Monthly Archives: August 2012

Wozniacki Injury Ends Bid for Fifth WTA Title

Caroline Wozniacki, the Danish tennis player who previously held the world number one WTA title and has held her title for more than 65 weeks, was finally humbled on Thursday. Wozniacki injured her knee during a quarterfinal against Maria Kirilenko of Russia. Far too young, most would say, is Wozniacki right now to be facing the potential of a career-ending injury, but sometimes we know our own bodies better than anyone else.

“I could feel it from the start,” said Wozniacki, “But, you know, it just started to get a bit worse. I decided to stop because if you don’t feel a hundred percent, you can’t compete at a hundred percent. It’s better to let it rest. I wasn’t going to win this match anyways if I’m not on a hundred percent fit level.”

In trying to join stars like Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, and Chris Evert, who have all won five consecutive championships, Wozniacki had only won four. Still, she had to confess that winning four was not such a poor accomplishment.

“There’s a lot of players that never win a tournament and there’s a lot of players that never win four. Winning the same one four times in a row is definitely special.”

We wish her a quick recovery. At age 22, Wozniacki should still have a bright future in the sport.

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DeCastro Goes Down for the Steel City

No good, they say. Pittsburgh Steelers fans are up in arms about the new artificial surface (turf) that seems to have affected some of the players for the worse. On Saturday, when the Steelers were beating up on the Buffalo Bills in a lopsided victory, Rookie Guard Jason DeCastro went down with a potential season-ending knee injury. Some will argue that he got stepped on. Others say that he could have gotten out, but his foot got stuck in the grass. Superstar quarterback Ben Roethlisberger expressed a strange, almost contradictory statement about the situation.

“This is a great field, but it’s FieldTurf, and it’s just killing guys because they can’t get their feet out of the ground, and it’s just another reason we should get rid of FieldTurf.” They have a great field, he said, but a bad field at the same time. One they should get rid of. The only problem? Pittsburgh was playing in Buffalo and Buffalo doesn’t use FieldTurf.

In 2010, the NFLPA rated fields throughout the league for their safety and consistency. And for the tenth consecutive year, FieldTurf ranked among the best surfaces in the NFL. Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis was placed at the top when it came to stadium fields. Below that came New York, New Orleans, and Seattle. Pittsburgh didn’t make it into the top 10, but Buffalo landed at number 12. In other words, according to the NFLPA, Buffalo has a better field than Pittsburgh, so DeCastro’s injury can’t be blamed on FieldTurf. But it’s always worth looking into such matters again.

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Progress in Knee Brace Research

While the Brace Shop is in the business of selling quality and low cost braces for all kinds of injuries, others are in the business of investigating ways to improve the quality of products we, and others, sell on a regular basis. Case in point, researchers from the University of Waterloo have created a knee simulator to replicate various motions and movement factors that may or may not have an effect on the knee itself. In particular, these experts are looking at the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and ways to ensure that fewer ACL injuries become career-threatening.

“What we plan to do,” said one of the researchers, “is first design knee braces specifically meant to protect the ACL of high-risk athletes and then we also want to find out who are those people.” The team acknowledged that most severe ACL injuries happen during practices, rather than competitions. For this reason, the they are developing technology to work within training situations, rather than the more intense moments of an athletic career.

Their common belief is that athletes should be able to enjoy the full range of their abilities without putting so much pressure on a knee that might give out at any time.

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Chenoweth Off “The Good Wife” with Neck Brace

Kristin Chenoweth gained early notoriety on Broadway as a singer and actress with the look of a star. Throughout her career, she has been seen in almost two dozen films, but even more people have gotten to know her as a recurring character on shows like The West Wing, Pushing Daisies, and Glee. More recently, her role has been in The Good Wife, as a political reporter, but that came to a shocking halt when Chenoweth turned up with a neck brace last week, proclaiming an injury she allegedly sustained while on the set.

There was, as we understand it, a true and serious injury about a month ago, in which Chenoweth was hit in the head by lighting equipment. She was rushed to the hospital, but came back with no indication that there would be any long term concerns. Only now, almost a month later, has she come out onto the public scene wearing a neck brace and quietly suggesting that there may be a lawsuit pending against the studio for its negligence. Whether that ever materializes is an entirely different story, but we wish her the best in recovery.

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The Uh-Oh in San Francisco

Last year, the San Francisco 49ers could taste the Super Bowl. They were just a game outside of it when the New York ‘Football’ Giants handed them a devastating loss, which some argue was the fault of San Francisco imploding under pressure. Others have suggested that the Niners just needed a few more weapons to get the job done. Coach Jim Harbaugh seems to have adopted this latter view, bringing in stars like Randy Moss and Mario Manningham, both receivers. What was peculiar about the Manningham pick up was that he came from, well, the New York ‘Football’ Giants. Oh, and then there was the acquisition of another Giants’ player, Brandon Jacobs, at running back, adding diversity to the Frank Gore machine.

All the excitement in San Francisco just fell to a hush when, on Saturday, Jacobs went down with a knee injury while playing a preseason game in Houston. He even had to be carted into the locker room after Coach Harbaugh helped him off the field. Yikes!

Right now, there is no news out of San Francisco as to whether this injury will end the season for Jacobs before it begins, but one thing it certainly does is to knock a little wind out of the team, who are preparing for their first game in Green Bay on September 9.

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Iron Man Not So Iron

The origins of Iron Man are fairly simple in the comic book world. Billionaire playboy and engineer, Tony Stark, is kidnapped and injured by a group of warmongers who insist that he build them a weapon of mass destruction. Instead, he builds an iron suit that allows him to escape his captors, ultimately becoming the Iron Man, a superhero that fights crime on a global scale. For the last several years, Robert Downey, Jr. has been filling these big shoes, playing Stark on the big screen. And on Wednesday, we learned that Downey had sustained an ankle injury during the shoot of Iron Man 3.

In order to give his ankle time to heal, Marvel Studios said that the production schedule has been delayed. They were filming in Wilmington, North Carolina, when the incident (which hasn’t been clarified) brought Downey to his knees. According to the latest movie gossip, director Shane Black and the Iron Man star have really been trying to make this film bigger than the other two, which is a tall order. They want their trilogy to end on a high note, so the stunts are a little more risky, the heights just a little higher.

Yes, we’d all love to see another Iron Man movie, but be careful with Downey. We also need him to cap off the trilogy of Sherlock Holmes.

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Oscar Pistorius, Blade Runner of the 2012 Summer Olympics

Social Media was ablaze during the Men’s 400 Meter competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London earlier this month. What had their attention? Word that a human Blade Runner would be competing in the race. No, this was not Harrison Ford on the track. This was Oscar Pistorius, a South African double amputee, who runs with the help of an Össur limb called the Cheetah Flex Foot. Just the mere mention of Pistorius on Google and fans can view thousands of videos of a man who almost appears to be a living, Bionic Man.

Granted, a discussion of someone nicknamed the ‘Blade Runner’ has had its share of controversy, with many arguing that Pistorius has an advantage over traditional runners. But in the end, whether a person runs with natural or alternative limbs, it still takes a great measure of human strength to make those legs competitive. And if we took anything away from the Pistorius race, we learned that disabilities do not immediately exclude someone from an Olympic contest. Despite losing the 400 Meters, Pistorius continues to inspire children and adults alike, those in a similar situation who look to him as a model of hope. For someone who grew up without legs and now joins an elite club of the fastest runners in the world, his presence at the 2012 Olympics may have been the most incredible show in London. No offense to Michael Phelps or Gabby Douglas, of course.

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Owens Brings His Aging Knee to the Seahawks

Terrell Owens - Knee InjuryTerrell Owens has been called many things, but after his recent efforts to get signed with an NFL team, it’s time we added another name to his resume: persistent. In the Spring of 2011, Owens injured his knee and was officially out of contention for the 2011-2012 season. Let’s just say he became a non-factor in the NFL, a reality that almost every commentator had already acknowledged with or without the knee problem. And today, at age 38, no one expects him to be a factor much longer.

But don’t tell that to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll, who signed the Pro Bowl receiver on Tuesday.

“He’s got a chance to start all over again here. And whatever age he is, who cares? I don’t care.”

Okay, then.

Setting aside the controversies and a massive track record for causing trouble within his offensive unit, the fact is, if Owens can play, then he should play. Age does not always diminish the drive of an athlete to excel in spite of nagging injuries, torn ligaments, and broken bones. Although our muscles will eventually give out and we might need a few more body braces, there is no reason for anyone to call it quits before he or she is completely ready to remove themselves from a sport. Just another reason why we think there might be room for Michael Phelps in Rio.

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6 Dead, 3 Injured at a Wisconsin Temple

Only three weeks removed from the tragedy in Colorado, another shooter, this time with clear motive, entered a peaceful Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin on Sunday, and opened fire. What made this tragedy more unique was that it took place in a house of worship, the region so often perceived to be off limits from the angers of political or social animosity. No doubt there were Mormons, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, and those from every American religion throughout the country who clutched their children a little tighter when they heard the news that their most sacred houses are not immune to the evils of the world.

Still, this most recent shooting also demonstrated some of the greatest strengths of human nature. For example, when two police officers first appeared on the scene, they immediately risked their lives to protect a congregation they knew very little about. Police Lt. Brian Murphy took 9 bullets at point blank range, but when more officers came to help him, he waved them on, insisting that they go help others who had been injured in the temple. For a selfless act in the face of selfish violence, Murphy is currently in critical condition at a local hospital.

To those guardians and heroes who protect our communities, we humbly offer our gratitude.

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Olympic Gymnasts Lose Black to a Twisted Ankle

Last week, the world took notice of two amazing athletes: Michael Phelps and Gabby Douglas. Phelps, for his part, had started the week with a poor showing against Ryan Lochte, causing many to think his days as a gold medal olympian would be over long before Rio. But that was at the beginning. Today, he is the most decorated olympian of all time. Then there was Douglas, an adorable young gymnast with a smile to light up every room. Helping her peers win gold for the group-all-around wasn’t enough. Up against a surging and remarkable performance from Russia’s Viktoria Komova, Douglas took gold for the individual-all-around as well.

When it comes to the gymnastics portion of the 2012 Summer Olympics, athletes often struggle to hold their composure. The vault, floor routines, pommel horses, balance beams, and uneven bars are just a snapshot of the many ways in which these gymnasts try to demonstrate their strengths. And for those who have watched over the years, injuries can be potentially devastating (aka, Kerri Strug, from the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta).

So it is that we empathize with Canadian gymnast, Elsabeth Black, who twisted her ankle during the first individual Olympic vault on Sunday. Physicians came to her with a wheelchair and she refused it, opting instead to limp her way back to the bench. The 16-year-old has nothing to be ashamed of, however. She helped her team take a 5th place finish in the group final, the best marks that Canada has ever received in the competition. The injured ankle now means that she can focus on the possibility of healing and returning to Rio in 2016.

What would the Olympics be without the occasional injury? The question isn’t whether you may get hurt, but how you handle the pain when it comes. For now, Black is all smiles. And we expect to see her again along with competitors like Gabby Douglas. Swimmers will not see Michael Phelps in the water again, though. At least that’s what he says.

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