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Dr. Josh Berkowitz, at right, plays Ultimate Frisbee on a team called "Ring of Fire." (And yes, that is a reference to the Johnny Cash song!)
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012
Written by Nathan Clendenin for UNC Health Care
Life for Josh Berkowitz, a third year resident in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, is constantly at full speed. If he's not with a patient at the hospital, in a clinic, or with his family being a husband and father - then you'll find him on the field competing in Ultimate Frisbee. The sport is as serious and competitive as you might find in any sport with long and intense practices, hours and hours of hard work put into personal training, and travel around the country or even overseas.
If you've never seen a game of Ultimate, then just imagine a cross between the intensity and constant play of a soccer game mixed with the end zones and passing of football. A goal is scored when a team completes a pass to a player standing in the end zone they are attacking. The players cannot run with the Frisbee and have 10 seconds to pass the Frisbee to another player. There aren't many rules to the game and in fact it's interesting to note that the game is refereed entirely by the players themselves, even at the competition level.
If you've never played a game of Ultimate, then grab a disc and some friends and get going. It's a fun game that is as challenging as you want it to be! Before that though, check out Berkowitz playing Ultimate with his team, Ring of Fire in this month's installment of real doctors, real people.