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Mark Zupan is known for a lot of things: his Gold Medal for rugby in the 2008 Paralympics. The documentary Murderball that features his life and sport. His inspiration for a character in the television show Friday Night Lights. His MTV appearances on Jackass and Nitro Circus and more. 

But even without all those accolades and extreme experiences, his perspective on the life-altering accident that rendered him paralyzed would be remarkable. 

In the first two episodes in this series, we talk about strengthening our innate mind/body connection. But what if that natural ability is permanently severed? What then? 

In this conversation with Mark Zupan, we talk about everything from the terrible circumstances surrounding his 1993 accident during his freshman year of college, to the one thing that was more beneficial to his recovery than therapy. I've been friends with Mark for years now, and he never ceases to inspire me and challenge my beliefs about my own able body. 

Here's the documentary Murderball that we discuss:

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Murderball documentary

Here's the book GIMP that Mark wrote:

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Gimp by Mark Zupan

A few books that Mark recommends:

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho 

Why Do Buses Come in Threes? by Rob Eastaway and Jeremy Wyndham

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