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Sport Injuries – Facts and Prevention

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“Because of the contact nature of the game and the speed with which it is played, the brain is vulnerable to injury. Trauma may occur through direct contact to the head or face or indirectly through a whiplash effect. Injuries to the brain are characterized by an altered state of mind. It is the altered state of mind that is the key thing to look for with any head injury.

NOTE: Children are more sensitive to the effects of a concussion and will need to have a longer period of rest prior to returning to activity and the sport.

A concussion is a common injury, but since they cannot be detected on x-rays or CT scans, they have been difficult to fully investigate and understand. Fortunately, there have been many important advances in our knowledge of concussions, including how to identify, manage and recover from a concussion. Although concussions are often referred to as ‘mild traumatic brain injuries’ and often resolve uneventfully, ALL concussions have the potential for serious and long-lasting symptoms and so must be treated carefully and in consultation with a physician.”

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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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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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