Archive for 2011

Injury of the Month

August 5th, 2011 Articles
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Now everybody get’s injured. It’s just part of the game, and the “experience” of sports activity. Perhaps I’m hanging out with too many marketing types but I’m taking a new approach to non “career” ending injuries.

I propose to highlight a few injuries with a picture, story or whatever other media is available. We’ll then give the “Injury of the Month” award/distinction to the injury that get’s the most votes.

What I hope to do with this “award”  is to raise awareness and inspire those who are injured with the happy confidence that they will recover. Awareness is good, but I also hope to pass on a bit of knowledge on how to treat the nasty injury. With the “Injury of the Month” we’ll report on various injuries and how they are best treated. This section is intended to be both inspirational and perhaps a bit informational for others with similar injuries.

I suppose it’s only appropriate that the Dutch taxation department moto is, ‘Leuker kunnen we het niet maken. Wel makkelijker!’ Which roughly translates to “we can’t make it nicer but we can make it easier!”. And this is also how I will now look at your typical injury. So instead of hiding the injury and the associated gore we will celebrate the injury as the first step to getting better. What do you think? Could this help? At the very least we’ll have a nice gallery of various injuries and stories!

Phil Winram
Last month winner was myself. I suppose it’s a bit unorthodox to give an “award” to yourself. But it’s significant and gory enough to qualify for an  award and it was the inspiration for this article. I was actually injured on the way to the sport hall while riding my bike. The crank shaft shattered suddenly and my leg was impaled on a shard of metal. A trip to the hospital and four stitches later a winner was born. The good news is that I’ve fully recovered and now have a nice scar to prompt a gory story and prove my bravery under the needle. No permanent damage!

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Enter the Multi-Vitamin

July 17th, 2011 Articles
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Thinking of a catchy theme for this article I envisioned an island based Kung Fu tournament. Something like the Bruce Lee movie “Game of Death”, only this will be an epic battle between multi-vitamins. At the invitation stage a small and eclectic group will be invited to the tropical island of …. But let’s get real for a moment. This is going to be a be very tedious and very nerdy to do right. It’s not going to be pretty, flashy or even prestigious. No action scenes, nifty moves or slow motion screams. It’s basic pedestrian research but it’s something that’s someone, somewhere has got to do. I for one can’t be regularly stuffing pills in my mouth without some knowledge of what I’m consuming. Garbage in, garbage out applies.

 

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Big in Japan

June 22nd, 2011 Articles
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It used to be cliche when a new rock star, technology or idea was tagged with the line  “It’s big in Japan.” This would be the signal for your to roll your eyes dismiss the subject. This time it’s about a tennis player from the past. Kimiko Date-Krumm was “Big in Japan” twelve years ago. Now at the advanced age of 40 she’s playing Venus Williams in the prestigious high court of tennis, Wimbledon. Date-Krumm was once ranked as high as 4th when she retired from tennis citing the pressure of the media, herself and exhaustion from the sport. (more…)

Old Guys Can Play

June 9th, 2011 Articles
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Many an old warrior can be inspired by the story of a 73 year old man who was able to play college level basketball. Nicknamed the “Medicare Man”, Ken Mink made the team at Roane State Community College in the USA. Ok, it’s admittedly not top-level basketball, but the guy is 73 years old and he’s playing against 19 year old aspirating athletes all while attending classes. He’s also not a big guy (he’s only 6 feet tall), or very fast (obviously) but he can by his own admission shoot. Coach Randy Nesbit took on feisty old-timer in an effort to raise the teams’ public profile and improve their overall maturity and professionalism. He played in six games.

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Ankle Brace Championship

April 30th, 2011 Product Review
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Back in the 80′s my basketball coach required us to wrap our ankles. The previous years squad been decimated due to a stream of ankle injuries and Coach Clark would not allow this to happen again. Some years later it become common practice for top basketball programs to require all players to use some sort of ankle protection. I suppose growing up in Canada where the sports we played all required special gear, (ie helmet, stick, pads and skates = hockey) a little ankle wrapping was a minor inconvenience. Back then, we used cotton strips that were wrapped around the ankle and then taped or clipped into place. It took some extra time in the locker room, but that year our ankle injuries were reduced to zero.

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