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Are You Experienced???

May 17, 2011

Are you experienced?

Not long after I moved to Phoenix and joined those who would climb the local mountains, did I find myself remarking about other “novice” hikers. You know what I mean. When you see the helicopters circling Camelback or Piestewa Peak Mountains don’t you knee jerk in thought and say to yourself, “dumb tourist” or “first time hiker” almost in disgust?

Last October I was running the “Camelback Loop”. (run from one parking area to the other and then up one side of the mountain and down the other to the original spot where we began). It was a great day for me. Everything felt really good. I was on FIRE! Once on the mountain especially as I was coming down, dodging hikers, wondering why they were in my way. A stumble here and a stumble there but recovering every time. I was the King!…..Until about 10 yards from the end. I dodged around the last hiker, and my right foot caught a rock. When I pushed off of another with my left I heard my hamstring pop and I landed hard off trail. It took about 20 minutes for me to get up and limp away. Aggressive Physical Therapy for the next week allowed me to walk upright again. It would be another month before I could hike and a second month before I could run again.

Are you experienced?

In the past couple of months the news has been sprinkled with athletic tragedy. Sally Meyerhoff an experienced and accomplished athlete lost her life while biking. Clint McHale lost his while rock climbing at Camelback Mountain.

There are simple rules of the road to follow when biking and running on the streets. Wheels go with wheels (in other words, bikes should be riding in the same direction as cars) and runners should be running, facing traffic. Stop at traffic signs. These should be easy to follow yet we still find situations where we choose to play with the “edge” and push ourselves into danger zones.

What is it in our mind set that allows us to push the edge no matter the consequence but then fault others as if we should be immune to the same scrutiny? Is it that magical line that takes us from safety to danger that is alluring?  Is it in the name of that higher level of competition that we play with this?

I’m certainly not sure of the answers. But I am very aware of the fact that it could be me or any one of us that could be getting a free helicopter ride off the mountain. I have often been heard to say during training sessions “you have to train so that you can train another day”.

I certainly do not want to hear your name in the news tomorrow. And I have no intent in you hearing mine. Please be careful. Enjoy this environment that we live and play in. And respect it as well.

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No Pain, No Gain (Sport or Life)???

December 27, 2009

The average life (playing) span of an NFL player is barely 3 years. Oh sure you hear about the Jerry Rice’s or Brett Favre’s of the world who play into and past their 40’s but for every one of these players there are dozens behind them that are forced off the field by career and quite frankly life altering injuries.

Dave Pear was recently highlighted in an article on The article tells the tale of a man that after 5 years of playing in the NFL is left disabled and forgotten. This former, Pro Bowl defensive lineman who assisted the Oakland Raiders in winning a Super Bowl is now 56. He struggles with walking and suffers from vertigo and memory loss. Dave is unable to work and only after many lawsuits against the NFL he is now collecting only $40,000 per year for his disabilities. Not enough to support his family.

Dave is not alone. In Bill Romanowski’s  book ROMO, Bill includes an “Injury List” at the back. This list is 8 ½ pages long and includes 10 concussions in 15 years.

Not many sports are free from their dangers. Muhammad Ali the “Greatest” boxer of all time is now a shuffling shell of his former self.

The center that I work out of is also an Outpatient Orthopedic Rehab clinic. On any given day you can find High School kids being treated for a variety of injuries that have occurred on the playing field. These sports include baseball, basketball, volleyball, soccer and yes football.

Many questions can be asked. But when your son or daughter approach you and ask you about getting involved with their favorite sport. To what extent will drive them to choose the game of sport or the game of life?

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