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Retiring to Ski for Fun

Fifteen months ago, Hans Grugger, a World Cup Alpine Ski Racer from Austria, was airlifted to Innsbruck when he crashed head first into a ski piste (one of those marked runs on the slope). The tragedy culminated in a large and still unresolved debate over safety issues for downhill skiers. Today, however, Grugger came forward to announce his retirement at age 30.

Initially, he attempted a comeback, believing that he could regain control of his right leg, but the chances of doing so in a short time have become harder and harder to measure.

“There is a chance of improvement,” said Grugger, “but you can’t tell how long this is going to take. That’s why I have taken this decision now…I am immensely happy and thankful that I am doing well. That I can’t race in the future is just a relatively minor problem. I can ski for fun and do almost anything I want to do.”

What a novel thought. Grugger may not be able to compete against other professionals anymore, but that doesn’t mean he has to quit enjoying the slopes. On the contrary, he can now go back to skiing the way that most people in the world do it: as an extra-curricular activity.

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Hero of Super Bowl XLV Still Unsure for 2012

Nick Collins wasn’t the only star on the Green Bay Packers’ sideline during Super Bowl XLV, but his interception in the first quarter was definitely enough to call him one of the game’s heroes. Sadly, in Week 2 of the following year, Collins went down against the Carolina Panthers after trying to tackle running back Jonathan Stewart. While everyone else was preparing for the next play, Collins laid flat on the ground. As we would soon learn, the tragically unsuccessful tackle compromised the future of Collins’ year (2011) and, potentially, his entire career. He would soon undergo a spinal fusion procedure not unlike the surgery that quarterback Peyton Manning went through just a few weeks earlier in the same season.

Coaches in Green Bay are saying, collectively, that they don’t think he’s ready yet to play in 2012. This is probably a good sign of things to come in the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell has been laying down the law over the last several years, earning him a reputation for trying to clean up a culture of untempered violence. The harshness of his convictions are often criticized (case in point, the bounty-gate hammer), but the fact is, when coaches are willing to be honest about the physical weaknesses of their players, that’s evidence that no one will be pushing men like Nick Collins back onto the field before they’re ready.

Right now, it’s all about the healing process. And from the looks of things, Collins will be out for quite a bit longer.

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Bling Bling on a Neck Brace?

Quite possibly, you’ve never seen anything like it. We certainly haven’t. And dare we say, Ryan Seacrest, the always fashionable host of American Idol had never seen anything like it. What was it?

The bedazzled neck brace! Jason Derulo, who the Brace Shop mentioned on January 26, emerged on stage during last week’s taping of American Idol wearing what some were describing as an outlandish accessory. On March 29, The Hollywood Reporter conducted an interview with the pop star, asking “Where did it come from [the neck brace], who made it?”

“A French jeweler who lives in Paris. He found out that my neck was broken and I had to wear this ugly thing around all the time. So we talked, and he was like, ‘Why don’t I make you a piece?’ and he made me this. I gave him what I had in mind, and he came up with this. I thought it was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. He turned the ugliest thing into the sexiest thing. It’s all crystals. I have this one, and then I have the other medical one. I’m starting my own line… no, I’m just playing.”

It’s tough to compete with crystal-based neck braces. Seriously. Most of us don’t have that kind of money, let alone the privilege to bump into a Frenchman who can build us a fancy brace with expensive jewels.

The fact is, a neck injury is tough stuff. Personally, emotionally, financially. Tough. Even Derulo can admit that the last few months have been hard. Between the medical costs, the doctor visits, and the therapy, the neck brace should be the least of your expenses. And that’s where we come in. Hat’s off to Derulo for making the neck brace look cool, but for the average person who needs one, it’s our job to make the brace affordable. Not to mention, the physicians who design our braces have a far more important set of goals in mind than just sexy. They aim for stability, support, and comfort.

Should you end up in the same situation as Derulo, causing long term damage to the neck, we hope you’ll choose from our Head and Neck Shop. You won’t find any Crystal Neck Braces. Not yet, at least.

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Unfortunate Luck of the Irish Road Worker

The timing couldn’t have been worse. While many around the world celebrated St. Patrick’s Day this past weekend, Ireland received a bit ‘o bad news. Apparently, the Belfast Telegraph was reporting that one in five road workers who commit to projects along the roads of Northern Ireland have either known or been someone injured by passing motorists. Those numbers are staggering, especially when it turns out that many injuries actually come from individuals who literally hurl things out of their vehicles at these workers. That’s right. Of those injured, four out of ten say that they were hit by a deliberate missile from a passenger going much too fast to catch or punish.

Studies of this problem began after a series of problems began in Northern Ireland where drivers had decided, on multiple occasions, to speed through road work stop signs. Where we might imagine a few insults being hurled, apparently the Irish felt their words weren’t enough to convey disgust. Now that objects are becoming missiles from a fast moving vehicle, the danger for road workers has reached an all time high.

Rosie Leech, an inspector with the Police Services of Northern Ireland (PSNI), has become very firm on this issue over the last several weeks:

“Breaking temporary speed limits though roadworks, particularly where contractors are working, is incredibly dangerous and will not be tolerated. Please follow all directions and instructions at road works. It could save your life as well as someone else’s.”

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The New Mile High Manning

The NFL offseason has proved to be almost as fascinating as the season itself. During a crazy bid of free agency, players are moving all over the franchise map. For a little while there, fans were talking about the potential ‘dream team’ in San Francisco, where Randy Moss (star receiver from New England and Minnesota) and Mario Manningham (star receiver from last year’s Super Bowl with the New York ‘football’ Giants) both signed. What made these two acquisitions most tantalizing was that Peyton Manning, whose neck injury cost him a season and a contract with Indianapolis, was also hunting for a new team and San Francisco was in his top three. But there will be no dream team on the Bay. Instead, on Monday morning, Manning decided to move his family into the Mile High city of Denver, Colorado where he will don a Broncos jersey this August.

The picture was quite a sight. John Elway, former Denver quarterback and two time Super Bowl winner (arguably the only quarterback in NFL history to retire at the peak of his career), shaking hands with future hall-of-famer and one time Super Bowl winner, Peyton Manning, whose brother happens to have as many rings as Elway. Denver fans may have felt strongly about Tim Tebow, but at the end of the day, fans want their team to win a championship and Tebow just hadn’t proven that he was consistently capable of being a star quarterback.

Unfortunately, the acquisition of Manning has its risks as well. Some are calling Peyton ‘damaged goods’. And the truth is, he has physical baggage that comes with a mile high price. Prior to the beginning of last season, Manning had to undergo neck surgery, a decision that cost him the season and eventually led to a parting of ways between he and his beloved Colts. If, for any reason, the offensive line lets him down in Denver, Manning could be out for good. Can he still throw like a hall-of-famer? That’s whay Elway says. But we just don’t know how his body will hold up when those hits keep coming.

We’ll have to wait and find out where Tebow ends up before we’ll know who gets the last laugh.

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Kobe Beats the Heat Despite Neck Injury

When Kobe wants to play, Kobe wants to play. At least, that’s what Sunday’s 93-83 victory over the Miami Heat suggests. At least one third of those points came from the Los Angeles Lakers’ star, Kobe Bryant, in spite of a recent concussion and lingering neck injury. Coach Mike Brown was almost beside himself with surprise as well; acknowledging that Bryant will fight through anything to get on the court.

According to Bryant, we shouldn’t let the scoreboard fool us.

“In terms of injuries, this has been the one that I’ve really had to adjust my lifestyle to.” A normally agile and active man in life as well as sports, Bryant has resigned himself to a lights-out, no-talking rest for his body. On top of the time he takes on his own to recover, he missed all of practice last week to undergo neck treatments. And when he isn’t following doctor’s orders or resting, Bryant pushes himself through rigorous exercises that include bicycling and neurological tests. In other words, when Kobe wants to play, he doesn’t play around (ahem).

The truth is, recovering from a neck injury is serious business. Professional athletes recognize that they are paid to be active in their sport, not sitting on the sideline. For the rest of us, stars like Kobe Bryant just teach us that it’s possible to achieve a full recovery if we have the right tools and the right support.

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Danica’s Crash in the Final Lap

There’s something strange and scary about the final lap of a NASCAR race. Every car is vying for its last chance to turn the corner and make a pass. But Dale Earnhardt’s crash was in the final lap. And now, in a surprising moment of another final lap, Danica Patrick and her car slid down the track into a wall blocking the infield. Worst of all, her crash was nose first.

Thankfully, the driver-turned-model was not injured. In fact, she was barely shaken by the incident.

“It sucks,” she said, but you “just kind of brace yourself and be thankful that I’m a small driver and I’ve got room and kind of hug it in and let it rip.” Yikes! Perhaps more interesting is that Danica crashed into a special type of wall, designed since the death of Dale Earnhardt in 2001. It’s called a SAFER barrier. Like the crumple zones of a car, these walls are designed to compress on impact, blunting the force of the contact.

The Daytona 500, which airs on Sunday, February 26, will be Patrick’s first major foray into the biggest stage of NASCAR. When the accident happened this week, fans immediately wondered if she’d be able to compete over the weekend. An impact as tough as Danica faced would be hard for anyone, let alone someone who intends to get right back in a car and drive in excess of 200 mph. Experts say that she’ll still be able to race, but she’ll be in the back of the pack with a loaner vehicle. GoDaddy, who sponsors Danica Patrick as a race car driver, will give her what they can, but it remains to be seen whether this backup vehicle will even be competitive.

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Fans Responsible for Their Own Injuries?

Last August, tragedy struck the Indiana State Fair when the lighting system at the front of a stage came unhinged after a gust of wind. Equipment came crashing down on fans in the front row, killing seven and injuring dozens more. Sugarland, a multiplatinum selling American country duo, was the headliner that night. And at the time, authorities called it a tragic accident caused when an unusually powerful burst of wind quite literally ripped the lighting system from its brace, wreaking havoc on the audience. If anyone was to blame, fans might have argued that it was the crew of Sugarland, who didn’t stabilize the equipment. But fans were gracious. Unfortunately, Sugarland attorneys came out this week saying that fans are to blame. That’s right… the fans.

An attorney was quoted as saying that the fans “failed to exercise due care for their own safety” before giving a strange and unexpected opinion that almost of their injuries “resulted from their own fault.” Fans were not amused. One man, who had previously gone to see Sugarland in concert almost ten times, was in the front row on that day, receiving a concussion and weeks of headaches to follow. His reaction to the Sugarland attorney was bordering on rage. “Through this whole process, I don’t feel like the band cares that much about fans.”

Sugarland released a statement declaring their allegiance to nine years of fans, but they are likely to face some serious backlash among concert-goers who quickly learn about the accident and its aftermath. One document in the courts has suggested that Sugarland was warned about impending danger, but chose to go on with the concert schedule, resisting delay. That hesitance, fans now say, may prove to be their undoing. After all, it’s the fans who make up the concerts and Sugarland may be at risking of seeing fewer seats filled when they move on to their next few shows.

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Earnhardt Legacy Now Saving Lives

Since 2001, each February has passed with a solemn respect to a great legend of NASCAR. On February 18, 2001, during the final lap of the Daytona 500, Dale Earnhardt was caught up in a multi-car crash that almost instantly took his life. In the aftermath of the Earnhardt tragedy, graphic descriptions were given to explain the kind of injuries that were sustained, particularly in the head. At the time, Bill Simpson, the man who had manufactured seat belts for NASCAR vehicles, resigned from his position after receiving death threats and bullets in his house. The controversy over the track, the car, and the drivers has now, eleven years later, taken a turn for the positive.

Every year, NASCAR officials look for new ways to implement safety precautions for the high risk of head injuries. Of course, if a driver is traveling more than 180 miles an hour, there’s never a guarantee of safety, but no one wants to be the recipient of hatred if their products or their cars fail to do their jobs. That goes for crash analysis as well.

Right now, each and every race car is embedded with a crash data recorder, where analysts can research the causes of each accident and continue working to improve the way these vehicles respond to an impact. Perhaps most encouraging is that researchers and analysts are focusing most of their interest on ways to protect the head first. Even drivers who have a minor accident are now required to visit a NASCAR clinic to check for signs of a concussion. If the Earnhardt tragedy taught us anything, it’s that even in the most dangerous sport on the planet, there are always ways to minimize the potential of injuries.

NASCAR returns on Sunday, February 26, with the 54th Annual Daytona 500.

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Jason Derulo Gets an “Eye Opener”

Jason Derulo first exploded on the Pop R&B scene as a singer/songwriter in May of 2009 with song after song pulsing the feet of almost every dance floor. From ‘Don’t Wanna Go Home’ to ‘Whatcha Say’, the hits are primed to keep coming. But after the events of January 6, 2012, Derulo has had to cancel his entire Future History tour and rethink his, well, future history.

While rehearsing for the tour, Derulo broke one of his vertebrae, causing an immediate fear of paralysis. Fortunately the star has overcome the potential of any long term risks, but he’ll have to be incredibly careful to avoid those Usher-type dance routines for a little while. While recovering over the last several weeks, Derulo has managed to take up piano and start writing some softer songs that don’t require any fast movement. For an artist such as he is, slowing it down will always be a challenge, but fans will be anxious to see a more romantic side of his music. Rumor has it that he and Jordin Sparks, American Idol’s Season Six winner, have been secretly dating for quite some time. Apparently, she pampers the musician with breakfast in bed. He has called the accident an ‘eye opener’ and vows to come back stronger.

Considering that Derulo’s injury might have ended up in a more serious, life-altering situation, perhaps the singer should take some time to croon his fans (or Sparks alone) with the lyrics of his most recent hit:

I’m still alive, hope there’s a reason
Can’t move my lips, but my heart is screamin’
I only miss you when I’m breathin’
I only miss you when I’m breathin’
Without your love, don’t know how I survive
It’s you, it’s you just keepin’ me alive
I only miss you when I’m breathin’

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