Larry Holmes on Head Injuries
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Head injuries are a big part of boxing. Former World Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes shares is thoughts on the sensitive issue.
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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Iconic athletes Tiki Barber, Larry Holmes and Chris Armas share their most valuable sports lessons and discuss injuries and retirement.
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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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Former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber shares what it was like to step off of the gridiron and into retirement.
Transcript: Have you always been aware of your health? From the time I was 16 years old I was always pushed to doctors....
Have you always been aware of your health? From the time I was 16 years old I was always pushed to doctors. You have to get a physical every year, you have to get checked for hernias, you have to get checked for arrhythmias in your heart, blood pressure all those things. And that persisted it for me professionally until I was 32. Why did you retire? I retired with a few years left on my career because I didn't want to have the long-term physical affects, that often affect athletes who play a physical sport, physical and violent sport. Like football and I had a lot of other opportunities outside of the game and it was a perfect chance for me to walk away feeling good about my career. You can tell yourself you're invincible when you're an athlete and that you're going to play forever, but the reality is you're not. At one point you're going to realize your mortality and you're going to have to go into something else. I just started thinking about it a lot earlier than a lot of guys do so that when I left I didn't miss it I was ready to be gone. How has pro sports affected your body? I think it's too early to say how much of a physical impact the game had on me. I know I got out without a lot of head injuries that are being discussed over the national football league right now, and I know I have physical damage. I tore a PCL in my right knee my rooky season and I didn't get it fixed. I just built muscle and strength around it, but because of that there's a lot of laxity in my joint as a result. I have three bone spurs in my right knee.More »
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Former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber shares his mother's breast cancer diagnosis and treatment journey.
Transcript: My name is Tiki Barber. I am a former running back for the New York Giants. I was a Virginian; but now...
My name is Tiki Barber. I am a former running back for the New York Giants. I was a Virginian; but now a New Yorker. It's interesting how my mother told us that she had breast cancer we were just about to start classes my senior year at the university of Virginia. She was in business school getting her MBA, and we had just come out of spring practice. She kept it to herself and actually did what you are not supposed to do. She finished her MBA before she went and got treatment; and then she told us. And it was shocking because there isn't a history of cancer in my family. She was always conscious of our health. And she was always checking herself and that's how she found out, and then when she got diagnosed. She did it the right way; she wasn't scared of it. She went and addressed it, stood straight up to it and got all the answers that she needed and made a decision. She had surgery on a Monday, a double mastectomy, and the doctor said; you need to be on bed rest, you need to not move. Her arms are obviously strapped to her side she could only move her elbows and she showed up at our game on Saturday. So from then on I knew she was going to be fine. And I asked her why she did that and she said, because I either had to get living or I had to get busy dying. And she chose to live. And she fought it very aggressively and came out on top 16 years ago and she's doing great. I think cancer changed my mother significantly, because it let her understand mortality and appreciation of life. And what's important. She always used to wear these big hats, with me and my brothers pins on them. Now whenever she comes to games she always has a cancer pin on her, but I think it's important to get the message out because a lot of people think that I won't happen, even if it runs in their family. I think it's a part of our mentality, as people we think we are invincible until we're not. I think my mother is just a strong woman and no matter what comes her way she is going to beat it.More »
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Former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber shares how his mother's breast cancer diagnosis changed his view of the disease.
Transcript: I don't know if I ever realized how serious it really was, cancer was new to me then. Obviously you...
I don't know if I ever realized how serious it really was, cancer was new to me then. Obviously you hear about it, but it never affected anyone that I knew. It's interesting how my mother told us that she had breast cancer. She finished her MBA before she went and got treatment and then she told us. And it was shocking because there isn't a history of cancer in my family. But I think it was my mom's confidence that she was going to beat it properly instilled in her by her doctor, Doctor Saintell down at Lewis Gail, Virginia who told her you're going to beat this that confidence came across on her and then that confidence came across through her as she talked to us about it. They did the double mastectomy right away and then she had 6 months of chemotherapy. She fought it very aggressively and came out on top 16 years ago and she is doing great. I haven't been screened for cancer yet, I probably should. I'm getting to that age where men should start getting those requisite prostate cancer screening. But cancer has been in my family but more environmentally induced. So I have never been a smoker, even though I do enjoy a cigar here and there. I drink, but not too much binging. So to say so I'm always trying to be responsible and realize there could be an effect on me.More »
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Former Major League Soccer player Chris Armas shares the best sport lesson he ever received.
Transcript: What is the best health advice you ever got? The best advice I ever got from a coach was at the professional...
What is the best health advice you ever got? The best advice I ever got from a coach was at the professional level from Bob Raddley. He always made sure that we were preparing before the season started. I think many athletes before seasons the try to push the magic button when it is too late. The off-season is the time to prepare. Have you ever played with an injury? Good idea? In my sporting life and professional career there were many injuries that came. There were some that sidelined me and there was nothing I could have done and there were some that coaches say tough it up. Again, when you listen to your body you know what you can play through and what you shouldn't play through. Any secret home remedies you use? The bath tub I fill it up with ice cubes. Whether it's an ankle injury even, a little ice bucket. You start with cold water and slowly add the ice. If you start with ice you just can't take it.More »
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Former Major League Soccer player Chris Armas shares his go-to coaching techniques.
Transcript: How did your experience affect the way you coach? These days as a coach I am very conscientious of injury...
How did your experience affect the way you coach? These days as a coach I am very conscientious of injury prevention and athletes to be in-tune with their body...Little things that I did for rehabilitation for my knee I brought back to them just to be proactive. Stretching has become a way of life; to spend the tedious minutes. It's kind of annoying for young athletes who think they are invincible; I thought that way once too. It's just going to help with the longevity of your career. What coaching techniques do you use? Now that I am a coach I do pay attention to injuries, specifically the head injuries, head trauma, concussions and I do little things to address it. In training I am the one pumping up the soccer balls because that's the easiest one I can control. I'm educating the players, the student athletes, even my kids where to hit the ball on your head, which is your forehead. You don't want to use the top of your head, it hurts and it's just not the right way to do it. So here you get less pain, less damage. What sports does your team do during the off-season? This off-season with the women's soccer team it wasn't lots of running or pounding on the joints and was more team type circuit activities- medicine ball, things that are fun. I oversaw every activity they did.More »
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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 Major League Soccer player Chris Armas shares his experience with early arthritis.
Transcript: In 2007, in Chicago we were in pre-season doing double days. I was having some hip pain that I kind...
In 2007, in Chicago we were in pre-season doing double days. I was having some hip pain that I kind of experienced before, but it was a little bit unusual. I thought it was a soft tissue injury, maybe a muscle pull- hip flexor.... I actually flew back to New York to get an x-ray, MRI. In the end bone spurs were formed in my joint, labral tear and arthritis. When I was sitting in the doctor's office with my wife and doctor Kelly, sitting right across from me, mentioned the word hip replacement, I immediately started sweating. Who turned up the heat? I was shocked. 35 years old...I wasn't ready for it. I was an intricate part of my team, up to my very last game- starting and playing 90 minutes, which is a full soccer game, the entire season. If I didn't have the injuries I would have kept it going. I battled through that year before I decided to get a hip replacement, a Birmingham hip replacement- better known as hip resurfacing. So that was my last year playing in 2007. I am a year and a half post op on this hip resurfacing. The joint pain I had is completely gone, which is hard to believe to be honest. I have some other soreness in the muscles of the joints that kind of atrophied, where the muscle disappeared- it's now coming back. I'm not just sitting on the coach, I'm out there biking, I'm out there on my feet, I am coaching. I'm active still...I think I'm back to a pretty good place.More »
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Former World Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes shares his what it was like to step out of the ring and into retirement.
Transcript: Why did you retire? Well, to tell you the truth I didn't want to retire because I was still making money....
Why did you retire? Well, to tell you the truth I didn't want to retire because I was still making money. I felt that I could still fight but, you know, age kind of puts a damper on everything. Fifty two years old; been in the game thirty seven years and I was getting hit with punches that I would've never got hit with before so when that started happening that's a sign that says "Hey, time to get out." Biggest change after retiring? I got fat and that's the biggest change that I see. I don't want to get up in the morning to run. Laziness sets in. You got to learn to adjust if you want to stay basically like you were. I didn't adjust. when you're fighting, when you're a heavy-weight you can eat anything and that's what I did. I ate anything as long as it was the right food and I ate a lot of it. But I worked it off. But this time I would just eat it and sleep it off and it don't come off. When I do exercise, I try to do everything that I used to do and I do it but I don't do it as long. You know, I don't jump rope for ten minutes. I might jump rope for one minute or two minutes. I don't shadowbox for five minutes or six minutes, I maybe do that for a minute. I try to keep in fair shape. As long as I can go three rounds...if somebody attacked me, I could take them. Was it a hard mental shift to go from pro to retired? No, it wasn't hard for me. Okay, you could say it was hard to a certain extent. When I seen guys that I know couldn't fight were fighting and winning and making a lot of money and I knew I could take those guys. That's the hard part. I don't worry about anything anymore because I feel that it's time for me to live my life, to enjoy whatever I got to enjoy and that's what I do. I have fun. I just do whatever I want to do and have fun doing it. As long as I don't hurt nobody or hurt myself or anything like that, I'm okay.More »
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Former World Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes shares the best sports lessons he ever received.
Transcript: I had seventy-five professional fights and I had twenty-three amateur fights. I had thousands of fights...
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'm the longest reigning champion in boxing history. Did you always want to be a boxer? I didn't really ever know what I wanted to be. I was always athletically inclined like the rest of our brothers. At one point I thought I was going to be a truck driver and I went out and got me a job driving trucks. A couple of years after that, I got a job at the steel mill being a crane operator and I knew that ain't what I wanted to do. So, I just started boxing around and the next thing you know, bang! I'm into boxing. I never thought I was going to be heavy-weight champion. I never thought I was going to be a Golden Glove champion. All I wanted to do was make some money, but I stuck with it. So I had to become the best and make me one of the greatest of all time. I don't care what Muhammad Ali says. He said he was the greatest of all time but no, he was not. You're looking at the greatest of all time. You're interviewing. You see me live and in color right here in my office. What's the best health advice you ever got? My trainers always said "The game of boxing is hit but don't be hit" because when you get hit, it takes a lot away from you. That's one of the things that I'll practice-not getting hit. A lot of fighters that I know will go "Go ahead, hit me! Hit me! I'm tough!" and get the heck knocked out of them and later on down the road, they wobble and giving out. So, I learned by watching other fighters and going by my trainers-hit but don't be hit and that's what I think I've done. Did you ever not listen to the advice of a trainer? I pulled a muscle in my arm six days before the fight. It popped. My trainer would've said, "No, no more fighting. You can't fight, man. It's six days before the fight." I said, "This was my opportunity to fight for the championship. I've got to do it. When am I going to get this chance again?" They said, "Now we can postpone. You can get out of it." I said, "No, I'm fighting." And I won the title. Now, if I didn't do that I probably would not have had another shot to get a title so I took my chances. I know me and I know what my body can take and what it can't take. I know how much pain I can withstand and it didn't bother me. That's the territory and if you want to be something you have to fight for it.More »
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Former Major League Soccer player Chris Armas shares his experience and tips on injury prevention.
Transcript: In my sporting life and professional career there were many injuries that came. There were some that...
In my sporting life and professional career there were many injuries that came. There were some that sidelined me and there was nothing I could have done and there were some that coaches say tough it up. A championship game in 2003 I got wacked in the shin and I thought I broke my leg and probably should have come off. But it's the superbowl of soccer, how do you come off? There were a few times that I think I should have come off, but mainly I listened to my body. Stretching has become a way of life; I don't think you can do enough of it.. It's just going to help with the longevity of your career. So it's so important, even now, the hip flexors, keeping everything stretched. When coaches and doctors gave me advice I took it...Doctor's, that's their expertise, they knew better than me. That's why I would go to them. I would question doctors because I am a skeptic and if it was a certain injection or surgery you ask a thousand questions because it's important it's your body. At times I could have asked even more for some of the surgeries I've had.More »
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