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June 15, 2013
Open Letter To The Tampa Rays Baseball Club:
I’m writing, particularly to Field Manager Joe Maddon about what he called in the post game interview last night the “epidemic” surrounding Rays’ pitchers.
As you will recall, the Rays dropped two games this week to only a “fair” American League ballclub, Kansas City Royals, whose record coming in to Tampa was almost the opposite of the Rays, 31-35. Now that we’ve lost two games we are about even with the Royals, but declining fast unless our pitchers can do something to elevate their game. Actually, maybe the whole team needs this advice, because in those two games Kansas City scored 17 runs to Tampa’s 3.
The following article was meant to help those warriors who have gone into battle and returned with a Post Traumatic Stress Disease. I ask: Is there so much pressure on the Rays pitcher to have them in a state of tension all the time, so that their performance would suffer?
You decide. But if I were the GM or field manager of any major league team I would take this stuff seriously.
Meditation is known to reduce stress. Two days ago I suggested that Jeremy Hellickson could elevate his game if he started meditating, dreaming of winning ballgames and doing positive affirmations all week before a game. I believe the Rays have excellent pitchers, maybe the best in MLB. Please do not misinterpret my desire to help the Rays. I want them to not only win the tough ALE division, but to go on and bring back a World Series championship. So consider this as serious advice. It’s common sense, really, so why not try it?
Research: For Post-Traumatic Stress Relief, Stretching And Meditation Work
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a condition that is increasingly being diagnosed by physicians throughout the Nation. With more cases of PTSD cropping up, more research of the condition is being conducted—and a recently published study indicates PTSD sufferers can benefit from alternative therapies.
More than 7 million adults are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in a typical year in the U.S. The mental health condition, triggered by a traumatic event, can cause flashbacks, anxiety and other symptoms.
“Mind-body exercise offers a low-cost approach that could be used as a complement to traditional psychotherapy or drug treatments,” said the study’s lead author, Sang H. Kim, PhD, of the National Institutes of Health. “These self-directed practices give PTSD patients control over their own treatment and have few side effects.”
The study found that PTSD patients’ high levels of corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH) and unusually low levels of cortisol – two hormones used to regulate the body’s response to stress— responded favorably in subjects who participated in mind-body exercises for an eight week-period.
After mind-body exercises, patient cortisol levels in the blood rose 67 percent and PTSD checklist scores decreased by 41 percent, indicating the individuals were displaying fewer PTSD symptoms. In comparison, patients who did not do mind-body exercises had a nearly 4 percent decline in checklist scores and a 17 percent increase in blood cortisol levels during the same period.
“Participants in the mind-body intervention reported that not only did the mind-body exercises reduce the impact of stress on their daily lives, but they also slept better, felt calmer and were motivated to resume hobbies and other enjoyable activities they had dropped,” Kim said. “This is a promising PTSD intervention worthy of further study to determine its long-term effects.”
Two other Don White articles, one each about mental rehab for pitcher Jeremy Hellickson, and one about making some mechanical adjustments for slumping Luke