SIWO Global News 27th September 2018 #163

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“Military Mindset” Helped Injured Ex-Soldier Become Invictus Games Weightlifter.

Invictus Games was founded by Prince Harry and many injured soldiers from around the world now participate.  The 29-year-old ex-soldier called David Atkin lives in daily pain and will still compete in powerlifting, indoor rowing, discus,  and the 100m and 200m at the games for “wounded warriors”.  At 20, he was a section machine -gunner in a RAF Regiment with the rank of Senior Aircraftman. The vehicle he was riding in hit a trench, throwing him in the air and he landed slamming his back on the metal platform.  The following bouncing action crushed his back giving me an excruciating pain.

After treatment  and rehabilitation he was a back brace for nine months.  As his spine got worse he had more surgery.  The cocktail of analgesia he had was unbelievable. Mr Atkins praised the help he  received from Help the Heroes charity, which is supporting the Games.  The charity provided rehab facilities at Headley Court, Epsom, gave him occupational therapy and bought a special orthopaedic sofa.

He had counselling to help him with the post traumatic syndrome, has been medically discharged from the army.  Determined to stop taking all the painkillers, he trained to be fit and lost 15kg, keeping away from takeaways too.  He is now a centre manager for a military preparation college where youngsters of 16 to 23 are trained for the military career they want.  Weightlifting is something he did as a young one and when he watched the participants of the Invictus Games he wanted to be involved.  It has helped him to focus.  He says the competition thrives on the immense public support.

A Capital City Near You Could Be Saving The Planet

In Changing Cities by Rohan Silva writes about how his baby is obsessed with trees.  Scientists like Professor Edward Wilson has been writing how humans have innately emotional affiliation towards the natural world.  This is now known as the “biophillia hypothesis”. A review by American psychologist Roger Ulrich of  hospital records have shown patients responding well after surgery when their bedside windows are looking out onto trees rather than brickwork.

Cities such as Tokyo and Paris are taking steps to reduced environmental impact, they are making the cities greener.  It appears that cities can make these changes easier and quicker than government’s.  In Singapore the government is investing £100 million each year to plant trees and create new green spaces.


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