Rehabilitation of wounded soldiers often includes physical training, psychological therapy, medication and more—but it isn’t always enough.
“My platoon and I, we were hit with five roadside bombs in 11 days. A few more after that,” says Bobby Lane, a retired Marine corporal. “I sustained two traumatic brain injuries, took shrapnel in my left arm and lower extremities.”
Drinking was part of Lane’s self-medication, and suicide became… Continue Reading
Improved prosthetic technology and user-driven innovation are opening new avenues for adaptive athletes who refuse to accept limitations.
On Dec. 22, 2013, vigilant U.S. Transportation Security Administration agents pulled Kendra Bailey out of a screening line.
Bailey’s carryon contained a length of hollow pipe, a short chain, a leather strap and various connectors because she was hoping to do power cleans while visiting a gym on the West Coast. Bailey is… Continue Reading
Bodybuilder Coco Kissack shares her story of a dark descent into the world of steroids and side effects. Maureen O’Hagan reports.
At first, her vision started to go. There was blurriness and vertigo. And everywhere she looked, there was a floating spot.
She was putting on weight, watery, puffy weight. She was just plain uncomfortable in her clothes, and she sweated right through them. That was new. Meanwhile, she was losing her voice.
“I convinced… Continue Reading
December 08, 2013
New research at Duke University is studying how exercise might be used during and after cancer treatment.
Oliver Glass is a former CrossFit Games athlete, qualifying on the CrossFit Local team in 2010 and the CrossFit Raleigh team in 2011. He currently trains at CrossFit Raleigh in North Carolina in the evenings. In the daytime, he’s a cancer researcher.
“I’ve been doing CrossFit competitively for five years,” Glass says. “I’ve been doing cancer research… Continue Reading
A breast-cancer diagnosis brings CrossFit HD members Lauren Beard and Carrie Belmore together for a new challenge.
“Jess told me you’re an infusion nurse at Emory.”
When Carrie Belmore heard those words, her heart sank. She looked at 26-year-old Lauren Beard, who had approached Belmore after a workout at CrossFit HD in Atlanta, Ga.
“That’s the last thing I thought I’d hear,” Belmore said.
Belmore had seen Beard around the gym… Continue Reading
Some athletes and experts swear by ice baths, while others say they’re useless or even detrimental. Hilary Achauer investigates the potential end of the Ice Age.
Maybe CrossFit athletes have a thing for pain. The event is over, they’ve survived whatever crushing test was put before them, and instead of finding the nearest chair, many competitive CrossFit athletes decide to prolong the agony by submerging themselves in a tub filled… Continue Reading
October 08, 2013
With the NHL and NFL seasons in full swing, concussions are a hot topic. Blows to the head can have serious short- and long-term consequences, so why do athletes risk brain damage by returning to play too early? And how can we keep them safer?
A little knock on the head can lead to big trouble, though the exact nature of the trouble has yet to be determined. Regardless, it’s clear that there are significant problems… Continue Reading
Years before Shari Keener started training in 2005 at the original CrossFit box in Santa Cruz, Calif., she had a different addiction: meth.
“It’s astonishing to me that that is how I lived my life,” she says today. “I never think about it. At all. I never think about that. So when I get asked about it I’m like, ‘Oh my God, yeah, I did that. That’s so crazy.’”
Now a Level 1 Seminar Staff intern and a mother of two, Keener… Continue Reading