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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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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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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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Exercising During Cancer Treatment

“If you have been recently diagnosed with cancer or are undergoing treatment, it’s important to take special care of yourself. Studies show that one of the best ways to do this is to stay physically active.

That doesn’t, of course, mean you should run a marathon or scale a mountain. But it’s wise to add some form of regular exercise to your daily life–even during cancer therapy. Moderate aerobic exercise, such as riding a stationary bicycle or taking a daily walk, coupled with the use of light weights for strength training, can enhance physical well-being and spur recovery.

Exercise reduces fatigue
Research has found no harmful effects on patients with cancer from moderate exercise and, in fact, has demonstrated that those who exercised regularly had 40% to 50% less fatigue, the primary complaint during treatment. (See Fighting Cancer Fatigue.)

Engaging in regular exercise increases muscle strength, joint flexibility and general conditioning, all of which may be impaired by surgery and some therapies. Exercise is known to improve cardiovascular function and to protect bones. It also elevates mood, offering drug-free relief for the feelings of depression that may accompany a cancer diagnosis.

Finally, exercise helps control weight — a crucial factor, as studies have shown that gaining weight during and after treatment raises the risk of a cancer recurrence, particularly for breast, colon and prostate cancers.”

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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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Sports Cable Bubble Has to Pop Eventually

“In the late 1990s, ESPN was long past its cable upstart days, but it was still just as likely to broadcast a surfing event as it was baseball or football.

It needed a tentpole, though. And the way it found one helped it become one of the most powerful entities in the world of sports. It provided a glimpse of how the broadcasting of live events would underpin the television business for two decades, and make leagues, owners and players extraordinarily wealthy.

It also set the stage for a business that, today, could be at a tipping point.

But back to 1998. ESPN’s parent company had just been bought by Disney. Executives were considering making a play for a full season of live NFL rights, and a Sunday night package to complement Monday Night Football on Disney-owned ABC. It would cost close to US$9-billion over seven years, an extraordinary number in those days. Thanks, though, to an oddity in the way cable channels are distributed, ESPN thought it had figured out a way to make the numbers work.”

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