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Is your sport likely to result in arthritis?

Arthritis: A woman doing ribbon gymnasticsRio 2016 concluded Sunday with Canada winning 4 gold medals, 3 silver medals, and 15 bronze medals. Athletes in the Olympics are passionate about the sport they love and have devoted their life to training and excelling in their sport. We should be reminded that the display of skills and excellence, though as entertaining and thrilling as they are to spectators, could result in arthritis for the athletes down the road as injuries progresses and frequency of injuries increase. In light of this, Arthritis Olympic Village would love to thank all the athletes who participated in the Olympic games. Your selfless, determined, and passionate attitude towards the sport you love is an inspiration to us all. Continue reading

It’s time to hang out in the Arthritis Olympic Village!

Celebrate the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics by joining us in the virtual Arthritis Olympic Village. 
Arthritis Olympic Village FB BannerArthritis Broadcast Network (powered by Arthritis Consumer Experts) invites you to join us between August 5-21 in our virtual “Arthritis Olympics Village” Facebook page. In honour of an Olympic event happening each day, the village will share inspirational stories on:

  • Athletes living with arthritis who have excelled or continue to excel at their sports
  • Injury prevention and risks associated with certain sports
  • Athletes and what they can do to advocate for the well-being of people living with arthritis
  • Which specific sports may benefit people living with arthritis

It’s time to recognize and promote that people living with arthritis can remain active and become “Olympians” in their own eyes.

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What is an ACL injury?

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An ACL injury is the tear or sprain of an anterior cruciate ligament – one of the major ligaments in your knee. The cruciate ligaments are found inside your knee joint and combined, the anterior and the posterior cruciate ligaments control the back and forth motion of your knee. An ACL injury is one of the most common knee injury and often occur in athletes who play physically demanding sports like soccer, football, and basketball.

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, injured ligaments are considered “sprains” and are graded on a severity scale, as listed below:

  • Grade 1 Sprains – The ligament is mildly damaged in a Grade 1 Sprain. It has been slightly stretched, but is able to help keep the knee joint stable.
  • Grade 2 Sprains – A Grade 2 Sprain stretches the ligament to the point where it becomes loose. This is often referred to as a partial tear of the ligament.
  • Grade 3 Sprains – This type of sprain is most commonly referred to as a complete tear of the ligament. The ligament has been split into two pieces, and the knee joint is unstable.

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Hannah Coulthurst – Arthritis and table tennis champ

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Hannah Coulthurst, a volunteer with Arthritis Care UK, was diagnosed with chronic idiopathic arthritis in 2003 at the young age of eight. Since her diagnosis, she has been a full time wheelchair user. Despite her diagnose, she never gave up on her passion for sports. In search for a sport that she can participate in, she discovered table tennis and started training in 2007. She trains regularly with the Great Britain squad in Sheffield and represented Great Britain at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010.

Hannah is pursuing her dream of participating in the Brazil Paralympics Games in 2016. To thank Hannah for her inspiration and in celebration of the table tennis events happening at the Toronto PanAm Games, today’s #ABNPhotoADay features table tennis.

Hannah is currently a psychology student at the University of Hull. In 2013, she was profiled by Arthritis Care UK. Below is Hannah’s story from the interview:

My name is Hannah. I was diagnosed with Chronic Idiopathic Arthritis at the age of eight after spending seven weeks in hospital. Recently I have also been diagnosed with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy as well. I am now 18 years old and have been using a wheelchair for the past 10 years.  Continue reading

Pan Am a day, ABN Photo a Day – Hiking

“Canada is a vast, scenic country that offers some of the best hiking in the world. From the ancient rainforests of British Columbia…the foothills and mountains of Alberta…the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere and the Northern Ontario wilderness…the Appalachian Trail in Gaspe…to the coastal beauty of the Eastern provinces…there are hiking trails for every skill and fitness level.” – Discover Canadian Outdoors

HikingAs a British Columbian, I am, of course sharing a picture of a hike I did with my friends at Garibaldi Lake hiking trail. This particular trial was 18 km long and took 6 hours to complete (roundtrip) – taking into consideration we took a nice dip and swim in the glacier water of Garibaldi Lake. This was a more strenuous hike but there are many other trails to discover on Parks Canada’s website.

Hiking and Arthritis

When we asked Dr. Julia Alleyne, the Chief Medical Officer for Team Canada during the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games in Toronto, what sports she would recommend for people living with arthritis, she replied, “Any sports that involve both upper and lower extremities are good for people with arthritis. Sports with low impact on the joints such as water aerobics, aqua fitness, hiking, swimming, and golfing can be beneficial to someone living with arthritis.” Continue reading

Team Arthritis – Raise your game!

Team Arthritis LogoJoin 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

Mickelson: Mind over arthritis

Golf Bag CaddyMickelson’s mindset about his arthritis is one that everyone can follow, that is, mind over arthritis – not letting his arthritis stop his passion for golf. In an interview with the USA Today, he said: “I also find that the more I work out, the better I feel and the less symptoms I feel. So I’m excited. I feel better and better.” The 44-year-old, 42-time PGA Tour winners, five-time major champion and three-time winner in the Phoenix Open has been living with psoriatic arthritis since 2010.  Continue reading

JointHealth™ mensuel – Profiter des joies de l’été, même avec l’arthrite

Jointhealth monthly title pageJointHealth™ mensuel  – Profiter des joies de l’été, même avec l’arthrite 

Les ingrédients essentiels pour une dose santé de plaisir estival : prendre soin de vous en mangeant bien, maintenir un poids santé, respecter fidèlement votre traitement et effectuer les types d’exercices physiques appropriés.

Dans ce numéro du Mensuel JointHealth™, découvrez les avantages de l’exercice à l’extérieur pour les personnes atteintes d’arthrite. Apprenez comment apprécier l’été, même en souffrant d’arthrite. Vous en apprendrez plus sur :

  • Comment jouer au tennis et au golf lorsqu’on souffre d’arthrite.
  • Comment maximiser votre expérience à vélo.
  • Quoi faire pour réduire la douleur arthritique lorsqu’on planifie un voyage, une activité de camping ou une randonnée pédestre.
  • Quels films ou livres, offrant une perspective unique sur l’arthrite, devraient vous accompagner à la plage ou à la piscine.
  • Comment profiter du mois de septembre consacré à l’arthrite au Canada pour participer aux efforts de sensibilisation en téléchargeant les applications ArthritisID et ArthritisID PRO.

JointHealth™ monthly: Having summer fun with arthritis

JointHealth monthly Title PageJointHealth™ monthly: Having summer fun with arthritis

The key ingredients to a healthy dose of summer fun include taking care of your body by eating well, maintaining a healthy body weight, adhering to your treatment therapy, and doing the right kinds of exercise properly.

In this issue of JointHealth™ monthly, you will find out the benefits of outdoor summer exercise for people living with arthritis and learn ways in which people living with arthritis can enjoy summer. As well, you will learn:

  • How to play tennis or golf safely with arthritis.
  • How you can optimize your biking experience.
  • What you can do to minimize pain when travelling, camping, or hiking with arthritis.
  • Which beach and poolside books or films offer insights into living with arthritis.
  • How you can help raise awareness for arthritis during Arthritis Awareness Month in Canada in September by downloading the ArthritisID and ArthritisID PRO apps.

#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 5: Dance the samba from Brazil

When you ask Brazilians what defines their culture, soccer and samba are usually the two top responses. More than just a style of music and dance, samba is a celebration of Brazilians’ free-spirited and exuberant approach to life.  To celebrate the powerful rhythm of Samba, today’s #Goals4Arthritis is to dance the samba like they do in Brazil. Samba dancers in Brazil, like the soccer players in the FIFA World Cup, are dedicated to their sport and takes pride in training, competing, and showcasing their skills set.

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Samba originates from Bahia, Brazil, with African roots, and is the primary style of dance and music in major cities like Rio De Janeiro. To help you learn the samba, we have included an instructional video from We’re interested in finding out how how dance improves your quality of life or in receiving a video of you performing your favourite dance. You can submit your video on our Facebook event page here.

Please note that the samba dance may not be physically suitable for everyone. Always consult your doctor before trying a new activity or form of exercise or treatment plan.