Eye On Boise

FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2009, 11 A.M.

Story behind the green ball…

Gov. Butch Otter, shown here addressing the Idaho Press Club on Friday morning, has what appears to be a bright-green racquetball velcro-strapped onto the outside of his sling. Here's why: It's actually a squishy exercise ball that aids in his recovery from shoulder surgery. Otter said he squeezes the ball with his hand on the injured side about 500 times a day, as part of his therapy. Asked if he had any good news, Otter quickly responded,
Gov. Butch Otter, shown here addressing the Idaho Press Club on Friday morning, has what appears to be a bright-green racquetball velcro-strapped onto the outside of his sling. Here's why: It's actually a squishy exercise ball that aids in his recovery from shoulder surgery. Otter said he squeezes the ball with his hand on the injured side about 500 times a day, as part of his therapy. Asked if he had any good news, Otter quickly responded, "I get rid of this sling in a week." (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

If you've been wondering why Gov. Butch Otter appears to have a bright-green racquetball velcro-strapped onto the outside of his sling, here's why: It's actually a squishy exercise ball that aids in his recovery from shoulder surgery. Otter said he squeezes the ball with his hand on the injured side about 500 times a day, as part of his therapy. Asked, during his annual address to the Idaho Press Club, if he had any good news, Otter quickly responded, "I get rid of this sling in a week."




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