NFL Coaching Culture Boosts Heart Risk
Two veteran NFL coaches were sidelined by health scares this weekend, highlighting the occupational hazards of one of professional sport's most stressful jobs.
Denver Broncos coach John Fox, 58, is set to have surgery to fix a faulty heart valve this week an ordeal he hoped to postpone until the offseason. And Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak, 52, is recovering after collapsing on the field during halftime of Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts.
It's unclear what caused Kubiak to fall to his knees with a strained expression on his face, his team revealing only that he did not have a heart attack. But experts say NFL coaches are prime candidates for heart problems because of the stressful nature of the game.
"A stressful job is one where there's a high demand to produce some kind of product, like a touchdown or a win, and low control over how that demand is met," said Dr. Redford Williams, director of Duke University's Behavioral Medicine Research Center. "If your team is losing and you're in a position of possibly losing your job, that can be a major source of stress."
Like High Cholesterol, Overtime Work Boosts Heart Disease
Indeed most NFL coaches embody the "type A" personality consistently tied to heart disease, according to Williams.
"You've got to be aggressive to be out there," he said, adding that short tempers and aggressive tendencies raise the risk of heart disease. But there are other risk factors, too.
"If you have a scare, you should take it as a signal," Williams said. "The good news is you've come through it. And the further good news is there are things you can do to reduce your risk, like eat a healthy diet, make sure your weight's in a healthy range and exercise regularly."
There are even ways to improve your ability to cope with stress, according to Williams, who co founded a stress management program with his wife, Virginia.
"When something distresses you ask yourself these four questions: 'Is this important?' If the answer's 'yes' then ask, 'Is my reaction reasonable?' If so ask, 'Is the situation modifiable?' and if so ask yourself, 'Would it be worth making the effort to change the situation?" Williams explained. "A 'no' to any of these questions means you need to chill out."
Asking those questions could help coaches cut down on their stress by removing some of the pressure, Williams said.
"If the Wholesale Jerseys game is already lost, you can't change that," he said. "But sometimes you need to do something, like if your quarterback has just thrown two interceptions. Is it important? Yes. Is it appropriate to be upset? Yes. Is the situation modifiable? Yes. And is it worth taking the action? Yes. You've got four yeses. Pull the guy and call in a new quarterback."
Super Bowl: Which City Can Better Survive a Loss?
With their 7 1 record, the Denver Broncos are widely considered Super Bowl favorites. But the Houston Texans have lost six straight games, falling behind from a 21 Wholesale NFL Jerseys 3 lead when Kubiak collapsed Sunday to lose 27 24.
NFL executive Troy Vincent says he http://www.49ersofficialnflauthentic.com/authentic-marcus-martin-jersey.html had openly gay teammates
Former NFL player and current Executive Vice President of Football Operations, Troy Vincent says he played with at least six openly gay players during his time in the NFL. According to a report by CBS Sports on March 26, Vincent spoke to the media on the topic when Brandon Thomas Womens Jersey he was asked to address Michael Sam becoming the first openly gay player attempting to make an NFL roster.
As Sam's announcement raised the question on whether the NFL is ready for an openly gay teammate in the locker http://www.49ersofficialnflauthentic.com/authentic-brandon-thomas-jersey.html room, Vincent, like a few other former players, said the NFL has already had openly gay players and for him, it was not a big deal.
"I'm not going to share their names, but in my 15 years, there were six individuals who were at least openly gay in the locker room. No problem. From my days in Miami until I ended in Washington, they were just Marcus Martin Womens Jersey my teammates. Just like my family members. We ate together, we flew together, they're roommates in hotel rooms. It was what it was."
There will be some players who have an issue or have some kind of discomfort, but overall, what Vincent expressed is what several former and current players have said and that is the acceptance of players based on their on field production and not sexual preference, face, religion or any other differences.
Michael Sam's coming out has drawn attention because he is open with the media. He isn't the first and he won't be the last NFL gay player. It's a story because his sexuality is known. Other players in the NFL who are gay are just keeping their private lives private. Players don't seem to have a problem with that, their discomfort appears to be more centered on the media hype.
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Madden 2001: Eddie George actually had a good season during the 2000 2001 campaign. In fact, it was his most productive season as far as rushing yards and TD's. But during the divisional playoffs against the Ravens, he bobble a pass that turned into an interception and http://www.49ersofficialnflauthentic.com/authentic-jimmie-ward-jersey.html costing the Titans the game. After that, his numbers went down, move to the Cowboys, and retired after one lackluster season with them.
Madden 2002: Daunte Culpepper suffered a knee injury while the Vikings finish with a 5 11 record. After two years of good performances, he fell off again, and has been with three team since 2005. Now he's with the Lions, who are the laughing stock of the league.
Madden 03: Marshall Faulk sufered a ankle injury and the Rams finish 7 9. Faulk retired shortly there after.
Madden 04: Michael Vick suffered an ankle injury and the Falcons went 5 11.
Madden 05: Ray Lewis made the Pro Bowl, but suffered in injury that kept him from playing in it. He didn't record an INT for the first time in his career, and Jimmie Ward Womens Jersey the Ravens missed the playoffs.
Madden 06: Donovan McNabb suffered a sports hernia. After trying to play through the pain, he couldn't bare it, had surgury and missed the rest of the season. Eagles missed the playoffs.
Madden 07: Shaun Alexander, just removed from his MVP year, broke his foot in the first game of the season, and missed the entire season. He was released by the Seashawks and is nowhere to be found in the league.
Madden 08: Vince Young hurt his quardriceps and had a horrible year. It would be the first time he missed a game (High School, College, and NFL) due to an injury. Since then, he somewhat lost his mind, and he lost his starting job to journeyman QB Kerry Collins
Madden 09: First, Brett Farve retired. Then, after not being able to make up his damn mind, he unretired and wanted to come back to the Packers. The Packers front office, already moving on with new starting QB Aaron Rodgers, decided to trade Farve to the Jets. After starting strong and leading the division for the majority of Carlos Hyde Womens Jersey the season, he falters during the 2nd half of the season, and loses the division to the MIami Dolphins in the last game of the season. After retiring again, he joined the Vikings this year. Motherfucker can't make his mind up.
Several Bomber AT Family Members Recognized at NATA Annual Meeting Clinical Symposium in Indianapolis
Several Bomber AT Family members and alumni received significant www.chiefsnflofficialauthentic.com/authentic-dee-ford-jersey.html recognition at this year NATA Annual Meeting Awards Ceremony. Class of 2013 graduate Chris Toone, ATC received a Graduate NATA Scholarship, his second NATA grant after winning an undergraduate scholarship in 2013; and Theresa Lau, BS, ATC, Class of 2014 received an Undergraduate NATA Scholarship. Clinical Associate Professor Chris Hummel, MS, ATC received an Athletic Training Service Award for his considerable volunteerism and professional service to date. Jill Manners, MS, PT, ATC (IC Class of MDAT Cindy Trowbridge, PhD, ATC (IC Faculty MDAT and Jackie Kingma, PA, PT, ATC (IC Faculty MDAT all received Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer awards for their lifetime achievements and contributions to the profession so far. Jennifer McKeon, ATC and Chris Hummel, MS, ATC, Chelsea Schrade, MS, ATC, Dr. Patrick McKeon, PhD, ATC and Nicholas Kostishak, MS, ATC.
Faculty Present at 2014 New York State Athletic Trainers Association Annual Meeting
Clinical Associate Professor, Courtney Gray, MS, ATC made 2 presentations at this year annual meeting in Jamesville, NY; the first a joint project (case study) with Class of 2014 AT Major, Sydney Folk, ATC entitled "Femoral Acetabular Impingement and Acetabular Labral Tear in a Female Soccer Player" as a poster, and the second an oral presentation to the student contingent, entitled "Non Surgical Management of the ACL in a Women Soccer Player". Professor of Athletic Training, Kent Scriber, EdD, ATC, PT also presented a joint student research project as a poster with "Femoracetabular Impingement and Labral Tears in a Female Field Hockey Player" with 2014 graduate, Rachel Schecter, ATC. Alas, its time to say a goodbye to our most recent graduating class of athletic training majors well, not all of them. In keeping with recent Bomber tradition, they are a smooth 13 for 13 on their first attempt BOC exams, our 4th consecutive year with a 100% first time BOC pass rate! This is our last class of dual AT/DPT degree majors, and so they will be around a few more years to complete their DPT degrees on South Hill, but most Class of 2014 members are moving onto the next step, the "real world". Congratulations to the Bomber AT Class of 2014 for all you have accomplished thus far, and best of luck in your immediate and subsequent endeavors, we will miss you all. We have a few "new" graduate school destinations for our departing seniors, like Indiana and Delaware, but here where they are off to at this point in time:
Joe Armeli, will stay at IC to Phillip Gaines Youth Jersey complete his DPT degree and will not be taking his BOC exam until next year. Still University
Sarah Donovan, ATC will be moving to Big Sky country, to be the AT for Bozeman High School, in MT
Rory Fawcett, ATC will stay at IC to complete her DPT degree
Sydney Folk, ATC will stay at IC to complete her DPT degree
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Lindsey Lamond, ATC will head to Wilmington, DE to become a Blue Hen and earn her MS in AT at U. Delaware
Theresa Lau, ATC will stay at IC to complete her DPT degree
Jay Loehner, ATC will head to the home of the Little 500, Indianapolis, IN to begin working on his MS in AT at the University of Indiana
Jamie Ruddy, ATC is deciding what kind of work she wants to pursue
Rachel Schechter, ATC will be working as an AT for Integrated Rehabilitation Services, in CT
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Senior AT Majors Clinical Faculty Member Win Awards of Distinction
As is the tradition, May marks the time that the Bomber AT Education Program and Department of Exercise Science recognize some our outstanding senior majors. For 2014, Rory Fawcett, ATC (DPT and AT Major) was the winner of the DESS Professional Excellence Award, in tribute to her all around excellent and consistent performance in the class room, on the field, in the clinic, and outside of Athletic Training, as well. The winner of the Rodney H. Dusinberre Athletic Training Excellence Award, presented annually to the senior student athletic trainer who best exemplifies the qualities of hard work, commitment and loyalty to the Ithaca College athletic training program, was John "Jay" Loehner, ATC. The Mark Alderman Athletic Training Service Award, given in honor of long time AT Clinical Faculty member, the late Mark Alderman, MS, ATC and awarded to the senior athletic training student who displays service, kindness and compassion for others, was awarded to Will Stotter, ATC, December 2013 graduate. All award winners were recognized at the Annual HSHP Academic Awards Ceremony, held in Ford Music Hall on Wednesday, May 14th, and again at the Bomber Athletics Senior Awards Brunch, held in Emerson Suites on Thursday, May 15th. In addition, Clinical Associate Professor, Chris Hummel, MS, ATC was awarded a Dean Award by HSHP Dean, Linda Petrosino at the HSHP Ceremony, recognizing his outstanding accomplishments as a teacher, clinical educator, and AT professional during the academic year. Congrats to all of this year winners!
Alum Getting Great Experience with NFL NY Giants
Jon Lin, DPT, ATC, AT Class of 2011 recently finished a year long Seasonal Internship with the NFL NY Giants, an incredible learning experience and professional opportunity for him, and yet another recent Bomber to intern with the NFL over the last few years (Dan Adelman, Baltimore Ravens; Jimmy Newton, Philadelphia Eagles; Kevin Orloski, NY Jets; Nick Kostishak, Arizona Cardinals). For all of his hard work and insight, Jon was recently featured in PFATS ("Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society) online newsletter. You can read that newsletter here. Jon will soon start full time work as a Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer at University Sports Medicine, in Rochester, NY. This summer, Casey Edwards, ATC, AT Class of 2013 will be the 5th recent Bomber AT to work with the NFL as he interns with the Miami Dolphins.
Student Faculty Scholarship on Display
2013 2014 has indeed been a productive year for joint faculty and student scholarship in the IC Athletic Dee Ford Youth Jersey Training Education program. On April 4th, senior AT majors Jay Loehner and Theresa Lau presented their case research at the University of Kentucky, as part of the annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research symposium. Sponsored and mentored by faculty members in Athletic Training, the trip was fully funded by IC Office of the Provost as part of a specific initiative to promote faculty student collaboration and applied research. This marks the 3rd consecutive year that the Bomber AT program has had a presence at the NCUR event. Congratulation Jay Theresa!
Not to be outdone, 13 other Athletic Training majors (10 seniors and 3 juniors) worked with AT and Exercise Science faculty on 14 different research projects that were presented on campus at the 2014 James J. Whalen Academic Symposium, an annual celebration of student research, creativity and performance held on Ithaca College campus each spring. Senior AT majors Rory Fawcett, Allison Bartkowiak, Joseph Armeli, Robbie Williamson, Lindsey Lamond, Rachel Schechter, Becky Guzzo, Sarah Donovan, Andrew Claypool, Sydney Folk, and Junior AT majors Zach VanNostrand, Jacob Mir and Aliza Kamman all presented their joint research projects to the audience, with 8 projects being considered as Awards Finalists for their quality and/or uniqueness. Of particular note, Senior AT Major Sarah Donovan was an Award winner for her case study entitled "Exercise induces Laryngeal Obstruction in a Collegiate Male Soccer", a joint project conducted under the supervision of Clinical Associate Professor of Athletic Training, Mike Matheny, MS, ATC and Clinical Assistant Professor of Speech Pathology, Mary Pitti.
Decorated Boxer, Concussion Awareness Speaker Presents The Second Impact
On Thursday, April 3rd, ex professional boxer and Rochester Boxing Hall of Fame member, Ray Ciancaglini brought his Second Impact story and mission to South Hill, where he presented his personal story about the dangers of participating with a concussion, and the detrimental effects that boxing with a concussion have had on his life to a packed room of faculty and students from the athletic training, exercise science and physical therapy programs, as well as several members of the local and sports medicine communities. Ray heartfelt and poignant personal message was well received, and the audience was able to see first hand the potential second impact associated with subsequent blows to the head while experiencing symptoms of a concussion. Throughout, Mr. Ciancaglini was candid and informative as he detailed his personal experiences with boxing, concussions, and the subsequent disabilities he endures now, as a result. Ray generously presented Dr. Kent Scriber with several special mementos, including a signed pair of boxing gloves and historic photos from his boxing days, while Ray was made an honorary member of the Bomber Athletic Training program by being presented with an official AT shirt! See some pics from the event here!
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As the tide of opinion shifts on openly gay professional athletes, a former college football star and National Football League (NFL) hopeful has just come out as gay.
Former University of Richmond wide receiver Kevin Grayson came out as gay during an interview with CBS Virginia's WTVR this week. He told that station that he kept his sexuality a secret because he didn't want that sort of attention.
"You don't want to be the focus in that way," Grayson, who previously was married to a woman, explained to WTVR. "Not to say that it's a negative, but when you have people just asking questions about your sexuality and how teammates are taking it, it takes away from the importance of the preseason. If you are an athlete, you want to be an athlete. You want to be known for what you've done on the basketball court, football field, tennis court, whatever. You don't want to be that person who it's always 'the gay athlete.'"
Now, he is ready to be open with himself and others.
Grayson's hopes for the NFL were dashed in 2011 due to a torn ligament, according to Out Sports. In 2012, he went on to play professional football in Italy and was named MVP of the Parma Panthers after helping them win the Italian Football League.
Though he has witnessed homophobia in football locker rooms throughout his career, Grayson told WTVR he has "no doubt" there are gay players in the NFL and even says he knows and has met some gay players active in the league today. But he will not name names, according to WTVR, insisting instead that such knowledge is a "'take it to the grave' type thing."
After he came out as gay, Grayson received a flood of support. Former Middle Tennessee State kicker Alan Gendreau made headlines when he came out earlier that month, as well.
The NFL met with gay rights groups in April in a push to combat homophobia in professional sports and to open a dialogue for players to express feelings and opinions in a safe space.
Orlando CruzHistory was made in October 2012 when active professional featherweight boxer Orlando Cruz of Puerto Rico came out. He said in a USA Today article, "I've been fighting for more than 24 years and as I continue my ascendant career, I want to be true to myself. I want to try to be the best role model I can be for kids who might look into boxing as a sport and a professional career."
He continued, "I have and will always be a proud Puerto Rican. I have always been and always will be a proud gay man."
Jason CollinsJason Collins made history in April of 2013 by coming out, making him the first openly gay professional male athlete in a major sport. Collins is a free agent who has played for the Washington Wizards and the Boston Celtics.
"I never set out to be the first," Collins told ABC's George Stephanopoulos during an interview that first aired during "Good Morning America". "You're sort of waiting around for somebody else to, you know, raise their hand. I'm ready to raise my hand but, you know, you still look around like, 'OK, come on, guys.'"
Brittney GrinerBrittney Griner is the 2013 number one Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) draft pick and newly Phoenix Mercury player. Though Griner said she was never hiding, she openly discussed her sexuality as a lesbian during an interview with Sports Illustrated Allen Robinson Youth Jersey in April 2013.
The Baylor University basketball player signed an endorsement deal with Nike shortly after coming out. Olympic soccer player spoke frankly about her sexuality in an interview with Out magazine, saying she is a lesbian and in a committed relationship with a woman.
While her statement may seem bold, the 27 year old Rapinoe told Out's Jerry Portwood that she'd just never been asked directly. "I think they were trying to be respectful and that it's my job to say, 'I'm gay,' she said. "Which I am. For the record: I am gay."
Rapinoe, who's been dating her girlfriend identified in the magazine only as an Australian soccer player for three years, also took time to chat about homophobia in sports and, more specifically, female athletes' perspective on the subject.
"I feel like sports in general are still homophobic, in the sense that not a lot of people are out," she said. Still, she added, "In female sports, if you're gay, most likely your team knows it pretty quickly. It's very open and widely supported. For males, it's not that way at all. It's sad."
Kwame Harris Although his coming out wasn't ideal when news broke that he was facing charges for assaulting a former boyfriend, former San Francisco 49er Kwame Harris spoke out against fellow 49er, Chris Culliver, who said he didn't believe gays had a place in the locker room, saying: "It's surprising that in 2013 Chris Culliver would use his 15 minutes to spread vitriol and hate. I recognize that these are comments that he may come to regret and that he may come to see that gay people are not so different than straight people."
John Amaechi In 2007, Amaechi who played at Penn State and spent five seasons in the NBA with Orlando identified himself as a gay man in his book "Man in the Middle."
Four years later, Amaechi criticized Kobe Bryant after the five time NBA champion used a gay slur during a game.
"There's only one contemporary meaning for that," he said. "We have to take it as unacceptable as a white person screaming the N word at a black person. I can tell you that I've been called a f got fairly routinely, and yet people seem to hold off on calling me the N word. We've got to mirror that progress."
Gareth Thomas Thomas's decision to confirm his sexuality while still an active rugby player was praised by LGBT rights advocates as a brave move. Though others have since followed suit, Thomas hoped people who eventually consider his sexuality as irrelevant. "What I choose to do when I close the door at home has nothing to do with what I have achieved in rugby," he told The Guardian. "I'd love for it, in 10 years' time, not to even be an issue in sport, and for people to say: 'So what?'"
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Glenn BurkeGlenn Burke became the first former professional baseball player to come out of the closet when he discussed his sexuality in 1982 in an Inside Sports magazine article and on "The Today Show" with Bryant Gumbel.
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