Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run Program

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Law Enforcement Torch Run Program
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The owner of ENT Associates of Northwest Florida, Dr. William B. Clark regularly contributes to health-oriented charities. One organization that Dr. William B. Clark supports is the Special Olympics, which hosts athletic events for athletes with disabilities and raises funds to improve their lives through sport.

One of the largest fundraising and awareness activities the Special Olympics sponsors is its Law Enforcement Torch Run®. Over the course of the event, officers and athletes team up to move the organization’s Flame of Hope to various competitions, including state and national events.

More than 85,000 law enforcement personnel participate in the event each year, which spans more than 46 countries and every American state. The run has raised millions of dollars since it was created more than 30 years ago. Started by a Kansas police chief, the event encompasses a variety of other fundraising vehicles. Special small events and T-shirt and merchandise sales help the run grow and bring awareness of disabilities and athletic achievement to a broad audience.

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How to Perform a Track Stand on a Bicycle

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Track Stand
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Dr. William B. Clark owns and operates ENT Associates of Northwest Florida, where he and his associates treat ear, nose, and throat related ailments. When he gets time away from work, Dr. William B. Clark enjoys fine tuning his cycling abilities.

Executing a track stand allows a cyclist to stay balanced and upright on a bike while in a stationary position. Keep reading to learn how to perform this technique.

1. Pick a safe spot to practice. An empty parking lot or private driveway are both good options. A surface with a slight grade is preferable.

2. Find your balance. Avoid the temptation of looking down or at the front tire. Keep your center of gravity over the frame, not over the handlebars. While coasting, practice rolling slowly in this pose, keeping feet and pedals stationary.

3. Shift into a gear that allows you to put constant pressure on the pedals, and make sure your strongest foot is up and forward. To track stand, you will be balancing the forward force of your foot on the pedal with the light force of the brake. Practicing with a hill will help you learn not to rely too much on braking force to stand.

4. Ride parallel to the sloped surface. Coast slowly to a near stop, and turn your wheel smoothly but quickly uphill. In this way, you will be able to apply slight pressure to the pedal and move uphill, then remove the pressure and roll back. Moving back and forth, you can remain upright easily. Turn your front wheel small amounts for balance.

5. Practice rolling less and less until you can stand seemingly motionless in a perfect track stand.

Proper Lubrication for Your Bicycle

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Proper Lubrication Bicycle
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The owner of ENT Associates of Northwest Florida, Dr. William B. Clark has been in practice for 25 years, treating ear, nose, and throat problems with surgical and non-surgical techniques. In his spare time, Dr. William B. Clark enjoys cycling.

One major component of cycling is proper maintenance, especially lubrication, which is essential to protecting moving parts from the elements. Without regular lubrication, parts will be vulnerable to corrosion, rust, and eventual failure.

The two most common types of lubricants for bicycles are grease and oil. Usually thicker than oils, greases are good for large-thread bolts and bearings, such as hubs and headsets. They are also useful for the connections between the pedals and the crank arms. Meanwhile, oil-based lubricants are best suited for the gear and brake assemblies and other parts that move frequently, such as the chain. Use bike oil for thin-thread bolts.

Though maintaining all components of a bicycle are important, keeping the chain regularly lubed is especially vital. In addition to lubing while it is attached, you should occasionally remove the chain from the bike and soak it in a solvent, being sure to re-oil it after you have finished. Regular spot-lubing can reduce the need for a solvent bath.

Braking and gear-changing components need equal attention. Brakes and levers require a few drops of oil. In wet conditions, oil brake and derailleur cables regularly, paying particular attention to the pivot points of the assemblies.

Consult with a bicycle dealer for details on which grade lubricant to apply. In rainy climates, more durable lubricants should be used more frequently. Drier weather calls for lighter weight oils that attract less dirt.

Exercises You Can Do to Pitch Faster

A longtime head and neck surgeon, Dr. William B. Clark owns ENT Associates of Northwest Florida. Outside of his professional pursuits, Dr. William B. Clark maintains a passion for baseball after having played as a pitcher throughout high school and college.

Pitchers require a variety of skills to achieve fast throwing speeds. You may spend hours practicing your technique, but you also need to build full-body strength to increase the velocity of your throws. The following exercises can help you develop the power you need to become a successful pitcher.

Deadlifts. Deadlifts build lower body strength and train your body in ground force application, providing a strong base for any pitch. In addition, deadlifts help cultivate a firm grip, which will help you throw harder during games.

Long toss. Practicing long tosses will help loosen and build your shoulder muscles. During training sessions of between 15 and 20 minutes, practice tossing the ball over varying distances to build the speed of your pitches.

Pressing moves. You need to build the muscles in your triceps, chest, and shoulders to throw consistently fast pitches. Most pitchers prefer alternative pressing methods to the bench press, which can cause impingement in the shoulder. You should use neutral grip presses and practice push-ups to build strength instead.

Florida’s Special Olympics Chapter Sends Two Athletes to Capitol Hill

A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Dr. William B. Clark owns ENT Associates of Northwest Florida. Dedicated to helping others, Dr. William B. Clark supports the Special Olympics.

Established almost 50 years ago, the Special Olympics held its first event in 1968 in Chicago. The organization’s mission is to offer year-round sports training to children and adults who have intellectual disabilities. Not only does it provide participants with physical fitness, but it also offers friendship opportunities for athletes and their families. In 2014, the organization announced the event has reached 4.4 million athletes at more than 80,000 annual events and competitions.

On March 18, 2015, the Special Olympics’ 12th annual Capitol Hill Day had leaders, Special Olympics athletes, and family members from 39 states gather in Washington, D.C. Two athletes from Florida, David Mallis and Stacy Barnes, met with 12 of Florida’s congressional leaders to advocate for the Special Olympics. They discussed improving school environments so that children with disabilities would not be bullied.