Category Archives: Sports Highlights

Challenges Athletes Face When They Retire

Facing retirement from your sporting career can be tough, but knowing what to expect can make the transition easier. Here, we highlight the challenges that athletes may face when they finish competing.

All athletes have to face the reality that one day their sporting careers will end and they will have to begin a new chapter in their lives. Some may reach retirement sooner than others – New Zealand’s Julie Brougham was still competing in dressage at last year’s Olympic Games Rio 2016 at the age of 62 – but eventually every athlete will have to call it a day. The transition into a post-sport life isn’t always easy, but you can make sure you’re prepared for the transition by reading about the challenges that you may be facing…

1. Loss of structure
As an athlete, you are used to following a rigid training schedule. While at first it may seem liberating not having to get up and train every day, the lack of a strict routine can often leave you feeling lost. If you’re used to having things done for you by coaches or members of your entourage, then planning your own life and even carrying out simple tasks can often be difficult. To overcome this, try building some structure into your regular day by creating a schedule – even if it includes nothing more than eating breakfast and doing some laundry, it will help give you some goals for the day.

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A Millennial’s First Day At Your Nonprofit

“Imagine that a Millennial is arriving today for the first day on the job at your organization. It’s their first full-time job. If given only a sentence to provide them advice for the rest of their professional career, what would you tell them? The answer largely depends on your generation.

Despite jokes about living in their parents’ basement, Millennials are the largest generation in the U.S. workforce. There are 80 million Millennials in the U.S. and they range in age up to 39. The Millennial generation stops at those born after 1995. Those younger are in Generation Z.

Jason Dorsey, co-founder and Millennials and Gen Z researcher at The Center for Generational Kinetics, discussed generational perception and divides in the workplace during his presentation “Crossing the Generational Divide: Unlocking the Power of Generations to Grow Your Business” at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Not-For-Profit Conference in National Harbor, Md.”

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Top 10 Classic Sport Movies

Fighting, dying, hoping, hating … great sports films are about far more than sport itself. Here Guardian and Observer critics pick their 10 best.10.

This Sporting Life
Lindsay Anderson brought to bear on his adaptation of David Storey’s first novel, all the poetic-realist instincts he had been honing for the previous decade as a documentarian in the Humphrey Jennings mould. (Anderson had won the 1953 best doc Oscar for Thursday’s Children.) Filmed partly in Halifax and Leeds, but mainly in and around Wakefield Trinity Rugby League Club, one of its incidental attractions is its record of a northern, working-class sports culture that would change out of all recognition over the next couple of decades.

The story of Frank Machin, a miner who becomes a star on the rugby field, all the while knowing that he is considered as disposable property – a machin(e)? – by his club, and as “a great ape on a football field” by his landlady and lover (Rachel Roberts), is told in a stream-of-consciousness style, largely in flashbacks from a dentist’s chair, using some of the most inventive editing – by Peter Taylor – that British cinema had ever seen. Produced by Karel Reisz, it was perhaps the last gasp of the northern kitchen-sink boomlet inaugurated by Room at the Top and climaxing with Reisz’s Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, and its failure at the box-office caused producers to withdraw from the genre.

Nonetheless, this is the movement’s artistic pinnacle, featuring marvellous black and white cinematography by Denys Coop, and performances that are still shattering to witness. Harris was just back from Tahiti, having played opposite Marlon Brando in Mutiny on the Bounty, and although he abhorred Brando, the cursed and luckless Machin – shirt number 13 – is as Brando-esque a performance as British cinema has ever produced.

And though the rugby scenes take up relatively little screen-time, they are vivid, violent and frenetic, with massed crowds of working men roaring on the touchline. The last match, with Harris physically exhausted and emotionally destroyed, and black with mud, is filmed like a day on the Somme.”

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4 Wallet-Friendly Fun Things To Do

Today’s consumer culture makes us believe that fun can only be had if we spend a great deal of money. But the truth can reached at very easily. Think back to the best memories of the past year and see whether they comprised of indulging in shopping sprees or spending quality time with your loved ones. The same goes for earning money. Did you find inner peace the day your paycheque was deposited in your account or when you sat down to meditate for a few minutes. Make a list of ten things that gave you joy and count how many of those were based in consumerism. I bet almost none.

As a practice, spend an entire month without buying anything or spend money on frivolous items that you can do without. Instead, spend your free time doing something you love. This will help you realize what you want in life and where your happiness lies. To help you with this exercise, URstore suggests five inexpensive ways to have a good time.

1. Pick up a new fun sport such as cycling.
What I love about cycling is how you not only get some exercise but also get from point a to point b. I set aside the last hour before sunset for cycling because of the pleasant weather during that time. I put on my helmet, grab a water bottle, and bike to a park nearby. The greenery around me allows for nice, deep breaths as a way to relax my body. What’s more, I listen to relaxing music to bring calm and peace to my mind.

2. Read an inspirational book.
Reading is one of the best ways to learn new things and keep your mind active. Look up the New York Times Bestseller in the category of books you’re inclined to read. This will help you decide what you should read next. Don’t rush to finish the book because the joy doesn’t lie in completing book after book. It’s in finding the right book that speaks to your soul, one you can read again and again and take something away each time.

3. Go for a picnic at the local park.
Make a nice sandwich and pack it along with your favorite cold drink to have in the local park. Spending your evenings on the couch is no way to enjoy the summer. Get our and stay out as long as you can while the weather is warm. Bonus tip: bike to the park and take a book with you!

4. Throw a potluck party.
Invite your near and dear for a potluck party. This is a great way of gathering those you love and get to devour delicious food together. You can set themes to add a flavor and take turns hosting the party to mix things up.

Sports and Risk Factors for Major Diseases

“An understanding of the most prevalent diseases and associated risk factors is crucial to conceptualise the role of sport in health prevention and promotion. In developing countries, sport is widely used as a tool to educate individuals and communities on the risk factors associated with HIV/AIDS. Whilst HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases continue to affect millions of people around the world, there is a significant increase in the global burden of non-communicable diseases related to lifestyle changes in physical inactivity, unhealthy diets and tobacco use.

Cardiovascular diseases
Cardiovascular diseases include coronary heart disease and stroke and are the leading causes of death globally. Causes of cardiovascular disease are unhealthy diets, physical inactivity and tobacco use. Physical activity reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease by improving glucose metabolism, reducing body fat and lowering blood pressure.

Diabetes is a disease which occurs when the body does not produce or properly use insulin and this may result in Type I or Type II diabetes. Diabetes may be prevented, or at least delayed, by weight loss, a healthy lifestyle, in particular, regular physical activity. Diet, drug therapy and physical activity are also major components of the treatment of diabetes.

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The Problem of Masculinity in Sports

“With forty years under its belt, Title IX is rightfully lauded for having not just levelled, but transformed the playing field for women and girls. Title IX, passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972, provides that “no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Simply put, Title IX bans sex discrimination by educational institutions that take federal money.

Congress’s aim in passing Title IX was to provide women and girls with equal opportunity in education in an era when they were blatantly discriminated against in terms of admission, especially to professional schools; had their numbers capped; or were admitted but were subjected to entirely different (and worse) treatment.

Title IX indeed has changed the face of education. It has been invoked to protect students against sexual harassment by teachers and peers, to ensure fair treatment of pregnant and parenting students, to remove obstacles to women’s education in non-traditional fields like science and math, and to curtail the use of single-sex education that was rooted in stereotype. But Title IX is most known for its impact on athletics, even though that was probably the furthest thing from the legislators’ mind when they enacted it. (The legislative history suggests little more than some chuckling over the prospect of co-ed football and co-ed locker rooms.)”

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Women’s Rights In Sports

“The USA women’s national team thrashed Japan 5-2 in the final of the FIFA World Cup 2015 but it has barely registered on the global conscience. Compare this to the time when Germany beat Argentina in the final of 2014 FIFA World Cup or even when Chile beat Argentina in the 2015 Copa America final. Though one can argue, that there’s certainly more interest than before.

Last year, Stephanie Roche’s goal for Peamount United (an Irish football club) ran Colombian James Rodrigues’s strike in the World Cup pretty close for FIFA Puskas Goal of the Year Award. That a woman footballer’s goal would garner 33% votes was unthinkable but that was just how awesome her goal was. In fact, technically speaking, it was better than the Rodrigues’s goal but she lost out because the grandeur of the men’s World Cup (the biggest sporting event in the world) blanked out the Women’s National League of Ireland. But, this was a clear sign that women’s football (or soccer if you are American) had come of age.”

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The Best Fitness Trackers of 2017

Count More Than Steps
There’s never been a better selection of fitness trackers, but with choice comes confusion. Which tracker has the features that are right for you and the activities you do? Here are some tips and recommendations for choosing the best tracker for your needs.

Try Before You Buy
If you want to try a tracker out before committing to it, we recommend Lumoid, a service that lets you try three trackers for a week for $35. Check the fees, as they are subject to change.

Another way to try fitness tracking in general (but without a wearable) is to use a mobile app that counts your steps. This method requires the least commitment, and could be of interest if you’re a beginner. Some apps we like are Argus, Fitbit, and Moves.

If you run or bicycle, we recommend tracking your runs or rides with an app before going whole-hog and splurging on a tracker. Why? With some trackers, you still need to carry your phone to get accurate pacing, distance, and mapping, so you’ll want to know before you make a purchase if you’re okay with carrying your phone, or if you’d prefer a tracker with built-in GPS so you don’t have to. A few apps we recommend are Runtastic PRO (for running), Cyclemeter (for bicycling), and Strava (for both running and cycling).

The Coros Linx Smart Helmet$199.99 at Amazon is another interesting solution for cyclists that integrates your phone’s GPS to track your rides and uses bone-conduction audio to let you hear directions, music, and phone calls without blocking your ears.”

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5 Nutrition Tips for Athletes

“When you exercise hard for 90 minutes or more, especially if you’re doing something at high intensity that takes a lot of endurance, you need a diet that can help you perform at your peak and recover quickly afterward.

These five guidelines will help.

1. Load Up on Carbohydrates

Carbs are an athlete’s main fuel. Your body changes them to glucose, a form of sugar, and stores it in your muscles as glycogen.

When you exercise, your body changes glycogen into energy. If you exercise for under 90 minutes, you have enough glycogen in your muscles, even for high-intensity activities. But if your workout is longer than that, use these strategies:

“Carbohydrate loading for 3 or 4 days before an event can help top up your glycogen stores,” says sports dietitian Joy Dubost, PhD.

Eat a diet that gets about 70% of its calories from carbohydrates, including breads, cereals, pasta, fruit, and vegetables, to achieve maximum carbohydrate storage.

On the day of a big event, eat your last meal 3 to 4 hours before exercising, to give your stomach time to empty.
Avoid eating sugary or starchy foods within 30 minutes of starting an activity; they can speed up dehydration.
Replenish carbs, minerals, and water during long exercise sessions. Eat a snack and drink fluid every 15 to 20 minutes. Refined carbohydrates (with sugar or flour) pass quickly into the bloodstream, where they fuel working muscles. Many athletes prefer sports bars, sports drinks, or gels, since they’re so convenient. But fruit and fruit juice are also excellent choices.”

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10 Best Summer Sports

“Dude, back in 1996, Sublime told me that in the summertime, the livin’ is easy. Those lyrics spit out a ton of truth when I was young and my only responsibilities consisted of wearing a shirt and shoes in a public building. Even that was sometimes too much for me to handle in my adolescence. Now, as a recent college graduate, summertime just means that the weather is nice while I work for the man to keep my bills in check.

But at least I still have these 10 sports to keep me busy in between trying to make a living for the man in the corporate world.

No. 10: Ultimate Frisbee

Actually, this sport is now referred to as just Ultimate now.

It is similar to football, except players are not allowed to run with the Frisbee and can only move one foot to pivot.

It takes lazily throwing a disc around the quad to the next level.

And since Americans are so obsessed with the game of football, taking an object and creating a sport that can be compared to football will probably make us happy.”

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