Posts by Christopher Di Virgilio

Stay Hydrated

Twelve signs you’re not getting enough water   Online Exclusive posted Monday, June 5, 2017 – 9:53am By Christopher Di Virgilio We’re not sure how it is in your neck of the woods, but for the staff here at the SPORTS `N SPOKES production office in Phoenix, it’s getting pretty toasty. While it’s considered a […]

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Joshua’s Journey

Joshua Rucker shares his journey from his injury, to becoming a professional wheelchair bodybuilder, to finding a brand-new passion.   Online Exclusive posted Thursday, June 1, 2017 – 10:21am By Courtney Verrill Joshua Rucker, 33, loves to showcase his skills and really “wow” the crowd with intense weightlifting stunts in his wheelchair. The former bodybuilder […]

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Celebrating Mother’s Day with Kristina Rhoades

Kristina Rhoades had to learn how to think creatively when she became a mother of a little girl.   Online Exclusive posted Sunday, May 14, 2017 – 10:48am By Courtney Verrill Before Kristina Rhoades could even walk or talk, she was involved in a domestic violence incident that led her to be injured for the […]

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Weights or Cardio?

When it comes to exercising with spinal-cord injury or disease, what’s more important, endurance or strength training?   Online Exclusive posted Monday, May 1, 2017 – 3:12pm By Kristin Mcnealous, DPT, MBA, ATP Strengthening refers to increasing muscular power and mass, which also improves the body’s metabolism. We need strength to perform our daily activities. […]

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Mike Nichols Charity Hockey Game

Former NHL greats unite on the ice for spinal cord injury research   Online Exclusive posted Monday, May 1, 2017 – 2:52pm By The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation On April 21, Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton, hosts of the top-rated “Boomer & Carton” morning show on CBS RADIO’s WFAN-AM/FM, hosted the Third Annual Mike […]

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2017 USQRA Wheelchair Rugby National Championships

The 2017 USQRA Wheelchair National Championships are underway in Phoenix, Ariz.   Online Exclusive posted Thursday, April 20, 2017 – 8:28pm By SNS Staff Ability360 and the 360 Heat quad rugby team are hosting the 2017 USQRA Wheelchair Rugby National Championships in Phoenix, Ariz., this week and you can watch all the hard-hitting action live. […]

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From Near Death to a Top Athlete

Shaun Castle opens up about his injury, being a professional and collegiate athlete and how being a member of PVA saved his life.   Online Exclusive posted Monday, April 17, 2017 – 10:15am By Courtney Verrill U.S. Army veteran and professional athlete Shaun Castle was just hours away from death when a miracle happened. Castle […]

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Farewell Becky

The discontinuation of Barbie’s disabled friend Becky shadows real-life social exclusion   Online Exclusive posted Friday, April 14, 2017 – 10:13am By Allison Cardwell I’ve been called ‘Wheelchair Barbie” more than a few times. We share the same sparkly pink wheelchair, blonde hair, and affinity for pink accessories. Putting clothes on me is even kind […]

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NWBT Champions

The teams that took home a victory fought hard over the weekend at the National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament in Louisville, Ky.   Online Exclusive posted Monday, April 3, 2017 – 9:21am By John Groth The Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks needed double overtime to claim their seventh National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) Adult Division I National Wheelchair […]

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Opening Night at the NWBT

Major Upsets Kick Off NWBT’s Opening Night   Online Exclusive posted Friday, March 31, 2017 – 9:48am By SNS Staff Some major upsets and surprises opened up Thursday’s opening night of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association’s National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (NWBT). Two top NWBT Division II seeds fell in their first-round games, as the 16-seed […]

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