ramsay entered international fame when he starred in the hit series, Hell’s Kitchen, quickly becoming known as the man who shouts at every single person he meets. Over the years, the gnarling, profanity-laced Brit has warmed up out of necessity. A man can only be angry for so long. Occasionally, we do see him smile. And on Sunday, we even saw his benevolent side.

Playing a part in the Manchester charity game called Soccer Aid 2012, Ramsay was tackled into the ground (literally) and couldn’t get up. Medical staff hurried to the field, where they gave him oxygen and soon took him away on a stretcher. Taking to his Twitter account, Ramsay wrote: “Thx 4 (thanks for) all the messages. Out of hospital after receiving amazing care from medics at ground & hospital. Bit sore but fine.” Word has it that his back was somewhat injured during the collision, but he’s an incredibly tough man. The Soccer Aid also managed to bring an injury to funnyman Will Ferrell (leg), whose role in the competititon was lessened rather quickly.

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A Second Chance for Dancing Volleyball Star?

For Misty May-Treanor, we might argue that there’s nothing else she needs to prove. A two-time gold medalist, the winningest beach volleyball player in the world, and the champion of more than 100 domestic and international championships, what else is there to accomplish as an athlete? She calls it unfinished business.

In 2008, May-Treanor was forced to leave Dancing With the Stars when she tore her Achilles tendon during rehearsals. According to reports, next year’s competition will include stars from previous seasons, making her primed for the chance to try again. Apparently, she has taken to Facebook, asking her friends, family, and fans to give her a vote of confidence about returning to DWTS.

“I would love to finish what I wasn’t able to when I was on the show the last time.”

Before the show, however, May-Treanor will be amping up for her spot on the roster in London. The 2012 Summer Olympics begin on July 27, where she will team up with volleyball partner, Kerry Walsh. If she gets to dance come winter, she’ll be paired up with a new partner; most likely Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Mark Ballas, or Derek Hough.

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Ireland Loses Leamy to Retirement

Denis Leamy is only 30 years old, but for nearly ten years, he’s given his body to a sport that most of us would probably call the most acceptably violent and dangerous on the planet: rugby. Leamy has been a back row forward with Ireland and Munster, usually playing one of the toughest roles on his team as a blind side flanker (muscle and defense) as well as a number eight (weight from the back of the scrum). But a persistent and frustrating hip injury ultimately led to his retirement on May 22.

Offering a fitting speech to end a worthy career, Leamy said, “I find it hard to put into words how much it has meant to me to play for Munster and Ireland. It was a dream come true and I was very lucky to play with some of the greatest players ever to wear the jerseys and feel blessed that I was part of winning teams… I’ve had a great career, wish it had gone on a little longer but I’d like to thank all the coaches, players, medical staff and management who have helped me over the past decade.”

Hips are among one of the most stable parts of your body. Unfortunately, when they are subjected to blunt force (especially for someone playing rugby) on a regular basis, any number of problems are likely to arise. Dislocation, fractures, and strains are just the beginning. For Leamy, this marks the end of his rugby-playing days, but it also marks the beginning of another phase in his life. Anyone who has played more than one game of rugby knows that Leamy has to have some serious toughness. No doubt he’ll use that toughness as he moves in a new direction.

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Life After the Neck Brace

Last January, the Brace Shop made its readers aware of a serious neck injury that struck an R&B singer named Jason Derulo. Since that time, Derulo has been making news on American Idol, offering to deliver a song that the public would help him write. Tonight, he debuted the new song, titled ‘Undefeated’, proving once again that he is a dancing powerhouse to be reckoned with on the stage.

Rumors were also laid to rest about his relationship with Season Six American Idol winner, Jordin Sparks. During his performance of ‘Undefeated’, the camera panned to her beaming face, singing along the words to her beau’s new hit single. Were those stars in her eyes? Probably.

Derulo has proven to be a perfect example of life with and life after a neck brace. If you’ll remember, he donned a diamond covered neck brace back in April, showing that he wasn’t going to let a silly, obnoxious little injury keep him down (oh, those broken necks). Of course, we cut him some slack on that recovery since, well, he had a little bit more money to play with than the rest of us. But all kidding aside, his efforts to battle back from a serious injury were a powerful demonstration of the willpower that can turn a tragedy into a victory. Fortunately, for customers of the Brace Shop, our prices are affordable and our support is unmatched.

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Injury Ends Campaign in Iowa

Running for Congress is a venture that often costs its candidates everything they have and more. Perhaps our version of American politics will always be a rich man’s game, but history continues to be written by the underdogs who came to their races with nothing and walked away with more than half the ballots in their favor. Unfortunately, for Mike McRae of Iowa, his West Des Moines campaign had to be suspended this week as a result of an injury he sustained with his family in North Carolina.

McCrae was hoping to offer ‘better representation’ for the 42nd District seat in the Iowa House. He recently graduated from Drake Law School and was close to facing off against Peter Cownie, a two term congressman from the same community. Without McCrae in the race, Cownie will be running unopposed in the general election come November.

Specifics about the McCrae accident have not been made public, but the results are shocking and peculiar. Apparently, he was unconscious for nearly five minutes, ultimately injuring his neck, ribs, and right leg. The secrecy of the accident is unusual, considering the severity of his condition, but McCrae ended his campaign with the evidence of a difficult decision.

“I am not making this decision lightly. I am committed to the belief that District 42 deserves better representation. It is unfortunate that I have to suspend my campaign at this time, but I need to focus on recovering.”

Indeed he should. Whether or not McCrae would have been the right or wrong choice for Iowa, American politics will, as always, go on and on regardless of how many candidates fall to the curb.

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Compromising Pedestrian Safety

The Department of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland Hospital for Children and the University of Maryland School of Medicine teamed up at the end of 2011 to conduct research about the dangers that come with pedestrians who walk while having on a pair of headphones. Their concern was that so much attention had been given to the issue of distracted drivers, but very little had been given to the many who simply walk without acknowledging the steps ahead. According to their study of 116 reported deaths or injuries between 2004 and 2011 from pedestrians wearing headphones, 55% of the cases involved trains and 29% involved cases where the driver (of the train or car) gave a warning via horn. In the grand scheme of things, there are an average of 4,500 pedestrians who are either killed or injured every year as part of a documented traffic accident, which is to say that a mere 116 deaths/injuries over the course of 8 years is barely an issue.

Still, while researchers agree that “causal relationships cannot be proven,” their work leaves plenty of room for speculation about pedestrian safety when it comes to the use of mobile devices that ultimately distract walkers and runners from the honks and beeps of oncoming traffic. Apparently, New Jersey has even gone so far as to outlaw texting while walking with a fine of $85 per incident. Why? Because text-walking leads to jaywalking (crossing a road at a location other than the visible crosswalk), which endangers everyone in a 30 yard radius.

The research serves as a vindication of some obvious truths. If we distract ourselves from the most important realities of safety that we teach our children, such as “look both ways before crossing the street” or “watch where you’re going”, then the likelihood of injury or an even more grave fatality will go without saying at some point.

Be careful out there. Maybe New Jersey is onto something.

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An Overdue Purple Heart in El Paso

On February 19, 1952, Gilbert Ramirez enlisted in the army, hoping to serve the United States with honor. Soon after basic training, Ramirez was sent to the Korean War, where he would help fight on the front lines of a signature battle, the Battle of Pork Chop Hill. When his leg was injured in the line of duty, he had the wounds and the scars to prove it. Unfortunately, the U.S. Military did not award him the purple heart until May 5, 2012, some 59 years later.

Ramirez, a resident of El Paso, Texas, recalls the battle as if it were yesterday.

“I was in the third platoon – the last platoon to go out into the hill. When we got up there, it was a mess. It was horrible, but I had a mission.”

For years, the military argued over and over that Ramirez did not have sufficient documentation to warrant a Purple Heart. He and his wife, Paulina, spent years fighting for the accolade, only to run up against brick wall after brick wall. It wasn’t until Paulina uncovered a random piece of paper in the clutter of old memories that Ramirez found relief. Apparently, when the document turned out to be exactly what the military was looking for, he began walking around home like he was on cloud nine.

The Brace Shop salutes Cpl. Ramirez and all the other service men and women who fight so valiantly on behalf of the country they love.

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New York is all Knicked Up

First it was Iman Shumpert with a torn ACL in Game 1. Then it was Jeremy Lin with a small meniscus tear in his left knee last March. And on Sunday, it was Baron Davis who got carted off the court on a stretcher. All three athletes are members of the New York Knicks, who looked like serious playoff contenders in February, but are now likely to self-destruct during the first round of the post season. That is, unless they can pull off another three games like the one they achieved during Sunday’s matchup against the Miami Heat. Davis on the court or not, the Knicks were fighting for every point, pulling off an upset win, 89-87. Miami still owns the match with a 3-1 scale.

The crazy thing about most of these injuries is that they haven’t been drastic accidents. In the case of Jeremy Lin, he simply noticed a nagging pain in his knee and decided to have it looked at. Next thing he knew, surgery was next on the table. Much in the same underwhelming manner, Davis was moving up the court for an easy basket and his leg buckled underneath him. Physicians say that he dislocated his right patella. Just running up the court, you say? That’s correct. Just running up the court.

Injuries are unpredictable. Even athletes whose profession requires them to be more well conditioned than the rest of us, well, they’re vulnerable as well. As for the New York Knicks and their chances in the NBA Playoffs, we’ll know very soon whether they can survive the Heat.

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Defensive MVP Won’t Play in 2012

On January 22, 2012, the Baltimore Ravens could taste their second Super Bowl. Just 60 minutes of play against one of the best teams in the National Football League. It was the Ravens against the New England Patriots in a game that kept everyone on the edge of their seats. But the rest was history. The Patriots went on to be defeated for a second time against the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI. As for Baltimore, the team now faces the strong possibility of playing their entire 2012 season without Defensive MVP and Ravens Linebacker, Terrell Suggs.

Apparently, Suggs was playing a little B-ball in Arizona this week and completely tore his Achilles tendon. Doctors say he’ll go into surgery next week, but the likelihood of his coming back before the end of the season is slim to none. This is one of those rare moments when coaches and owners start to question the allowances that they give to multi-million dollar players who give themselves over to extra-curricular activities. What if they hurt themselves and cost our season? Last year, the same controversy swirled around Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, when he was seen riding a skateboard down his own driveway. Word has it that the man who ratted Flacco out was his neighbor, Ravens free safety Ed Reed. The news was all over the headlines, but there was some sense to it all. In the case of Terrell Suggs, a little pick up basketball has now cost the team millions.

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