Whiplash – big problems

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Whiplash is a commonly used term for a neck sprain and strain injury caused from a rear-end automobile collision. When stuck from behind, a force travels through the vehicle and through the body. This force causes the head to be forcefully snapped backwards. A split second later, there is a rebound from the acceleration force, which causes the head to snap forward. This type of trauma is referred to as an acceleration /deceleration injury to the spine and can result in a sprain, strain, or fracture of the spine.

In a whiplash injury, the long ligament that runs down the front of the neck is often sprained when the neck is snapped back. However, the most damaging effect of a whiplash injury comes from the deceleration phase. This is when the head rebounds and snaps forward and the long ligaments that run up the back of the vertebrae are usually sprained. Other ligaments, especially the capsular ligaments between each vertebra, are also usually damaged during this action. Damage may also commonly occur to the muscles of the neck and in some cases, the discs may become damaged or herniated. For more information, click on the following linkĀ  http://www.drmuscle.com.

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Thanksgiving Gratitude

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“Gratitude is a constant attitude of thankfulness and appreciation for life as it unfolds. Living in the moment, we are open to the abundance around us and within us. We express appreciation freely. We contemplate the richness of our life. In life’s trials, we seek to understand, to accept, to learn. Gratitude is a continual celebration of life.” Be grateful and thankful on Thanksgiving Day. More importantly, be thankful and show gratitude for each day, every day, not just once a year on Thanksgiving Day.

Training must be a lifestyle

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Who said training is easy? Do you actually think that 2-5 minutes a day will give you the results you think you want? Come on! Beware of the con jobs. There’s always more to it than the advertisers suggest.

The hard core truth is that you MUST put in the time and the effort, and a lot of it, to get the results desired. You must be consistent. You must be persistent. And you must be devoted. Your training must become a life style, not a fad or a fashion statement which disintegrates soon after the craze is over.

After spending over four decades of training in strength and contact sports I can only tell you this simple truth. There is no easy road. An attitude of achievement can be coupled by making your training time fun. If you can accomplished this, you will never make an excuse for not showing up to train. Why? Because you’d be missing out on all the fun.

Truly, the attitude of lifestyle will serve you long into your future. Long life is a blessing, but I prefer to add to that the word “quality”. This will only happen with hard work. Don’t be afraid. Training is for life – never quit.

Celebrating Veteran’s Day

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A few famous quotes from Veteran’s Day.
“Freedom is never free.” -Author Unknown

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” -Elmer Davis

“I think there is one higher office than president and I would call that patriot.” -Gary Hart

“Lord, bid war’s trumpet cease; Fold the whole earth in peace.” -Oliver Wendell Holmes

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” -John Fitzgerald Kennedy

“The most persistent sound which reverberates through men’s history is the beating of war drums.” -Arthur Koestler

“I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, ‘Mother, what was war?'” -Eve Merriam

“Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.” -Michel de Montaigne

“In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.” -Jose Narosky

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” -Cynthia Ozick

“The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war.” -Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit