King City resident Rosie MacLennan, trampoline gymnast and defending Olympic gold-medal winner, will be the flag bearer for Team Canada in the Rio 2016 Olympic opening ceremony.
The Canadian Olympic Official Team interviewed MacLennan about her role as a flag bearer and what it means to give your everything. When asked about the honour of being a flag bearer, she said: “The Olympic movement is something that has inspired me since I was really young and those values of respect, integrity, and excellence are things that really hit home so to be able to represent those values and be from a country that holds those values very highly is exciting.”
Respect, integrity, and excellence are values that should be applied to the patient-rheumatologist therapy conversation.
Respect can be observed in how rheumatologists talk to their patients. In what is coined as motivational interviewing in the healthcare industry, registered psychologist Michael Vallis of Dalhousie University recommends that rheumatologists should pose questions about medical adherence to patients in a non-judgemental and encouraging way. Patients should feel at ease about voicing their concerns about their treatment therapy.
Integrity plays an import role in disease outcome. It is crucial that a patient informs their doctor about arthritic symptoms that they may be experiencing. Once a doctor suspects a patient has arthritis, the patient should be referred to a rheumatologist in a timely manner. Early and aggressive treatment in arthritis can prevent further joint damage. Patients can also write letters to their government to ensure everyone has fair access to medications.
Excellence in the healthcare community is ambiguous; there is no single treatment therapy that works the same for everyone. Patients, friends, families, and healthcare professionals can work as a team to achieve “excellence” – keeping your arthritis under control and in remission, and helping you live a pain-free life.
“Give your everything means wanting it enough to do whatever it takes. So…on a day to day training, giving that extra little bit when your muscles are sore and pushing for that extra turn. It means that when others would give up, you’re still there.” – Rosie MacLennan
As we cheer on Team Canada, let’s remember to “give your everything” (minus the “giving that extra little bit when your muscles are sore and pushing for that extra turn”) and remind others that people living with arthritis can remain active and become “Olympians” in their own ways.
Professional football players, like the women playing in the FIFA Women World Cup™ this year, show displays of skill and agility on the field; playing a sport they are passionate about. Like many others, their success builds on wins and losses, both on and off the field, and sometimes, the players pay the ultimate price – developing painful hips and knees during or after their football career. Players who have had a knee or hip replacement include Sir Trevor Brooking, former member of club West Ham United and current director of football development in England, and Bob Wilson.
According to Arthritis Research UK, after aging and obesity, injury to a joint is the third major risk factor for developing osteoarthritis (OA). Because players undergo intense physical training and their knees are subjected to constant strain, they are more prone to injury. Continue reading →
Organisée par la Fondation internationale pour l’arthrite auto-immune, la Journée mondiale de l’arthrite auto-immune réunissait une douzaine d’organisations sans but lucratif, de défenseurs du dossier de l’arthrite et d’experts du monde entier pour fournir de l’information éducative et de sensibilisation aux patients, à leurs soignants et au grand public. Le comité ACE a participé à cette course mondiale virtuelle et a poursuivi en ligne le dialogue sur l’arthrite. Continue reading →
What has ACE done for you lately? Here’s what we’ve been working on.
World Autoimmune Arthritis Day
Hosted by the International Foundation for Autoimmune Arthritis, the World Autoimmune Arthritis Day united dozen of nonprofits, advocates, and experts from around the world to provide educational and awareness information to patients, their supporters, and the general public. ACE participated in this virtual global race and expanded the arthritis conversation online. Continue reading →
Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone quality. This results in bones becoming thin and weak, which increases the risk of fracture as they are easy to break. It is known as the “silent thief” because bone loss occurs without any symptoms. In fact, often it is not until someone fractures a wrist, spine, rib, or hip that osteoporosis is suspected (and often it is missed even after a fragility fracture).
As many as two million Canadians have osteoporosis. One in four women, including a third of women aged 60-70 years and two thirds of women aged 80 years and older, will be diagnosed with osteoporosis.
Research shows that weight-bearing exercise, including soccer, is an effective way to reduce the amount of bone loss over time and preserve bone mass, and thus, reduce your likelihood of developing osteoporosis and having a fracture. To prepare for the FIF Women’s World Cup™ this weekend and Father’s Day, #TeamArthritis challenges you to do something that reduce your chance of getting osteoporosis.
FIFA 11+ : Preventing osteoarthritis by preventing injuries in youth
The FIFA Women’s World Cup™ is here in Canada and causing excitement across the country. Our youth will see the best female soccer players in the world take their places on the field to play the “beautiful” game. Soccer in Canada has one of the largest participation rates in youth. However, there is a downside – injury – especially of the knee and ankle. Knee and ankle injury rate in soccer are significant for both boys and girls, with girls up to 8 times more likely to have an injury. Injuries cause pain and disability and can lead to long-term consequences – osteoarthritis (OA). Sports injuries are one of the leading causes of developing osteoarthritis later in life which results in daily pain and suffering for millions of people across Canada. Many people with OA can remember the injury that started their knee or ankle problems. Continue reading →
As we celebrate the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, Team Arthritis wants to pay tribute to team USA’s midfielder Shannon Boxx, who, living with lupus, is all too familiar with life with arthritis. This year’s World Cup™ marks Boxx’s fourth Women’s World Cup™.
Fun Fact: Midfielders run a distance of 120-yard across the field to play offense and sprints back to play defense, running about 7 miles in a 90-minute game and engaging in close combat to gain possession of the ball. Continue reading →
Exercise: An essential component of your arthritis treatment plan
The last thing someone living with the extreme pain of arthritis may want to think about is . . . exercise. As it happens, exercise is one of the most important components — along with healthy eating — of your arthritis treatment plan. Low-impact exercise can be beneficial for someone living with arthritis.
Low-impact exercise / high-impact benefit Walking, bicycling, yoga, tai chi, Pilates, low-impact aerobics, swimming, and water aerobics are types of low-impact exercises. Regardless of their age, those living with long-term arthritis and its associated pain can participate in low-impact exercises. A bonus, is that low-impact exercise decreases stress levels and helps to improve the way you feel. If you are doing any of these activities outdoor, remember to wear sunscreen and proper footwear.
Today, #TeamArthritis challenge you to participate in any of the above exercises. Please take a photo and share with us on our event page. Continue reading →
Join Team Arthritis and celebrate the FIFA Women’s World Cup™
Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) has created Team Arthritis to celebrate the athletes in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup™. Our goal is to raise awareness of how women living with arthritis can remain active and achieve high performance in their lives.
We encourage women living with arthritis, their friends and family, and members of the public to join Team Arthritis and share their stories. During the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, from June 6-July 5, ACE will share news and stories from the FIFA World Cup™. We will also share the latest information related to sports and injury and pose a series of challenges on Facebook that will stimulate your muscle and mind. Inspired by the World Cup ™, these challenges will be related to safe exercise, injury prevention, and living a balanced lifestyle. Please share your progress with us by posting and sending us pictures and stories of your accomplishments on our social media networks: Continue reading →