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UNITED FOOTBALL FEDERATION
FEBRUARY 15TH 2014 ISSUE II
FIRST GAME OF THE SEASON IRONBACKS - PHANTOMS KICK OFF THE FIRST GAME OF THE SEASON GAME OF THE WEEK: STINGRAYS-VETERANS photo by Alice Mary Herden
UFF COMMISSIONER’S LETTER From: The Desk of the United Football Federation Commissioner’s Office. Good Day & Welcome to everyone that committed to the U.F.F. League! To our Team Owners, Players, and the U.F.F. Board Members of this League’s family, I’m proud to take title of my position. As for those who don’t know me as yet, I’m your U.F.F. Commissioner, Wayne Gile. I’m one of the original Co-Founders of the United Football Federation of America. And the former Owner & Head Coach of The Florida Veterans Football Organization. In 2011, the first year of the U.F.F., “The Florida Veterans” were the Undefeated, “Florida” State Champions. 12/0. I know that everyone in our League is excited about another year of Minor League Football in the U.F.F. The 2014 Season is already upon us with anticipation & excitement for your February 8th Game Opener.
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the playoffs will be “Better Than Ever”. We have outdone ourselves each and
UFF COMMISSIONER EX. DIRECTOR OF LEAGUE OPERATIONS DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL OPERATIONS LEAGUE PHOTOGRAPHER DIRECTOR OF EVENTS DIRECTOR OF TEAM DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR OF OFFICIALS
WAYNE GILE ANDY VILLAMARZO CHRIS MORANT ALICE MARY HERDEN CHANEL HUNTER MARK MARRAZO BOB GRECO
every year and will continue to do so with every season, if we all grow together.
DIRECTOR OF GRIEVANCES
As your Commissioner of the U.F.F., I look forward to working for everyone and enforcing our League rules for the 2014 Season. First of all, I would like to thank all of the “UFF Board Members”, for their dedication and valuable time donated to our League’s success over the years. There are big expectations scheduled for this 2014 Season of Events. For one,
This has been mainly due to all the endless personal working hours of the Board Members and their efforts to bring the best that the U.F.F. can offer to all the
teams. Our up-and-coming events that the Board Members are working on for this
season are underway already! Note: Please continue to check your emails for League information as updates are posted regularly. The new Teams that have come to the U.F.F. from other Leagues this year will
bring some good competition for Florida to offer in Minor League Football. NOTE: Please, Team Owners! Keep in mind.... The U.F.F. Board Members, can only work as hard for all the teams and your players enjoyment... ONLY; if your program stays in compliance with the League’s By-Laws that “ I” as your
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Commissioner will enforce to keep the integrity of the U.F.F. intact. This will be the best investment you can make for your Teams enjoyment while competing with the best competition in the U.F.F. and continue to be the respectful organizations in this League . You will receive the Biggest Bang for you Buck in the U.F.F. I look forward to meeting & seeing many of the teams compete as “Professional Sportsmen” while following ALL the leagues By-Laws throughout this season. I’d like to wish everyone that’s part of this Great Family who have joined the finest and fastest growing league in the Tri-State Area, A wish everyone a wonderful, Safe, and exciting 2014 season!
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Unite d Fo otb a l l Fe derat ion 2014 UFF Season Schedule
Week 1-Feb. 8th
North North Florida Stampede at Glynn County Revolution 7 Duval Crush at Duval Panthers 5 *Winter Gardens at Jacksonville Spartans 7 Tallahassee Wolves at Tallahassee Knights 6 Gainesville Gators at Brooksville Ballers 3 Orlando Phantoms at I-4 Ironbacks 1 Treasure Coast Bengals at Osceola Ravens 2 South Pasco County Hitmen at West Coast Soldiers 2 Tampa Bay Knights at Bay Area Pirates 5 Florida Stingrays at Florida Veterans 6 South Florida Saints at Suncoast Vipers 6 Power of Prayer Crusaders at South Florida Xtreme 6 Broward County Barracudas at Miami Sharks 7 Hollywood Browns at South Florida Chargers 6 Bye: Tampa Bay Patriots
Week 2-Feb. 15th
North Glynn County Revolution at Duval Panthers 5 Tallahassee Wolves at North Florida Stampede 2:12 Jacksonville Beach Spartans at Duval Crush 5 Gainesville Gators at Tallahassee Knights 6 **Springstead High at Brooksville Ballers 7 I-4 Ironbacks at Osceola Ravens 2 Winter Garden Renegades at Treasure Coast Bengals 7 Bye: Orlando Phantoms South West Coast Soldiers at Bay Area Pirates 5 Tampa Bay Patriots at Tampa Bay Knights 7 Suncoast Vipers at Florida Veterans 6 Florida Stingrays at Broward County Barracudas 7 Power of Prayer Crusaders at South Florida Saints 7 Miami Sharks at South Florida Chargers 6 South Florida Xtreme at Hollywood Browns 6 Bye: Pasco County Hitmen
Week 3-Feb. 22nd
North Jacksonville Beach Spartans at Glynn County Revolution 7 Duval Panthers at North Florida Stampede 2:12 Hollywood Browns at Duval Crush 7 **XX at Tallahassee Knights 7 Tallahassee Wolves at Gainesville Gators 7 Winter Garden Renegades at I-4 Ironbacks 1 Osceola Ravens at Orlando Phantoms 6 Bye: Treasure Coast Bengals, Brooksville Ballers South Bay Area Pirates at Pasco County Hitmen 5 Tampa Bay Patriots at West Coast Soldiers 2 Power of Prayer Crusaders at Florida Veterans 6 Suncoast Vipers at Florida Stingrays 7 South Florida Xtreme at Miami Sharks 7 South Florida Chargers at Broward County Barracudas 7 Bye: Tampa Bay Knights, South Florida Saints*
Week 4-March 1st
North Glynn County Revolution at Duval Crush 5 North Florida Stampede at Jacksonville Beach Spartans 7 Gainesville Gators at Duval Panthers 5 Tallahassee Knights at Brooksville Ballers 3 *Tallahassee Wolves at Springstead High Alumni 7 Orlando Phantoms at Winter Garden Renegades 3/5 I-4 Ironbacks at Treasure Coast Bengals 7 Bye: Osceola Ravens South West Coast Soldiers at Tampa Bay Knights 6 Pasco County Hitmen at Tampa Bay Patriots 6 Florida Veterans at South Florida Saints 7 Florida Stingrays at Power of Prayer Crusaders 7 Suncoast Vipers at South Florida Chargers 6 Miami Sharks at Hollywood Browns 6 Broward County Barracudas at South Florida Xtreme 6 Bye: Bay Area Pirates
Week 5-March 8th
Week 9-April 5th
South Tampa Bay Knights at Pasco County Hitmen 5 Bay Area Pirates at Tampa Bay Patriots 7 Florida Veterans at Miami Sharks 7 South Florida Saints at Florida Stingrays 7 Power of Prayer Crusaders at Suncoast Vipers 6 Hollywood Browns at Broward County Barracudas 7 South Florida Chargers at South Florida Xtreme 6 Bye: West Coast Soldiers
South West Coast Soldiers at Tampa Bay Patriots 6 Pasco County Hitmen at Bay Area Pirates 5 Brooksville Ballers at Tampa Bay Knights 7 Florida Stingrays at Suncoast Vipers 6 Florida Veterans at Power of Prayer Crusaders 7 Miami Sharks at South Florida Xtreme 6 Broward County Barracudas at South Florida Chargers 6 South Florida Saints at Hollywood Browns 2
Week 6-March 15th
Week 10-April 12th
South West Coast Soldiers at South Florida Saints 7 Pasco County Hitmen at Power of Prayer Crusaders 7 Bay Area Pirates at Suncoast Vipers 6 Tampa Bay Patriots at Florida Stingrays 7 Tampa Bay Knights at Florida Veterans 6 Miami Sharks at Broward County Barracudas 7 South Florida Chargers at Hollywood Browns 6 Bye: South Florida Xtreme
South Tampa Bay Knights at West Coast Soldiers 2 Tampa Bay Patriots at Pasco County Hitmen 5 South Florida Chargers at Bay Area Pirates 5 Power of Prayer Crusaders at Florida Stingrays 7 South Florida Xtreme at Broward County Barracudas 7 South Florida Saints at Florida Veterans 6 Bye: Suncoast Vipers, Hollywood Browns, Miami Sharks
North Tallahassee Knights at Glynn County Revolution 7 Duval Crush at North Florida Stampede 2:12 Duval Panthers at Jacksonville Beach Spartans 7 Brooksville Ballers at Tallahassee Wolves 5 *Georgia Firebirds at Gainesville Gators 7 Treasure Coast Bengals at Orlando Phantoms 6 Osceola Ravens at Winter Garden Renegades 3/5 Bye: I-4 Ironbacks
North Glynn County Revolution at North Florida Stampede 2:12 Duval Panthers at Duval Crush 1 I-4 Ironbacks at Tallahassee Knights 6 Orlando Phantoms at Tallahassee Wolves 5 Osceola Ravens at Gainesville Gators 7 Treasure Coast Bengals at Brooksville Ballers 3 Bye: Jacksonville Beach Spartans, Winter Garden Renegades
Week 7-March 22nd
North Duval Panthers at Glynn County Revolution 7 Jacksonville Beach Spartans at Winter Garden Renegades 3/5 Tallahassee Knights at Tallahassee Wolves 5 Brooksville Ballers at Gainesville Gators 7 I-4 Ironbacks at Orlando Phantoms 6 Osceola Ravens at Treasure Coast Bengals 7 Bye: North Florida Stampede, Gulf Coast Pitbulls, Duval Crush South West Coast Soldiers at Pasco County Hitmen 5 Bay Area Pirates at Tampa Bay Knights 7 South Florida Xtreme at Tampa Bay Patriots 6 Florida Veterans at Florida Stingrays 7 Suncoast Vipers at South Florida Saints 7 South Florida Chargers at Miami Sharks 7 Bye: POP Crusaders, Broward County Barracudas, Hollywood Browns
Week 8-March 29th
North Duval Crush at Jacksonville Beach Spartans 7 North Florida Stampede at Orlando Phantoms 6 Tallahassee Knights at Gainesville Gators 7 Treasure Coast Bengals at Winter Garden Renegades 3/5 Osceola Ravens at I-4 Ironbacks 1 *Brooksville Ballers at xx Bye: Glynn County Revolution, Duval Panthers, Tallahassee Wolves South Bay Area Pirates at West Coast Soldiers 2 Broward County Barracudas at Pasco County Hitmen 5 Tampa Bay Knights at Tampa Bay Patriots 6 Florida Veterans at Suncoast Vipers 7 South Florida Saints at Power of Prayer Crusaders 7 Hollywood Browns at South Florida Xtreme 6 Bye: Florida Stingrays, Miami Sharks, South Florida Chargers
North Glynn County Revolution at Jacksonville Beach Spartans 7 North Florida Stampede at Duval Panthers 5 Duval Crush at Treasure Coast Bengals 7 ** Jacksonville Wildcats @ Tallahassee Knights 6 Gainesville Gators at Tallahassee Wolves 5 I-4 Ironbacks at Winter Garden Renegades 3/5 Orlando Phantoms at Osceola Ravens 2 Bye:
North Duval Crush at Glynn County Revolution 7 Jacksonville Beach Spartans at North Florida Stampede 2:12 Duval Panthers at Osceola Ravens 2 *Florida Falcons at Tallahassee Wolves 5 ## Brooksville Ballers at Tallahassee Knights 6 Treasure Coast Bengals at I-4 Ironbacks 1 Winter Garden Renegades at Orlando Phantoms 6 Bye: Gainesville Gators
Week 11-EASTER BYE WEEK (April 19th-20th) Hollywood Browns at Miami Sharks 7 (April19th)
Week 12- April 26th
North Glynn County Revolution at I-4 Ironbacks 1 North Florida Stampede at Duval Crush 5 Jacksonville Beach Spartans at Duval Panthers 5 Tallahassee Wolves at Brooksville Ballers 3 ** Jacksonville Wildcats @ Gainesville Gators 7 Orlando Phantoms at Treasure Coast Bengals 7 Winter Garden Renegades at Osceola Ravens 2 Bye: Tallahassee Knights South Miami Sharks at West Coast Soldiers 2 Pasco County Hitmen at Tampa Bay Knights 7 Tampa Bay Patriots at Bay Area Pirates 5 Florida Stingrays at South Florida Saints 7 Suncoast Vipers at Power of Prayer Crusaders 7 Broward County Barracudas at Hollywood Browns 6 South Florida Xtreme at South Florida Chargers 6 Bye: Florida Veterans
POSTSEASON SCHEDULE WILD-CARD ROUND - May 3rd, 2014 DIVISIONAL ROUND - May 10th, 2014 CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS -May17th, 2014 UNITED CUP IV at Lake Brantley High School - May 31st, 2014
Game of the Week The game of the week for 2/08; Florida Stingrays host the Florida Veterans.
Highly ranked teams from the years in the UFF, and highly recognized for the ability to achieve a great playoff for the 2014 season what a match up, however, everything changes. Owner and Coach for the Florida Stingrays Chris Morant realizes this is just a first win for the Stingrays, there are still areas of improvement that need to be sorted out from his team. When viewing your very first game, you see how your players adapt. Can they focus, how they move and coordinate. This is imperative to follow through with notes both mentally and visually. Coach Morant noted those errors and got very detailed on how to fix what he feels his team needs so they can bring forth those fixes into the next game. Morant said the Veterans had great discipline and they had guys that can play the game. However put together the Veterans were, they fell by errors on the field both offensively and defensively and the Stingrays came with a calm win of 16-0.
“It was a great football game.” Morant said. Knowing that the Veterans obtained a former NFL player, Anthony Hargrove, the Stingrays morale boosted up and brought their “A” game to the field, which may have put a lot of pressure on Hargrove and his teammates. The feeling of expectation and the NFL label may bring more viewers and attention to the Veterans, however, the pressure to preform may be overwhelming at first. Brian “Bear” Spears took over ownership of the Florida Veterans from our now UFF Commissioner, Wayne Gile, and having that impression of perfection may still hinder the mind of Spears to perform at the highest level. The relationship with Spears and Gile are close and there is always a great communication between them and the cause for the team is even stronger. Giles dedicate this team in helping Veterans around their area, which was maintain during his ownership and passed on to Spears. When the game was hours before kickoff and this being Spears first official game as a new owner, everything and anything went through this guy’s mind.
“I was super excited; I have never been more pumped for a game before in my life.” Spears said. With not having any preseason games behind them, Spears knew that hurt them. When you do not play those preseason scrimmage games against a competitor may damage a visual training aspect for your players, individually and as a team. This is a huge factor on how you see your players adjust and adapt to plays, size, and flexibility.
“They beat us on specialty.” Spears says. The defensive played a hell of a game, Spears added as he explained some known errors that happened on the field during the game. Overall Spears stated that they took a positive out of a negative and fought through the first hurdle, which was getting in-depth with his players. They went back to practice and addressed those much-needed issues.
“I can’t wait to play them again.” Spears ended. Stingrays and Veterans next match up is scheduled for March 22nd hosted by the Florida Stingrays. Alice Mary Herden
Stingrays open their season by shutting out the Veterans “16-0” ******************* The Florida Stingrays “Bruise Brothers” record setting defense picked up right where they left off last season when the team earned a “12-3” record on rout to the Championship game by shutting out the high-powered Veterans Offense “16-0”. Stingrays kicker Ray Hernandez scored the first points of the season by connecting on a thirty yard field goal on the Stingrays first drive. The Veterans tried to even the score early in the second quarter but had their punt kickoff blocked by corner Taj Denson. The Veterans had two possessions deep into the Stingrays territory during the second half but failed to convert on two fourth down plays which ended their drives. “We may bend … but we don’t break” commented Defensive Captain and Middle Linebacker Troy Green … “both safety CJ Odom and defensive tackle Cory Hickson Sr made the big plays when we needed to stop the Veterans in critical situations.” The Stingrays tacked on the backbreaking touchdown with five minutes left in the game when last year’s League MVP, Quarterback Lonnie Young, scrambled forty five yards for a TD … the extra point attempt was muffed … resulting in the final “16-0’ Win. “I am proud of the way all of our players battled tonight” .. said a beaming Head Coach Chris Morant “The Veterans are one of the best teams in our league … given the fact that we beat them during the last three games we have met … it shows that there has been a changing of the guard.” The Stingrays are on the road again against the Broward County Barracudas on February 15th before returning home for their first home game of the season against the Suncoast Vipers on February 22nd. For more information about the team schedule, rosters and game tickets, please log onto http://floridastingrays.wix.com/floridastingrays Let’s play ball! Joe Skladany Educator
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1pm it began
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First Game of the Season Ironbacks host the Phantoms
February 8th at 1pm on one of the most anticipated day for the United Football Federation for 2014, the first kick off of the season was started by the I-4 Ironbacks and the Orlando Phantoms. Weather was not a fitting environment to start this season off. Rain was a major issue for the Phantoms that could of taken the Ironbacks further back then just a 15-6 win. Fumbles near the end-zone, as well grasping control of the ball. Looking at Ironbacks from a previous game with the Duval Vipers, their (Ironbacks) had a tight defensive line, as it showed at this game as well. Ironbacks offensive might need a little direction, however I would not tune the Ironbacks out as of yet. There is still plenty of time left in the season. As far as the Phantoms, they are a strong team both defensively and offensively the question is will they stay that way when they face off again. I-4 Ironbacks faced the Orlando Phantoms for a hard reality. Knowing that there are tension between the teams, but it’s a good type of tension. Pure sportsmanship endures more opposite confrontations and stronger unity than those that have a spot of bad blood between them. Does it fuel the fire or make sideline talk more distracting? Naw.. this is football!
“Ready to get started.” Mark Lucas said. Lucas, General Manager and Defensive Coach for the I-4 Ironbacks in Deltona, Florida, having years of coaching within the adult amateur football environment, each starting game gets more intense every year. New players, new talent on the Ironback roster and especially this year with new teams building a bigger league, who wouldn’t get intense. The season started and the weather was not a favored factor for both of the teams. If you really want to blame the rain for those fumbles, well that excuse may be, just maybe acceptable in this case. However, that rain unfavored the Phantoms ego of winning over a higher lead. As Coach Torres commented “They are lucky it rained, it could of been worse”. Both teams had their share of errors, and Lucas stating that the only preseason game they had was against the Duval Vipers back in December of 2013, which may have cost him. The game with the Phantoms was the first game Lucas had seen all his players together and lacking the four to five preseason games Lucas likes to have before the season starts lead to many upsets on the field.
“Now I know where to go with it and who plays better together and so forth.” Lucas explains The anticipation built up from the first practice as Lucas waited for this day. It came, it rain, and it went. The Ironbacks lost to the Phantoms in an unsettling 6-15 loss. However, I would not rule this team out just yet. They are still early in the season and a prediction of being in the bottom ten in the UFF Rankings, might drive them to push harder.
“I am really young this year.” Lucas said. Having those younger (18-20) is a huge benefit for his team and any team. They can be quicker and more versatile in advance plays. We took note of that during the game with the Florida Stingrays and Ave Maria University. Those guys were quick and before the defensive line got together, the Ave Maria players were already snapping the ball. What the best part of this for Lucas and being coaches for their High School, gives them the opportunity to sign new players. Especially if those students that have not been chosen for scholarships or heading out to another career path, choosing to stay close to football maybe a better outlet. The students do help during the Ironback games and uses those much needed volunteer
For next year on the Ironback front door is the opportunity to gain more support from the High School where Lucas and the other Ironback coaches are employed. This has so many avenues of education that can come into play here. From students learning about coaching, sports journalism to sports medicine. That is going to be great start for the Ironbacks 2015 season. The next match up between the Ironbacks and Phantoms- March 22nd on the Phantoms turf. Alice Mary Herden
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hours for school credit. It is a win win!
The League: The season started off with some amazing tight games and some really shockers and two come to mind: Game of the Week: Florida Stingrays (18) over the Florida Veterans (0) and the Brooksville Ballers (11) against the Gainesville Gators (12) The power winners: The West Coast Soldiers (35) power win over the Pasco County Hitmen (6) and the Power of Prayer Crusaders (36) and the South Florida Xtreme (8). Over all the season started off to a great start, amazing games and so much built up emotion and adrenaline I feel most of these guys are so relieved that this first game is over with and now that the new teams broke ground, they are ready to bring more strength, determination and passion from this point on. That is why this is Floridaâ€™s Best Adult Amateur Football league to date! Alice Mary Herden UFF Scoreboard Team name-Team record-Points scored-Points allowed GULF COAST CONFERENCE NORTHWEST Tallahassee Knights 1-0 14 12 Gainesville Gators 1-0 12 11 Brooksville Ballers 0-1 11 12 Tallahassee Wolves 0-1 12 14 NORTH Glynn County Revolution 1-0 8 0 Duval Crush 1-0 10 6 Jacksonville Spartans 0-0 0 0 Duval Panthers 0-1 6 10 North Florida Stampede 0-1 0 8 CENTRAL Treasure Coast Bengals 1-0 28 14 Orlando Phantoms 1-0 15 6 Winter Garden Renegades 0-0 0 0 I-4 Ironbacks 0-1 6 15 Osceola Ravens 0-1 14 28 SOUTH FLORIDA CONFERENCE WEST West Coast Soldiers 1-0 35 6 Tampa Bay Knights 1-0 21 0 Tampa Bay Patriots 0-0 0 0 Bay Area Pirates 0-1 0 21 Pasco County Hitmen 0-1 6 35 SOUTHWEST Power of Prayer Crusaders 1-0 36 8 Florida Stingrays 1-0 16 0 South Florida Saints 1-0 14 12 Suncoast Vipers 0-1 12 14 Florida Veterans 0-1 0 18 SOUTH Hollywood Browns 1-0 11 7 Miami Fins 1-0 7 6 Broward County Barracudas 0-1 6 7 South Florida Chargers 0-1 7 11 South Florida Xtreme 0-1 8 36
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I-4 Ironbacks host the Orlando phantoms
UFF Mental Tips of the Week BY COACH JONES
Mental Pre-game Strategy: How to prepare for victory!
“PREP” P = Pick a quality. What can I do great? R= Release circumstances. No distractions E= Energize your body. Be ready to go. P= Pre- play your performance. Mental rehearse the game in your mind
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Reference Dosil, J. (2006). The sport psychologist’s handbook: A guide to sport-specific performance enhancement. West Sussex, England: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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TAPING/SPATTING Ankle Wrapping or Spatting You see some players tape their ankles, do ever wonder why?
With all the twisting, quick turns the players ankles endure, taping/spatting may help decrease the amount of sprains caused by the high intense pressure and stress the players put on their ankles.
Wrapping athletic tape around the heel and up towards the ankle provides a limited support for the player. It is not 100% effective in preventing injury; however, this does provide a more protected way for the player’s ankles when not taped at all.
h o r a c e c o p e l a n d . n e t •Ankle - Lateral (inversion) sprain The most common is an inversion sprain or lateral ligament sprain where the ankle turns over so the sole of the foot faces inwards, damaging the ligaments and other soft tissues on the outside of the ankle. (http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/)
•Ankle - Medial (eversion) sprain An eversion sprain is a tear of the deltoid ligaments, on the inside of the ankle. It is often called a medial ankle sprain or a deltoid ligament sprain. These ligaments provide support to prevent the ankle turning inwards or everting. (http:// www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/)
When a player is taping their ankle, it also may help to prevent further injury from a preexisting injury to their ankle.
Type of tapes used for taping ankles: * Zinc oxide tape * Elastic adhesive bandage * Cohesive bandage * Kinesiology tape
Each of these tapes has a specific purpose and a different application depending on the players need. Some are more durable than the other. Choose your tape that fits your needs and read all directions.
As always, if your feel your pain has not subsided, please seek a physician advice. We all want you safe and healthy.
Informational links: http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/sport-injuries/ankleachilles-shin-pain/sprained-ankle http://www.kttape.com/ Alice Mary Herden
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