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  • The best of the best for 2013

    Posted by Jason Miller

     

    The list came out yesterday and I want to pass along a, congratulations to the athletes that made the 2013 USA Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team. Wheels in Motion is working on getting an interview a few of the ladies to talk about making the team.  Those interviews will be announced at a later post.  If you know these ladies make sure you pass along a big CONGRATS their way. 

    Here is the list as posted by the NWBA.

    Darlene Hunter
    Mackenzie Soldan
    Gail Gaeng
    Rachel Voss
    Deanna Free
    Kimmie Champion
    Carlie Cook
    Rose Hollermann
    Caitlin McDermott
    Kendra Zeman
    Jen Poist
    Megan Blunk
    Courtney Ryan
    Katilyn Verfuerth
    Kaitlyn Eaton
    Molly Bloom
    Jillian Host

  • Sledge Hockey to be streamed

    Posted by Jason Miller

    Just found this story and thought I would share it with you.  This is very cool and a step in the right direction.  We have a long way to go but if we don't make the little steps we won't be ready for the big ones. 

    Check it out by click here!

     

    Have a great day,

    Wheels In Motion

  • One of the best coaching jobs I've seen

    Posted by Jason Miller

    UW-Whitewater has a great men's wheelchair basketball program and the guy leading, Jeremy Lade did one of his best coaching jobs of his young career leading his squad to a third place finish at this years, Intercollegiate Wheelchair basketball tournament.  Here is the release from him and from Wheels in Motion, Congrats:

     

    Warhawk fanatics, 

    Your Men’s and Women’s Wheelchair Basketball teams traveled to Birmingham, AL to compete for the National Championship of the Intercollegiate Division.  It was a long season of long bus rides that brought us to this point in our season.  Our trip to Birmingham started on Wednesday and we arrived back home mid-morning on Sunday. 

    We entered the tournament as the #5 seeded team; having taken some losses during the regular season.  In our quarter-final match-up to start off the NIWBT, we played the University of Missouri.  Our regular season record was knotted at 2 wins a piece and this would be the rubber match for the season.  With playoff intensity, both teams tipped off with the desire to move on in what can only be described as March Madness.  Carter Arey poured in 24 points for the Tigers, but we had 7 players contributing on our offensive end with 3 scoring in double digits.  Your Warhawks moved on to the semi-finals with a score of 66-52.

    In a crazy season in the division; our semi-final game put us up against the one team in the division that we have yet to beat.  The University of Texas-Arlington entered the tournament as the #1 seed and previously proved to be a challenge for us to overcome.  Jorge Sanchez, UTA’s Player of the Year candidate dropped in 27 points on an efficient 12 of 16 shooting.  We hung in the game with hot shooting in the 1st half, 50% from the floor and put ourselves in a position to keep it close towards the end of the game.  As the final buzzer sound, we ultimately had too many turnovers and empty possessions as we fell short.  This loss sent us to the 3rd place game against a familiar opponent. 

    On the final day of the tournament we were scheduled in a heavy weight bout against the University of Illinois.   In a year that had the most contenders in as long as I can remember, we knew this 3rd place game would be a back and forth battle.  Heroki Kozai, this year’s Player of the Year, showed off his offensive arsenal dropping in 31 points from all over the floor.  His PIC, partner in crime, Nick Goncin proved to have an arsenal of his own adding 27 points to their attack.  Our offense and defense was firing on all cylinders and peeked at the right time.  It was especially evident late in the game as the basketball was swinging faster than their defense could rotate allowing us to knock down some clutch baskets.  We came out on top in a very close game.  The final of the 3rd place was decided by just 1 point and proved that our team had made some very large improvements throughout the long season. 

    A special Thanks to Joe Hargrow, our only graduating senior this season.  His dedication to this program will forever be felt. 

    This season would not have been so great without our volunteer assistants.  HUGE Thanks to Steve Mazzara, Dave Kirst, Mitch Rankin, Steve Bicek, John McCarthy, Kearstin Gehlhausen and Ashley Kosenesky-Ionescu.

    Thanks to everyone who has supported our program and our team.  It is that support that helps us to continue to do what we do. 

    Season Awards:

    2nd Team All-American:  Derrick Bisnett

    All-Rookie Team: John Piazza

    Academic All-American: Derrick Bisnett

    Academic All-American: Shai Ron

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Jeremy “Opie” Lade

  • UWW Women go back 2 back

    Posted by Jason Miller

    IT’S HARD ENOUGH TO WIN ONE INTERCOLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP BUT TO WIN ONE AND THEN ANOTHER, BACK TO BACK WE LIKE TO CALL IT, IS A GREAT FEAT ALL UNTO IT’S OWN AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THIS COACH DID THIS YEAR IN THE WOMEN’S INTERCOLLEGIATE DIVISION OF WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL.  HE’S A GREAT FRIEND AND APPARENTLY A PRETTY DARN GOOD COACH TOO, FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
    WHITEWATER, COACH DAN PRICE.

     

    Hard work does pay off

  • Assistant coach Ford Burttram

    Posted by Jason Miller

    So he not only does golf for the University of Alabama but he's also the assistant coach for the Men's wheelchair basketball team there.  Lets here what he has to say about the team and where you can find the live feed for the Intercollegiate National Tournament.

    Assistant Coach Ford Burttram

  • Golf anyone?

    Posted by Jason Miller

    There is a great sport and it's called golf.  Most of us have tried it at least once and whether your good at it or not you just get hooked.  However some of us in wheelchairs don't know that we can get out there and golf with our buddies or families.  Well you can and to tell you more about it, here is my interview with the man at the University of Alabama.  He's getting the word out about disabled golf and I am more than happy to help him do that.  Here is the first part of the interview where we focus just on the golf at the University of Alabama and he's goals for the sport.

     

    Ford Burttram

    He's off and rolling with this

  • Not everything is bad

    Posted by Jason Miller

    While we sit around wondering what is going on with our athletes?  I say lets concentrate on those athletes who keep us smiling and remembering that life is great.  Some athletes are still proud to accomplish and you can see that if you check out this story by clicking here .  Two USA athletes who are inspiring with something as simple as a picture.

  • Doping in disabled athletics good or bad idea?

    Posted by Jason Miller

    Someone at work today asked me about doping in disabled sports and I rubbed my belly and said bro do you think I doped at any time of my athletic career.  I of course am not the perfect example of an athlete right now cause I am not one any more, but of course the answer was and is no.  I found this article that touches on this very subject and found it very interesting.  Would it be a benefit if someone with a disability would take EPO's, transfusions or etc?  I think the answer is....

    Let me know what you think.  If you are disabled are going to increase the chances the clots, kidney disease, systolic blood pressure and inflammation.  Those are all things you can suffer from if you are disabled so I ask.  Would it be a benefit for a disabled athlete to take the very same drugs Lance Armstrong took to make you the very best or is it still better to just work your ASH(sorry can't use profanity) off?

     

    I will add this to my random thoughts.  When playing tennis I was told to write down all medications I take when filling out paper work for the ITF.  So if my doctor prescribes steroids because it helps me does it mean I should be banned from competing?  Does it mean if this article proves that Lance Armstrong was okay doing what he did that he should take his apology back?  I ask a lot of questions, but it's because I have a lot of them.  Let me know what you think.  

     

    I must say thanks to Jason Hillary from 93 Rock in Green Bay, WI for bringing this up to me today.

     

    Here is the article I guess there was an issue with the link.  I apologize for that and hope you now can tell me your thoughts:

     

    Medscape Medical News

    EPO Doping Offers No Benefit to Athletes, Only Possible Harm

    Janis C. Kelly

    Dec 06, 2012

    The doping scandal that cost Lance Armstrong his 7 Tour de France cycling titles and raised the curtain on a sport apparently rife with secret use of recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO) took an unexpected turn this week when Dutch researchers reported that EPO is unlikely to have much effect on elite athletes competing at Armstrong's level.

    rHuEPO became a sports-doping drug of choice after it was shown to increase red blood cell mass and exercise capacity in patients with anemia from chronic kidney disease. This is in part a result of an increase in patients' maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max), one of the factors in endurance performance.

    However, elite athletes are not debilitated renal failure patients. Their VO2max is already so high that adding rHuEPO has little effect, and marginal increases in VO2max have little effect on performance, according to J.A.A.C. Heuberger, BSc, from Leiden University in the Netherlands, and colleagues.

    Endurance Improvements Unlikely

    The authors report the results of their systematic literature review in an article published onlineDecember 6 in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. Their review uncovered a paucity of studies testing rHuEPO in elite athletes. A few studies involved subjects described as "endurance trained recreational athletes," "well-trained individuals," or "healthy subjects." In addition, study participants varied in terms of endurance performance and fitness level. None of the studies reported on competitive cyclists.

    "'[T]he better the athlete is trained, a similar increase in VO2max leads to a proportionally smaller increase in performance," the authors explain. "This also demonstrates that in world-class athletes, an increase in VO2max will have only limited effect on performance."

    The authors note that in elite endurance athletes, VO2max can be 50% to 100% greater than those in normal healthy young people, but that VO2max plateaus in elite athletes while performance continues to improve. They suggest that this may be because of other factors involved in endurance such as high muscle capillary density, muscle metabolic adaptations such as increased mitochondria and oxidative enzymes, or more efficient biomechanics. Although moderately trained athletes can improve a variety of factors to increase endurance performance, elite athletes mainly improve endurance performance by changes in lactate threshold, lactate turn point, and work economy or efficiency. None of these is directly altered by erythropoietin.

    This situation is compounded by the adverse event profile associated with rHuEPO.

    Hypertension, Clots, Inflammation

    According to the authors, this lack of benefit is accompanied by some significant risks for adverse effects including a rise in systolic blood pressure, increased risk for thrombotic events, increased blood viscosity, enhanced coagulation, endothelial activation and platelet reactivity, and inflammation.

     

    The authors warn, "This combination of factors might increase the risk of thrombotic events in endurance performance athletes using rHuEPO. Increased [hematocrit levels] may lower cerebral blood flow and limit oxygen supply to the brain, predisposing to cerebral infarction. Thrombotic risks are underlined by a case report...where a professional cyclist presented with cerebral sinus thrombosis, thereafter confessing to 3 months of 2000 IU rHuEPO use every two days, in combination with 15 days of growth hormone and continuous high doses of vitamin A and E."

    "Athletes and their medical staff may believe EPO enhances performance, but there is no evidence that anyone performed good experiments to check if EPO would actually improve performance in elite cyclists," lead author A.F. Cohen, MD, PhD, FFPM, FBPharmSoc, professor of clinical pharmacology, Leiden University Medical Centre, said in a press release.

    The authors have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

    Br J Clin Pharmacol. Published online December 6, 2012. Abstract

     


  • Talk about the Frozen Tundra

    Posted by Jason Miller

    I have to admit I was just made aware of this and so I apologize that this late but never the less you can still enjoy this story very much.

    She is a Green Bay native and has done something a lot of folks try to do every Paralympic year.  Penny Greely of Green Bay, Wis. has made the USA Wheelchair Curling team for 2013.  I remember Penny when she tried wheelchair basketball and what a competitor.  I am not surprised by her accomplishment but am very proud.  Maybe because I know of her or maybe it's because she is from right here.  Here is her bio from the United States Curling Association, check it out.

     She truly plays on the frozen tundra and for that we should celebrate her accomplishment.  We will follow her journey on Wheels in Motion and as soon as I can get ahold of her I will hopefully have her on for an interview.  Till then check out the article about her making the team.

    Way to go Penny you are making Green Bay, WI proud!!!