Concussions In Football And Other Sports: Signs Of Progress But More Work Needs To Be Done

The concern about concussions has produced a lot of changes in the world of sports.

First, there appears to have been an increased amount of research about the causes and effects of concussions among athletes who are participating in a wide range of sports.

Psychologists and neurologists are examining the long and short term effects that these kinds of injuries can have on competitors.

Second, equipment manufacturers are now exploring ways to redesign helmets to help to minimize and prevent concussions amongst athletes.

Third, some former football players have become part of a class action suit against the NFL claiming that they were harmed by the league’s policies and procedures. This lawsuit is bringing a lot of attention to the problems associated with head injuries and sports.

Fourth, other sports, including hockey, soccer, lacrosse, rugby and boxing are starting to look at the issue of concussions. Female soccer also now seems concerned about concussions among athletes competing in this sport.

Fifth, football leagues and football coaches are now changing the way they train and the way they allow youngsters to tackle one another in practice and in games.

Sixth, it appears that parents, municipalities and schools are now questioning whether playing football and other contact sports is really in their child’s best interest.

Seventh, we know much more about the incidence, diagnosis effects, nature and treatment of concussions and head injuries in sports than we did five or ten years ago.

A friend of mine played Division I college football in the fifties. Back then, when a player took a blow to the head, the coach would hold up five fingers. He would ask the player how many fingers he saw. It the player answered correctly, the coach would send him back into the game.

My friend said, “When I could not see I would just guess. Players who were taking a beating or who felt the game was over, would say the wrong number of fingers to avoid being sent back into the game.”

Obviously, this primitive method of diagnosing concussions had some serious limitations. While we have come a long way in the study of concussions and sports injuries, clearly, more work needs to be done.

In sports like boxing, mixed martial arts and ultimate fighting, one of the goals is to induce a concussion in your opponent. While I am a big fan of boxing, I have seen many ex-fighters who have serious cognitive problems as a result of taking too many blows to the head in practice and in competition. There may be no way to protect fighters in these sports from serious concussions.

Football is a big part of Americana. I remain hopeful and confident that we will find a way to continue to play most contact sports while we lower the incidence of concussions.

Jay P. Granat, Ph.D. is a Psychotherapist, Author and the Founde

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How Other Sports May Help Shape Your Surfing Skills

Surfing is one of the extreme water sports developed by mankind through the years. It is an exciting, exhilarating, and stimulating sport that many people around the globe love. Moreover, to surf is to enjoy one of the gifts of nature – the waves, making it as one of the pleasures in life that is considered priceless.

But surfing is not just about riding the waves and going to different surf countries. The sport itself is a very complicated lesson to learn and requires you enough time to prepare yourself. Some of the groundwork that you need to pass are the physical and mental programs for conditioning for surfing.

But have you ever thought of how other sports can help you prepare yourself for surfing? Athletics, swimming, and cycling are only some of the sports performed in dry land that can help boost your ability to ride the waves.

If you haven’t noticed some secrets about them, here are some eye openers for you.

Athletics. This sport requires running around the oval, maybe five to ten times. It is a simple sport, but it is very exhausting that it can deprive your body with sugar, fluids, and other vital nutrients that can be lost through excessive sweating. But running is an ideal exercise to tone the muscles of your legs, which is a big plus in surfing. Your leg muscles should be strong enough to counteract the force that the waves are producing.

Swimming. It is a water sport just like surfing, but the obvious difference is that the player is not on top of the surf board. If you are a good swimmer then you should be thankful enough since you can save much from physical conditioning for surfing programs offered by some surfing agencies. This sport allows you to feel the water and helps strengthen almost all your muscles that are involved in the sport.

Cycling. Just like athletics, cycling is one tough land sport that can increase the power and stamina of your leg muscles. Once you are on top of the wave, you can ride on top on it like a pro since you have accustomed your calf and thigh muscles to neutralize the increased levels of pressure applied on them through cycling.

Soccer. Everyone’s favorite ball game can also be a training ground for surfers-to-be. Just try to look at how soccer players swing from side to side to avoid the approaching opponent or to pivot the ball around the clustering foes. Playing soccer will give you many benefits for you to surf well. And one of those is how to help your body curl, bend and turn.

There are some sports that you may have played since high school that can help you in your physical conditioning for surfing. If you don’t believe these, why don’t you try riding the waves and apply the principles you learned from your favorite

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How To Make Easy Money Betting on Soccer and Other Sports Online

There is no limit to how much money you can make in online Sports Betting. Just how successful you become will depend entirely on your own little efforts.

OK! You may be one those people who loses lots of money regularly on sports betting. I’ve been there many times and from my experience it hurts so much to lose money. After many trials and errors, I stumbled upon the Key to successful betting. Am about to reveal to you this lucrative online business as the easiest and cheapest investment ever on the internet.

Sports Betting

For those just starting out. Sports betting is all about betting against bookmakers. It is quite different from betting against other people the way most people do. It is also different from pools betting. Bookmakers are betting companies that provide the platform for betting activities. They also provide the prices and expected winnings on each football match.

All you need to do is to determine the outcome of a particular match or a series of matches. You don’t need to predict the exact score line. Though there are bets where you can predict the exact score line. The price per match will be determined by how hard or difficult it is. The easier the match, the lesser the potential returns. The harder the match, the higher the potential returns.

Let use soccer (football) for illustration:

Assuming TEAM-A on top of the league table wants to play TEAM-B who are at the bottom and out of form at home, we all know there is a very high likelihood that TEAM-A would win if in good form plus all the advantages to their side. The money you are expected to win if you bet TEAM-A will beat TEAM-B will be very small in fact.

On the other hand, if you say TEAM-B will beat TEAM-A, then the expected monetary returns would be high. It will be high as well if you say it will end in a draw.

Okay. Let’s move on.

Predicting that TEAM-B, the under-dog will beat TEAM-A, the odds could be 4/1. That means that if you bet with $1 you will win $4 plus your initial $1 which makes your total earnings $5. I’ve used US dollars above as an example. Most bookies operate in Pound Sterling, dollars and Euro. So if you want to bet on it, what would you do? Start analyzing and seeing possibilities.TEAM-A to win at 2/7 simply means to win $2 you have to play with $7. You need to ask yourself is it worth risking $7 to win $2? Or will you back the weaker TEAM-B to win at 4/1? You only need to put in $1 to win an extra $4. But will TEAM-B beat the stronger TEAM-A at home? The greater the risk the greater the potential returns, the lesser the risk the lesser the potential returns. That is where your football mind and knowledge is needed.

Let’s Understand Prices/Odds more using real soccer teams for example.

Take a look at this match in the fixture and price. Lets say Chelsea F.C. to beat Manchester City at home is priced at 2/5. That is you bet with $5 to win $2. That is a total expected returns of $7.

(Always remember that the figure at the end is what you stake with and the one in front is what you will win)

The match is 11/4 for a draw and 6/1 for an away win for Manchester City. It means 1/1. You play with $1; you win an additional $1. You play with $100 you win an additional $100.

Other Kinds of Odds…

Not all odds are written in fractions. As in not written like 3/1, 1/5, 4/9 and so on. Some odds are written in decimals like 1.35, 2.42 etc. If you see 2.42, it simply means if you bet with one dollar, you will earn return of 2.42 dollars. Whatever figure is shown, it means that it is what will be returned if you place $1. So you can calculate your expected earnings according to what you want to bet on.

There are also the American Odds presented in form -110,+220,etc. The Decimal odds seem to be by far the easiest to calculate. The bookies (bookmakers) can determine what kind of odds they will be using. Actually some bookmakers allow you to choose the odd type that suits you. Whatever Odd you use the result is the Same. However, chose only Odd type you are comfortable with.

Bet Types

There are many types of bet provided by Sport books to suit your needs. The basic bet types are the 1X2 (three outcomes, Home Draw Away), the 12 (only two outcomes, Win or lose), the 1X, 2X (Win or Draw), Not Draw. Other extended betting types are Number of goals, Half/Full Time result, Odd/Even number of goals, Asian Handicap, Live or in-play betting option, exact score line, etc. While sports like boxing, tennis, etc have fewer basic betting options, soccer has the most betting option.

It’s very easy alright making unlimited cash betting on sports online. Now you are thinking: if it were so easy how come people lose money at all? Answer! Is most of the time you do guess-work; try-your-luck, inadequate or no information, etc.

But that’s no good business or investment doing guess-work. You know what it is? It’s called gambling. An investment mind-set is a vital ingredient to make money in Sports betting backed by good knowledge.To be successful punter making tons of dollars on sports betting you need reliable, tested and proven information, systems and strategies to guarantee profits and high returns.

Why you need reliable information.

Ever seen even the strongest teams on top of a league lose to under-dogs at the bottom of league table? Causing bettors to lose lots of money? Why for instance should a team like?Manchester United lose to black even when they have over 90% chance of winning? It hurts a lot lose this kind of bet.Yeah it happens. 99% of all soccer punters (bettors) THINK they know who will win the game and which team will go over or under the total and end losing almost all their bets and a lot of money, which leaves 1%. Those 1% are professionals that make a living betting on soccer and other sports.

Why? It’s because there some secrets in Sports betting that can only be unlocked with the right kind of information that gives knowledge. This is not knowledge of how the games is played but knowledge of how to make money betting on games played.

Knowledge is power in a general sense is but in sports betting the knowledge is money.

Yes, you need a system that works most times to become an investor making lot of money on sports betting. Sports betting should be seen as an investment, that way you make money most of the time. Though fun in sports betting cannot be left out for those who have passion for the games, the passion can be converted into lots of cash using proven betting systems and strategy. Football (soccer) has most systems and strategies because it offers more betting options than any other sports.

How to Make the Money.

One way, is to do it yourself by applying proven systems and strategies. Another is to get others to work for you through professional Tips service. However there are free and paid professional Tips service to give you betting clues and predictions.

The SECRET of this lucrative online business is information. With the right information you are sure to become super RICH from this easiest and cheapest investment online anyone from 18 years old can make. That is the legal age for gambling in most countries that regulate top Rated Sport books or Bookmakers. Some reputable sports books require IDs to confirm the age compliance among other things.

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