Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, May 2, 2000
Wheelchair tennis comes to Odessa
The skill and agility of two of the world's best wheelchair tennis players
will be featured at Wheelchair Tennis Expo 2000 Saturday, May 6, at the
Odessa College Sports Center.
The free event will include a wheelchair tennis exhibition, interactive
clinic and hamburger/hot dog lunch. Registration will be from 9-10 a.m.
The exhibition and clinic will be from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. with lunch from noon
to 3 p.m.
Featured players are Wayne Leavett and Rick Cooper. Leavett is ranked
number seven in the U.S. and is a six time U.S. Open wheelchair tennis
doubles master champion. Cooper is ranked number 14 in the U.S. and is
a former Oakland A's pitcher.
Wheelchair Tennis Expo 2000 is open to the general public with a special
invitation to individuals in wheelchairs who might be interested in becoming
wheelchair tennis players. The first 50 wheelchair registrants will receive
a new tennis racket courtesy of Expo 2000 sponsors and Permian Basin area
Interested persons are urged to pre-register by calling Jimmy Rogers
at 580-0181 or 1-800-460-8118, ext. 348.
Glucosamine not really effective
While many athletes are turning to glucosamine to help maintain healthy
joints and cartilage, some sports medicine experts say its true effectiveness
is still unknown.
"There is some information in the veterinary literature about the effects
of glucosamine supplementation, but we still do not have any substantial
scientific studies in humans," said Dr. Lon Castle, a sports medicine specialist
at Baylor College of Medicine.
Glucosamine is a naturally occurring amino sugar involved in the formation
of nails, tendons, skin, eyes, bones, ligaments and heart valves. It is
commonly combined with sulfate and taken as a dietary supplement.
These supplements are reported to reduce pain and tenderness associated
with osteoarthritis, reduce swelling, improve range of motion and help
cartilage retain its "shock absorbing" property. In addition to supporting
healthy joints, these supplements are also thought to assist the body in
generating connective tissue.
"The bottom line is that we don't know a lot about glucosamine, but
it does not seem to be harmful," Castle added. "However, not every person
is going to get the results they hope for."
Book Sale planned
A Book Sale will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., Saturday, May 6.
Free Admission to the book sale that will be held at 5th
and Plum Streets.
Thousands of books will be for sale.
An Early Bird Sale will be held from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m., Friday
night, May 5th. There will be a $5 admission charge to the Early
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