Chris Armas on Body Post Sports
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Former Major League Soccer player Chris Armas shares his fitness routine post sports injuries.
Transcript: I think sport and professional sport especially at the high level, because the demands are greater,...
I think sport and professional sport especially at the high level, because the demands are greater, has changed my body. I put my body through a lot: head injury, head trauma, five or six knee surgeries, a hip surgery. I am getting up in the morning walking, tip toeing to the bathroom, joints are cracking. So it was all worth it I would say because I didn't over do it, but it came with the territory and it's taken a toll either way on my body. These days my fitness routine consists a lot of, again, non- weight barring activity. there's nothing I could do to duplicate what i was doing six, seven days a week on the soccer field. Generally speaking I am avoiding all the crazy pounding and running on the joints. I am getting out there on my road bike, 20- 30 miles, some elliptical machines in the gym, a little bit insanity workouts with my wife. I try to stay fit and healthy. Overall, physically I am at a good place.More »
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Former World Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes shares his thoughts on head injuries after 37 years in the ring.
Transcript: Boxers, a lot of them, they want to show how tough they are. They want to prove themselves. A lot of...
Boxers, a lot of them, they want to show how tough they are. They want to prove themselves. A lot of fighters that I know are like, "go ahead, hit me. I'm tough. I'm tough." And the guy would get knocked the heck out of them. And later on down the road they are wobbling and giving out. I had seventy-five professional fights and I had twenty-three amateur fights. I had thousands of fights in the gym. I don't know how many. . I was always kind of afraid to go out there and take punches and prove myself and I tried no t to gethit with that. A lot of them go out there and get it. I try to do different things like block a punch or block a punch and knock one down. Block a punch and land my own. Or put my hand up here and hit. A lot of guys just take it because they got helmet on, they think it's not going to hurt them that bad. I used to watch Ali all the time. I used to work with Ali as a spotting partner and he put his hands down all the time and said, "Hit me! Hit me! You ain't hurting me. " I hit him all in the body and sometimes in the head, you know. When you hit them in the head that's when something gives. He'd be taking punches going sixty or seventy miles an hour, you get hit in your head and it does something to your brain. I don't want that to do anything to my brain. I don't want people saying, "Look at Larry. It's a shame." And that's what they said about Muhammad Ali... "It's a shame!" That's what they said about Joe Lewis and all the guys. I could go on and on. But those are the chances we take. And I took. And whoever's out there now, are going out to take the same kind of chances. That's the sport we chose and that's what we have to accept. I still think that I'm one of the lucky ones. That I was not trying to prove myself or that I was that tough or that I could take it.More »
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Former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber shares the best sport lesson he ever received.
Transcript: Has sport always been a part of your life? Sports always been a part of my life and I think it is genetic....
Has sport always been a part of your life? Sports always been a part of my life and I think it is genetic. My father was a football star at Virginia tech. My mother's always been athletic. In fact, when we were in little leagues she played mothers game, a mothers football game and it wasn't powder puffed mums football, they put the helmets on, the shoulder pads and everything and actually hit each other. Me and my brother got a kick out of it. Did you always want to be a football player? By the time I was 15 or 16 I wanted to be an astronaut. So I went to school I went to the University of Virginia to be a nuclear engineer so I could ultimately be an astronaut. I was a good athlete, I ran track. I was a better track athlete than a football player actually. But once I got to my second and third year I got really strong and then the guy in front of me got hurt, he pulled his hamstring when we played our first game against the University of Michigan. I went out and started the game my third year of my junior season. I had a 180 yards and I never looked back. What was the best health advice you ever got? Every coach I have ever had said the exact same thing. "Are you hurt or are you injured?" If you're hurt you can still play, you can get out there and go. If you are injured something is wrong with you. So I took it literally; whenever I would get a nick or something, I would honestly ask myself, am I hurt or am I injured? And if I were anywhere near injured I would take myself out. I took it to heart every time I was in pain in some way and let my body tell me whether or not I should keep going or not.More »
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