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 →
Regardless of who wins the FIFA World Cup™ championship game today in Estadio do Maracana Rio de Janeiro, Arthritis Broadcast Network expresses a big thank you to all of you who participated and shared your goals for arthritis. Today, we hope you enjoy the finals and crowning of a new World Cup champion.
Through a rigorous selection process using wide-ranging criteria, ACE will evaluate Canadian companies that apply best arthritis strategies and practices in the workplace. The application process will deliver insights to further strengthen Canadian companies’ approaches to creating a more productive and arthritis-friendly work environment. And it is an opportunity for employers and employees to assess their companies’ awareness of arthritis and their support systems for employees living with the disease, and be awarded recognition for doing so. To apply for Canada’s Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis Awards, click here.
Today’s #Goals4Arthritis is to nominate a company who you feel is a great arthritis champion, providing employees living with arthritis a healthy and positive workplace.
The day before the finals will see fans at the FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil enjoying the atmosphere to its fullest. Many fans will flock to Ipanema – a fashionable seaside neighbourhood located in the southern region of Rio de Janeiro.
You too can get into the mood by playing some Bossa Nova today in the summer sun and, if you are really feeling the Brazilian World Cup vibe, perform a karaoke version of one of Brazil’s most famous songs: The Girl from Ipanema. To help inspire you musically (the hairstyle and clothes may inspire as well), here is the original from Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz.
And to help you rehearse, here are the lyrics:
Tall and tan and young and lovely
The girl from Ipanema goes walking
And when she passes, each one she passes
When she walks she’s like a samba
When she walks, she’s like a samba
That swings so cool and sways so gentle
That when she passes, each one she passes
Oh, but I watch her so sadly
How can I tell her I love her
Yes, I would give my heart gladly
But each day as she walks to the sea
She looks straight ahead, not at me
Tall and tan and young and lovely
The girl from Ipanema goes walking
And when she passes, I smile, but she
Doesn’t see. She just doesn’t see
No, she just doesn’t
In preparation for the FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil, USA Today reported on the steps the United States Men’s National Soccer team were taking to ensure their players were optimizing their recovery and rest time:
“Since the start of training camp last month, the players have been wearing wristbands that detect their sleep and wake periods, and characterize the quantity and quality of their sleep. That data are analyzed and applied practically.
If a player is struggling during training, was it because he woke up several times during the night? Or was it because he slept with his iPhone or TV on or used his laptop shortly before bed?
“It’s an interesting concept,” the team’s fitness director, Masa Sakihana, told USA TODAY Sports on Thursday. “Sleep can affect your reaction time and your performance.”
Sleep not only can affect an athlete’s reaction time and their performance, it can also affect the life of someone living with arthritis. For many people living with arthritis, “I’m so tired” is a common phrase – 80-100% of people living with certain types of inflammatory arthritis live with fatigue. Today’s #Goals4Arthritis is to combat fatigue and sleep for at least 8 hours.
Along with intense, high performance training and exercise, today’s players in the FIFA World Cup™ follow rigorous nutrition and diet regimes to maximize their performance. The coaching staff of the World Cup teams, with the guidance and direction of dieticians and nutritionists, provide their players carefully planned meals and snacks.
Maintaining a good diet is also good for your joint health. #Goals4Arthritis wants you to enhance your performance by eating well today. Cooking at home is a good way to ensure you get the healthy ingredients your body requires and a positive way to be active and get your joints moving.
Though no dietary miracles have yet been discovered in the fight against arthritis, scientists have made a number of recent research advancements on the role of diet and nutrition in arthritis treatment. Today, we understand much more about the connections between arthritis, diet, healthy bodyweight, immune function, and inflammation. We are learning more and more about the positive steps each of us can take to fight arthritis and encourage overall health.
#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 27: Are you in the running for the World Cup?
In the FIFA World Cup™, players run approximately 70 per cent of the actual minutes of a game. The faster a soccer player can run, the greater his ability to beat defenders. Most of the runs made in soccer are explosive, high intensity runs, where sprinting, strength and jumping ability are extremely important.
Today’s #Goals4Arthritis is to take advantage of the weather and go out for a run.
Below are tips, courtesy of Runner’s World, for people living with arthritis who wants to continue running.
#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 25: To volley or futevolei
To celebrate the end of the quarterfinals in the World Cup, #Goals4Arthritis took a break yesterday. We continue our goals today with two exciting sports commonly found in the beaches of Brazil – volleyball and futevolei. Futevolei is a sport born on the beaches of Copacabana in the 1960s.
To enjoy the beach or lakeshore today, #Goals4Arthritis wants you to play volleyball or futevolei.
Futevolei, like beach volleyball, features a pair of competitors on each side of the volleyball net. Unlike volleyball, futevolei is played without the use of hands. Creativity is the key to success – players can use their feet, shoulders, chests, heads, and anything else that would be legal on a soccer field to get the ball back over the net.
Futevolei has grown in popularity and is now played around the world. Click here to observe how futevolei is played.
Fortuntaely there are ways for volleyball or fetevolei enthusiasts to enjoy the game even if they have arthritis.
Kevin Plancher, M.D., a leading NY-area orthopaedist, sports medicine expert and an official orthopaedic surgeon with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard teams, suggests the following:
Cross train with muscle strengthening training to help avoid injury.
Do sports specific exercises for volleyball which will help stabilize the wing bone.
Avoid playing volleyball if you are not fully recovered from an injury.
After the first three weeks of the FIFA World Cup™, fans have been treated to many incredible moments captured by photography. To spark your interest in photography, today’s #Goals4Arthritis is to go on a photo walk and share your images with others.
Canadians from coast to coast celebrated their national holiday on July 1. Independence Day in FIFA’s host nation, Brazil, occurs annually on September 7 and celebrates Brazil’s Declaration of Independence from the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil, and the Algarves on September 7, 1822. Today, the United States of America celebrates their Independence Day.
#Goals4Arthritisbelieve that as a community of people living with arthritis, we should celebrate our own independence – the Declaration of Independence from arthritis.
What are you doing to ensure you are living independently from your arthritis? We want you to create three life goals or motto that you can refer to when your arthritis pain hit. Just because you have arthritis does not mean you should give up on your dreams and endeavours. Below are some inspirational athletes and their stories to help motivate you during your life journey with arthritis.
Professional golfer Phil Mickelson has psoriatic arthritis (PsA). One of the all time greatest golf champions, Mickelson was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis in 2010. Since then, he has won two majors, the Masters in 2010 and, through effective treatment for his PsA, has his disease under control.
David Villa, Spain’s all-time leading international scorer, is participating in the FIFA World Cup™ after missing international qualifying matches in 2013 due to arthritis in his left ankle. His career involved playing for Valencia, Barcelona, and Atletico Madrid. He will be retiring after the 2014 World Cup.
In 2011, tennis star Venus Williams announced she was struggling from fatigue and other symptoms related to Sjögren’s syndrome. Despite her disease, Venus, with her sister, Serena Williams, has gone on to win the women’s doubles match in the 2012 Wimbledon competition.
FIFA World Cup™ soccer players are very acrobatic. Players on the defensive side come up with creative ways to deflect the ball from the line of danger. Offensive players score with an acrobatic header or a strike – like the famous flying header from Holland’s Robin van Persie during the Group B match at this year’s World Cup™. Water aerobics can help strengthen your core muscles and help develop your skills as a soccer player. Water sports can also help a soccer player maintain his cardiovascular fitness during the off season.
Water aerobics can be beneficial to someone living with arthritis as the water cushions stiff and painful joints or fragile bones that may be injured by the impact of land exercises. When you are immersed to the waist in water, your body bears just 50% of its weight; at the chest, it’s 25%-35%; and at the neck, it’s 10%. Water provides 12 times greater resistance than air. Another benefit of water is that it cools your body and prevents it from overheating during exercise.
In an interview with WebMD, Julie See, president of the Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA) in Nokomis, Fla. said: “Water is democratic. Once you’re in the pool, we’re all the same. There’s less intimidation than walking into an aerobics studio surrounded by mirrors. You don’t have to wear a swimsuit. If you’re more comfortable, wear Lycra pants and a T-shirt. And it doesn’t matter if you’re on the wrong foot. As long as you’re moving, you’re getting the benefit.”