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  • Women & Girls in Sports Day is February 2: Being Active + Staying Safe!
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    woman wearing red helmet climbing an outdoor rock wall.Right around the corner is Women and Girls in Sports day on February 2! The topic of sport involvement is one of my favourites, not because I am in any way an athlete, but because even if you are not an “athlete” per-se, you can still be involved in sports—whether recreationally and playing just for fun, or staying active in the community helping out with community sports. This goes for both men or boys and women or girls—however, it is traditionally women that have faced greater barriers to sport participation in the past, a trend that is in much of the world changing for the better.
    Whether it is playing a team sport, running or cycling independently, participating in swiming, fitness classes, weight lifting, or perhaps more traditionally gymnastics or dance, climbing, or a host of other activities, girls and women of all ages and skill levels can and should be participating in sport and/or physical fitness activities. I would not personally consider myself an athlete—but I do my best to stay active, and encourage people to do the same. I coach two teams, and spend most of our weekly practices out on the floor with them, whether that’s playing goalball with my adult athletes who are visually impaired, or playing “capture the chicken” or running around the soccer field with my school-aged Special Olympics youth athletes!
    Being active regularly applies even if you have a medical condition, unless you have been specifically told by your doctor not to exercise! Many times doctors will not bring up exercise on their own, so you may have to ask yourself if it is safe for you to participate in physical activity. Fitness walking or wheeling for wheelchair users, is a popular activity that is inexpensive and typically safe, especially if you have not done much exercise recently.
    For those of us with medical conditions, or anybody who is exercising alone such as cyclists or runners, a medical ID bracelet is a must-have item. If you are exercising alone, especially outdoors, it is important to carry identification just in case the unexpected happens, so that a loved one can be contacted! But, if you’ve ever run any distance with a metal link bracelet around your wrist, you know that it can be a bit annoying to have the bracelet bouncing up and down in time with your workout! Fortunately, we’ve got a solution for that.
    In styles that are both more neutral, and those that may appeal to those whose style is a bit more traditionally “feminine”, the My Identity Doctor Sport bracelets let you focus on your activity, not your medical condition. These sport bracelets come in 16 different colors and patterns (so far!), and while some sizes are geared for smaller (kids) wrists, which say so right in the name, many fit wrists from 5.25 inches to 8.25 inches! These bracelets are made on a soft canvas band, similar to a watch strap, and are adjustable—great, too, for growing kids! Because of their adjustability, some wearers may also be able to fit the bracelet on their ankle as well for activities where the bracelet may get in the way—beach volleyball, anyone? For your privacy, these bracelets may also be engraved with “see reverse” on the front, with your information on the back side, engraved in our signature black-filled bold engraving for easy readability—improving the timeliness of your treatment or enabling medical staff to reach out to family quicker because they’re not spending as much time examining the print on your bracelet!
    A medical condition does not have to stop you from being active—many high level female athletes compete with a variety of medical conditions, including asthma, type 1 diabetes, and food allergies. As always, it may take a bit more prep, but you can make it work. By adding a sport medical bracelet to your training gear, you can focus on your training and the crucial aspects of managing your medical condition—not worrying about how you will be cared for in an emergency or if your family will be notified if the unexpected occurs.
    Published by My Identity Doctor on January 30, 2017


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