Wheelchair Racing: Different Strokes for Different Folks
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"I was going fast with the thumb technique, but when I
switched to PBT, I went even faster," she says. Her record still stands at
Driscoll retired from racing on Nov. 30, 2000, and is now
speaking and writing. Her book, Determined to Win, hit bookstores
everywhere in September.
One of the best ways for wheelchair racers to stave off injury
is through conditioning, Driscoll tells WebMD.
"Be consistent in your training. Take care of rotator cuff
muscles and strengthen your back muscles -- not just chest muscles," she
says. "Many people don't realize how much back strength is required in
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Paralyzed Veterans
of America are hosting the 21st annual National Veteran's Wheelchair games from
July 1-5 in New York.
One of the scheduled participants, Gregory Morris, now 53, has
been participating in the Games for 21 years. He participates in a slew of
events from bowling to track races.
In his earlier years of racing, he used the CVT technique, but
now he competes in a motorized chair.
While this method did not affect his shoulders or arms, he has
seen it occur in other athletes.
"Those things do occur over the years, even if you are not
an athlete, your arms weren't made to push a wheelchair," he tells
Morris is planning to retire after this year's games. "I am
ending my career in New York, my hometown, " he says. "I have had a
blast all of the way. It's one hell of an experience being involved in
wheelchair sports going around the country and meeting the people I have
When asked what advice he has to give wheelchair athletes who
are about to begin their career, Morris says: "Try to get in the best shape
possible by lifting weights, eating a proper diet, and getting the proper
amount of rest. And I'd tell them to be committed to putting their best effort
The No. 1 ingredient to a successful career, he says, is
attitude. "If you don't go into it with the attitude that you are going to
do your best, you may as well be a Sunday athlete," he says.