Researchers in the United Kingdom recently linked the “Park2” gene to degenerative disc disease of the lumbar spine. Degenerative disc disease, or DDD, can manifest as shooting pain into the buttocks/legs, general stiffness and pain in the lower back, and in severe cases, loss of muscle strength (usually on one side) noticeable with daily activities. […]
Semi-pro soccer player with a slight ankle stability problem. Good times.
I went to do another stick and shoot, my sixth, and lasted about 90 minutes. I still move about as fast as a paramecium undergoing osmosis; however, this one middle-aged gent skated up to me and offered to practice doing passes. Dude slams pucks pretty hard, and I get a new appreciation for the sport. […]
You may have noticed that many track athletes, volleyball players, and even platform divers at the London Olympics were competing with visible strips of tape on various parts of their bodies. What purpose does taping serve for athletes? To start with a simple example, traditional “athletic taping” is used to immobilize joints. The most typical […]
As most of you already know, Arron Asham, #45 Right Wing for the Pittsburgh Penguins (Metis warrior and the Pride of Portage La Prairie) gave me his puck at the Caps Pens game last Wednesday. And yep, I’m still on Cloud Nine. And yep, I’ve moved one step closer to my own dream of playing […]
The Smithsonian Sculpture Garden ice rink is beautiful to behold and has a very mellow ambiance. While there were lots of little kids (as there should be!), there were no hockey moms or failed figure skating coaches. Thus, the kids were just being their silly selves, polite, goofy, and even somewhat aware of their surroundings […]
Yes, after 2 weeks off the ice due to the worst case of bronchitis to ever occur since His Holiness fled Tibet for India in 1959 (My throat felt like it had been personally visited by the Gestapo, my lungs sounded like maracas, and I lost my voice for 10 days), Rosie returned to that […]
After nearly two weeks of taking in His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s teachings on peace and goodness and a mysterious case of hit-and-run stomach flu last week, Rosie took to the ice Saturday afternoon. It was 102 degrees out, and she couldn’t think of a place she more wanted to be. Yet, she was nervous, […]