I’m also blessed to have a lot of great friends, many I’ve known for decades. One of those friends called me out of the blue last October and invited me to go to the first two games of the World Series in Boston. He just happened to have a couple of prime tickets, and what could you say to an offer like that? It was a great experience, my first time in Boston, and kind of a trip down memory lane for me as far as baseball goes. Many of you might already know this: I was an avid baseball player way back in my school days. I was a pitcher, and a pretty darn good one if you can believe that. In fact, I had some dreams of making it up to the majors, until a significant injury derailed my game. In those days, a lot of the treatment options we have today weren’t around, and so I ended up looking for another sport (surfing) and in fact it was that injury that eventually led me into the study of Chiropractic Medicine. What’s the old saying? “One door closes, another one opens.” I can’t imagine what my life would have been like without Chiropractic, so that old injury turned out to be fortunate after all. While I was at the World Series, I was incredibly impressed with the power and speed modern baseball players have. The training, preparation, and dedication to the game have all come a long way. The pitching and batting are just amazing. You watch a home run sail over the “Green Monster” at Fenway Park and you realize you’re watching one of the great sights of this American tradition. It was a lot of fun being there for the event, and now could someone please offer me a seat at the Super Bowl?! Just kidding, I know, I’ll probably be watching that one on TV. One last thing about baseball. Lots of youngsters play the sport, and (take it from my personal experience) it’s easy to get caught up in the competition and want to exceed your limits. Parents and coaches should be aware of the guidelines for just how far to let a young person push their endurance, especially since growing bodies can actually be injured easier than people who have finished growing. Here’s a link to some useful pointers for staying safe while playing baseball, at any age:
One More Thing:
If you’re like me, you probably enjoyed good food a little more than usual over the holidays. Parties and family gatherings can really tempt you! Many people are able to just get back on the exercise and normal diet routine as the New Year begins, but if you’d like some special counseling about weight loss, diets, and effective exercise, come in for an appointment and we’ll help you achieve your goals. Your overall good health is always what we aim for at our clinic, and we look forward to seeing everyone feeling their best in this New Year.
That’s all for now!