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Adaptive Rowers Participate in World Championships

Recently, I had the honor of serving as chief classifer for adaptive rowing at the World Rowing Championships, held on beautiful Lake Bled in Slovenia. The competition included five adaptive rowing events, four of which were qualification events for the Paralympics. One of the great things about most rowing competitions is that the adaptive rowing events are included with the “able-bodied” events. Most other sports hold separate adaptive and able-bodied world championship competitions.
 

Safety Tips for Raking Leaves

It’s official – autumn has arrived! And, I think most of us can agree that the changing leaves are beautiful on the trees but troublesome on the ground. Raking leaves can be hard work and an excellent form of exercise, but the task also poses risk of injury. If you’ll be raking fallen leaves, consider these important safety tips: 
 
  • As with any exercise program, stretch gently before starting and cool down when finished.

Child Passenger Safety

Child Passenger Safety Week is September 18 – 24, 2011. This year’s theme is “Back to 2!” It was chosen to reinforce the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recent recommendation to keep toddlers in rear-facing seats until the age of 2 (or until they reach the maximum height and weight for their car seat).

"Your Eyes are Your Window to the World:" Vision Therapy

We have all heard someone say, “Your eyes are your window to the world,” and it’s true. From birth through our elder years, 80 percent of what we learn is through the visual system, so, it’s very important to have good visual abilities.  

Back to School: Backpack Safety

backpack safetyBackpacks have become a must have for back to school. Students use their backpacks to carry an overabundance of books, papers, smart phones, video games, sports equipment and more. In fact, a recent  study found that the average backpack weighs about 14 pounds, or 15 percent of a middle school student's body weight.

Enjoying Sports If You Have a Disability

Imagine feeling the spray of water in your face as you kayak down a roaring river, or feeling the wind whip against your skin as you ski down a snow-covered mountain. Sports, such as kayaking, skiing, basketball or cycling, bring great joy to many people’s lives.  People living with disabilities, such as paralysis or amputation, are no different.

Preparing for a Long Fall Run

Summer is a great time to run. The beautiful weather provides us with opportunities for many joyful outings, from morning to evening. But it also gives us the chance to ramp up our training and set a possible goal of racing a half marathon in the fall.

Half marathons – 13.1 miles – are challenging but fun, especially when you are prepared for them. If you ever want to do a full marathon, it is a good idea first to train for a half marathon to test your fitness level and stamina.

Ankle Sprains Helped by Kinesio Taping

Who hasn’t suffered an ankle sprain? In the most severe cases, sprains can swell and bruise your ankle almost immediately. They are painful and prevent normal walking. Following a sprain, you may need crutches for a time because it is just too painful to bear weight on your ankle.

Next time you suffer an ankle sprain, consider Kinesio Taping to decrease pain and increase your mobility.

This Patient Won’t Let Surgery Keep Him Down – Part 2

Welcome to the second installment of the story of Chris Bauer, my former patient, who is recovering from knee surgery and running in long-distance races.

Last weekend, Chris participated in a grueling 100-mile race. That’s right . . . 100 miles . . . on a newly repaired knee!

Things didn’t go according to plan, but Chris said the day was fulfilling and inspirational nonetheless.

This Patient Won’t Let Surgery Keep Him Down

Chris Bauer - Core Physical TherapyI would like to introduce you to Christopher Bauer. Chris is my former patient who is an inspiration for my own sporting undertakings.

Chris is a 48-year-old IT professional. His job is in Chicago, IL, but his wife lives here in Bethlehem and is a very busy professional herself.

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