Open Letter to Fellow Millenials

Posted in Uncategorized on December 1, 2016 by anonymouswriterwannabe

I stopped writing because I’ve been telling myself that when I write I want it to mean something to someone. If I’m able to touch the mind or heart of even one person with this, that’d be more than enough for me. I haven’t written in a while so I guess I’m kinda rusty so please bear with me.

 

Dear fellow millenials,

Three words: stand for something. The way I see it, we have become too passive. We sit behind electronic screens watching the world pass us by. It’s true what they say—knowledge is at the edge of our finger tips but we have become too spoiled and too lazy to take it. Simple fact checking can be done with a few clicks and yet we refuse to do it.

We are no longer children. We might still be living in our parents’ houses but most of us are already working. We should no longer count on our elders to spoon feed us with information on things happening around us. There is a real world outside of the Uber that takes us to work, our social media feeds, and our bedrooms. And we may or may not feel it, but the things happening around us do matter as they affect us and can drastically change the way we live our lives.

I’m not just talking about the current controversies happening in our country, but that is what inspired this letter. Yesterday I was at the People Power Monument, the same place my parents were in, some 30 years ago, when they were my age. Different generation, same cause. I experienced what it took to experience the freedom we enjoy today. I was touched upon seeing the thousands in attendance. I was greatly inspired because majority of the crowd were millenials, like me. It felt different, knowing that so many of us, the youth, were standing for what we believe in.

So this letter goes out to those who were at home yesterday. I’m not saying attend every rally there is. I’m not saying engage every comment in every thread. I’m not saying bash the other side. But if you were at home yesterday because you are “neutral” to all of this, you ought to think again. You cannot be passive in all of this. We owe it to our parents who braved those very streets 30 years ago. We owe it to our country which may or may not be run the way we would like it to be, but it’s the country we love, not those running it right? We owe it to ourselves to take a stand because without a stand then really, what are we doing?

Again, this isn’t just about yesterday. I think it applies to everyday events. Guys hindi tayo tubig. Wag tayong pa agos-agos lang. Change the “come what may” mentality. Life may be like a game of cards; play the hand you’re dealt. Well, why not count cards? Right now the deck is hot, time to make a move. It’s time to stop going with the flow and start making decisions and standing firm about them. It’s time to stop with the “bahala na” attitude and start working for and taking what we want. Out with the “kahit ano” or “okay lang,” in with the either or and standing by it.

We have everything we need. #noexcuses. We have the freedom to think and to speak out. Let’s use it while it’s there.

 

Sincerely,

Inspired millenial

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SWIMMING IS THE IDEAL SPORT FOR EVERYONE BECAUSE OF ITS SAFETY AND MEDICAL BENEFITS

Posted in Uncategorized on February 25, 2013 by anonymouswriterwannabe

My thesis from all the way back in 4th Year High School

 

I. The Problem

A. Introduction

Swimming is the ideal sport for everyone because it is fun, it keeps one in shape, and most of all it is the “safest” sport. Safe because it is a non-contact and a non-impact sport and therefore there should be no injuries involved. Having no injuries, a swimmer would never be sidelined for a period of time long enough to get him out of shape. A swimmer gets to do his everyday work properly and keep him fit unlike other sports that have high risks of putting one on a wheel chair or force him to have to be aided by crutches or put his arm in a cast. When under these circumstances, the person’s work will be affected since he cannot move properly. He can still get back to work eventually but his injury will greatly affect his efficiency. Students’ studies will also be affected if they get injured since they will not be able to concentrate because of the injury and they cannot write properly, etc.

Swimming is also not prone to overuse injuries that are common in high-impact and weight-bearing sports such as running, gymnastics and the like; as well as common injuries in other non-contact sports like torn muscles and ligaments, in the case or weight lifting, rowing, volleyball, tennis, etc.

Swimming is also good for a few illnesses like asthma; back related issues, cerebral palsy. To some extent it can even cure the illness completely – particularly asthma. There have been many cases wherein a patient was cured of asthma because of swimming. In fact, doctors recommend asthmatic patients to take up the sport of swimming, or at least water-related activities because it strengthens the lungs.

B. Statement of the Problem

In this study, the author seeks to present evidence that swimming is the ideal sport for everyone. Many people look for a sport to get fit, to get the body they want, but they often make the mistake of jumping into a sport, over doing themselves, and eventually hurting themselves. Also, there are quite a number of people who are diagnosed with illnesses which swimming can help.

C. Significance of the Study

Today, everyone is very concerned about his or her health as well as physical appearance. It is common knowledge that swimmers have the most ideal body shape because swimming is the only sport that uses all of the muscles in the body at the same time, all in one exercise. Swimmers need not do several exercises to work on their abs, arms, and legs. Swimming is also an aerobic sport so fat burning is not a problem.

Swimming also has its medical purposes and that is the focus of this paper—to show how important swimming is because of its medical benefits, how it helps people with certain illnesses. The greatest swimmer (and Olympian) in history was diagnosed with ADHD when he was a young boy. Eric Buhain, former PSC Chairman and SEA Games and Asian Games medalist had asthma before he started swimming. Susie Maroney, now 35, won the Manhattan Island Swim Race in 1991, 1992, and 1994. She holds the world record for the fastest return crossing of the English Channel, which she did when she was only 16 years old. She did these among many other achievements.

Swimming can help many people, whether ill or not. Swimming can be a cure, or merely an exercise. More proofs of this and how swimming helps certain illnesses will be discussed more extensively later on in the paper.

D. Hypothesis

Swimming is the ideal sport for all because everyone can learn to swim; and it is a great sport because it is balanced, and it can keep you fit without really any risk of injury.

E. Scope and Limitation

This paper will cover swimming as the ideal sport for all time. It will be done mostly thru a qualitative type of research. It focuses on helping people with asthma, back pains, cerebral palsy, ADHD, breast cancer, and strengthening the back of pregnant women.

F. Definition of Terms

ADHD- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Asthma- a respiratory condition marked by spasms in the bronchi of the lungs causing difficulty in breathing. It usually results from an allergic reaction or other forms of hypersensitivity.

Back problems- illnesses that involve the back and the spinal column like scoliosis, slip disc etc.

Breast Cancer- a malignant (cancerous) growth that begins in the tissues of the breast.

Cerebral palsy- a condition marked by impaired muscle coordination and/or other disabilities typically caused by damage to the brain before or at birth.

Non-contact sport- does not involve coming in contact with the opponent, which may result in injury.

Pregnancy- when a women carries a fetus in her womb.

Weight bearing and other injury-prone sports- sports activities that are non-contact but injury prone, i.e., tennis, running, gymnastics, soccer, baseball, basketball, etc.

II. Review of Related Literature and Studies

The materials that were used for this paper came mostly from Internet websites. The content of these sites were very helpful. Most of them came from doctors whom I asked helped from. The lone article used in the study of the problem also came from a website.

A) http://www.healthcorral.com/backpain/how_swimming_helps_in_curing_back_pain.php

This website helped in the part of the study regarding back pains. There was only one article in the website with related topics along with it. The article and the website containing it were very useful, they really helped in explaining how swimming helps people with back problems.

B) http://www.mydr.com.au/asthma/asthma-can-swimming-help

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amy_Van_Dyken

http://www.spiritus-temporis.com/debbie-meyer/

http://www.sfgate.com/sports/olympics96/profiles/grote.html

http://www.usatoday.com/community/chat/0913hogshead.htm

The first website was the common denominator among responses from consulted doctors. All the doctors we consulted were sure to give this site as it thoroughly explained everything about how swimming really helps asthma. Because it was highly recommended by the doctors, it gave us an assurance of the credibility of the content of the website.

The other four websites were the source of information on great swimmers who had asthma. They basically talk about how these swimmers started and why, and a list of their achievements.

C) http://www.mamashealth.com/exercise/swimben.asp

This site contains information about how swimming helps pregnant women and cancer patients. This site offers further research to confirm that swimming indeed helps breast cancer patients and pregnant women.

D) “Effect of intensive swimming training on lung volumes, airway resistances and on the maximal expiratory flow-volume relationship in prepubertal girls” by Daniel Courteix, Philippe Ober, Anne-Marie Lecoq, Patrick Guenon, Gunter Koch

This article talks about how swimming helps pre-pubertal girls. The point of the article is very clear. It even uses figures and any accurate figure shown will always better help readers to understand the point being made.

E) http://www.cerebralpalsysource.com/News_and_Articles/champion-swimmer/index.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susie_Maroney

http://www.cerebralpalsysource.com/Treatment_and_Therapy/swimming/index.html

These three websites were the ones consulted for the part of the study on cerebral palsy. Wikipedia is not always a trusted site but the only part in the research that came from wikipedia were the achievements of Susie Maroney, a cerebral palsy champion swimmer. The other websites show how swimming helps cerebral palsy.

F) http://helpingpsychology.com/swimming-and-those-with-adhd

This website contains an article on how ADHD patients are helped greatly by swimming, using Michael Phelps as an example. It talks about how sports is good for those with ADHD because it uses up their excess energy; but swimming is still the best because swimmers only have focus on one thing while other sports, especially team sports require multi tasks at the same time and this could discourage those with ADHD since they have a really short attention span.

III. Methodology

The research design to be used in this paper is mostly qualitative but at some points quantitative means are used. The qualitative form of research suits this topic better than quantitative because not many people know a lot about the sport, let alone its medical purposes.

Extensive research is to be used in solving the problem stated before. Tools such as the Internet and several articles, and a couple of books recommended by some consulted doctors are used to back up the hypothesis. Interviews with doctors are also included here.

In our Statement of the Problem it was mentioned that the paper would discuss swimming and how it can help a person medically. A well-known illness commonly associated with swimming as a cure, or at least a form of therapy, is asthma. Swimming can lessen the asthma attacks of a person and that is why this subject will be a significant part of this paper.

The research also focuses on the well roundedness of the sport, in the sense that it is for all people and all the muscle groups in the body are used in one exercise. Cardio, core, upper body, and lower body, all the muscle groups in all areas are used and therefore the sport is balanced.

This paper will also show how swimming as a sport is good for people of all ages because it will keep everyone healthy and fit with minimal risk of injury because it is a non contact sport. Because it is a non contact sport, the athlete is safe from injuries since it is only the water he is dealing with.

IV. Results/Findings

A. Summary

The problem that was earlier stated was that the author intends to present evidence that swimming is the ideal sport for everyone because it is a non-contact and not a weight-bearing sport and because of this, swimmers are not prone to injury and therefore it will not sideline them for long periods of time so they can continue their work properly while staying completely fit. It is also a sport that can cure several illnesses such as asthma, back problems, cerebral palsy, etc.

 

Asthma

 Swimming does not cure asthma per se, but it helps minimize asthma attacks because swimming strengthens the lungs and asthmatic patients have weak lungs. Asthma and swimming are both about respiratory issues. Swimming will teach you to control your breathing, to take in enough air to power you through the water. The timing of the breathing has to be mastered and this discipline of the timing of the breathing is almost the same principle as controlling the asthma.

Swimming is generally the best form of exercise for asthmatics, as exercise-induced asthma is mostly due to breathing in cold, dry air. The air in swimming pools is moist and warm, and breathing control is obviously necessary while swimming.

Swimming is a great exercise for people with asthma as you breathe in warm, moist air rather than the cold, dry air that can lead to asthma symptoms. Swimming can also help develop good breathing practices.

There are several great athletes who started swimming only because their doctors recommended it for their asthma. Two of these are Kurt Grote and Amy VanDyken. Other successful swimmer asthmatics are Debbie Meyer and Nancy Hogshead.

Kurt Grote is one of the strongest swimmers on the US team. He ranked fifth fastest in US history in the breast stroke but Kurt Grote did not start swimming until he was 15 years old and he only swam because his doctor recommended it to him for his asthma.

Kurt says that asthma is really common and a few of his teammates on the Olympic team were asthmatics. He says that “the humidity of the surface of the water is good for people with asthma. It strengthens your lungs and your heart and allows you to improve”.

Kurt had a bike accident wherein he lost 17 percent of his skin but he never missed practice. His determination, this injury, plus the asthma, never stopped Kurt from practicing. He swam 10,000 meters everyday and his hard work paid off. At the Olympic trials for the Atlanta games, Kurt won the 200-meter breaststroke and finished second in the 100-meter breaststroke event.

Like Kurt Grote, Amy VanDyken started swimming because her doctor suggested it for her asthma. Her doctor told her it would strengthen her lungs to cope with her condition and prevent future attacks.

Van Dyken began her competitive swimming career at Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, Colorado, where she was state champion and state record holder in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly in her Junior and Senior years, and where in 1991 she captained her team to a state title. At the 1992 US Olympic Trials, she placed 4th in the 50-meter freestyle, just missing the Olympic team.

After high school, Van Dyken attended the University of Arizona for two years before transferring to Colorado State University, where she broke her first (of many more to come) United States record with a time of 21.77 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle at the NCAA championships in 1994. She also placed second in the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard freestyle to Olympian Jenny Thompson. In 1994 she was named the NCAA Female Swimmer of the Year. After college, she moved to the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to train full-time for the 1996 Olympics.

At the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Van Dyken became the first American female athlete in history to win 4 gold medals in a single Olympic games. Her success in swimming won her a wide variety of awards and accolades including the ESPN Awards (ESPY) Female Athlete of the Year award; Swimming World magazine’s female Swimmer of the Year award; induction into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame; induction into the US Olympic Hall of Fame; named Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year, USOC Sports Woman of the Year, the Women’s Sports Foundation Sports Woman of the Year and USA Swimming Swimmer of the Year.

Debbie Meyer (born August 14, 1952 Annapolis, Maryland) won the 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle swimming events in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, at 16 years old becoming the first swimmer and first female to win three individual gold medals. Her winning times were 2:10.5 for 200m, 4:31.8 for 400m and 9:24.0 for 800m, all of them new Olympic records. A sufferer from asthma, she also broke twenty world records, which landed her in the Olympic Hall of Fame, broke 24 United States records and won 19 Amateur Athletic Union championships. In 1969 she was named Associated Press Athlete of the Year. In 1972 she retired from competition. She owns the Debbie Meyer Swim School.

Nancy Hogshead, an Olympic triple gold medalist, began competitive swimming early and was ranked number one in the world at age 14. In high school and college dual meets she was undefeated. After a brief retirement, she came back to steal the show in the 1984 Olympic games. By the age of 22, Nancy had capped eight years as a world-class swimmer. She has been inducted into six Halls of Fame, including the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Back Pains

Swimming is regarded as the best exercise for physical fitness. It really helps in curing the back pain that people usually get in the senile stages. Elimination of the back pain is not an easy task as it elongates with your age and your weight. For that reason you have to keep on exercising everyday before you go for your work. The reason behind taking this exercise into consideration for the cure of the back pain is posture. Actually the posture of keeping the head out of the water stretches the whole part of the back and such extension will make you free from pain. There are a lot of exercises that will help you to feel relaxed the whole day. You can realize the same when you start swimming and it also makes you feel fresh. Swimming comes under the stretching exercises that are prescribed by the doctors. It is also one of the recommended exercises for curing back pain. Even heated swimming pools reduce the risk of the asthma attacks. Indeed, swimming regularly can cure various health problems.

Pregnancy

Pregnant women can also benefit from swimming. Swimming can help them strengthen their abdominal and shoulder muscles. Abdominal and shoulder muscles are areas that are often taxed by carrying a baby. Water exercise can also reduce the joint stiffness, high blood pressure, and discomfort associated with pregnancy.

Breast Cancer

Swimming after breast surgery is an excellent means of exercising all the major muscle groups, and avoiding muscular atrophy often seen in post-surgical patients who remain sedentary for prolonged periods. Before beginning an exercise program, it is always good to first consult a doctor though.

Swimming is also good because it strengthens the abdomen, back and shoulders. These muscles will help post-mastectomy women carry their weight easily.

Swimming on lung volumes, airway resistances and on the maximal expiratory flow-volume relationship in pre-pubertal girls

The aim of the study was to analyze the effect of one year of intensive swimming training on lung volumes, airway resistance and on the flow-volume relationship in pre-pubertal girls. Five girls aged nine and a half years old performing vigorous swimming training for 12 hours a week were compared with a control group of 11 girls of the same age but participated in various sport activities for only two hours per week. Static lung volumes, maximal expiratory flows at 75, 50 and 25% of vital capacity, 1-s forced expiratory volume and airway resistance were measured by means of conventional body plethysmograph techniques. Prior to the training period there were no significant differences between the two groups for any of the parameters studied. Moreover, for both groups, all parameters were within the normal range for children of the corresponding age. After one year of training, vital capacity, total lung capacity, and functional residual capacity were larger in the girl swimmers than in the control group, while physical development in terms of height and weight was similar.

The results indicate that intensive swimming training in the pre-pubertal stage of females enhances static and dynamic lung volumes and improves the conductive properties of both the large and the small airways. As to the causative mechanism, it can be speculated that at pre-puberty intensive swimming training promotes isotropic lung growth by harmonizing the development of the airways and of alveolar lung spaces.

 

 

 

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term encompassing a group of non-progressive, non-contagious conditions that cause the physical disability in human development.

Cerebral refers to the cerebrum, which is the affected area of the brain, and palsy refers to disorder of movement. Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to the motor control centers of the developing brain and can occur during pregnancy, during childbirth or after birth up to about age three. Further research is needed on adults with cerebral palsy as this study was focused on children.

It is a non-progressive disorder, meaning the brain damage does not worsen, but secondary orthopedic difficulties are common. For example, onset of arthritis and osteoporosis can occur much sooner in adults with cerebral palsy. In addition, motor disorders may be accompanied by “disturbances of sensation, cognition, communication, perception, and/or behavior, and/or by a seizure disorder”.

Swimming and swim therapy can be a great way of providing therapy and exercise for any person with cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that often cause motor function malfunction. These motor problems may cause serious muscular damage due to spasticity or stiffness in the muscles. While there is no cure for cerebral palsy there are many options for therapy and treatment that may help in providing relief for some problematic symptoms.

Swimming can be one way of providing therapy for a person with cerebral palsy. Unlike other therapeutic methods, swimming can actually be safe because there is no possibility of hurting one’s self by falling down. All swim therapy should take place only under the supervision of a qualified swim therapist, however. The warmth of a heated swim area can also provide relief from muscle stiffness or pain. Water provides buoyancy as well, which alleviates the stress on the body that gravity causes. Swim exercise and movements can help in losing weight and building muscle strength. Swim therapy for cerebral palsy can also help in developing coordination as well.

Any type of physical therapy can be beneficial for the person with cerebral palsy. Therapy can decrease spasticity and teach a more varied motor function. These types of therapies aim at giving the person with cerebral palsy more independence. Sometimes in severe cases swimming is the only way a person with cerebral palsy can exercise or move independently.

Aquatic therapy in a swimming pool can provide this independence, but should only be done as part of a long-term therapeutic treatment.  Water gives the person with cerebral palsy a higher range of motion capabilities.  Being in the water can also help with blood and nervous system development.  Many swim therapies are helpful because they have little or no side effects that can harm the person with cerebral palsy.  Like all therapies, swim therapy should be closely performed with and monitored by an experienced person.

Types of swim therapy for cerebral palsy include “Ai Chi,” a type of yoga in the water.  “Aquatic PNF” is a kind of swim therapy based on a technique known as Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation.  “Aquatic Feldenkrais” is a swim therapy modeled on the famous Feldenkrais method of physical and psychological therapy.  Other swim therapy techniques include the “Bad Ragaz ring method,” “Halliwick,” “Swim Stroke,” “Task-Type,” and “Watsu.”

These types of techniques have seen improvements in people with cerebral palsy.  In providing the opportunity for persons with cerebral palsy to help themselves in developing their individualities, swim therapy should be a beneficial and essential part of their lives.

Susie Maroney, an Australian world record-holding marathon swimmer, was born with cerebral palsy, and when she was just six months old, her family enrolled her in swimming lessons to help fight the illness. She and her twin brother Sean, also born with cerebral palsy, kept their condition secret in their youth to avoid getting teased and picked on by other children.

Susie’s mother Pauline said that three months into her pregnancy with the twins, she suffered respiratory arrest from severe asthma, and doctors offered her the option of terminating the pregnancy. The twins brought the number of children in their family to five. Pauline says that when the twins were babies, Susie could not move her right side and Sean was “just floppy.”

Pauline and her husband took the children swimming as a way to strengthen the children’s muscles. As Susie noted, “she knew the water was the best place for us: people can’t see you limp.”

Susie eventually became a marathon swimmer, and she holds many swimming records, including the world record for the fastest return crossing of the English Channel, accomplished when she was 16 years old. Sean became a tri-athlete. Other accomplishments of Susie include winning the Manhattan Island Swim Race three times in the years 1991, 1992, and 1994. She is also the fastest female two-way English Channel Crossing in 1991 at age 17 in the time of 17 hours, 14 minutes. She was the first person to swim the 180-km. Florida Straits from Cuba to the United States at age 22. She swam a record 197 kilometers from Mexico to Cuba, covering the longest distance ever swum without flippers in open sea in 38h 33m. Finally, she completed the 160-km. swim from Jamaica to Cuba.

ADHD (Michael Phelps)

About 3% to 5% of all the people in the world are affected by ADHD, which causes people to be unable to focus and to forget easily. More and more adults are diagnosed with ADHD, although more children get it, and they often are still affected as adults.

Michael Phelps, acknowledged the world’s greatest swimmer of all time after winning eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, is afflicted with ADHD, but this does not stop him from shining as a swimmer. His total of eight gold medals in one Olympics and 14 for his career so far, are both records.

According to experts, any sport or physical activity that allows a person affected by ADHD to receive one-on-one instruction can be beneficial. That is because people afflicted with ADHD often do not do as well in team-based sports.

Experts also say activities that involve a lot of movement are good for those affected by ADHD, and swimming and walking are the most beneficial. That is because those affected by the disease do best when they are active, and do not do well when inactive. This is especially true for males. There is something about using their energy that then helps those with ADHD to better exercise self-control, according to experts.

Another reason swimming helps those with ADHD, including Michael Phelps, is that any activity, such as swimming, that focuses on one activity helps affected people to concentrate.

Whatever reason swimming may have helped Michael Phelps concentrate and achieve a goal, there is no doubt he was not always as successful in focusing, according to Internet reports. His third grade teacher, Mrs. Kines, can recall to this day that he had trouble focusing and sitting still. She wondered if he would ever be able to concentrate on an important goal. Michael’s mom, Debbie has recalled in Internet reports that although Michael was a good athlete, he was not a good student, largely because of his ADHD. She recalls that when he decided to concentrate only on swimming, not other sports, it helped him because the sport is so structured, and is concentrated on individuals. This is true even for team events in swimming competitions.

Experts also say that any activity, whether it is something like swimming or the martial arts, that helps those with ADHD exercise self-control is beneficial. Some may say Michael Phelps exercised a great deal of self-control in practicing so many hours each day for the Olympics.

Experts say there are other reasons swimming, or other activities that focus on one activity, might be beneficial for those with ADHD. They say the times when there is no activity in a sport like baseball, such as in between pitches, can be very frustrating to an ADHD affected individual. With swimming, however, someone is constantly active. They also say that in a sport like football or basketball, where an individual might have to do many things at once, an ADHD afflicted individual could be much more frustrated than in swimming, where a participant has to do only one thing.

Experts say that if a parent has a child with ADHD he should know what medicine someone needs before participating in a sport, like swimming, and see that he gets it. He should also discuss the situation with his child’s coach, so he can help. It also helps to post a schedule for the children with ADHD.

There are many things that can be beneficial to an ADHD affected individual, and swimming is one of them.

B. Conclusions

There is no absolute cure for asthma but swimming can help lessen/ ease the attacks because swimming strengthens the lungs and it teaches the person how to control his lungs better. Swimming is good for asthmatics because the water in which they swim in is assumed to be cleaner than the air they breathe; therefore in the water, they do not inhale the dust or whatever it is that irritates their lungs. Swimming strengthens the lungs to the point that the person does not get asthma attacks anymore. If he does, very mild, but the asthma will always remain there.

Back pains can occur when there is too much tension on the back, especially the lower part, or when the back is weak. Swimming is the right sport for this because it is really the only sport that can strengthen the back without putting any strain on it because when in the water, the person stays afloat in a flat position and no extra strain is exerted on the back, especially the lower part.

Females can very well benefit from swimming. Swimming strengthens abdominal and shoulder muscles, which are important for carrying a baby when pregnant. Along with the two mentioned muscles, swimming also helps the back muscles, with which post-mastectomy women carry their weight properly.

Swimming helps cerebral palsy in several ways. First, a patient who has cerebral palsy has impaired muscle coordination and because swimming is a well-balanced sport that uses all muscles in the body, swimming can help the muscle coordination that is impaired by cerebral palsy. Also, if the water in the pool is warm, muscle stiffness or pain can be relieved. Going back to the primary argument, swimming is the best for cerebral palsy because, although different types of physical therapy can be beneficial to cerebral palsy patients, swimming is safe because the patient has really no chances of getting hurt and injured since he is just in the water.

Sports in general are good for those with ADHD since they have tons and tons of excess energy, which they have to put to good use. Swimming is the sport for them because swimming is an individual sport, which requires only one activity per swimmer unlike team sports, which require their players to do more activities at once; this can frustrate a person with ADHD. Going back to what was mentioned earlier, that people with ADHD have tons of energy they have to use, it is possible that this fact could have helped Michael Phelps endure the seventeen races he had to swim during the Beijing games. He swam seventeen races in a span of only seven days, with some events less than an hour apart.

C. Recommendations

If the author can find a way to generalize, to focus on everyone rather than individuals, the statement would be much stronger.

The author could have discussed more about swimming being a non-contact sport, just to show really that swimming is a safe sport and is the ideal for fitness.

More comparisons with other sports would have been very useful in the paper because the statement says that swimming is the ideal sport for everyone. Since the benefit of the sport is not known to everybody then the author should have made a study on the comparison with other sports.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

V. Bibiliography

a)    http://www.healthcorral.com/backpain/how_swimming_helps_in_curing_back_pain.php

b)    http://www.mydr.com.au/asthma/asthma-can-swimming-help

c)    http://www.mamashealth.com/exercise/swimben.asp

d)    “Effect of intensive swimming training on lung volumes, airway resistances and on the maximal expiratory flow-volume relationship in prepubertal girls” by Daniel Courteix, Philippe Ober, Anne-Marie Lecoq, Patrick Guenon, Gunter Koch

e)    http://www.cerebralpalsysource.com/News_and_Articles/champion-swimmer/index.html

f)      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susie_Maroney

g)    http://www.cerebralpalsysource.com/Treatment_and_Therapy/swimming/index.html

h)    http://helpingpsychology.com/swimming-and-those-with-adhd

i)      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amy_Van_Dyken

j)      http://www.spiritus-temporis.com/debbie-meyer/

k)    http://www.sfgate.com/sports/olympics96/profiles/grote.html

l)      http://www.usatoday.com/community/chat/0913hogshead.htm

 

Down

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on November 24, 2012 by anonymouswriterwannabe

Here is a shot at a creative piece inspired by a photo taken by a friend.

Props to Bravewelle Madera for the picture. This is his photo.

Down. Down is more than just a word; it is more than just a noun, a verb, an adverb, an adjective, and a preposition. Down is a feeling and an emotion. Down is what we feel after quarreling with our loved ones, be it our best friend, our brother, sister, mother, or father. It is what we feel when we get a low mark on our exam. There is no happy or sad ONLY, for in between is “down”. After the tears of a break up, one may or may not be over the ex but one thing is certain: that person is feeling down.

On August 19, 2012, Maria celebrated her 19th birthday and was very happy. It was the type of happiness wherein she felt invincible, that feeling wherein she just said to herself “I’m on top of my everything, nothing can stop me now”. This was because she had just gotten the results of her final exams and she aced each and every one of those exams. Also, her long time crush of 5 years and whom she had been dating for about 4 months now popped the question “would you be my girlfriend?” after class, to which she gladly said yes to. Two days prior, she had just won first place in the annual singing and beauty contest she had been joining for the past 4 years.

She was living the life that most girls could only dream of. Her family ties were very strong; she would talk to her mom like she was her best friend. Maria and her mom would talk about anything from the latest fashion trend, boys, problems, and literally anything under the sun. They would shop together during mall sales as if it was their first time. Her dad was always supportive towards her and anything she liked whether related to academics or extra-curricular activities. Her brother was always there for her when she needed someone in her generation who could relate, someone to whom she could rant, lean and cry on, and bully when she had nothing better to do.

Everyone respected this girl. She was well rounded, and lived a life of virtue and piety. If there were such a thing as a “perfect girl”, she would be the one. But unfortunately, there is no such thing. On the eve of her mother’s birthday that year, December 19, 2012, Maria was in school, doing the daily grind, when she got a text message from her dad saying that he was in the hospital. He told her that her brother was on the way to pick her up from school so they could follow to the hospital. She panicked after reading the message because the tone did not sound good at all. She tried to calm down and not over think as she replied and asked what the problem was.

She and her brother got to the hospital and their dad hugged them as tightly as any dad could hug his two children. It was not the happy, bear-like hug that parents normally give their children but it was a hug that, without, they would fail to stay standing on their feet. They proceeded to the morgue so the children could see their mother. She had a heart attack while having lunch with a friend and was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.

Maria’s mom was gone. What hurt the most is not that she was not able to say good bye or that it happened so sudden. What hurt the most is when Maria quarreled with her best friend in school and neither her father nor her dad could relate to why she was so agitated. What hurt the most is that all the advice regarding her boyfriend she would hear from family was “if you love him, stay; if you don’t, leave”. What hurt the most was that when there was new fashion and mall sale all Maria could do was stay home because she could not bear the thought of doing something she did only with her mother.

Maria’s grades in school suffered quite badly and she stopped all her extra-curricular activities. She was a total wreck and could not focus for so long. She was sad and in despair and felt like it was the end of the world. However, there was nothing she could do. She sought professional help and eventually got over the fact that her mom was dead and was never coming back. She finally pulled her grades back up and got into singing again. She was able to do everything she and her mom used to do and found new people to talk to about things she talked a lot about with her mom. After all the sadness and despair, whenever she remembered her mom, she still felt down.

You could be next!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on November 19, 2012 by anonymouswriterwannabe

This is just my reaction to the “amalayer” incident. It is pretty informal but I tried to get the message across to the best of my ability. Hope you enjoy!

        Last week, another video went viral. Yes you guessed right, this is about the “amalayer” incident. In the Santolan LRT station, a girl started shouting at a lady guard for allegedly being rude to her and wrestling her arm. Unfortunately for her, a bystander using the camera on his cell phone caught the incident. Just like the Carabuena incident, the girl turned into an overnight superstar thanks to all her haters.

        I myself was quick to make fun of the video upon seeing it, mostly because of the part when I realized what the title (“Amalayer”) meant. But one thing I realized to myself after a lot of reflecting on the incident was that I found nothing wrong with what she said and more importantly, how it was said. A lot of people speak English here in the Philippines and a lot also have an accent when they speak the language. I believe her accent was, to put in today’s common language, pretty legit.

        After watching the video, a friend of mine asked me what I would do if the girl in the video were my girlfriend. I immediately answered him by saying that I would break up with her. However, this answer was not thought of and I was still making fun of the video at this point. He was right, I was being judgmental at that time because when I got home, I was constantly thinking about his question and this is the answer I came up with: I would not break up with her because this would be one of the times in her life if not the most important time that she would need me.

        In order to break this answer down I would have to point out the same thing I did when the Carabuena incident was still fresh and hot on our Facebook and Twitter feeds. In this case, did she really deserve to be hated on? If her allegations were true and if it happened to us, would we not act in a very closely similar manner? She lost her cool and just exploded; maybe she was having a bad day. The point here is, it happens to all of us. At one point or another in our lives, we have questioned authority, we have shouted at guards, and we have humiliated people in front of a public audience. What right have we to hate on this girl?
The only difference I see between the Amalayer incident and how the rest of the world treats (especially) security guards is that this incident was caught on video and it spread like wildfire across the internet. One good thing about the video going around is that it will teach people to be more mindful of how they act in public. There are eyes everywhere, and among those eyes there will always be one of the most powerful ones: the eye of the camera.

        And finally, just a message to everyone carrying camera phones, let us use these with responsibility. I am not trying to take a stab at the guy who uploaded the video but what I am saying is it that we should not use our gadgets to capture moments and shame people. We can go straight to authority and the right people to handle the situation can take proper action; not the netizens who have proved time and again how someone’s reputation can easily be destroyed once something is online. Like I said, this sort of thing happens to all of us, we would not want our faces trending on the news feeds of the world, would we?

Pag-ingat sa Hiling

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on November 15, 2012 by anonymouswriterwannabe

Sabaw poem required for class. I made it in less than an hour hehehe enjoy!

 

 

Isang araw, mayroong isang babae:

Sumakay ng tren kahit napaka arte.

Ika nga niya mayroon siyang napag aralan;

Pero daig pa ang kumukulong tubig nang siya’y napagsabihan.

 

Sa lakas ng loob tinapatan ang isang jaguar

Ngunit nawala sa isip na nasa pampublikong lugar.

Sa kamalasang palad ay nakita ng matang di nakalilimot

Kung tunay na nakapag-aral, saan kaya itong ugali napulot?

 

Siya’y sumali sa MYX dati para sumikat

At pag-uwi ng bahay ay gulat na gulat

Dahil pag-bukas ng PC, naisip ang sinabi ng matalino:

Mag-ingat sa hiling at baka ito’y makuha mo.

NO to Bad Officiating

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2012 by anonymouswriterwannabe

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I am no expert; I am a fan and here are my thoughts on Game 1 of UAAP 75’s Senior Men’s Basketball Tournament

 

I was very lucky to have gotten a ticket to this game. It was the epitome of what we Filipinos like to call chamba. Just a day before game day, I open Facebook and the first thing I see is a shout out to those who want an Ateneo-UST championship game ticket. No catch, no added cost to the ticket, no strings attached. I immediately grabbed the opportunity and within about an hour or two, the ticket was mine. Game day was also my sister’s birthday and she was watching, too. I knew it was going to be a treat for any basketball fanatic, let alone a fan of local basketball.

I was not disappointed as I witnessed a championship game that was surely one for the books. It was a truly amazing game; it was evidence that indeed, basketball is a game of runs. To the people I talked to after the game (some via text) that was how I described the game: “game of runs, bro”.

The first Ateneo fast break that lead to a Nico Salva and one, Buenafe’s block, Buenafe’s four point play, Mariano’s hot hands, Abdul’s dunk, Teng’s pair of triples that cut the lead significantly, Salva’s monster 30 point game, Ravena’s dagger, both crowds, and of course the sore throat I have right not from all the cheering.

It was an amazing, amazing game. However, what ruined it for me was seeing that (for both sides) when one team wins, the other team says the game was fixed, in one way or another. I was on the Ateneo side and all throughout the first half a lot of fellow Eagle fans were shouting “luto! luto!” because the first half was not going well for Ateneo. UST ended the first half with a 7 point lead, 38-31. But in the second half when things got going for Ateneo, everyone was cheering and everyone was happy. But STILL, EVERYTIME UST made a run or a “bad” call was made, the shouts of “luto! luto!” always came back. Those were the moments I wished I had just watched at home but I was pretty sure that the same was coming from the UST side when vice versa happened.

It all boils down to the simple, unanswerable question: what is a bad call? In order to answer this question, I have come up with a few guide questions whose goals are to slowly answer the above-mentioned question.

1. Who makes the calls?

2. What are the rules of basketball?

3. Who are supposed to implement the rules of basketball?

4. Who should know these rules best?

5. Who is the audience and what right do they have to judge the call made?
I do not know, I say ignore the referee’s calls or better yet, take them for what they are and let us all enjoy a nice, entertaining, competitive, fun-filled UAAP Senior Men’s Basketball Final between the #1 and #2 teams of UAAP 75!

 

Rivalry is Equality: A reading of signs in The 4th Wall Theatre Company’s Rivalry: Ateneo-La Salle The Musical

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on March 14, 2012 by anonymouswriterwannabe

Final paper for Theatre class

 

On March 10, 2012, Saturday, Rivalry: Ateneo-La Salle The Musical was staged at the Meralco Theatre in Ortigas, Pasig City. The 4th Wall Theatre Company did the musical; Jaime del Mundo directed it. It was a wonderful musical which the auther recommends to everyone if only it were still showing. The last showing was the following day, the 11th. It was a very fun musical as the Ateneans cheered and clapped when the Atenean characters in the musical took a jab at the Lasallites, and vice versa. An advantage of watching the play close to the last staging date is the lack of audience members. One can get the cheapest tickets and end up sitting in the most expensive seats.

Rivalry was set in 1968, around the time of the (then) NCAA Men’s Basketball Finals. It was about two families: the blue-blooded Valencias and the green-blooded Basilios. Paco Valencia was the star and captain of the Ateneo Blue Eagles and his cousin Tommy Basilio was the star and captain of the De La Salle Green Archers. Quito Valencia, Paco’s brother, was also an Atenean but he was not as hardcore as his dad and brother when it came to the whole school rivalry. In fact he was against it because the two sides of his family just could not get along because of, in his eyes, the “stupid rivalry”. Quito meets this girl from Maryknoll (now Miriam College), Reena San Jose and instantly falls madly in love with her. The problem was, he was too torpe to even approach her and talk to her. What he does is he goes to his sweet-talking-ladies-man of a cousin Tommy and asks him to get to know Reena and introduce them. The problem was, Reena was so pretty that Tommy could not resist until it eventually ended up that Reena was already falling for Tommy. This made Quito mad and for a while he “believed” in the Ateneo-La Salle rivalry because of how his Lasallite of a cousin betrayed him. To cut the long story short, Tommy was able to make it up to Quito and he and Reena were still able to become really close friends. Then one day, when Quito was in a rally protesting for a cause, he got shot. The two families visited him at the hospital and that was where things started patching up. Messers. Valencia and Basilio, still with high levels of pride, began talking to one another. This was the day of the NCAA Finals and when Paco and Tommy left the hospital, they admitted how the other inspired each one to become a “better man”.

The play was funny and entertaining but at the same time it was deep. Rivalry was a musical which show cased Filipino talent. It was a pure Filipino production. Filipinos wrote the script and the songs, directed the whole musical, acted, and produced the whole thing without the help of foreigners. Also, it went deeper than just showing a rivalry between schools as its characterization showed how human beings are equal no matter where they come from or who they are.

Setting

The play was set in 1968 at around the time of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Finals. This only further proves that the musical is fictional because in 1968, neither of these teams won the championship. It was Mapua who won the 1968 crown. Also, at this time, Ateneo and De La Salle were not rivals yet. It was Ateneo and San Beda College and De La Salle and Colegio de San Juan de Letran. The Ateneo-De La Salle rivalry began in the early years of the NCAA (20s – 50s) but it was a rivalry in soccer, not basketball. The schools’ rivalry in basketball only really began in the UAAP in the late 80s. However, the director chose this setting because rivalries were very much alive and his current audience will not be able to relate if it had been Ateneo and San Beda or De La Salle and CSJL because currently, the only rivals left are really just between Ateneo and De La Salle.

Characters

(Quito and Reena)

The characters played a huge part in showing equality in the play. For example, the Maryknoll girls: all of them were wearing their school uniforms—composed of a white blouse and green skirts. All of them were wearing the same thing except for Reena; she wore a red jacket along with her uniform and this symbolized her standing out from the rest of her classmates. The average Maryknoll girl was a basketball fan, crushed on Tommy and the rest of the Green Archers as told by the song “Give Me a Lasallite Please”, and went to Quiapo every weekend to see the team and have halo-halo. Reena was different, however. She did not have any interest in basketball, it did not matter to her that the Green Archers were handsome, let alone that Tommy was the star and captain of his team, and she did not like going to Quiapo on weekends just to see (more like stalk) the players over halo-halo. She preferred staying at home, reading her book, and studying her lessons in school. She was a deep person who was focused on her career and her future. However, as the story developed, it would be seen that Reena eventually gave in. She began to like Tommy and after a few dates she was so into him that she was even watching his basketball games. She completely fell for him but unfortunately for her, this was the time Quito found out about how his cousin had betrayed him which is why Tommy began to distance himself from Reena. Because of this, it was very evident that it does not matter if a person is intelligent and deep. In this case, Reena turned into someone who was just another Maryknoll girl, in other words, gaga over a basketball superstar.

Quito was a similar case but he was different. If Reena was cool because she preferred basketball over reading, Quito was criticized for liking reading instead of basketball. Quito did not have any major heartfelt conversations with his father at any moment in the play. The director did this in order to show that the Mr. Valencia’s favorite was clearly Paco. It was for no other special reason but because he was a member of the Blue Eagles, and the captain at that. Quito would always rant about how it is all basketball in the family; that he never heard the end of it from his dad or his brother. It even got to a point in the play wherein Paco pretty much disowned Quito as his own brother. No matter how obsessed Paco was with basketball and no matter how much Quito disagreed with his brother and his father’s ways, he loved them both. Looking closely, being criticized for reading instead of playing basketball, Quito can be classified as a nerd. Combined with the inability to approach girls and talk to them, he was practically a loser. In the end however, Quito still managed to get Reena, the girl of his dreams and the one looked up to by the whole Maryknoll student body.

Paco and Tommy

Another pair of characters which showed how equality was shown in the play was Paco and Tommy. They were both stars of their teams and led their teams to the finals. Paco was the typical jock: his world practically revolved around basketball and his eyes were fixed on the prize—the NCAA Championship trophy. He also had quite a temper which got him into plenty of fights. To name a few instances, in their semi-final game against Mapua, someone threw a plastic bottle at him. Right after the game Paco and his team mates found and beat the guy up. Also, when Quito was shot, he wanted to find out who it was so that he could beat the guy up. Tommy was the kind of jock that people also like to call “the ladies’ man”. He was a heartthrob; all the Maryknoll girls had their eyes on him. He was the only child in their family which is why he became close to Quito. Tommy treated Quito as his own little brother. Quito was closer to Tommy than he was with Paco because with contrary to Paco, Quito could talk to Tommy about a lot of other things aside from basketball. Whenever Tommy talked about basketball, Quito could tell him off and he would listen but with Paco that was impossible. Paco was more self-centered but Tommy listened to Quito’s problems. At the end of the day, no matter how much Paco and Tommy “hated” each other, they admitted to admiring one another. It was just sad that Quito had to get shot before they began to have actual conversations with one another but nevertheless, they were able to patch things up and set things straight between them. Where is the equality here? It is in the reward that each one got—the reward of finally having the peace of not having a grudge against his cousin just because he was in a rival school. It is not as straight to the point as Quito and Reena’s situation but Paco and Tommy equally shared peace between them.

Acting

Another great aspect of the play was the acting. Because it was a play between Ateneo and De La Salle, the director used a lot of “split screens”. The actors would be in the middle part of the stage and the two teams would be separated by an imaginary line. For example, before the semi-final game, both teams were in the locker room discussing strategies for the upcoming game. However, since everyone was looking forward to an Ateneo – De La Salle championship game, both teams were looking towards that direction as well. They mentioned their respective opponents in passing but in such a way that it seemed as if they were surely going to bag the victory. And because they were talking about the finals already, it seemed as if the two teams were talking to one another. The lights were not dimmed on one half of the stage to allow the other half to speak; lights were always on and teams spoke in an alternating manner, again as if talking to each other.

Another instance of this “split screen” effect was when Paco and Tommy were hanging out in the basketball court, both anxious of their next game, because it was slowly becoming the most important game in their lives. They were moving all over the stage and they even had one ball they were “sharing” with each other. However, it was clear that they were there at different times. The director did it this way in order to engage the audience more. It really caught my attention that they were on stage at the same time, in reality they were seeing each other but because it was a musical, to their characters’ knowledge, they were alone at that particular time.

The musical was practically a comedy but it was plain genius—the way the writers and the director were able to entertain their audience but at the same time take a few lessons home with them. The characters showed equality: Quito and Reena showed that who a person is or where he came from does not matter. Quito was typical torpe, and Reena was typical dream girl for Quito but in the end they ended up together because everyone is equal. Reena thought she was stuck with Tommy, that she was just like the other Maryknoll girls and Quito thought that Reena was too good for him and he had no chance but once they got to know each other, it was as like a spark in a barrel of gas. The fire which represented their passion for one another which they ignited was so big that nobody could extinguish it anymore.