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Maelle Ricker

by on Mar.06, 2010, under Inspirations

Maelle Ricker is everything you see in her on TV. She is shy, funny, and humble beyond belief. Even that nervous giggle that you hear at the end of almost every other sentence is what you would hear from her on an everyday basis. In a sport that is characterized by style, cockiness and arrogance, her biggest problem has been to bring out that competitive edge in her. At one of the world cups this year, her and a teammate were riding one and two, and instead of trying to pass her in order to win (which might have caused the other rider to fall), she stayed behind because she was afraid of making her teammate fall.

Most importantly though, here is an athlete worth looking up to. With all the new jokes that come up about Tiger Woods (which I thank him for, because for the first time in my life people have called me funny =p), it’s hard to know whether or not an athlete is actually a good role model. I have had the privilege of working in the same gym that she works out at, and I can tell you that there isn’t a single person in the gym who works harder. She drives from Squamish (close to an hour’s drive) in order to work out at Level 10 Fitness, at least three times a week. There hasn’t been a single training session that she hasn’t walked out of with her t-shirt dripping in sweat. She not only keeps up with the boys, she surpasses them. Watching her, you could never tell that she’s had eight knee surgeries and you will never hear her complain about them.

She is the type of athlete that doesn’t like the spotlight, a flashy Shaun White she is not. In fact, she is super uncomfortable with being the center of attention and if she had her way, she probably would’ve loved to win the gold medal at the Olympics with only her friends and family present. She just loves snowboarding…it’s what she loves to do and she works extremely hard at it. Lucky for Canada that she just so happens to be the best in the world at it 😉

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Immediate care to ankle injuries

by on Oct.17, 2009, under Injuries

Ankle sprains are the most annoying and most common injury to athletes. Most of the time, we roll our ankles, and we sit down or shake it out until the pain goes away. Well, here are a few tips to make sure that it heals ASAP and it doesn’t linger on.

Tip #1 – ICE!ice_cubeThe faster you get the ice around your ankle, the less swelling there will be. Keep it on for 20 minutes, and then take at least an hour break before you ice it again. Otherwise, your body thinks that it’s going through hypothermia and it will try and send more blood to the area (which is exactly the thing that you’re trying to avoid by icing!). Repeat multiple times a day.

Tip #2 – ELEVATE!elevateWhile you’re icing, keep your foot above the level of your heart. That way any blood that is trying to pool in your foot has the help of gravity to move it back up towards the heart. During the first 48 hours of your injury, try and keep the foot above the level of the heart as much as possible. Doesn’t mean you have to sit in class with your leg on your desk (especially if you’re in a skirt, ladies!). Only when reasonable =p

Tip #3 – MOVE IT!moveitAs soon as possible, start pointing your toe, flexing your foot, and circling it around. When you injure your ankle, your body’s reaction is to make sure that it can’t happen again. And it does this by trying to prevent you from moving it. That means that your ligaments and tendons all seize up to make sure you can’t hurt it again. Good for the body…bad for the sport. So start moving your foot gently and slowly in a pain-free range of motion as soon as you can.

Well, that’s it for now! Until next time, peeps 😉

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