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Sleep’s Heavy Impact on our Health

We all know sleep is important. It improves our memory, helps us focus and ultimately, improves our probability of living longer. But despite the health benefits, Americans continue to struggle with not getting enough shut-eye each night. During Sleep Awareness Month, we want to encourage you to pay more attention to how much sleep you’re getting and if it’s not enough, to do better. While we know a full night’s sleep improves our cognitive processes and helps lower emotional stress, it also impacts our physical health. While you’re sleeping, your body continues to work. It’s properly distributing insulin, synthesizing protein…  Read More

2018 Midwest Regional Goalball Tournament Recap

The 34th annual USABA Midwest Regional Goalball Tournament hosted 28 teams this weekend in Warren, Michigan. As one of the largest goalball tournaments in North America, it’s a staple in the USABA Regionals line up each year. Split into three divisions – Men’s, Women’s and Men’s Elite – the teams took the courts starting Friday afternoon. Round Robin play continued Saturday and concluded with finals on Sunday morning. Men’s Division Columbus Chill, GLASA Riptide, NIU Huskies and NJ Thunder emerged to compete in the Men’s semi-finals. GLASA Riptide met Columbus Chill in the bronze medal game and earned the final…  Read More

New Look for USABA Logo

The U.S. Association of Blind Athletes brand has come to mean many things to many people. For the mother searching for sports opportunities for her child who is blind, USABA is empowering. For the person who sees a runner and their guide while running a marathon, USABA is inspiring. For the young athlete who discovered goalball at a sports education camp, trained to be the best in the world and is one day asked to represent Team USA on the biggest international stage for athletes who are blind and visually impaired, to that Paralympic medalist, USABA is life-changing. While a…  Read More

Preparing for PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games

More than 500 athletes from around the world are preparing to travel to South Korea to compete on the largest international stage for athletes with disabilities – the Paralympic Winter Games. There will be plenty of excitement with athletes competing in four snow sport disciplines and two ice sport disciplines. To get an idea of what you can expect from athletes with visual impairments, we put together this quick guide. Currently, athletes with visual impairments can compete in three sports at the Paralympic Winter Games – alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and biathlon. Alpine Alpine Skiing has five disciplines in the…  Read More

Stepping into 2018 with Better Health

More than 340 Americans who are blind and visually impaired took 513 million steps to improve their physical fitness as part of the 2017 USABA-Anthem National Fitness Challenge. Across eight states, participants at 13 partner agencies engaged in sports and fitness programming in their local communities and used Fitbit technology to set goals and track their progress. Their efforts over the nine-month program resulted in weight loss, healthier habits, beating illness and a sense of community. Established in 2011, the National Fitness Challenge has impacted the lives of more than 3,000 people who are blind and visually impaired across the…  Read More

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