Venus Williams, despite life with Sjögren’s syndrome, and teammate Rajeev Ram takes home the silver medal for mixed doubles in tennis in the Olympic games. Though Williams was denied the gold medal by fellow Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock, she will always be a hero to the arthritis community for her battle against Sjögren’s syndrome.
Sjögren’s syndrome is an inflammatory autoimmune disease (like arthritis) in which white blood cells—the body’s immune system—attack moisture-producing glands. Most often, this results in dry eyes and mouth, although it can also affect the joints and muscles, and organs including the liver, pancreas, kidneys, lungs, stomach, and brain. Continue reading
#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 8: Trading one ball sport for another
Cross training can be beneficial for professional athletes like those in the FIFA World Cup™ and the upcoming Wimbledon Championships. Cross training is when you alternate your workout routines in a way that will increase your performance and overall fitness level without stressing a particular part of your body to the max. Professional athletic trainer Jim Thornton, MA, ATC, sums it up in an interview with Excel Performance: “Cross training takes into consideration the fact that many muscles in different parts of the body contribute to a single activity. So to get the most out of any activity, and to do it safely, you must pay attention to all themuscles in your body that are involved, not just the ones directly related to that activity.” Continue reading