Category Archives: Sports Highlights

Top 5 Reasons Kids Play Sports

“You want your child to be active and to have fun. Research shows that’s exactly what they want, too.

A Michigan State University study asked boys and girls aged 10 to 12 why they played sports. Here are the top five reasons they gave:

1. To have fun.
2. To do something I’m good at.
3. To improve my skills.
4. To stay in shape.
5. To get exercise.

Surprise; “winning” didn’t even make the top ten reasons.”

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10 Most Cruel Sports Involving Animals

“The definition of sport, among other things, is some sort of amusement or a diversion. It is appalling that civilized societies the world over get their kicks by brutalizing animals in so many different ways – all for their own amusement and entertainment? Over time, man has devised many different ways to use animals for his ‘time pass’; we look at some of the most egregious of them:

1. Bull Fighting

This blood sport has probably been the subject matter of more protests from animal rights groups than any other. Thankfully, however the protests have had their effect and we are seeing less and less of this needlessly cruel activity is.

2. Cock Fighting

Still very much prevalent in many parts of the world, the cocks are bred in dreadful conditions and mistreated to make them bad tempered. They are also starved to make them even meaner before a fight.”

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5 Techniques for Self-Improvement

When was the last you told yourself that you are not satisfied with how your life is going? Is there a skill set that would improve how you do your job or a diet that will improve your health? What aspects of your life do you think needs improvement and what have you done in the last year to make that happen? There maybe too many questions in your mind but that’s not always a bad thing. Growth is essential for healthy living and we must dedicate a chunk of our time in thinking about growth strategies and acting on them.

Here are 5 techniques that I use for self-improvement:

1. Writing in a journal.
I spend ten minutes every day free-writing on my journal. There is no topic to follow or question to answer, I just write every thought that comes to my mind feely. This helps me relax and become aware of my thoughts. Writing in a journal is actually therapeutic and is shown to help in resolving internal and external conflicts.

2. Making a list of things to do.
Simply creating a list of things to do makes such a huge difference in my work flow. I start with the most important items and work my way down and for every item completed, I check off. I use colors to create visually appealing list that’s easy to follow. Oftentimes, the items at the bottom of the list are not completed in the same day but that’s alright because I can easily revisit my list and work on it the next chance I get. Research suggests that the simple act of writing down a list of things to do can reduce stress so that’s one more reason why this technique is so awesome!

3. Focus on your health.
Our careers are only one aspect of our lives yet self-improvement guides often focus on work only. Health indeed is the best wealth so make sure you prioritize your wellness above everything else. Think about it: If you are sick, you won’t be able to work or enjoy quality time with your loved ones. One of the best ways to improve health is to start meditation in the form of deep breathing. It’s simple and you can do it any where, any time.

4. Invest in relationships.
According to a decades-long research conducted in the US, the quality of our relationships – not how much money we make or what all we can afford to buy – is is a true indicator of how happy we are. Don’t buy into books that tell you to lean in to work, just follow your passions and work smart. No one on their deathbed has said they wish they worked more hours. No one!

5. Keep going no matter if you fail.
Successful people are not those that never fail but are those who keep trying despite their failures. You only ever fail when you stop trying! Failure is inevitable in life but how you handle it will make all the difference. We usually hear about successful people when they’ve reached great heights but what most don’t realize is how many nights they stayed up working on their vision and how many times they contemplated quitting yet kept going.

Canadian Amateur Sports to Share the Wealth

“Since being awarded the 2010 Vancouver Games, Canadians have been spending an increasing amount of money on the very best athletes in pursuit of Olympic and Paralympic medals. Now, a review of the federal government’s high performance sport program says that needs to change.

Own the Podium, which targets $64 million of federal funds to athletes and sports with the most potential, has succeeded in the sense that Canadian athletes are winning more medals, the report released Thursday states.

But it also found that the targeted funding program has destabilized the sports system with wildly fluctuating budgets where high performance funding is there one day for a sport and gone the next, along with its experienced coaches, staff and even athletes. And the short-term focus on winning medals at the next Olympics precludes the development of the next generation of athletes, putting Canada’s ability to keep winning medals in doubt.”

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8 Hormones Involved in Exercise

“In the movie Fletch, released the same year that ACE was founded (1985), comedian Chevy Chase plays the role of Irwin “Fletch” Fletcher, a reporter working undercover to expose drug dealing on the beaches of Los Angeles. Over the course of his investigation, Fletch assumes a variety of creative characters as he identifies the corrupt businessmen and cops involved in the drug-dealing ring. In one scene, Fletch pretends to be an airplane mechanic and tries to fib his way into a hangar by saying he was there to check the ball bearings. “It’s all ball bearings nowadays,” is one of the most memorable quotes of this iconic ‘80s movie.

If you work as a personal trainer or group fitness instructor you have no doubt been asked how exercise can help someone achieve a specific goal. If you want a fun, but honest way to answer these questions, you can channel your inner Fletch by replying, “It’s all hormones nowadays.”

The endocrine system regulates the production of hormones, which are chemicals that control cellular functions. Hormones can affect a number of different cells; however, they only influence the ones with specific receptor sites. Hormones control a number of physiological reactions in the body including energy metabolism, reproductive processes, tissue growth, hydration levels, synthesis and degradation of muscle protein, and mood. Hormones are responsible for both building new muscle and helping to burn fat, so it is important to have an understanding of which ones are released in relation to exercise as well as understanding the physiological functions they influence. ”

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Greatest Sports Couples in History

“Some of the most famous sports couples aren’t sports couples at all. They’re a mixture of sports and celebrity, such as David/Victoria Beckham, Russell Wilson/Ciara, Tom Brady/Gisele and one that’s taken center stage at the Stanley Cup Finals: the Nashville Predators’ Mike Fisher and country music superstar Carrie Underwood.

But a true sports couple involves two great athletes. Today, we rank the 17 best of those couples throughout history by taking into account sports prowess, strength of relationship, likability and other various factors. Couples can be currently married, divorced, dating, broken up or whatever, as long as they were known to be an item at some point.

Anna Kournikova and Russian hockey players (divorced)
Kournikova broke onto the scene in 1997 with a run to the Wimbledon semifinal as a 16-year-old. Though she’d eventually climb to No. 8 in the rankings in 2000, she never had a better Grand Slam than that Wimbledon. The Russian famously never won a tournament at any level (though she had two doubles Grand Slam titles) and by 2003 she was out of the sport, at the age of 22…”

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The 25 Greatest Sports Movies of All Time

“With the seventh Rocky movie, Creed, coming out later this month and My All American, an inspirational sports film about a former Texas football player, hitting theaters Friday, we at FTW decided to rank the top 25 sports movies ever made. The master list from which to choose is smaller than you think: Since 1976, Box Office Mojo lists the release of just 204 sports movies. By comparison, 604 films have dropped in 2015 with dozens of more slated before the end of the year. It’s not a genre that’s particularly popular: Just 12 sports movies had made more than $100 million at the box office and those were mostly cheesy comedies or feel-good stories peripherally about sports (The Blind Side). Our only rule: No documentaries. There are too many great ones out there (not Hoop Dreams — that’s the most overrated sports film ever) and they’re far too different from a comedy or drama to compare. (That list will come at another time.)

25. THE KARATE KID

The final movie on our list was tough to choose — it was one tale of a diminutive outsider fighting for respect against another, but we had to go with Daniel LaRusso; sorry Rudy. Though the music is great and the last scene is pretty good, the cloying Notre Dame love is a little much and Rudy’s a bit whiny, no? I mean, leave Dan Devine alone. He has a team to coach! But Karate Kid? It’s just Daniel-San, Mr. Miyagi and Elisabeth Shue battling the world. Well, them and Joe Esposito.”

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Decoding The Nutrition Facts Label

“Stand along the aisles of supermarkets just long enough to observe a habit most shoppers have: They pick up boxes, cans and packets and read the food labels. But here’s the truth: Most of those who check nutrition labels can’t really find use for them. Sure, they can read, they just can’t interpret the labels well enough to use them to make healthier food choices. A survey conducted by the International Food Information Council Foundation (IFIC) in 2003 revealed by about 83% of shoppers did look at nutritional labels. A survey from the Food Marketing Institute in 2004 showed similar results. In 2006, an Associated Press survey showed 80% of shoppers reading food labels. However, the same survey found that 44% of these shoppers still bought less healthy foods.

These days, eating smart isn’t a choice – it is a necessity. But with so many new vocabulary and mind-boggling figures and percentages, a healthy diet can be downright tedious. The truth is that you do not need to be a dietician or have a medical degree to know exactly what’s in your food and how much nutrients you are getting from it…”

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Three- and 4-year-olds Playing Team Sports?

“These days you can sign up your toddler for soccer, swimming, gymnastics, karate, dance, even rugby (yes, there are rugby classes for 3-year-olds). But should you? Allston Stubbs, M.D., an orthopedist at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, in Winston-Salem, NC, says he’s seeing more adolescents and preteens with serious overuse injuries than ever before. “They’re coming in with major shoulder, knee and hip problems, including pulled or torn ACLs. And it’s in large part due to the fact that kids are starting sports at very young ages when their bones are still developing.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 3.5 million kids under age 14 receive medical treatment for sports injuries each year, and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine reports that in just the past ten years, there’s been a fivefold increase in the number of serious shoulder and elbow injuries among youth baseball and softball players. “Kids are starting sports too young,” says Pete McCall, an exercise physiologist and a spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise.”

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How Vision Problems Affect a Football Player

“Football is in the air, and players are practicing hard to get any type of edge they can over the competition. One area they may be overlooking is their vision – especially the impact vision problems can have on their game.

No matter how strong or fast you are, if you can’t see the ball, you can’t catch it. Unfortunately, an athlete can have vision problems that go undetected, even if they have perfect “20/20” vision.

Visual acuity and depth perception

When most people think of vision, they think “20/20”. The term “20/20” is a measure of visual acuity, which is the ability to see detail at a given distance. For a football player, good visual acuity is critical. You need to be able to see the ball clearly.

Another important skill is depth perception, which is the ability to perceive the spatial relationships between objects in visual space. The more information our brain has about these relationships, the better our understanding of where things really are and the better our performance in sports.”

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