To all my loyal readers – I’d like to apologize in advance. I, the Common Constitutionalist, sustained a sports-related injury yesterday.Turns out I’m not invincible after all. Who knew? I’ll tell you who knew. Everyone but me.

I won’t detail it, but it’s a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament or PCL. It’s the largest of four knee ligaments, and the least known. Anyone who follows sports, especially football, knows the other three – the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), the medial collateral ligament (MCL) and lateral collateral ligament (LCL). read more

Leftist Politics Clash with the Fitness of the Children

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Liberals are supposed to be all about the children and children’s health. We’re constantly bombarded with ads telling us to get the kids out of the house and get some exercise – run around.

The NFL sponsors a Play60 program, where they encourage children of all ages to get out play football and other physical activities. They even have a program called Fuel Up to Play 60, where they partner with schools.

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“Physical activity is vital for a child’s development and lays the foundation for a healthy and active life. … helping to achieve and maintain a healthy weight… building strong bones and muscles… improving cardiovascular fitness. Children and adolescents should have 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity daily. Aerobic: Most of the 60 or more minutes a day should be either moderate- or vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity and should include vigorous-intensity physical activity at least 3 days a week.”

School districts across the country understand the importance of physical fitness, for the betterment of the children.

That is until their leftist politics clash with the interests of “the children.” read more

A Self-Motivated Man Achieves his Goal of Joining the Army

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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What would you do to achieve a goal? Many have gone to extraordinary lengths to get where they want to go. But for a dream to become realty, motivation is the key. And not just motivation, but self-motivation.

Most understand that being motivated by others in easier by far. This is the reason many do not achieve their goals. Self-motivation is hard. There is no one standing behind you telling you to push through the pain, get up at the crack of dawn, or work another hour or two. It’s all on you.

But if somebody wants something bad enough, very little can stand in they way of that end. A shining example of this is one William Guinn, Jr. of Abilene, Texas. No – his dream wasn’t to cure cancer or become rich and famous. His dream was simply to join the Army.

You might ask – how difficult can that be? People join the military all the time. It can’t be that hard. It’s not, unless you weigh almost 460 lbs., as did Mr. Guinn. read more

3D Printed Running Shoes

The 3D Runner will be available to the public in a limited run, at least to...
The 3D Runner will be available to the public in a limited run, at least to begin(Credit: Adidas)

3D printing is breaking down all kinds of barriers when it comes to made-to-fit products, ushering in everything from titanium heel replacements to self-built bridges. Adidas has been exploring these possibilities when it comes to footwear for a little while, leading to the launch of its first 3D-printed trainer for the public, the 3D Runner. read more

Navy EOD Officer Took Gold at Paralympics

He is a Navy special operations officer who was blinded serving his country – and who has now won the USA two Paralympic gold swimming medals in Rio.

Little wonder then that Bradley Snyder is to have his extraordinary life made into a Hollywood movie, with Inception star Joseph Gordon-Levitt being lined up to portray the bomb disposal officer as he sustains, and overcomes, his wounds.

But the 32-year-old star of Team USA told he did not want people to think he was a hero – or a victim.

His extraordinary journey has seen Snyder serve alongside Navy SEALs in Iraq and Afghanistan after deciding to serve when as a high school student he watched on television as the twin towers fell. read more

Records are Made to be Broken – Or Not

Practice makes perfect.

For most of us, that saying holds some weight – the more you practice something, the better you will get at it.

But new research shows it is not that simple for professional athletes.

Some experts believe we are reaching the limit of what training and practice can achieve, and that soon record-breaking athletes will be a thing of the past.

Some experts believe we are reaching the limit of what training and practice can achieve, and that soon record-breaking athletes will be a thing of the past. Jamaica's Usain Bolt (pictured) has held the 100m and 200m world records for seven years

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Bike Assist Drive Wheel

The Rubbee 2.0 has a longer range and is

The Rubbee 2.0 has a longer range and is “smarter” than the original model

While there are plenty of add-on electric bicycle motors out there, the Rubbee takes a particularly interesting approach. The product of a successful Kickstarter campaign, it incorporates a powered polyurethane roller that rubs against the bike’s rear tire (hence the name), helping to augment the rider’s pedaling power by driving the wheel forward. read more