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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 donors.

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 Bird Sale.

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