Golf is a unique physical activity in that it is all “one way.” That is, right-handed golfers are constantly rotating from left to right, and vice versa for lefties. This puts strain in certain muscles, such as the obliques, which can pull the spine out of alignment. Every swing creates torque on the spine, as well as shifting the sacrum.
When Brandi Chastain ripped a penalty kick past China’s goalkeeper to win the World Cup for the United States, more than 90,000 spectators in the Rose Bowl exploded in joy. Another 40 million watching on television celebrated. It was perhaps the greatest moment in the history of women’s sports in America. It was the type of moment where years from now, people will remember where they were when the 1–0 championship game was finally decided in a shootout. Many more than the 90,000 or so on hand will claim to have been witnesses to history.
When Fred Couples walked off the course after the third round of The 1996 Players Championship (TPC), he hardly wore the look of a winner. Heading into the next day’s final round, he trailed leader Tommy Tolles by four strokes. More of a concern to Couples that afternoon in 1996 was his ailing back, which had bothered him for years. Chances for a comeback victory looked bleak.
Ride the Rockies is an annual bicycle tour that takes 2,000 cyclists on a seven-day ride through Colorado’s Rocky Mountains each June. It is not to be confused with a leisurely ride around the block or a trip to the local grocery store. This year’s ride covers 458 miles, spanning from Trinidad to Idaho Springs. Unlike other similar events around the country, the elevation at the Colorado event is never lower than 9,000 feet and tops off at 11,318 feet. The steep daily climbs have been known to reduce grown men to tears upon completion.
The Olympic Games are a massive undertaking. Consider some numbers from the recently completed Summer Games in Sydney, Australia. Over the course of 16 days, more than 10,000 athletes representing 198 countries participated in 28 different sports. Crowds of more than 110,000 took in some of the events live, while an estimated 4 billion viewers worldwide watched on television. In addition, approximately 6 million tickets were sold to the events which featured the best athletes on the planet.