Adolescent athletes get a wake-up call as Arizona hospitals take the lead in tackling concussions.
Mary Shannon’s love affair with soccer began harmlessly – idyllically, even. At 7 years old, she begged her parents to let her play sports, and they enrolled her in the Madison Futbol Club, a Phoenix-area soccer league for kids ages 4 through 9. Tasked with blocking opposing players, the vibrant, raven-haired girl
actually spent most of her time on the field picking dandelions and scattering them to the wind.
Has gym boredom and team-sport fatigue left you in a fitness pickle? Pickleball may be the perfect sport for you.
Invented in 1965 by former U.S. Representative Joel Pritchard (and named after his dog), pickleball is played like tennis but with a whiffle-like ball, a lower net, a badminton-sized court and mini rackets.
You don’t have to be an 18-year-old cornfed Marine recruit to enjoy the fat-burning benefits of a military-style fitness regimen – nor do you need to suffer cruel nicknames like “Private Pyle” and “Snowball.” Indeed, the drill sergeants at Code Pink Boot Camp are more likely to praise your ab definition than scream profanities in your face. “I’ve discovered that I feel inspired by those who [are] actively trying to make positive changes in their lives,” Valley trainer Shannon Gartin
Ballet Fitness Fusion founder Lisa Juliet has 24 years of classical ballet training, but she insists no experience is necessary to attend one of her Ballerobica classes – nor is a lovely, swan-like neck or steely toes that can lift the weight of a Mini Cooper. You don’t even have to wear a tutu. Ballerobica combines the fundamentals of ballet with cardio and strength training, working your muscles without adding bulk.
Tired of watching Barbie strut on the treadmill and Ken pump iron at the weight benches? The Dirty 6 Mud Run, a 6-mile tramp through the muck and mire at Rawhide Western Town, lets you leave the Stepford gym behind and have some filthy fitness fun. “It’s less intimidating” than a traditional run, says David Benjes, owner of and event organizer for DCB Extreme Adventures. “It’s fun, it’s challenging. You will get wet, you will get muddy. It’s exercise with distraction.”
While its sister campus in the Valley fights cancer, this Flagstaff research facility unravels such infectious diseases as anthrax and bird flu.
If you think Imelda Marcos’ shoe collection and Jay Leno’s car collection are impressive, you should see the collection Dr. Paul Keim has at the TGen North facility in Flagstaff – but you probably won’t want to,