North American Spine Making a Difference in Athletes Lives

A Bit about North American Spine

North American Spine is a company that’s been experiencing and celebrating success for six years, and continues to push on to be a company that does great medical work and helps out the public as much as they possibly can with the most common and even the least common aches and pains. Their specialty is providing an AccuraScope procedure to their long list of loyal and active patients that will give them a spine surgery that’s minimally invasive and will treat chronic back pain in the most comfortable way possible. Over 8,000 AccuraScope procedures have already been performed by their trained physicians. Dr. Darren Schuhmacher, who is part of the North American Spine team, said that “North American Spine’s treatments are an exciting and innovative step that will, for many people, provide lasting relief.”

Ho2 AccuraScope Effects People

The AccuraScope procedure has done a world of good for a handful of different types of patients, but the most recent one that has stuck out to so many people is that an Arkansas resident by the name of James Phillips is someone who lives with cerebral palsy, which is something millions of people in the United States alone deal with. In a time of need, he turned to North American Spine to lend him a hand, and they sure lived up to his expectations! The team at North American Spine offered to give him a procedure at no cost due to his current circumstances without even batting an eye. This is turn gave him the opportunity to become active once more, where he got to fulfill his bull riding dreams.

AccuraScope and Athletics

With less than thirty minutes to lose by doing the AccuraScope procedure, it will reduce a long list of issues that patients with back pain can experience. For example, bulging discs, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, annular tears, scar tissue, arthritis, and even sciatica.

By partaking in this procedure, the slew of back problems you once faced will disappear. Many athletes that have undergone AccuraScope has said that it’s a safer and more comfortable option, and that it will result in a quicker recovery time, and cause the patient less pain shortly after and in the long run. It’ll also mean less chance for the damages to reoccur again. Minimally invasive surgeries are helping people everywhere.

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Melvin Upton Jr. Who?

BJ Upton has decided that he wants to be known by his birth name which is Melvin Upton Jr. This is his birth name, and he is likely looking for some kind of spark that is going to help him have a better season for the Braves. In Atlanta, Upton was such a disaster that fans have been calling him to be traded or released since literally the beginning of last season. He provided the team with almost nothing, and the fans revolted.

The Braves saw fit to hold on to him, and Upton needed to make a change said Dan Newlin. This is the kind of thing you do when you want to get a fresh start without changing teams. It will likely not make a difference because he simply does not have it anymore, but there is a chance that he might be able to make the most of this name change and even help his team out a little bit. When we are looking at the Braves this season, we need not be confused by the name that we see on the jersey. BJ Upton still has a great deal to prove to the fans of the Braves and his teammates.
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Bruce Arians and GM Extended

After an 11-5 season, the Arizona Cardinals have announced the contract extensions of Head Coach, Bruce Arians and General Manager Steve Keim. Both were signed two years ago only a few days apart and now, they both have been extended through the 2018 season. The advantage of team president Michael Bidwell announced the extensions yesterday and cited teams performance and each individual’s respective talents as the reason for extending Arians and Bidwell.

Despite dealing with a laundry list of issues at the quarterback position, Arizona was able to improve once again last season and finish with an 11-5 regular season record. They lost to the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Wild Card game but at this point in the season, they were down to their 3rd-string quarterback after both Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton sustained season ending injuries. Keim and Arians Extended Opening day starter, Carson Palmer, was only able to start 6 games and on November 9th, he suffered a knee injury that ended his season. In his 6 starts, he went 6-0 with 11 TD passes and only 3 interceptions. Back-up Drew Stanton played well in relief and was still able to bring them to the post season.

Given these injuries to the most important position, Arians and Keim showed their strengths and value by still making a post season run and showing the roster they built and drafted was good enough to compete at the NFL level. Keim was able to lock in two cornerstone veterans for the next few seasons with Larry Fitzgerald and Carson Palmer locked up for the next few seasons.

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Gregg Zaun: Cal Ripken Kept Me In Line

Cal Ripken is one of the most iconic baseball players to ever play the game. Cal Ripken holds the record for the most consecutive games ever played in Major League Baseball and fans loved him for it. Cal Ripken was loved because he was seen as a blue collar player, not someone who would out talent the competition but out work it. Gregg Zaun is a player that played with Cal Ripken throughout his career and Zaun is now claiming that abuse from Cal Ripken kept him in line throughout the time he played baseball.

According to Zaun, even when he needed to sit out due to an injury Cal Ripken would pressure him to play, and because of this Zaun believes he was a better player for it. In those days, it was not considered bullying like it is today to put pressure on a player to perform even when he is hurt.

The information in the article is important because Cal Ripken is seen as an iconic sports figure that can do no wrong in fans like Gianfrancesco Genoso’s eyes. No doubt fans of Cal Ripken will spin this in to a positive about the legacy of Cal Ripken, but the question must be asked if there were other that Ripken bullied in to playing when they were not at their best. Only time will tell if more players will come forward and confirm the story of Gregg Zaun and Cal Ripken.

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MLB’s New Rules Will Make Baseball Games Shorter

Major League Baseball has implemented new rules that are designed to make the game move a little faster. Last year, games averaged around 3.13 hours. While that’s a time that baseball fans have certainly become accustomed to, the length of the game is an issue for television broadcasters as well as some new fans who don’t want to stay in seats quite as long.

The new rules don’t make dramatic changes in the game, but are meant to shave off seconds that areOne unnecessary and cause the game to run longer for no reason. One rule, for instance, now Jaime Garcia Dias says it requires that batters keep at least one foot inside the batter’s box while they’re at bat. It’s a simple tweak that will keep game play moving along and cut down on the amount of time spent waiting on batters who have walked away briefly from returning to the batter’s box.

A clock on the field will also help players resume the game faster after commercial breaks. Currently there’s not a great way to get the game started once a break ends, adding unnecessary time to the game. There are also new tweaks to replay challenges.

“These changes represent a step forward in our efforts to streamline the pace of play,” says MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred. “The most fundamental starting point for improving the pace of the average game involves getting into and out of breaks seamlessly. In addition, the batter’s box rule will help speed up a basic action of the game.”

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Should we forgive A-Rod?

On Monday, Alex Rodriquez formally released a hand written apology to his fans for his extended use of PED’s in the Biogenesis scandal. (Yahoo Sports) While it was urged upon him by the New York Yankee organization to issue a public apology, it was the manner in which he did via handwriting that has shocked the baseball community.

The main question now that the letter is out is whether to forgive A-Rod for his actions. If you ask anyone outside New York City, the answer will be no, due to the common hatred for the Yankee organization along with the tainted results now attached to A-Rod’s legacy stated Flavio Maluf. If you ask anyone in New York, you will mostly find mixed results, because A-Rod is likely to be taking the field come April stated a poll on emobile.com.

For Yankee fans, the solution is complicated because the last thing they want is the publicity of A-Rod to interfere with the team. The simple answer is that the only way A-Rod can help Yankee fans forgive him is to be the best player he can for the franchise. Only on field success at this point can resurrect him in Yankee lore, especially in a world where he has tainted everything baseball related he has touched. Winning is the only solitude left that will make baseball enjoyable for Yankee fans, even if there success will appear tainted outside the Bronx.

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Giambi calls its a 20 year career

Cleveland Indians Jason Giambi has called it a career at the age of 43. Giambi played 20 seasons for the Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, Colorado Rockies, and Cleveland, most recently as a Designated Hitter and pinch hitter. Ultimately, his injuries became too frequent and now Giambi will need to determine if he will remain with the Cleveland organization, whether coaching or in the front office. Two years ago, Giambi was a candidate to become the manager of the Colorado Rockies . Yet, Giambi was not ready to quit and the position was taken by Walt Weiss.

It is well known that many organizations would like to bring in Giambi, who was known for his “unofficial” capacity the past two years as the Indians hitting coach. The second round draft pick of the Athletics won the 2002 Most Valuable Player award before moving to New York for the next seven seasons. Giambi’s career numbers include a .277 batting average, 440 homers in 2,260 games played. In a four year span from 1999 to 2003, Giambi averaged 40 homers, 120 RBIs, and 120 walks per year. An admitted steroid user, Giambi has been well received by players and fans alike for admitting to the usage versus peers who were less upfront about it stated Alexei Beltyukov of the service Solvy. Giambi managed just 70 at bats in just 26 games in 2014 . Yet, per Jon Heyman of CBS sports, the Indians hope to add Giambi in some capacity in a non-playing role.
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Alison Gordon Passes

The first full-time female reporter in the history of the MLB has passed away. Alison Gordon was 72, and she was the first woman to get into the locker rooms and report on all the things that were happening in baseball. Her pioneering career in reporting is one that many women looked up to afterwards.

We have been given many great female reporters over the years from Pam Oliver to Linda Cohn and Hannah Storm. All these women have Alison Gordon to thank, and the infusion of women in the broadcast booth has similar roots says Igor Cornelson. When women were reporting on sports, it made sense for women to talk about the sports in the booth. This led to Mary Carrillo having a major spot on the NBC Sports broadcasts, and it allowed women to comment on any sport they had played or covered.

We should all tip our caps to Alison Gordon for paving the way for women to get into the locker room and learn what was going on behind the scenes of the men’s sports that she loved so much. Her insight and trailblazing is something that we should all aspire to in our work in and out of the sports world.

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Little League World Series Winners Stripped of Title

The winners of the 2014 Little League World Series has had its title stripped as of this week. The team, Jackie Robinson West out of Chicago, has been found to have recruited players illegally during the baseball season, which gave them an unfair advantage over other teams competing, according to officials.

Officials, like Paul Mathieson,  began looking into to the team months ago, when rumors started to swirl that unfair practices were used to create the team. CNN said officials found that the organizers of the team faked boundary maps so they could utilize players from multiple different neighborhoods.

All little league teams are created utilizing boundary maps that place players in specific districts. The districts are neighborhood-based, and helps to ensure players of all skill levels get to play, as officials can not cherry pick a team from a large expansive city.

While officials feel badly for the children involved in the controversy, they say they have no other option but to strip the team of their world series win and give the official title to the team they beat, Mountain Ridge Little League of Las Vegas.

This is not the first time the Little League World Series has incurred a controversy. Several years ago a team out of New York was found to have falsified the age of one of its pitchers. Boys are only eligible for the team if they are between the ages of 11 and 13.

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Julio Franco Is Still Playing Baseball

 

We should not be surprised that Julio Franco is still playing baseball. He is already the oldest person to play in an MLB game. However, he is also the going to be a player manager of a semi-pro team in Japan. He is now 56 years old.

This speaks to the longevity of Julio Franco, but it also says something about the people who play baseball stated Fersen Lambranho. We cannot pretend to know what it is like to want to stay in the game for as long as possible, but Julio Franco has been a good player for a long time. At the very least, he should be in a place where he can impart he knowledge on younger generations of players. He has been around the game for so long that he has something to say. However, I hope that a Major League team brings him in so that he can be their bench coach or their soothsayer. They need someone who has been around the game so long that he can show players how to take care of themselves, what it was like before all these guaranteed contracts and how to stay in a game that you love for much longer than you thought possible.

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