Category Archives: Sports & Fun

My pro wheelchair tennis “career”

I played tennis as a standing person until I was 23. At that point the stress of trying to stay on my feet outweighed the fun of playing, so I stopped, forgot about tennis, and gradually transitioned into using a … Continue reading

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When you can’t do, teach.

I really liked playing volleyball in junior high and wanted to play on the high school team. I went to tryouts the first few days and knew from the start that high school volleyball and recreational volleyball are two very … Continue reading

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Playing tennis despite muscular dystrophy

My grandparents had the best tennis garage door ever — wooden, flat, and above it was the upper section of their split-level house so balls weren’t landing in the gutters if you hit too high. Unfortunately their driveway was very … Continue reading

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A great tabletop hand cycle

One of the easiest exercises to do if you have muscular dystrophy and your legs don’t work that well is to use a tabletop hand-cycle. I use the Magnetrainer. It’s affordable, durable, and heavy so it won’t slide around on … Continue reading

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Pants and Intimidation

Up until 8th grade I played basketball despite having muscular dystrophy. One of the lessons I took from that came from the pep talk our coaches would always give us before each game. If we were playing an especially tough … Continue reading

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Basketball and my muscular dystrophy

I played basketball from 4th thru 8th grade either through the YMCA or my grade school. In the early years, since I was taller, I could get rebounds and barely had to jump. This was good because I really couldn’t … Continue reading

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There’s more than one way to win

In grade school we used to play a game called “Steal the Bacon” in gym class. It involved splitting into two teams, assigning each kid a number, and sending the teams to opposite ends of each side of the basketball … Continue reading

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Muscular dystrophy and gym class

I can’t count on my fingers and toes how many times I pretended to be sick to get out of gym class in elementary and junior high. Mostly it was on days when we had Presidential Fitness Testing — which … Continue reading

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How wheelchair tennis improved my function

I started playing wheelchair tennis in 2006 after seeing a photo of the amazing Nick Taylor playing in an electric wheelchair. I had no idea you could play competitive wheelchair sports in a power chair. I started playing tennis again, … Continue reading

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Playing the cello with muscular dystrophy

I have played the cello since age 5 and credit the cello for my finger dexterity, love for music, and math ability. Although playing the cello got a bit more difficult as my muscular dystrophy progressed, I was able to … Continue reading

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