AND THE VALUE OF PLAYING ON A TEAM In 1939, a married couple named Grayce and Carl Stotz developed an idea to start an organization that would promote teamwork for all youth residing in their neighborhood. After pitching their idea to local families, they were met with resounding interest, resulting in the first ever Little League game. “You have to practice constant empathy, communication, and preparation in order to reach the best outcome, and the lessons basketball taught me as a teen have definitely impacted the way I approach situations in both my personal and professional life.” Just as baseball had been dubbed America’s national pastime, Little League games had the same captivating effect. In 1964, President Dwight Eisenhower proclaimed the second week in June National Little League Week in order to recognize the youth program’s ability to instill sportsmanship, volunteerism, physical fitness, and an appreciation for a game that has been loved for generations. As the father of a baseball-loving 7-year- old, I’ve had the great opportunity to watch him take the field over the last two years. He usually bounces around the infield but primarily plays either shortstop or first baseman. He also loves when it’s his turn NATIONAL LITTLE LEAGUE WEEK
to take the plate. He
wields a bat that is much too big for his tiny body, but the joy on his face shows how much he loves the game.
I actually played in Little League as well, and I even played baseball in high school for a season, but my favorite sport growing up was basketball. Since I was 6 feet, 2 inches before I reached my senior year, I typically served as the small forward for our team, a position I liked because it allowed me to shoot from the outside but also work in the paint. While I enjoyed each and every season, my most memorable one was during senior year. My teammates and I had been playing together since our freshman year, so we developed this indescribable camaraderie. We spent hours practicing in the gym together, riding buses to and from games, taking classes together, celebrating the huge wins, and commemorating the painful losses. Spending my adolescence with these guys taught me the importance of working with others. You have to practice constant empathy, communication, and preparation in order to reach the best outcome. The lessons basketball taught me as a
teen have definitely impacted the way I approach situations in both my personal and professional life. Between working with clients, physical therapists, and other athletic trainers, we create the most advantageous exercise programs. While my competitive basketball heyday took place in high school, I still make sure to spend some time on the court. I play on a sand volleyball team, too. As people all across the globe gear up to celebrate National Little League Week, I will set aside some extra time to help foster my son’s love for the sport. If you have any kids or grandkids of your own playing Little League (or any other sport this year), I encourage you to do the same! -Daniel Tribby
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IS YOUR PILLOW AFFECTING YOUR HEALTH?
WHAT BAD PILLOWS DO TO YOU
If you’re feeling stiff and tired during the day or constantly waking up at night, it could be because of your pillow. Many people don’t think about their pillows when it comes to health, but your pillow plays a significant role in your overall well-being.
can cause stiffness and pain in the neck, which can lead to dizziness, anxiety, nausea, and headaches.
ACNE Breakouts are no fun, and they happen to everyone. Pillowcases tend to collect oil and dirt through constant contact with your skin, hair, and the environment. This buildup can
REST Everyone knows that getting eight hours of sleep per night is ideal for a healthy body and mind, and your pillow can make all the difference in how you sleep. A lousy pillow causes discomfort and makes it difficult to relax, which can prevent you from getting the quality of sleep that is best for your health. STIFFNESS The way you sleep is connected to the type of pillow you use at night. For instance, a side sleeper needs a thicker pillow to support their neck, while a back sleeper needs a thinner one. Your pillow should allow your neck to rest comfortably without straining your muscles. If you’re sleeping with the wrong kind, it
irritate your skin and result in acne. By washing your pillowcase once a week, you can significantly reduce unpleasant breakouts. ALLERGIES Along with collecting dirt and oil, pillows can accumulate dust mites and dead skin cells, which are key triggers for allergies. If you suffer from severe allergies, it’s a good idea to invest in a dustproof, zipper- locked pillowcase to keep irritants away.
There’s one excellent way to see if you need a new pillow or not: Try bending it in half. If it returns to its original shape, your pillow is fine, but if it doesn’t, it’s time to invest in a new one.
DID YOU KNOW JUNE 2 IS NATIONAL CANCER SURVIVORS DAY? OUR MOST DETERMINED CLIENTS AT ACTIVCORE
Every year, National Cancer Survivors Day is observed on the first Sunday in June. With an estimated 1,735,350 new cases diagnosed in the U.S. alone last year, this day holds immense significance for current and former cancer fighters and their families. According to the National Survivors Day Foundation, this day serves “as a celebration for those who have survived, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families, and an outreach to the community.” While those who have been diagnosed with cancer work closely with their oncologist and/or surgeon on treatment plans, many are recommended to physical therapy centers in order to restore their bodies to a normal level of functioning once they are cancer-free. It’s not as widely acknowledged by people inside and outside of the medical community, but physical therapists often play an integral role in the cancer-recovery process. For example, we have a pelvic health specialist here at Activcore, Dr. Bri McCormick, PT DPT, who works with postpartum women and women who had to have hysterectomies and single or double mastectomies to prevent or rid their bodies of cancer. Bri also works with men who suffer from prostate issues — post prostatectomies. By listening to clients’ stories, examining the way their entire bodies move, rather than just the affected area, and working with the client to create an exercise-based rehabilitation plan, Bri and our other
physical therapists help cancer survivors move past their battle with the disease and restore their bodies to their precancer state.
Our team at Activcore is extremely grateful for the opportunity to help cancer survivors on their journey to full recovery. Regardless of the type of cancer, every diagnosis is frightening, and the battle to beat it is an arduous and exhausting one. The clients we’ve met have unique stories to tell,
and being able to witness their bravery and determination to fight against a potentially fatal illness has been and will continue to be rewarding. To anyone out there who has been affected by cancer, from all of us at Activcore, Happy National Cancer Survivors Day!
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WHAT IS WHARTON’S JELLY? At Regenerative Sport Spine and Spa, a great number of the clients we see are athletes. With their seemingly superhuman ability to run, jump, and throw, athletes are consistently inspiring the world with their hard work and dedication to their sport. With Tiger Woods making a huge career comeback to win the 2019 Masters, Lebron James being the only player in NBA history to average at least 25 points a game for 13 consecutive seasons, and Usain Bolt breaking the Olympic record for fastest 100 meter sprint, athletes seem to be reaching new heights every year, which means they are pushing their bodies even harder than before. When athletes increase their training, they experience what’s known as microtraumas in heavily utilized areas like their shoulders, knees, elbows, and back. The continuation of these microtraumas occurring without treatment eventually leads to more-serious injuries. To help initiate a natural rebuilding process of injured muscle joints and bones, our team will use Wharton’s jelly. Wharton’s jelly is part amniotic sac and part umbilical cord and can be harvested after a cesarean delivery. Because it is such a young source of nutrients, Wharton’s jelly is very rich with collagen growth factors and anti-inflammatory in nature. It also is considered immune-privileged,
which means there is no potential for rejection. While there are ample benefits of using Wharton’s
jelly for injuries, there is still conflicting research regarding whether or not the substance contains live
cells when it’s injected. Regardless of whether or not it contains live cells, it’s an effective and natural option for both athletes and individuals over the age of 55 — clients from whom we’d rather not harvest bone marrow.
In addition to being a natural way of potentially rebuilding bone and muscle joints, using Wharton’s jelly also serves as an amazing preventative agent. By frequently supplying heavily used areas like your knees or back with the richness of Wharton’s jelly, athletes can actually prevent injuries from happening. While a majority of the population has never heard of Wharton’s jelly, it’s extremely useful for many of our clients here at Regenerative Sport Spine and Spa. If you have any further questions or think Wharton’s jelly might be a viable option for you, give our office a call at 407-730-5600.
Since we’ve given you lots of material to read already, why don’t you take a quick break? But don’t just sit there. Use this break as an opportunity to practice some meditation. TAKE A BREAK FROM READING ... AND PRACTICE SOME MEDITATION Meditation has gained ample traction in recent years due to the benefits it can offer. There are many good meditation techniques for beginners and more advanced practitioners alike. If it’s your first time trying it, we recommend starting simple. Step 1: Find a quiet and comfortable place to sit. Step 2: Set a timer (5 minutes is a good starting point). Step 3: Take a moment to check your posture. Try to find a position that allows you to keep your back straight. Step 4: Close your eyes, and tune into the process of breathing. Take note of your breath as it goes in and out of your body. Step 5: When you notice that your mind has started to wander off, gently but firmly bring your attention back to your breath.
ZUCCHINI SALAD WITH TOASTED HAZELNUTS
With raw zucchini, toasted hazelnuts, and a robust Parmigiano-Reggiano, this early summer salad is a delight of different textures and flavors that will make a great side at your next cookout.
3 small zucchini (3/4 lb.)
1/4 cup toasted hazelnuts, coarsely chopped
1/2 tsp lemon zest, grated
Mint leaves, for garnish
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
Parmesan cheese, preferably Parmigiano-Reggiano, for garnish
3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
1. Using a mandolin or very sharp knife, slice zucchini lengthwise into extremely thin, wide ribbons. 2. Arrange zucchini ribbons on a plate, sprinkle with lemon zest, and drizzle with juice. 3. Drizzle oil over zucchini, season with salt and pepper, and toss. 4. Scatter hazelnuts over the top, garnish with mint and cheese, and serve.
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INSIDE 1. Let’s Play Ball! 2. Pillow Talk 2. Did You Know June 2 Is
National Cancer Survivors Day?
3. What in the World Is Wharton’s Jelly? 3. Zucchini Salad With Toasted Hazelnuts 4. Athletes Who Fought Their Way to the Top
UNLIKELY PRO ATHLETES WHO BEAT THE ODDS
The life of a professional athlete can seem like all glitz and glamour, shaking hands, kissing babies, and occasionally performing in the spotlight under a little bit of pressure. But for every athlete you see on your television screen, there are actually hundreds more in the minor leagues fighting against all odds to make it to the big stage. And some of those athletes have disadvantages that mean they have to work twice as hard just to get the same respect as those who’ve had an easier road. These professionals prove that sometimes all it takes to see your dreams come true is an ability to block out the noise, put your head down, and keep your disabilities from holding you back. Here are two athletes who did just that. BILLY MISKE: FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE Boxing is a sport of extreme violence and diligent strategy. To be a winner, you must be smart and physically capable. For a while, Billy Miske was both of those things — until he was diagnosed with the life- threatening Bright’s disease that severely affected his kidneys. Already considered a bit of an underdog, he chose to keep fighting to pay off his increasing medical debts and give his family a shot at a better life. As his disease progressed and he realized his days were numbered, fate pitted him against heavyweight Bill Brennan. Despite his doctor’s orders, and despite facing a much larger opponent while he was literally at death’s door, Miske shocked the world by knocking Brennan
out and delivering the dream Christmas that he’d promised his children in the process. He died a few days later, immortalized by his fighting spirit and refusal to quit.
JIM ABBOTT: NEVER NEEDED A HAND After being born without a right hand,
the odds of Jim Abbott playing baseball in any capacity seemed slim, but Jim Abbott didn’t care about the odds. After developing a one- of-a-kind fielding routine where he would switch his glove from his shorter arm to his dominant one, Abbott took his talents all the way to the major leagues. Fans around the world watched as he turned his disability into a 10-year MLB career that included throwing a no-hitter in 1993 against the New York Yankees, which was one of the most remarkable accomplishments in baseball.
Sometimes the sky isn’t enough. Ultimately, the only limits that hold you back are the ones you set for yourself.
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