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By Bernadette Gibson
Many persons are excited and eagerly preparing or waiting to participate in 'Marathon Bahamas' scheduled for January 15-16 2011. My greatest concern is how ready are the feet of the participants? Choosing the right shoe and support, regardless of whether you are running or walking in a marathon, depends on a lot of factors. If you plan to participate in 'Marathon Bahamas 2011' now is the time to start using those shoes that you will be using to walk or run the marathon.
The Best Shoes:
The best shoes depend on whether you are running or walking the marathon. For example, if you are walking the marathon, then you should purchase a 'walker-sneaker...
Before young Shaunae Miller and Anthonique Strachan head off to their first Olympic Games, they will make a pit stop at the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) World Junior Championships, where they are the favorites in their respective events.
Both have qualified in multiple events, but Miller will concentrate fully on defending her crown when the championships start on Bahamian Independence Day, July 10. The IAAF World Junior Championships will take place in Barcelona, Spain. A 25-member team is representing The Bahamas.
In the one individual event Miller will compete in, she has the second best time, 51.25 seconds, for juniors this year. American Ashley Spencer ran 50.95 seconds. Miller captured the gold medal, in 52.52 seconds, at the 13th annual championships held two years ago.
The quartermiler has opted out of running in the 200m, even though she has the best time so far on the season by all athletes entered. Fellow teammate Strachan's time of 22.75 seconds makes her the favorite now. She sits right underneath Miller who has the leading time of 22.70 seconds.
Strachan is the front runner in the 100m with her season's best of 11.22 seconds. Carmiesha Cox will contest both the 100m and the 200m events while Rashan Brown will join Miller in the 400m.
President of the governing body for the sport in the country, Mike Sands, said the team will give Bahamians more to celebrate this Independence Day. Looking at the ranking charts, released by the IAAF last week, Sands is confident that they are going to get the job done.
"There is no doubt that these athletes will give the country much more to celebrate," said Sands, head of the Bahamas Association of Athletics Associations (BAAA). "If they were to live up to their expectations and their performances seen this year, then we can expect some great things from them. I think The Bahamas will be in for a very special and pleasant Independence [Day] even after the celebrations are done. In some instances, if you look at the rankings, you would see that our athletes are among the top in the world on this level. That says a lot and speaks well about the expectations. It is a testament to the coaches themselves and the athletes. It shows their focus and dedication. The IAAF have a very stringent qualification mark so every athlete would have automatically met the IAAF qualifying standard."
The 25-member team is the largest ever fielded by the BAAA. This positive fact and the news coming in from the training camp which the team attended last week has left Sands smiling. Team Bahamas moved into the games village on Saturday, after an intense training camp in Barcelona.
He said: "The IAAF through the RDC, which is our development center for the region, set up a training camp for the athletes in this region. So a number of the athletes that were at Junior CAC went from that championships straight to the training camp. Up to the games, that will start on Independence Day, I believe that this team, the caliber of athletes and the qualifying positions on the junior world stage would make this the best team that The Bahamas has fielded."
The female athletes weren't the only ones sitting at number one on the listing. O'Jay Ferguson will settle into the blocks as one of the favorites in the 400m and Blake Bartlett in the 200m. Soaring his way to the number one spot was Ryan Ingraham who has cleared 2.28m, so far, this season. Twin brothers Latario and Lathone Collie-Minns were not about to be left out.
Latario has a best mark of 16.64m and Lathone landed 16.06m. The two are a shoe in for a medal at these games.
Up first for The Bahamas, on the opening day of competition, will be Moriel Pitt and Tre Adderley, lining up in the 110m hurdles event. The preliminary rounds of the boys' 100m will bring the first session on the opening day to a close. The Bahamas will be represented by Teray Smith and Anthony Farrington in that event.
The preliminary rounds of the boys' 400m will be the first event on the track, in the second session. This will be followed by the girls' 100m. Ferguson and Elroy McBride are the qualifiers for the boys' 400m while Strachan and Cox will take charge for Team Bahamas in the girls' 100m.
Lathone Collie Minns
Friday 21st January 2011 1:00 PM
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Learn the art of Total Football from The Dutch Masters at the BFA YOUTH SOCCER CAMP with Coach Roy Wilhelm of the Dutch School and his all Dutch Staff. July 2nd - 6th, 2012 9.00am - 1.00pm BFA NATIONAL CENTER FOR FOOTBALL DEVELOPMENT Baillou Hill Sporting Complex OPEN TO: Boys and Girls Aged U9 - U17 COST: $125.00 REGISTER EARLY! as only the FIRST 90 Children to register will be accepted. DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY! For More Info Contact Bahamas Football Association Phone: 322-4343 All participants are ask to : 1. Bring and use lots of Sun Screen 2. Be on Time 3. Bring proper equipment; shoes, shin guards etc… 4. The correct attire is white shirt, black shorts and black or white socks. Also, please remember to bring EXTRA HYDRATION. Click HERE to fill out registration form. The deadline for registration is June 29, 2012. From left to right, Coach Roy Wilhelm, Thymen Rundbberg, Peter Reijn, Tim Van Bladel and Pieter-Jan Scheerlinck
Prosecutors yesterday discontinued the prosecution of two men accused of armed robbery.
The Crown was supposed to open its case against Brent McPhee and Camario Miller, who are accused of the April 30, 2009 hold-up of Monique Olcerin.
She was robbed of $50 that belonged to Bounty Hunter Shoe Store on Robinson Road.
However, the Crown informed Senior Justice Jon Isaacs that the case had been dropped.
Meanwhile, another case that was scheduled for trial before Isaacs did not proceed yesterday.
Dulise Pierre was charged with unlawful sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old teenager on December 18, 2007.
The virtual complainant, who is now 19, told the court that she was not interested in pursuing the case.
As a result, Isaacs directed the jury to return an acquittal.
Most days Beth Darville wakes up in pain, then struggles through her daily routine in pain before taking to her bed at the end of the day -- still in pain. It's a day that's incomprehensible to most people, but there is a segment of society that understands Darville's pain. They are all Lupus suffers.
Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease. It occurs because white blood cells attack the body because they cannot differentiate between healthy cells and dangerous ones. The most affected parts of the body include the brain, kidney, joints and skin. But the most defining mark in Lupus is usually the butterfly rash that spreads across the patient's nose.
According to general practitioner, Dr. Patrick Whitfield who works out of the Oxford Medical Center, the illness occurs more commonly in females than in males with a ratio of 11 females to one male. He said the disease affects women in their childbearing years normally in their 20s and 30s. In the United States, statistics show 52 cases per 100,000 are diagnosed with Lupus. With this in mind the physicians says if the Bahamian population follows a similar trend it is likely that with a population of about 400,000 that over 200 people are diagnosed with the illness.
Forty-five-year-old Darville's life has been a rollercoaster of discomfort and debilitating aches since she was diagnosed 15 years ago with the autoimmune disease.
Her painful journey began when she started having unexplained ulcers in her legs often accompanied by excruciating joint pain. She visited doctors on many occasions but was told there was nothing wrong with her and she was a hypochondriac (a person preoccupied with the idea of being medically ill). Despite this she had an underlying feeling that something was not right.
"Even before I was diagnosed with Lupus I knew something was not right. My doctor kept telling me I was over-worrying myself with something that didn't even exist but I knew that I was not wrong. What worried me even more was that my symptoms were similar to those of my older sister, Shirl, who had been diagnosed with Lupus 15 years prior to when I thought I was experiencing the same thing. But it was only when I had my daughter, Lyette Darville, and I visited another doctor that I was finally taken seriously and eventually through numerous tests I was diagnosed with Discoid lupus erythematosus."
The diagnosis terrified her even though she was happy to be able to put a label on what was going on with her. She had watched her sister battle the disease for years and even knock at death's door on numerous occasions. Darville could not imagine having to go through the pain and suffering she watched her sister endure. She dealt with her diagnosis by avoiding the medication hoping the illness would go away. But after a number of hospitalizations -- one due to her bladder muscles collapsing, made her realize that she had to take the illness seriously and not play Russian Roulette with her life.
"It is hard to come to terms with this illness but through seeing my sister fight so hard and successfully with this illness I knew I could do it. She is my hero personally and I realize more than ever that there are so many people who are worse off than I am and they still fight it and can smile. But even though I am now on my medications properly and I am fighting to be in the best health possible everything does not go well. Emotionally this illness is unpredictable. One moment I can feel great and happy and then the next I feel terrible and cranky. It's hard, but it's something you can't shy away from."
Besides the arthritic pain and swelling like many other patients with Lupus, Darville also suffers from Raynaud's Syndrome, which means that smaller arteries that supply blood to the skin narrow, limiting blood circulation to affected areass. (The condition causes some areas of the body, such as fingers, toes, the tip of the nose and ears to feel numb and cool in response to cold temperatures or stress). To combat this she always takes with her a tam, scarf and gloves. And is aware of how ridiculous she may look with them on in the middle of summer.
Since she accepted her disease she said she has learned to get accustomed to the changes that occur within her body and how to manage her drastic personality changes. But she admits it's not easy. Her daughter sometimes refers to her as the "Incredible Hulk". She said even her co-workers know when she is down and playfully refer to her altered personality as "Beth Ann". But even through her crankiest moments Darville said it is through their support of her on her good and bad days that she has been able to cope as well as she has throughout the years.
"When you have Lupus it's hard to keep a job because of the pain and anxiety you can feel. But I have been able to work through it thankfully because of the support of my boss and co-workers at IBM. Days when I am really down, particularly in the rainy or cold weather I am allowed to work from home. Even days when I am down but I still manage to go in to work, my co-workers, Tiana, Abigail, Inae and Marie always find a way to make me smile and laugh. They have been among the most supportive in this entire ordeal."
Since taking her disease seriously, she has started a journal to chronicle her daily experiences and to properly monitor her stress levels which is important because her illness thrives on stress and she can experience flare ups when she is too tired.
"At the end of the day although Lupus has given me pain and discomfort it has taught me to appreciate life, value good friends and shown me that family is not always blood relatives, but people who treat you as such. It has taught me to forgive and let go [because] with this kind of illness you can't carry around things like hate or anger because it causes more stress within the body which can literally make me sick. I have also become stronger in my faith and I have learned to give a lot in time and talent."
It has been 15 years since her diagnosis, but Darville finds difficult the fact that many of her family members still don't understand fully what she goes through. And at this stage in her life she said she does not always try to explain it anymore. She has come to realize that some people will never understand just how painful the illness can be from moment to moment.
Like many chronic diseases, Lupus sometimes takes a while to be recognized and properly treated according to Dr. Whitfield. He said this is because the symptoms can be mistaken for other illnesses and as a result sometimes people underestimate their problem. He said the constitutional symptoms of Lupus include fatigue, fever, joint pain, weight changes, muscular and skeletal pain (joints of the hands, wrists), skin changes, photo sensitivity and hair loss.
"Even though you may have these symptoms, they may very well not be Lupus, which is why to be sure you have to get a doctor's diagnosis," he said.
Dr. Whitfield said that although Lupus can seem depressing and is very painful, the mortality rate for this disease is relatively low. There is an 80 percent chance that patients will make it to at least 15 years after diagnosis. Also with regular care and treatment, mortality is also greatly reduced. However, there is a 50 percent chance that people with Lupus will suffer from kidney diseases which is difficult and if it leads to kidney failure it can decrease their life expectancy. He also said that reports show that about a third of all Lupus patients in the U.S. died below the age of 45, but even so chances were still good for people with the disease to live a relatively normal life if they are on the right medication and are vigilant about their health.
If Lupus is left unmanaged people run the risk of developing symptoms that affect the kidneys and lead to failure with each new relapse said the medical practitioner. Neuro-psychiatric features like seizures, psychosis with hallucination, delirium and meningitis can also occur. Sometimes antibodies can attack the spine so patients can develop a weakness in their lower body making it difficult to walk. Strokes can also happen as well as a cognitive disorder similar to Alzheimer's. Untreated patients or those who are lax in their follow-ups, even with a relapse can eventually get lung and heart diseases like pleurisy or pericarditis respectively which are illness where the linings of the organs are inflamed.
Dr. Whitfield said early treatment can decrease the damage that the disease can cause and allow a person diagnosed with Lupus to live a normal life. He said it's a disease that should be taken seriously.
Because of her experience Darville advises people with Lupus to find support groups that suit their needs. She used to be a part of Lupus Foundation of America but found it was too depressing. She also was a part of "Life with Lupus" support group which she finds is far more supportive and uplifting. But the first local support group that she is a part of "242 Lupus Bahamas Support Group" is one she is pleased with. She is able to share her experiences and uplift new people diagnosed with the illness.
World Lupus Day
As May is Lupus Awareness Month, World Lupus Day will be celebrated on Thursday, May 10. The local support group is asking the Bahamian public to P.O.P. (Put On Purple) for Lupus to raise awareness of the illness.
"Putting on purple is a simple way to show support for this cause,"said Shonalee Johnson, vice-president and public relations officer of Lupus Bahamas 242. "Whether it's a tie, a blouse or even purple shoes, we want to appeal to the general public, corporate Bahamas and schools to participate in this exercise. This is a global exercise and we want to do our part locally to stop and recognize the impact that Lupus has on lives here in The Bahamas."
On Sunday, May 20, the group will also host a Purple Hat Tea Party Affair at St. Matthew's Anglican Parish Hall to raise funds for research.
Lupus Bahamas 242 was officially launched last month with the goal of increasing information and providing for people living with Lupus in The Bahamas.
oFor more information on the group and for information on upcoming events, visit the Lupus Bahamas 242 page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lupus-Bahamas-242-Information-Support/161404860604123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The foot is the foundation of our entire body. Pain in the foot indicates that there is something wrong with either the structures or functioning of the foot. Foot pain should not be ignored. In fact, it is said that when your feet hurt, you hurt all over your body. How, when and where the pain occurs depends on what's causing the pain. When there is pain, the body reacts by changing the way it functions; it walks and stands differently, in an effort to decrease the pain. This change may prevent the normal movement and cause more injury to that foot or the other foot.
Causes of foot pain
Foot pain may be caused by many different diseases, biomechanical conditions or injuries. Acute trauma, disease, or combinations of these problems are the most common causes of foot pain, seen in sports and workplace environments that require a lot of physical activity. Poor biomechanical alignment and wearing tight shoes or very high heels may lead to foot pain.
Sprains, injuries to the ligaments of the foot, occur when ligaments are overstretched. Acute Injuries such as sprains, muscle strains, bruises, fractures and loosening of ligaments in the joints of the foot may also lead to foot pain. The foot muscles' bursa and fascia can be strained by over-stretching, overusing, overloading, or bruising; a cut may also cause foot pain. Achilles tendonitis is also a common and painful injury. Fractures or broken bones are painful and are caused by a single blow or twist to the foot, or by repeated trauma in the case of a stress fracture. The long term effects of foot deformities like bunions, and hammer toes, irritation of nerves and joints, damage to the skin and swelling can also lead to foot pain. Disease caused by viruses, fungi, and bacteria may also be the sources of foot pain.
Pain and tenderness are the immediate indicators that something is wrong in a part of the foot. The onset of pain, whether suddenly or over time, is an important indicator of the cause of the problem. The following questions are also important to answer for a doctor to treat the pain correctly: Where is the pain? When did it start? Is there pain with movement of the affected area? Does walking or standing on the foot make it worse? Does it change the way you walk? Is the pain there all the time or does it come and go? Is it better or worse at any particular time of the day or during any particular activity? For example, sharp sudden pain to the foot after twisting may indicate a sprain or fracture, whereas pain and redness at the edge of a toenail may indicate an ingrown toenail or numbness and burning pain may indicate neuropathy.
Proper evaluation and diagnosis of foot pain is essential in planning a treatment. A good general guideline is to compare the injured side to the uninjured side. The doctor will ask you several questions to determine how the problem began. It can be helpful to tell the physician about how and when it started, how it affects you, when it bothers you and what you may or may not have done to make the pain better or worse. A physical exam will be conducted to determine the cause of the pain, and if there are any other injuries. Depending on the pain, the feet will be physically and visually examined at rest, with weight, and non-weight-bearing movement. The foot and arch will be touched and manipulated and inspected to identify obvious deformities, tender spots, or any differences in the bones and shape of the foot and arch. Then the muscles and joints of your foot will be tested. The nerves in the foot will be tested to make sure no injury has occurred there. An X-ray, MRI, or bone scan of the foot and arch may be taken to determine if there are injuries or abnormalities of the bone and/or soft tissues.
When you first notice discomfort or pain in the area, you can try to treat yourself at home with rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) to relieve the symptoms. Rest will allow the tissues to heal by preventing any further stress to the affected area. Crutches should be used if you have difficulty putting weight on the foot. Using ankle and foot supports may also provide rest, comfort, and support to the affected area. Ice should be applied to the area for no longer than 20 minutes. The ice may be put in a plastic bag or wrapped in a towel but not directly on the skin. If more discomfort occurs, stop icing immediately. Compression and elevation will help prevent any swelling of the affected tissues.
Over-the-counter medications can also be used to reduce discomfort and pain. There are two types of over-the-counter medications that may help with the pain and swelling of foot pain. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) will help reduce the pain, while a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin), or naproxen (Naprosyn) can help lessen the pain as well as reduce the inflammatory response. Caution should be taken when using these drugs; dosage should not exceed the labeled directions, and medications may need to be taken with food.
When to seek help for foot pain
When the pain begins to interfere with your daily activities, or if you cannot perform your activities without pain, you should consider seeking medical attention. Other signs that you should seek medical care are if the area looks deformed, you have loss of function, change of sensation, a large amount of swelling with the pain, prolonged change of skin or toenail, the affected area becomes warmer than the
surrounding area or if symptoms increase or worsen.
Treatments are directed toward the specific cause of the pain. Once the severity and cause of foot pain is determined treatment can begin to correct and or treat the cause.
Therapies may be used to treat foot pain, including electrical medical devices such as ultrasound, various forms of electrical stimulation, LED light therapy (laser), and/or manual therapies to reduce pain and increase circulation to the area to promote healing.
The podiatrist may order rest or modification of your exercise routine to maintain your fitness level, such as doing alternate activities that can be performed so the injured area is not made worse. For example, instead of running, he or she may suggest that you cycle, use elliptical trainers, step machines, swim or use ski machines to minimize impact and allow you to maintain and improve your fitness.
Corrective prophylactic measures
New shoes or the replacement of shoe insoles or orthotics can help prevent and treat foot pain. Proper footwear fitting, including lacing and socks are important when purchasing shoes. Additional supports can be added to the shoes such as heel pads or cushions, arch supports, and various wedges to help maintain the foot in a proper position. Remember, athletic shoes wear out after a while. A good rule of thumb is to replace your shoes every six months or more often if you wear them a lot.
Muscle strengthening and flexibility
You may be given exercises to increase the strength, flexibility and stability of the affected area, and to correct muscles that may not be balanced. Flexibility helps to make muscles stronger and less likely to be injured.
The podiatrist will also order medications to control inflammation or symptoms. In some cases, based on the cause of the pain, surgery may be necessary.
To prevent injuries and pain, a general physical exam and a foot exam may be recommended before starting any exercise program. If you have conditions such as gout, diabetes, certain types of arthritis, and neuropathies, they should be treated before beginning any exercise program. If you have had an injury to your foot or ankle, it is best to have the area evaluated by the podiatrist to get the okay to resume exercise. Proper technique and a gradual increase in activity can help you develop good biomechanics that can prevent foot injury and pain. Properly fitting shoes and proper foot hygiene can also prevent foot pain.
Remember, if you feel pain when working out or walking, try decreasing the intensity of the workout or walking less. If the pain persists, stop immediately and see a podiatrist to discover the source of the pain. Pushing through pain often results in injury. Foot pain is not normal and is there to tell you something is wrong. Get help.
Valentine's Day doesn't always have to be romantic, sometimes you just need to let the laughter rip, and Cocoa Brown promises to do just that.
Fans of Brown who watch her in her comedic role on Tyler Perry's "House of Payne" and "Meet the Browns" will want to see her live on stage in all her comedic glory. They will laugh until their stomach hurts at her impressions of everyday life and punch-lines when she takes to the stage for the third annual "Love Fest" comedy show on Saturday, February 11 at the Rainforest Theater in the Wyndham Nassau Resort for a night of laughter and love.
Joining Brown on stage will be Shang, R. Jay, Wil Sylvince, Adam Schulz and homegrown talent Mark B.
This year's fest is an event you don't want to pass up because it's bigger than ever and everyone will have something to smile about. You will laugh until you cry with this stellar line-up.
Sylvince, a Haitian comedian who stole the show at Laugh 2011 is back by popular demand and will bring the same urban themes and comedic gestures that kept audience members near tears.
"This comedy show will be dynamic," said organizer, Inigo 'Naughty Niggs' Zenicazelay.
"We didn't cut back anywhere and we really let it rip this time. The crowd will love it. This year we have an awesome lineup of old favorites and new faces.
"This is a great way to spend this pre-Valentine's weekend. You don't have to worry about booking a restaurant or any of the other fancy things. This is a free-for-all night of fun that will be relaxing and stress free."
Schulz, from the urban comedy group "White Boys in the Hood", is expected to bring a unique "off-the-handle" style that even conventional comedy fans can appreciate.
A down-to-earth and laid back act is what can be expected from Shang, a comic who has made appearances on the "Def Comedy", "Bad Boys of Comedy" and "First Amendment Comedy" shows.
R. Jay, another American comedian with a urban flare will also bring a different angle to this night of laughs.
And of course to bring a Bahamian comedic twist, up-and-coming comedian Mark B. will take to the stage to give the crowd something to relate to.
Doors to the theater open at 7:30 p.m. The show laughs off at 9 p.m.
And the party does not end when the last comedian steps off the stage, because there's an after-party at Club 22, above the Wyndham, to keep the evening jumping for those people that simply don't want to go home.
All show guests will gain free admission. The comedy show band and a deejay will be there. Attendees can take in the drink specials all night. It will also provide an opportunity for fans to mingle with the comedians.
Davia Clarke, a fan of the Laugh Fest series, said she will definitely be making a beeline for this comedy show. She has attended the shows religiously for the last three years and can't get enough of them.
"I just love the show and what it does for me. It's so funny every year," she said.
"It's amazing who they get to come annually and I think they get better and better. Usually I have someone to go with for Love Fest, but this year I don't. Even so I will be there front and center to enjoy myself anyway. It will be so much fun."
Advance tickets are $40 for general, $60 for VIP and $75 for the Platinum love nest for two. Tickets can be purchased from all John's shoe stores, Island cellular on Rosetta and Carmichael Road, Solomon's Mines' downtown location, Nassau Pawn on Bay Street, Will and Ives in the Marina Village on Paradise Island and the Outdoor Sportsman at the Mall at Marathon.
Love Fest Comedy Show
When: Saturday, February 11
Where: Rainforest Theatre, Wyndham Nassau Resort and Crystal Palace
Time: Doors open at 7:30 p.m., showtime at 9 p.m.
Cost: $40 for general, $60 for VIP and $75 for the Platinum love nest for two
There are two things the executives and athletes in the governing body for track and field in the country can now brag about - a pair of medals from the indoor championships and being the first association to host a reception at the new national Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.
Silver medalist Demetrius Pinder and bronze medalist Chris Brown in the 400 meters (m) at the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) World Indoor Championships returned home to a warm welcome on Saturday. The Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) in conjunction with the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture hosted the quartermilers to a reception, which was well attended by Pinder and Brown's family. Also on hand were the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard, Director of Sports Tim Munnings,
Permanent Secretary Archie Nairn and members of this year's CARIFTA team.
Running in his first indoor championships on the professional level, Pinder captured a silver medal leaving the defending champion of the event, Brown to settle for third. The Freeport native's time was 45.34 and Brown stopped the clock at 45.90. Both were season's best performances for Pinder and Brown. The winning time was 45.11 turned in by Nery Brenes. The Bahamas placed 16th overall, tied with Belarus, with two medals - a silver and bronze. The championships were staged in Istanbul, Turkey, March 9-11.
"I am so happy to be a silver medalist in my first world games," said Pinder. "Chris Brown [has] paved the way for me and if it wasn't for him I would not have believed. He is just a great, great leader he took me into his arms and showed me the way. We were never rivals. Everything was just team. We just had to do what we had to do at the end of the day. I want to give thanks to Chris Brown."
Two years ago, in Doha, Qatar, Brown won the event with 45.96. If he had ran that time this year, he would have finished fourth. It was the exact time turned in by Tabarie Henry of the U.S. Virgin Islands, the fourth place finisher. Also in the race were Pavel Maslak and Kirani James who were fifth and sixth respectively, with times of 46.19 and 46.21.
The two were expected to run a leg in the 4x400m, but The Bahamas did not field a team since the finals of the men's open 400m was shortly before the relay. As a result, Pinder and Brown are promising to bring home an individual and relay medal from the upcoming Olympic Games.
Brown, who thanked the Lord for giving him the strength and power to continue, described his career as a long journey and said "It is not over yet and no, it is not my last year." He and Pinder thanked God and the BAAA for hosting the event as well as the ministry for their support.
"I was basically still doing off-season training around the time of the indoor championships," said Brown. "I just stepped back onto the track about two weeks ago. A lot of people don't know that I didn't prepare for it (the championships) like I did last year. So my main focus is London 2012.
"I am looking forward to bringing the medal home, individual and 4x400m. I know that I had a job to do, but no one really knew that I was not in spikes today; I am still not in spikes. By then I will definitely be ready to set the track on fire."
Brown will lace-up in his spike shoes two weeks before the Penn Relays, April 26-28. The Olympic Games, set for London, UK, is July 27-August 12.
Maynard, who said he is a big fan of Chris Brown, and congratulated Pinder on his first indoor win, encouraged Bahamians to support the athletes.
He said: "I watched him on television over the years like so many other Bahamians have, and I have always been impressed with his spirit. He has always been somebody who has had that unstoppable spirit like you can do anything. We call him 'Fireman', but it should be 'super-duper fireman'. He's that kind of fellow. You never know what to expect when he lines up on the track and that is something that is very important.
"The Bahamian society need to learn to support our athletes. It is going to come the day, very soon, when we will hold every single club track meet, every single high school meet here at the national stadium with 15,000 people present. We had the opening ceremony for the facility and we got 15,000 plus people in here. That has to be the standard going forward and people are going to have to be willing to pay money to watch our athletes perform."
The outdoor meet for professional athletes will officially open up in May.
The high-heeled shoe -- no other shoe has been recognized as a symbol of leisure, sexuality, style and sophistication. The formal invention of high heels as fashion is attributed to the short-statured French queen, Catherine de Medici (1519-1589). She donned heels two inches high that made her taller and gave her an alluring sway when she walked. By 1580, fashionable heels were popular and worn by both sexes, and a person who had authority or wealth was often referred to as being "well-heeled". Nowadays, it's common to see young women wearing extremely high heels, stilettos or platforms.
Researchers recently studied how walking in high heels over time affects the muscles and tendons of the legs and feet. The researchers recruited young women in their late teens, 20s and 30s who had worn high heels for at least 40 hours a week and those who rarely, if ever, wore high heels. They were fitted with gadgets that monitored them as they walked in high heels or barefoot on a 26-foot-long walkway, 10 times.
How high heels affect your walk
The women who usually walked in high heels walked differently from those who usually wore flats, even when they walked barefoot. High heel wearers made shorter, more forceful steps than bare foot walkers. Their feet were flexed and their toes were pointed while walking in high heels and bare foot. When wearing high heels, the calf muscles shortened and were put under much greater strain. Normally, like in the women who rarely wore heels, walking stretches the tendons rather than the muscles, especially the Achilles tendon. It is the most efficient way to walk because the tendons are more effective springs than muscles. The high heel wearers walked less efficiently with or without heels, requiring more energy to walk the same distance as people in flats or bare feet because of muscle tiredness.
The muscle strain that occurs when walking in high heels may increase the risk of injuries, not only in high heels but also when heel wearers switch to sneakers or other flat shoes. After wearing high heels for years, the foot and leg eventually adapt to the position in high heels, making it more difficult to wear flats and to go bare foot leading to heel pain and Achilles tendonitis.
Dangers of wearing high heels
In addition to changes in the shape and functioning of the muscles and tendons of the feet, high heels can cause significant foot pain and other problems. These can range from developing bunions, corns, and calluses to hammertoes, ingrown toenails, neuroma, or excruciating pain in the ball of the foot due to the loss of the fat pad. Not only does this cause pain, but it may also increase the risk of stress fractures and arthritis in the feet. High heels don't cause bunions, but can increase the likelihood of developing one and can exacerbate them if they are present. High heels are often more comfortable in the 20s and 30s than they are as we get older because the feet change with age.
Even with the challenges, many women refuse to give up their high heels. A survey conducted by the American Podiatric Medical Association showed that 42 percent of women admitted they would wear a shoe they liked, even if it hurt their feet. It is documented that almost 10 percent of women wear the wrong size shoes.
Tips for wearing high heels safely
If you plan to wear high heels here are simple tips that can help to make the experience pain free and safe. Pay attention to proper fit of the shoe. If the fit is good and the heels aren't too high, that would be a better type of high heel to wear and it allows more ankle movement as you walk.
Comfort and safety also depends on the height and the fit of the shoe -- the higher you go with stilettos, the more force you put on the ball of the foot, the more unstable you will be and shorter the time you can wear the shoe. Try not to wear high heels every day, instead wear them maybe once or twice a week.
Integrate lower heels into your wardrobe by alternating between high heels and flats or sneakers to maintain functioning of muscles and tendons in the legs and feet.
When wearing high heels for long periods for example at work, try to remove the heels whenever possible, such as when you're sitting at your desk. If you have bunions or hammertoes, consider having them surgically corrected.
High heels with thicker, chunky, heels, like a platform type, are more stable than a thin high heel. Platforms are a good choice, especially if they have the rocker sole on the bottom. It is safer to walk on stable ground and to walk slower when you are wearing very high heel shoes. By following these tips, you can wear your high heels safely and virtually pain free. If, however, you do develop some pain or any challenges with your foot or footwear see a podiatrist as soon as possible.
o For more information email email@example.com or visit www.foothealth.org or apma.org. To see a podiatrist visit the Bahamas Foot Centre on Rosetta Street, telephone 325-2996 or Bahamas Surgical Associates on Albury Lane, telephone 394-5820.