Category Archives: Sports Highlights

Top Five Sports Myths

You might say that in the age of internet, how can it be possible for myths to still exist. Despite the widespread access to information through tech gadgets such as smartphones and computers, you would think that myths won’t have a standing chance. But they do! If you’re a sports fan or a sports person yourself, you will be surprised at the following five sports myths that a lot of people still believe.

1. Athletes are overpaid.

Sure, there are some athletes like Tiger Woods and Roger Federer that charge exorbitant yearly fees in the range of tens of millions but they’re outliers. The majority of people that have dedicated their professional lives to sports don’t earn a lot. As a matter of fact, a lot of athletes work a second job to be able to pay to be in sports.

2. College athletes are provided full scholarships.
This maybe true if you belong to the ninety-ninth percentile, you’re not guaranteed a full scholarship covering all four years of your tuition. Even those that get the so-called full scholarship, have to pay for their books, living and food costs as well as sports gear. Again, college athletes are forced to work besides putting long hours into training to be able to pay for these expenses.

3. Sports figures are either heroes or villains.
When sports figures are written about in the news media, they’re pigeonholed into extreme types, a hero or a villain. Oftentimes, what’s written about them lacks depth, chase sensationalism, and don’t provide the full picture. Moreover, sports figures have no privacy so that if an ordinary person makes a mistake in his life his life doesn’t get put on display but when a popular sports personality does the same thing suddenly he is disgraced. In other words, sports figures live their lives under a lot of scrutiny and celebrity gossip magazines love rumours of their notoriety.

4. Gatorade-like drinks are essential to hydration during sports.
Firstly, whatever happened to drinking good old water? No, your hydrations don’t have be colorful and they don’t need to have fancy nutrients in them. Just drink plenty of water and you’ll be good to go. Sports drinks that contain electrolytes may serve well for those training for longer than sixty minutes at a stretch and are worried about the essential mineral levels in their bodies. This doesn’t mean that you should completely give up water and switch to Gatorade-like drinks.

5. College sports are covered when they suffer injuries.
Contrary to popular belief, college athletes are not provided with health insurance or extended healthcare. If a college athlete sustains career-ending injury, he will have to rely on his personal medical insurance to cover costs. They would also have to find an alternative career path now that they’re physically unable to continue playing sports.

How to Plan a Sports Event Budget

“If you’ve been asked to help manage a tennis or golf tournament, 5K run or other sporting event, creating an accurate budget is critical to your success. Dividing your planning into smaller segments will help you plan your spending step by step. Consider all of the needs of participants, spectators, officials, sponsors and organizers in order to hit a home run with your event instead of striking out.

Meet with the event organizers to learn all of their goals for the event. Ask if the event has a set budget or if you need to operate based on revenues, such as registration fees, donations and sponsorships. Ask if the organization has a fundraising or profit goal. Some events, such as corporate golf tournaments, are considered an expense, especially if they are held in conjunction with a conference.

Contact your local municipality to learn the laws governing sporting events, such as how much insurance you’ll need to carry and if you’ll need permits, toilets, police or medical staff.”

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How to Protect Your Skin During Outdoor Sports

How to Protect Your Skin During Outdoor Sports

We are just as excited for summer as you are. You’re probably already planning some time off work and a quick getaway, not to mention the many outdoor sports you want to take up. While it’s important to wear safety gear to protect oneself from sports injuries, oftentimes we overlook how harmful exposure to sunrays can be to our skin. This post is dedicated to providing you with simple yet effective tips on how you can better protect your skin while you enjoy outdoor sports.

1. Get the right sunscreen.
If you’re going the extra mile to protect your skin from harmful rays, you might as well take the time to research the different types of rays as well as SPF (Sun Protection Factor) levels. Read this set of frequently asked questions from the American Academy of Dermatology to learn all about sunscreen and how it relates to skincare.

2. Don’t leave any exposed areas.
When you think of applying sunscreen, the face, arms and legs come to mind. Some areas often neglected are lips, ears, hands, feet and behind the knees. It’s a good idea to apply sunscreen in front of a mirror so you know what areas are not covered.

3. Reapplying is as important as the first application.
Don’t listen to brands claiming their sunscreen lasts 12 hours and is waterproof. That maybe true in a laboratory environment but in real life, the sunscreen is prone to wearing off due to sweat, exposure to water, etc. Reapplication of sunscreen every few is essential to skin protection.

4. Avoid long sunbathing sessions at all costs.
We know you love the sun glaze and the beautiful tan you get as a result, so do we! However, it’s important not to get carried away by the temptation of appearing a certain way. Upon weighing the pros and cons of sunbathing you will soon realize that it’s a very bad idea and has proved deadly to many people.

5. Remember the sun is key to optimal health.
That excessive exposure is harmful to health should not deter you from getting out, playing outdoor sports and getting enough sun. Sunlight is the basis of life on earth and our health can be detrimentally affected if we don’t get enough of it.

Exercise Advice for Overweight People

“Overweight people who are avoiding moving around aren’t lazy – they’re sensible.” So says Krista Scott-Dixon, a researcher and nutrition coach who lost 23kg (around 3st 8lb) over three years. “Being heavy changes your physical experience of the world,” says Scott-Dixon Unless you have experienced the physical discomfort of significant surplus weight, she says, then it can be difficult to comprehend the dangerous cycle of inertia that heavy people inhabit.

When weight is gained, it becomes harder to move. The harder it is to move, the harder it is to shift the excess weight. “You have all the mechanical stress of excess weight, but then you also have the metabolic problem.” The internal hormonal environment of someone who is obese (someone with a body mass index of 30-34.9) is different from that of a person with a healthy weight, says Scott-Dixon. “Fat is a metabolically active organ. It’s not just storage, it actually secretes hormones that affect your energy levels.” In short: “Even if you don’t really feel that much pain, you just feel like crap.”

For many of us, exercise simply isn’t part of our daily lives, and for people who are significantly overweight this can be compounded by the fact that conventional advice about exercise sometimes just isn’t possible to follow. Personal trainer Steve Barrett explains: “Exercise is stressful for the body – but for those who are severely overweight, their bodies are already stressed, their blood pressure is already raised, they are already fatigued, their joints already strained.”

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25 Sports to Get You Active this Summer

“Depending on where you live, the weather is finally getting warmer. Summer is pretty much already here. Here are some sports which can be enjoyed during the warmer weather, or just simply an excuse to go outside or do something active.

Whether you like something calming or intense, find your challenge and get active. Even if you don’t want to play a sport, you can still go outside and just go for walk. Here are 25 sports which are fun any season, but especially outside in the warmer months.

1. Swimming
A great way to get active in the water. Whether you swim competitively or just for fun, there is plenty of fun to be had in the pool.

2. Tennis
Tennis can be played in any season, if you have an indoor courts near you. However, it’s great to play outdoors, especially if you can find some friendly competition.

3. Street Hockey
Also known as ground hockey. If you’re a fan of hockey, find some friends and an empty or deserted street and start playing.”

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Yoga in Sport and Exercise Psychology

“The ancient practice of yoga is thousands of years old. It was first brought to India 3,500 years ago by nomads from central Asia practicing an intellectual discipline they referred to as ‘Yoga’. It was a way of using the mind to restrain the senses and control the body. The main tradition practiced in Western Europe is Hatha Yoga which is based on the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, which is a sort of manual of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. It describes how to train the body, so that it can be used as a means of enlightenment.

The Bhagavad Gita, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika all form the central concepts of yoga’s philosophy of life. Yoga techniques were summarised for the first time by Patanjali so as to bring a practical form of yoga to the people. 195 sutras were written in short, concise meaningful sentences. As in modern day psychology they are explanations of the nature of the mind, how it works and the obstacles, difficulties and emotional disturbances that can affect its functioning in terms of self-knowledge and reflective action. Patanjali recommended an ‘Eight-Limb Path’ as a way to change the mind positively. He believed that one of the minds fundamental characteristics was its inability and refusal to stay in the ‘here and now’. He described it as a monkey jumping from one branch of thought to another. As you will hear me describe in any of my classes, the mind is always wandering and being rebellious, never focussing on the moment, but instead getting distracted by past events, future plans and all the sensations it has to process in the meantime. As it is the mind’s job to think, it is relentlessly interpreting everything that is seen, perceived and experienced. It is led by thought patterns, habits, doctrines, perceptions and conditioning which have been learned and instilled over the lifetime of the person. These behaviours, thoughts, attitudes have been reinforced through repetition, regardless of whether they are good or bad, right or wrong.”

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Top 5 Reasons Baseball is the Most Romantic Sport

The tension and the stillness in the air when you don’t know if the baserunner will hit the bag before the ball comes in. The amazement and disbelief that gives way to wild excitement when a fielder makes a “circus catch.” The suspense that runs throughout a rubber game. The thrills of the game of baseball are evident, but what about the romance? Here are the top 5 reasons why baseball is also the most romantic sport.

Brad Pitt’s Billy Beane defies baseball conventions in Moneyball.

#5 Billy Beane said so in Moneyball.
Brad Pitt’s Billy Beane sums it up in Moneyball when he asks, “How can you not get romantic about baseball?”

Moneyball is about manager Billy Beane who has to assemble a baseball team on a meager budget. He puts together a team of characters who his critics call “flawed” but who eventually clinch the games by just going out there and giving in their best.

Billy Beane defies all conventions and makes winners out of people who everyone else had given up on. In doing so, he embodies romantic love’s true ideal—love follows no rule, but only demands that you show up, always.

#4 It embodies equality, and we want to believe that everybody can find true love.

Analyze the game and the players, and you can’t fail to notice the egalitarianism. Anyone can play baseball; all you need to do to play well is practice a lot. You can build up strength and speed and improve hand-and-eye coordination with lots of practice.

Take a look at some of the stars of the game: Jonathan Broxton and Prince Fielder look like they survive on a diet of burger, fries, and coke while Willie Keeler looked like just another skinny guy but is still regarded as one of the best bunters in the game.

We all like to think that true love is waiting out there for each one of us regardless of how we look or how much we earn.

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Technology in Sports

“The world of sport is continually changing over the years, and the use of technology is just one of those areas that has made an impact on many sports in the modern day. See the annual sports technology awards for the latest technology ideas in the world of sport.

One criticism of the use of technology is that it can slow down the speed of the game, but on the other hand for many people it makes watching it more enjoyable to see the correct decisions being made.

Assisting the Umpires / Referees
Most professional sports in the United States have long used instant replay and other high-tech aids to help referees make the right call. Gridiron has used video replay systems to check referees’ calls for many years. Basketball referees use replay systems to make sure players are shooting within the time allotted by the shot clock. In international cricket, the third umpire has been used, one sitting off the ground with access to TV replays of certain situations (such as disputed catches and boundaries) to advise the central umpires. The umpires out on the field are in communication via wireless technology with the other umpire. The third umpire is also asked to adjudicate on run out decisions, which he makes without consultation with the two central umpires. One sport that has resisted the use of high-tech assistance until very recently is soccer/football. Replays could be used to decide off-side decisions, whether a ball passes over the goal line, and clarify penalty decisions.”

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Children & Sports: Choices for all Ages

“Want to give your child a head start on lifelong fitness? Consider children’s sports and other kid-friendly physical activities.

With your encouragement and support, chances are a few sports will spark your child’s interest. Fan the flame by taking your child to local sporting events and sharing your own sports interests with your child.

Consider age-appropriate activities

Your child is likely to show natural preferences for certain sports or activities. Start there, keeping your child’s age, maturity and abilities in mind.

Ages 2 to 5

Toddlers and preschoolers are beginning to master many basic movements, but they’re too young for most organized sports. Toddlers who participate in organized sports typically don’t gain any long-term advantage in terms of future sports performance.

At this age, unstructured free play is usually best. Try:

Running
Tumbling
Throwing
Catching
Swimming”

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How to Become a Sports Anchor

“Sports Anchor Career Info
Sports anchors research, write, produce and report on sports events and news for radio or television stations, as well as for some websites. They may interview athletes and individuals in the sports industry at the professional, semi-professional, collegiate and high school levels. Some individuals might find the pressures of deadlines to be stressful, while others might enjoy that stimulation.

Sports anchors need to have strong verbal and written communication skills. They should also have the ability to multi-task, strong research skills, the ability to work well under pressure and the ability to travel when needed. According to Payscale.com, sports anchors in the United States earned a median annual salary of $36,390 in 2016.”

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