Balance Beam

The journey to improving balance continues with every new challenge. An exciting aspect of working out with Bernard has become new exercises. He finds ways to challenge the obstacles of cerebral palsy with surprising tools. We ventured back to the use of the small purple blocks. The same blocks he has used to measure a … More Balance Beam

Together

Any team probably takes time to gel. Just as any group of people take time to learn the strengths and weaknesses of each other. As we learn the things making each of us tick, the journey can be fascinating. Coaching football for the second year has led to different perspectives on the team building process. … More Together

Hurdling with Force

Each exercise Bernard has me perform seems to contain another step. He has a way to make things more challenging. The progressions he provides become the key to gaining strength. There are times when he gives me an idea of our next step with an exercise. Most times the next progression doesn’t appear until we … More Hurdling with Force

Lateral Step

There are many ways to help improve balance. During our time of training, Bernard has brought in many different exercises. As balance has been something cerebral palsy tends to make more complicated. The lateral step wasn’t an entirely new concept for me this week. We had worked on the movement just over a year ago. … More Lateral Step

Another Half Second

Cerebral palsy has made balance more challenging. It seems positive to always look for ways to take on life’s challenges. Sometimes working on my disability can be done by working on thought process. Often one of the main components of exercise becomes the way we think about working on our bodies. It has taken time … More Another Half Second

Buffalo Peak

We traveled to La Grande for the second year. The weekend trip was taken for a golf tournament to help local veterans. Buffalo Peak would be the golf course, situated in the small community of Union, Oregon. Union is about sixteen miles from La Grande, where the brother of my childhood buddy resides. So, my … More Buffalo Peak

The Ski Boot

Skiing has turned out to be one of the best activities for cerebral palsy improvement. The reason stems from the required movement patterns involved. In order to arrive safely at the bottom of a ski slope, many different muscles become involved. We are using all of our limbs. They are all required to move independently … More The Ski Boot

Incentive

Working on the challenges cerebral palsy presents can seem tricky. We think about where the incentive to get better comes from. It seems like it would be easy to let cerebral palsy win, especially at a young age. Having parents around to help with things feels common for children. When a disability becomes involved the … More Incentive

Any Shoe

For many people the idea of choosing a pair of shoes might not be exciting. We could have different criteria for choosing them. Some are designed to keep us warm, or to be used during athletic endeavors. Shoes are purchased for formal occasions, or because we like the way a pair appears. Growing up with … More Any Shoe