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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Team CMT Member Morgan Johnson

I joined Texas CMT member Morgan Johnson on August 1st for the Pioneer Sprint Triathlon in Denton Texas.  Morgan took 1st in her age group and 2nd overall. Our other Texas Team CMT member Joyce Kelly was present but sidelined by injury.

Morgan asked me to join the team because she coaches Team CMT member Joyce Kelly through Playtri.
Morgan is relatively new to the sport, with just 3 years of competition.  She is a national title holder and recently earned a spot on Team USA for 2011. She will be headed to China in September to compete.

Morgan started coaching 1 1/2 years ago and has lead the University of North Texas Womans Tri team to two USAT Collegiate National Championships.  Many of her athletes have earned a spont on Team USA.
Morgan likes to work with youth and developmental athletes. Her background in education helps her to relate well to these athletes. She is currently the first Playtri Lead Developmental Coach.

Morgan uses the lates research to train her athletes, also keeping in mind that each athlete is an indivisual with their own goals.   Morgan welcome to our team and good luck in Bejing this September!

Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have almost 100 members in 17 states. If you wish to join us visit our web site.

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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