November 2016

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MeiLin McDonald: Never Give Up

By Jesse Kahle, Sevan Matossian and Tyson Oldroyd

In Athletes, Medical/Injuries

November 10, 2016

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MeiLin McDonald, 17, suffered a severe concussion during a basketball game as a child.

The injury caused her eyes to become permanently dilated and left her unable to focus. McDonald’s physician suggested surgery to explore the possibility of inner-ear damage. Unfortunately, complications during surgery made her symptoms much worse and left her unable to walk.

When she came to CrossFit Wilsonville, McDonald was in a wheelchair. The… Continue Reading

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Down the Hatch, Miss a Snatch?

By Hilary Achauer

In Nutrition

November 08, 2016

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A look at the effect of moderate alcohol consumption on fitness and health.

A few years ago I stopped drinking alcohol Sunday through Thursday.

I’ve never been a heavy drinker, so it wasn’t a difficult transition. For me, two drinks is letting loose and three is really getting wild, but a few nights a week I’d have a beer or glass of wine while making dinner. Once I started CrossFit, I… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Lifeguard: Kristi Barnes

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Medical/Injuries

November 06, 2016

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Doctors tell a Houston police sergeant her fitness allowed her to endure invasive surgery to remove a rare tumor that threatened to kill her.

Kristi Barnes typed the words into Google: “transsectional abdominal incision.”

It was about two weeks before her scheduled surgery to remove a tumor that had overtaken her right adrenal gland.

“They were like, ‘We’ll just cut you open and take it out,’” the 44-year-old recounted… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Lifeguard: Brandon Justice

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Medical/Injuries

November 02, 2016

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As a teen, Brandon Justice was told a genetic disorder would end his life sometime in his 30s. Because of CrossFit, doctors tell him he can now expect a normal lifespan.

Eighteen-year-old Brandon Justice didn’t care about his health or his future.

He did what he saw the average high-school kid doing: He went to parties, ate fast food, didn’t exercise.

After all, doctors told him he would only live to be 34.

Why bother caring, he… Continue Reading

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