Super Boat International
For more than two decades, Russell “Rusty” Rahm has led operations at Subscription Ink, Co., in the position of chief executive officer. Rusty Rahm additionally serves as owner of Wake Effects, LLC, a speedboat racing marketing organization. Mr. Rahm is an avid speedboat racing professional, having engaged in numerous events, including the Key West World Championship.
Super Boat International (SBI) has released its race schedule for the 2018 season. The schedule includes returns to four of the organization’s most popular and well-attended events. The season is set to begin on May 18 in Cocoa Beach, Florida, with the 9th Annual Space Coast Super Boat Grand Prix. SBI’s return to Mentor, Ohio, is still pending, though a race has been tentatively scheduled to take place between July 20 and 22.
The race season will resume in early August, with SBI competitors visiting Michigan City, Indiana, for the 10th Annual Super Boat Great Lakes Grand Prix, followed by Clearwater, Florida’s 10th Annual Clearwater Super Boat National Championship in late September. The SBI race season will once again conclude in Key West, Florida, at the 38th Annual Key West World Championship, to be held between November 4 and 11.
Total Disc Replacement
A world champion powerboat racer, Russell “Rusty” Rahm owns the No. 17 Wake Effects MTI powerboat, which he raced to an SBI World Championship title in 2016. In early 2017, Rusty Rahm reached out to Dr. Michael Janssen for relief from severe neck pain, which was beginning to interfere with his racing and overall physical well-being. Dr. Janssen, a highly respected spine and orthopedic surgeon, corrected Mr. Rahm’s condition through total disc replacement surgery.
Although total disc replacement (TDR) procedures have been used in Europe since the 1980s, surgeons in the United States have only had access to FDA-approved artificial discs for a little over a decade. Since then, TDR surgery has been offered as an alternative to spinal fusion, which isn’t always the best course of treatment for all patients requiring surgery.
TDR is used in patients with chronic disc-induced pain that has not responded to more conservative treatments such as medication, physical therapy, and/or spinal manipulation. To complete the procedure, a spine surgeon removes the degenerative disc and replaces it with an artificial disc that connects to the vertebrae above and below it, using two plates.
Unlike spinal fusion, which prevents the painful spinal segment from moving, artificial discs are designed to support normal spinal movement. This can prevent abnormal wear and tear on other parts of the spine while helping patients get back to regular activities as quickly as possible.