Author Ben Mezrich
A seasoned B2B communications and marketing professional, Jason Altzman has served as managing principal of the Aero Marketing Group since 2004. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, this organization promotes a range of specialty events and promotional initiatives in the automotive and motorsports arenas. When he isn’t working, Jason Altzman is an avid reader who particularly enjoys the works of bestselling author Ben Mezrich.
Over the course of his career, Ben Mezrich has written 15 books, including the wildly successful Bringing Down the House, the true story of six MIT students who won millions of dollars gambling on blackjack in Las Vegas. This book spent 63 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List and sold more than 2 million copies in 15 different languages.
Ben Mezrich is also the author of The Accidental Billionaires, a 2009 national bestseller that Oscar-winning writer Aaron Sorkin subsequently adapted into the critically acclaimed film The Social Network. Mr. Mezrich’s latest work is Once Upon a Time in Russia, a true story of “obscene wealth, crime, rivalry, and betrayal” that centers on a group of billionaire Russian oligarchs.
Preventing Snowboarding Injuries
Snowboarding is a physical activity that requires quick reflexes, balance, flexibility, and strength. As with other sports such as skiing, snowboarding may result in injuries more common to the sport. This means that unlike skiing – which largely affects the knees and the lower extremities and frequently results in injuries such as tears to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) – snowboarding affects the upper extremities. The most common snowboarding related injuries are injuries to the wrist, followed by broken collar bones, and then concussions.
How then, can a snowboarder prevent such injuries from occurring? Experts claim that the first step towards injury prevention is having the appropriate protective gear. Wrist and elbow guards are important in making sure that the forces involved in a fall do not seriously impact these joints of the upper body. In addition, other protective gear such as knee pads and tailbone pads can provide protection of other specific parts of the body likely to be injured during a fall.
For beginners and for those crossing over from skiing, it is recommended that they invest in lessons from a qualified instructor in order to learn proper snowboarding technique. This is a fundamental step towards injury prevention. Learning more about the anatomy and physiology of the parts of the body likely to be injured is also a great step towards preventing injuries.
A graduate of California State University, Northridge, Jason Altzman is a managing principal at Aero Marketing Group (AMG), a promotional agency that provides lifestyle experiences related to the automotive and motorsport arenas. During his free time, Jason Altzman enjoys reading books written by Ben Mezrich.
Ben Mezrich is a bestselling author who pioneered a new subgenre of nonfiction which involves the young geniuses who straddle business impossibilities and ethics in their journey towards becoming financially successful. In a career that spans nearly 20 years, Mezrich has written sixteen books with over 4 million copies sold worldwide.
However, before his career took off, Mezrich was just another struggling author who was using credit cards to pay his rent. His life changed when he happened to meet several MIT students one night at an Irish pub in Boston. These MIT students turned out to be members of the MIT blackjack team, and they had a sophisticated method of counting cards that enabled them to consistently beat the dealer in games of blackjack. Their story interested Mezrich, who thought that this true story was better than any fiction he could come up with.
Mezrich eventually published a book about these blackjack players called “Bringing Down the House,” which was later adapted into the 2008 film “21.” After the success of 21, Mezrich also had the opportunity to meet Eduardo Saverin, the Facebook co-founder. The story he later wrote about the beginnings of Facebook, published as “The Accidental Billionaires,” was later adapted into the film “The Social Network,” which was a critical and financial success.