Overcoming An Athletic Injury

Overcoming An Athletic Injury

This injury will not define you. You will overcome.
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If you've been an athlete for any period of time, you've most likely experienced some sort of injury during an event, practice, etc. You love the sport you play, but it's always a downer when you experience an injury doing what you love. Sometimes we get lucky and only get a few bruises or scratches. Sometimes it may be temporary like a broken bone or concussion, even though that still sucks. However, sometimes the injury may be something that causes you pain over an extended period of time, causes surgery, or maybe even knocks you out of playing for a while, or for forever.

My sport of choice is barrel racing. For those of you that have no idea what that is, it involves riding a 1200 pound animal with a mind of its own, as fast as you will let it go, around three metal barrels. Sounds fun right? Well, to some of you, it may sound crazy, but to me, it's my favorite thing ever.

I started riding horses about a year and a half ago, and started barrel racing soon after that. In the short time after I started racing, I had some wrecks with two different horses. Three wrecks to be exact, that involved me falling off the horse at a decent speed and landing on my right hip on really hard ground. These three incidents caused me to jam my hip joint in two places, which is pretty painful and kinda puts a damper on riding. Now I know this may sound like nothing to some of you who have had surgeries and serious major injuries, but to me, it's been a pretty big obstacle.

You see, barrel racing takes quite a bit of guts. If you don't know much about horses, they can be a little intimidating. Since I've only been around horses for less than two years, experiencing what I have could have easily caused me to quit.

But that's the thing. I can't. If you love a sport like I love barrel racing, you know that you can't just quit. It doesn't matter how scared you are, or in my case, how long it takes you to get your speed back up, or your confidence back up, you've gotta "get back on the horse."

You can't let your setbacks define you. You can't let your injuries define you. You have got to get back in the game and use that experience as an advantage. You've gotta say, "Hey, you know what? If I can go through what all I've been through and still get back out here, I'm tougher than you think. I've got this." It's so easy to quit. You could just blame your injury and everyone would understand, right? But why take the easy way out? Why not make everyone think, "Dang, she's/he's still playing? After that injury? They must really love it. They must really be tough." What better way to make your opponent nervous? What better way to be an example for others? What better way to help you get through everything else in life? Because this doesn't just apply to sports. If you can do this on the field, in the arena, etc., you can do this when you have setbacks in life.

So, whatever injury you're going through, don't let it get you down. OVERCOME. It will not win. You've got this.

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.

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"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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2026: The Year The FIFA World Cup Returns To The USA

In a landslide victory, USA, Mexico, and Canada will be hosting the men's 2026 FIFA World Cup.

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On Wednesday, June 13th, it was announced that the FIFA World Cup would be returning to North America for the men's 2026 games. In a joint bid between the United States, Mexico, and Canada the three nations were able to beat out Morocco in a landslide victory. This will be the first time since 1994 the USA has hosted the men's FIFA World Cup. The women last hosted in 2004. The joint victory is now going by the name "United 2026" and won with 134 votes compared to Morocco's 65 votes. "United 2026" will be the first host ever to feature 48 teams; a stark difference from the usual 32 teams allowed to compete.

This win comes hot off the heels of the scandal of the World Cup 2022 which is still being investigated. There were rumors in 2011 that claimed that high up World Cup officials were being paid to vote for the Qatar bid over the United States. That statement was later retracted but in 2014 the FBI looked into committee member, Jack Warner, after it looked as if he had accepted bribe money. Several other issues were pointed out mainly dealing with politics and cultural issues currently taking place in Qatar.

There will be sixteen host cities, with the final being played at the Met Life Stadium in New York City. Mexico and Canada are each hosting in three cities, while the United States will host in ten different cities. Three big USA cities have already dropped out of hosting: Chicago, Tampa, and Minneapolis over fears of cost. Vancouver in Canada also dropped out. A few US cities that might host would include but are not limited to: Washington, D.C., Dallas, New York City, Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, Seattle, Nashville, Orlando, Kansas, and Baltimore. The list must be narrowed down by 2021.

The FIFA Men's World Cup 2018 begins Friday, June 15th. The USA did not qualify. Here's hoping they can clean up the team in order to qualify for the both the 2022 and "United 2026" games.

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