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20 Biggest Tech Advancements in Sports History

In the beginning, sports and technology didn’t always seem like the most natural pairing. What did you need in baseball other than a bat and a ball? Or in basketball other than a ball and a hoop? How much could you really change? As we’ve seen over the years, though, there’s always room for improvement with our most beloved pastimes. Whether it’s for the purpose of making a good thing great, or fixing a broken system altogther, technology has played a major role in perfecting the sports that we love to analyze and agonize over. Out of all the changes that have been made, though, these are the 20 biggest tech advancements in sports history.

The Shot Clock
Year Introduced: 1954
Sport: Basketball

Before the shot clock was introduced, basketball was struggling to gain any traction as a major, mainstream sport in America. Scoring was low and, much to the fans’ disappointment, teams would often decide to hold the ball and stall once they were in front. After one particularly lackluster contest between the Fort Wayne Pistons and the Minneapolis Lakers ended in 19-18 “victory” for Fort Wayne, the NBA realized that they were going to be in serious trouble unless they made some changes. In 1954, the Syracuse Nationals’ owner, Danny Biasone, introduced the 24-second shot clock after experimenting with the idea during his team’s scrimmages. In 1953, the year before the league adopted the clock, scoring averaged a mere 79 PPG. Thanks to the change, that number jumped to 93 PPG only one year later, and the NBA has never looked back since.

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“Why I Love Ugly Uniforms” – Todd Radom

“Growing up in Yonkers, N.Y., I was, at best, an indifferent athlete. I washed out of Henry S. Richards Little League after a couple of unspectacular seasons. Later I joined the track team for a year in high school — mainly to socialize — and I still remember the uniform. In fact, I still have it. It is red and sleeveless, with white letters displayed diagonally, reading “Roosevelt.”

I watched games with great intent. I was focused on Reggie Jackson’s titanic home runs, but I was also mesmerized by the green and gold Oakland A’s uniforms.

I doodled sports logos on school notebooks and conjured my own teams — not so much for games as for creating logos and uniforms for them. I studied the cap marks of Major League Baseball teams and rendered them in painstaking detail with felt-tipped markers and cheap ballpoint pens.

I was fascinated by the visual culture of sports, and I still am, having devoted my life to sports design. Lucky for me, as a young baseball fan, I hit the lottery: My formative sports-aesthetics years came in the 1970s, the game’s most vibrant, colorful decade, with its smorgasbord of audacious and often garish uniforms. Bold graphics and sensationally showy colors were synthesized into some of sports history’s most memorable uniforms — a golden age of sports identity.”

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Long Term Effects of Sports-Related Injuries

“Athletes may not realize the long term adverse effects of injuries sustained while participating in competitive sports at the high school level.
The wear and tear athletes subject their bodies to in their prime of their athletic career most often leads to serious health problems later on in life. Some of the most popular sports that put players at a high risk of being injured include basketball, soccer, football, volleyball, tennis, badminton, softball and baseball.

Although baseball and softball are entirely different sports, the injuries suffered by players from both sports are notably similar. Softball and baseball are both sports where injuries mainly occur from overusing muscles or from acute trauma that occurs suddenly and by force.

“Overuse injuries occur over time due to stress on the muscles, joints and soft tissues without proper time for healing,” Elizabeth Quinn said from the “Sports Medicine” section of About.com. “They begin as a small, nagging ache or pain, and can grow into a debilitating injury if they aren’t treated early.”

Common injuries from baseball and softball include tendinitis, torn rotator cuffs, shoulder separation, tennis elbow, knee ligament injuries, broken wrists, broken fingers and bursitis of the elbow and shoulder.”

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Things to Know Before Getting a Pet

Things to Know Before you Get a Pet

Research shows that having a pet results in decreased blood pressure and cholesterol which, in turn, reduce the risk of heart disease. But most people don’t get a pet because it’s scientifically proven to be beneficial to health. People get pets because pets are awesome, loving, and they make great companions. Pets are extremely smart and emotionally intelligent so much so that the Canadian government has declared them to be sentient beings and not property. This is a major victory for all animal-rights activist groups. Now the question is how do you get yourself a pet? Here are five things to know if you want to get a pet.

1. It’s a big responsibility.
The amount of chores involved with getting various animals may differ but the biggest responsibility of having a pet is giving it love. You have to spend time with your pet, play with it, create and follow a meal schedule for them, among many other tasks. It’s crucial to note that while it’s a lot of fun to have a pet, taking care of a pet requires a lot of work. Assess your life to see if you have the time and willingness to dedicate yourself to a pet who will rely on you for everything (i.e. food, shelter, entertainment, love, etc.)

2. It can be costly.
It can cost up to a thousand dollars a year to sustain a pet, not including emergency trips to the vet. Check your budget to see if you have room for this expense. For starters, you have to buy a pet carrier, leash, toys, grooming tools, food utensils, and much more.

3. You need to prep your home.
Like parents of a newborn baby-proof their homes, you must also pet-proof your home. Dedicate a small space for the new family member. Remove any sharp objects and ensure that your backyard/balcony doesn’t have any plants that are poisonous for pets.

4. Training will take time.
The amount of time it takes to train a pet will differ by type of animal and the age you brought it into your home. This period can seem like a lot of work but if it’s all about how you approach things. If you see every little task as a chore, then the whole experience will be cumbersome. But if you take every step as it comes and look forward to what’s coming, the journey will be more beautiful than even the destination.

5. Pet insurance comes handy!
When it comes to pet insurance, it’s better to be safe than sorry! A friend of mine had to shell out $1500 to the animal hospital for treating his cat for a urinary blockage. Though you have to pay a couple of hundred dollars for the yearly deductible, pet insurance is still worth it. Shop around for a plan with the most value so that it pays off to have it in a time of crisis.

10 Ways to Build Trust With Your Customers

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“When deciding on your business, the first step is to identify a need or ongoing concern of your target market and provide a solution for it. In the case of China, the concern was the worsening levels of air pollution. The quality of air in China had been deteriorating that it opened the doors to a new industry called “Air Farming.”

Say what?

In 2012, a Chinese millionaire named Chen Guangbiao started selling “fresh” canned air in China for $0.80 a pop. According to Chen, the air is collected in the mountain tops of Xinjiang and is “available in different flavors such as ‘Pristine Tibet’ and ‘Post-Industrial Taiwan.’” Chen sold 100,000 cans in his first day of business.”

How to Treat your Kid’s Sports-Related Injuries

Youth sports are more popular than ever before, for both boys and girls. There are numerous physical and psychosocial benefits of playing sports – agility, muscle strength, coordination, camaraderie, team work, the list goes on. However, increased participation in sports comes with the fear of injuries. Sports-related injuries are one of the top reasons of emergency room visits for youth. Strains, sprains, bruises, scrapes and concussion are the most common injuries among kids who play youth sports.

As a parent, you can do a lot to both prevent as well as treat sport-related injuries. Here are five tips from your friends at urSTORE:

1. Get a back-to school physical done.
Taking your kid to your sports physician is the best way to determine if your kid is fit to play for the season. The practitioner can point out which muscle groups require training, and what underlying issues there might be. In cases where kids play high-intensity sports despite having a chronic physical issue, acute injuries are inevitable.
Once it’s clear that your kid is ready to play his favorite sport, make it a point to complete medical authorization forms (to be used in case of emergency). Inform his coach and teachers know about any conditions he may have so that they are well equipped in caring for your kid in your absence.

2. Diversify the type of sports your kid plays.
Each sport relies on specific muscle groups and movement patterns. If your kid only ever plays one sports, she can develop injuries related to muscle or joint overuse. Research suggests that half of sports-related injuries such as stress fractures and the inflammation of muscle groups occur from playing only one type of sport without adequate warm up and stretching. In such cases, healing requires completely eliminating that particular sport from the kid’s activity schedule for a long time and in some cases, fully resting becomes necessary.

3. Prevent injuries by using the right kind of sports equipment.
A large number of sports-related injuries occur from using the wrong type of sports equipment. Wearing the appropriate protective equipment such as helmets, knee braces and shin pads is crucial in preventing injuries ranging from concussions and skull damage to knee fracture shin splints. Footwear also has a big impact on the health of your kid’s feet, ankle and knee joints so make sure you get the right shoes.
4. Get serious about head injuries such as concussions.
Head injuries can be irreversible so its crucial to do everything you can as a parent to prevent your kid from having one. Wearing the right safety equipment is a step in the right direction. Encourage your kid to be open to talking about symptoms related to head injuries such as dizziness, headache, fatigue, light-headedness, nausea, etc.

5. Hydration is key.
Water is vital to the body, all the more so in the case of an athlete. Teach your kid to be conscious of his body’s need to be hydrated and provide him with the gear (water bottle) needed to have adequate amounts of water on the go. And remember, just as it is important to drink water to prevent dehydration, so it is crucial to avoid a case of over-hydration. Overhydration is an excess of water in the body which is a condition that can be fatal. The human body can only process so much water at a time and drinking too much may be poisonous!

How To Get your Kid a Shot at the Olympics

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 31:  The Great Britain team celebrate on the podium after winning the Silver medal in the Eventing Team Jumping Final Equestrian event on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Greenwich Park on July 31, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 31: The Great Britain team celebrate on the podium after winning the Silver medal in the Eventing Team Jumping Final Equestrian event on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Greenwich Park on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Yes, you can buy your kid a decent shot at the Olympics.

Behind most Olympic success stories—and plenty of also-rans—stand gamblers who have made enormous financial bets: the parents.

The cost of making the Olympics is astronomical, with every Olympics bringing fresh tales of outrageously expensive sports academies, parental comfort sacrificed in support of young athletes, and careers forsaken in order to shuttle budding Olympians to various competitions along the way.

And parents don’t even known whether their family’s dreams of Olympic gold are realistic until the costs have long been borne, because money and time can only help buy an Olympic berth. (Of the child’s sacrifice, you ask? Ah, ’tis nothing! They’ve never known the untrained life first hand until they retire, though they may have muggle friends.)

Yes, it’s a long shot to get your kid to the Olympics. But there are some ways to improve your odds.

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Business Owners Tap Skills to run Non-Profits

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Charitable giving is on the rise, thanks in part to business owners who harness experience running a for-profit company to launch projects aimed at the greater good.

After a two-year decline, charitable donations rose 3.8% in 2010, with individuals, corporations and foundations donating about $291 billion dollars, according to the most recent report from Giving USA Foundation, a research organization that publishes data about charitable giving in the U.S.

Among the givers are business executives who have garnered large fortunes by successfully launching a new company on the stock market, as well as small-business owners who tap into their entrepreneurial skills to start a nonprofit.

I spoke with both types of business owners and found a common thread: Their positive outlook and enthusiasm to give back influenced others to get involved. In the process, they saved lives and created positive change in the world.

55 Business Ideas

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Today, tens of thousands of people are considering starting a home based business, and for good reasons. On average, people can expect to have two and three careers during their work life. Those leaving one career often think about their second or third career move being to their own home. People who have been part of the traditional nine-to-five work force and are on the verge of retiring from that life are thinking of what to do next. The good news: Starting a homebased business is within the reach of almost anyone who wants to take a risk and work hard.

$1,500 or less to start up

1. ACCOUNTANT
Experience, training or licensing may be needed

Create a flier outlining your services. Before you do that, you need to know what those services will be. Do you want to simply do bookkeeping for a small business? A more involved level of accounting would be do actually work up balance sheets, income statements, and other financial reports on a monthly, quarterly, and/or annual basis, depending on the needs of the business. Other specializations can include tax accounting, a huge area of potential work. Many business owners don’t mind keeping their own day-to-day bookkeeping records but would rather get professional help with their taxes.

2. BICYCLE REPAIR

In many parts of the country, this business tends to be seasonal, but you can find ways around that. Rent a storage unit and offer to store people’s bicycles over the winter after you do a tune-up and any needed repairs on them. If you want to cater to the Lance Armstrong wannabes, you can have business all year round. These road race riders are training through snow, sleet and dark of night. Some of them work on their own bicycles, but many of them don’t, so you can get their business all year. And if you keep Saturday shop hours, you can be sure you will have a group of enthusiasts coming by to talk all things cycling.

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