Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Tag: Athletics

Driving wheels of inspiration

Published: February 22, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Driving wheels of inspirationIt is one thing to believe that it is your responsibility to inspire, but driving over 5000kms to reach out to thousands of speciallyabled citizens from the southernmost tip of the country to its northernmost boundary is a pure act of heroism.

Not to forget the perils of spending long arduous months on the road and staying away from loved ones. And to do all this while seated in a wheelchair… is there an adjective that can do justice to such a whole-hearted endeavour? Harry Boniface Prabhu is not in it for the praise, applause and appreciation, anyway.

“I want to educate the disabled. Show them that the world is a wonderful place and help them get rid of their insecurities,” Boniface said earnestly.

Questions with Bob Sansevere Quadriplegic athlete Jennifer Peterson

Published: July 11, 2015

Jennifer Peterson

In 1983, at age 17, Jennifer Peterson was injured while downhill skiing. The injury left her a quadriplegic, with no use of her legs and limited use of her arms. While her body was different, her drive and determination to succeed was not. She got her Ph.D in Organizational Psychology from Walden University and became an executive coach. And stayed involved in sports.

As she wrote on her website, tailfeathercoach.com, “I have experienced first hand that life can throw curve balls and as a result, I’ve learned to adjust my swing.”

The life Steve Klemz knew changed 40 years ago

Published: October 4, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Steve KlemzThe dreams always return in October, just before the anniversary.

They’re vivid. They’re graphic.

They’re always the same.

Steve Klemz is 17 again. He’s playing football. He’s playing hockey.

He’s running free. And then he’s not.

“What happens is when I run down the football field, my legs turn to rubber,” Klemz said. “If I jump over the boards and start skating, my legs turn to rubber.

Amy Van Dyken-Rouen: The Next Adventure

Published: September 29, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Amy Van Dyken-RouenAn Olympic athlete and CSU alumna, Amy Van Dyken-Roeun, has recently undergone a new adventure in her life.

Van Dyken-Rouen was involved in an ATV accident on June 6, 2014 leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. A sever in her spine at the T11 vertebrae has posed to be her greatest challenge to overcome.

“It changed my life dramatically, obviously I can’t walk anymore so it changed that,” Van Dyken-Rouen said in a phone interview. “It’s changed my outlook on life. If you can find that little ray of happiness you can dwell on that it will get bigger and bigger.”

What Kids Should Know About Spinal Injuries in Sports

Published: September 17, 2013

Spinal Injuries in SportsA push to alert high school athletes about neck injuries

A new push is under way to raise awareness of a little-understood but dangerous risk to young athletes: damage to the cervical spine.

It could be a hard tackle in football, a cross-check in ice hockey or a fall off the top of a cheerleading pyramid.

A new push is under way to raise awareness of a little-understood but dangerous risk to young athletes: injuries to the cervical spine, the highly vulnerable area between the first and seventh vertebrae that protects the spinal cord connecting the brain to the body. Players and teammates may not instantly recognize the severity of the damage, and the wrong move can damage or sever the spinal cord, resulting in paralysis or even death.

After injury leaves him paralyzed, an MMA fighter battles still

Published: March 31, 2013

Devin Johnson MMAThis is the first in a series of stories about local mixed martial arts fighter Devin Johnson, who suffered a traumatic injury while training for his first professional bout.

The fist catches his cheekbone. He inventories the pain, dismissing it quickly.

Circling his adversary, he stays just wide of the strike zone. Fatigue is setting in. His body aches from days-old blows. But he refuses to quit.

Around him, other fighters are gathering their gear after mixed martial arts (MMA) practice at the Ultimate Fitness gym in midtown Sacramento.

But Devin Johnson has decided to go extra rounds, pushing himself to be in the best condition possible.

Paul Williams won’t be punished by spinal cord injury

Published: September 24, 2012

Former Middleweight World Champion, Paul “The Punisher” Williams (41W-2L-27KO) recently gave his first televised interview since May 2012, where a motorcycle accident left the feared fighter paralyzed him from the waist down.

Spinal cord injury won’t stop surfers from catching a wave

Published: June 23, 2011

WILDWOOD CREST — A spinal cord injury doesn’t mean that you have to give up the things that make life worth living.

Even surfing is possible. And on June 18, a group of young people affected by spinal cord injuries took to adaptive surf boards and caught some waves off Rambler Road beach.

David Weir: ‘I have never seen myself as disabled’

Published: April 24, 2011

He won last week’s Marathon for a fifth time; now London 2012 is firmly in his sights

We have all seen those Q and A interviews where a celebrity is asked who he or she would invite to a dinner party. It is a game we can all play. Most of my guests would be blindingly obvious – Muhammad Ali, Nelson Mandela, Seb Coe, Angelina Jolie… and I would also be more than happy to break bread with one of Britain’s greatest current sportsmen, though I doubt any of the other table mates apart from Baron Coe of Ranmore would have heard of him. Indeed, not that many people have.

Girls build their futures in wheelchair sports program

Published: February 10, 2011

DOWNEY – The happy memories of a wonderful Christmas changed in an instant when four-year-old Katarina Milatovich and her family were involved in a horrific car accident on their way home from their holiday celebration.

Although her mom and brother were hurt, they soon recovered. But Katarina suffered an injury that would last a lifetime — a spinal cord injury that left her unable to walk.

“Imagine this happy, playful, wonderful girl who suddenly found herself in a wheelchair,” her mother Natasha says. “When she went to school she was different from the other kids. She felt like an outsider.”

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