Blog by Adam
A quick update on my other doings as the “empty nest” approaches even faster than the delivery of Quantum of the Seas.
Our family continues our involvement with many aspects of concussions. We continue to work with the University of Miami sports medicine team and the Kidz Neuroscience Center (a wing of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis) to promote Countywide Concussion Care®. This program is still to our knowledge the only program in the U.S. that provides for baseline testing of all public school contact sport athletes throughout an entire county. But we actually would like to lose that distinction as we are seeking others to step up and implement a similar program elsewhere in the country. With concussions receiving more and more attention including during the World Cup, we hope to see more action as it relates to minimizing the occurrence of youth athlete concussions and improving treatment when they do occur.
We also continue to support research by researchers at Princeton using the latest imaging machines to understand the physiology of concussions. For something that occurs to millions of people every year, concussions are poorly understood. And while there is now far greater sensitivity to managing the athletic consequences of concussions, there is still far too little focus on the academic consequences.
Meanwhile, my athletic life continues. Under the direction of my coach Armando Cruz, I am looking forward to my next trip to USA Track & Field Masters Nationals in July. Last year I was still recovering from my leg injury the previous year. My 1500m time was 13 seconds off where it had been two years earlier. Based on my training lately I should at a minimum approach my best time and hopefully break the 5 minute barrier that has been shimmering in front of me like the proverbial oasis in the desert. This is my last year in the 50 – 54 age group and my goal is to get faster as I enter my rookie year in 55 – 59.
Finally, I’m hoping to bring my “A” game in table tennis to the inaugurals of Quantum of the Seas. I’m constantly amazed at the onion like nature of this sport. Each year I peel off another layer and once again understand the sport at a different level. The inaugurals in New York will be a stepping stone to the introduction of Anthem of the Seas in the UK and then the re-introduction of Quantum in Shanghai. I’ll need an “A+” game for those.