LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter One of the most dangerous sports an athlete can play is football. Yet while Americans still enjoy playing — and watching — this popular sport, football injuries are an ongoing concern.Unlike other sports, football is a physically demanding sport that requires player-to-player contact on each and every play. Depending on the position, players are generally sprinting at high speeds to either catch the ball, tackle each other to the ground, or trying to resist being tackled. While exciting and fun, it is high-risk and can cause injuries to almost any part of the body not only during games, but in practice too.According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission more than 920,000 athletes under the age of 18 were treated in medical clinics for football injuries in 2007. Most of the injuries could have been prevented.5 of the Most Common Football Injuries:Knee Injuries – Since football is a game of quick starts, stops and turns—along with tackling — a lot is expected of a player’s knees. Anterior or Posterior cruciate ligaments (ACL/PCL) are tough bands of tissue that connect the femur or thigh bone with the tibia, and are prone to sprains and ruptures in football. Medial collateral ligament and lateral collateral ligament (MCL/PCL) sprains or tears are often seen amongst linemen. On the inner side of the knee, the MCL connects the thigh bone to the shin bone, while the LCL connects the thigh bone to the fibula on the outer side of the knee. Injury to the menisci is also common. The anterior and posterior menisci are the discs that cushion the outer and inner edges of the knee, and often are torn from playing football.Shoulder Injuries – These injuries are also common, especially among offensive and defensive linemen. Due to their jobs on the field, linemen often suffer from injuries to the labrum, which is a ring of firm tissue that helps keep your arm bone in the shoulder socket. Injuries to the Acromioclavicular (AC) joint occur where the collarbone meets the highest point of the shoulder blade.Concussions – A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that occurs due to great force to the head. It can be a very serious injury and medical treatment should be sought immediately if anyone is suspected of having a concussion. Symptoms include headache, nausea and light sensitivity. There is great debate currently going on as to whether suffering numerous concussions can lead to neurological deterioration that’s similar to Alzheimer’s called chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Dr. Bennet Omalu, who was portrayed by Will Smith in the 2015 movie,Concussion, discovered the disease. Click here for the Center for Disease Control’s Heads-up Program, with resources for parents regarding concussions.Overuse – Back pain, especially lower-back pain is commonly seen in football players. That’s really not surprising if you’ve ever watched a game. In addition, over-training is another issue. Some football players train so much that their bodies don’t have time to adequately recover. Click for tips from the American Physical Therapy Associationon how to avoid overtraining.Heat – Sweating is how your body cools itself down. Excessive sweating can occur when players, especially youth, are training for football outdoors during the hot and humid temperatures usually seen in July and August. Excessive sweating can lead to dehydration whereby the body is depleted of salt and water. The first signs of dehydration include muscle cramping, dry mouth and dizziness. To keep prevent dehydration, athletes should drink water throughout the day and before practice. Heat stroke is a severe form of dehydration in which the body’s core temperature reaches 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Fainting may be the first sign and it can cause brain damage. Call 911 immediately if you suspect heat stroke.How can football injuries be prevented?Have a pre-season health and wellness evaluationPerform proper warm-up and cool-down routinesConsistently incorporate strength training and stretchingHydrate adequately to maintain health and minimize crampsStay active during summer break to prepare for return to sports in the fallWear properly fitted protective equipment, such as a helmet, pads, and mouthguardTackle with the head up and do not lead with the helmetSpeak with a sports medicine professional or athletic trainer if you have any concerns about football injuries or football injury prevention strategies Gov. 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Read Full Story Young adults in America are plagued with debt, low-paying jobs, poor physical health, and psychological burdens, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council. Titled “Investing in the Health and Well-Being of Young Adults,” the report recommends viewing 18- to 26-year-olds as a distinct group when it comes to policy and research in order to provide the most effective support for this struggling population.Harvard School of Public Health’s Kasisomayajula “Vish” Viswanath was a co-author of the report.The report offers guidance in developing and enhancing policies and programs to improve young adults’ health, safety, and well-being, and suggests research priorities to inform this effort.
Share StumbleUpon Submit Apple delays igaming ‘Native iOS’ enforcement March 31, 2020 Related Articles Share Will Whitehead, mkodo: Achieving sportsbook and casino differentiation through UX April 29, 2020 Stuart Godfree – mkodoStuart Godfree, Managing Director & Co-founder of mobile development and innovation studio mkodo, tells industry tech stakeholders to pay no attention to the hysteria generated by Apple’s stricter enforcement of non-native apps…______________________On 3 June 2019, Apple updated its App Store review guidelines, imposing restrictions on real-money apps. It followed stricter enforcement of guidelines clamping down on non-native applications and together the changes will cause serious disruption to the way operators deliver content to customers through Apple iOS applications.Since the update, there has been a flurry of hysteria around how the technology giant is persecuting the gambling sector with restrictions that go beyond what is standard or necessary. But that rhetoric is simply not factual, nor is it helpful to an industry that has been struck with one of the biggest challenges to digital content delivery it has likely ever faced.The restrictions on non-native applications are contained in guideline 4.2. Apple has stated that app developers “should include features, content, and UI that elevate it beyond a repackaged website”. This means that those wanting to leverage the vast distribution framework that the Apple App Store provides must offer more than just a wrapped website.The application of this guideline is wholesale: it is not a showdown on the gambling industry. Apple wants to ensure that its store is not merely being used as a content redistribution channel offering nothing unique; it wants to raise the bar in what an app is expected to be.The reason this guideline has widely impacted the industry is because many betting, gaming and lottery companies have endeavoured to support cost management by leveraging the simplest cross-platform solution possible – the web. Apple now wishes to see companies using the App Store investing in its technology and frameworks.While this will present a challenge to operators, particularly with the tech giant already showing that it is serious about enforcement, its motive is to ensure all applications, no matter the industry they represent, uphold quality standards and optimise the Apple frameworks for the best possible user experience to Apple users.Further difficulties lie ahead with the restrictions detailed in guideline 4.7, which will generally force operators to either build games natively or embed HTML5 games into their application code in what has the potential to be a damaging and expensive change for gambling-related apps. But when the guideline takes effect for existing applications on September 3rd, there is not going to be a page of rolling tumbleweed where the gambling category used to feature.For the foreseeable future, existing applications will remain on the App Store unchallenged by Apple. It is only when those applications go through the next review process, or if they issue an update, that they will be judged against the new policy. Updates that do not meet the revised criteria will be rejected, but that decision will not impact the operator’s existing application.To bust another myth, the 4.7 clause does not universally apply to gambling companies, it specifically targets real-money applications that sideload third-party content – such as casino games – which Apple does not have visibility on. Further, it is directed at apps that initially offer free gameplay and then upgrade into real money versions post-App Store review.The impact of these changes is only just beginning to be realised, but operators do have options. Firstly, they can decide not to offer an App Store solution and move to a web-only offering, or alternatively, they can work with key vendors to port best-performing titles that can be embedded in the application.The road ahead is currently unclear, and will undoubtedly present significant hurdles, but there are solutions appearing and we are gaining clarity on what we can offer our clients and partners. By September 3rd many forward-thinking operators will be ready, but those that marginally invested in Apple technology have the greatest amount of work to do. Alessandro Sposito, ESA Gaming: Lightweight games for a heavy impact in Africa July 21, 2020
OMAR TYREE I was prepared this week to write an article on sports and fatherhood.Instead, I was struck by the Cleveland Cavaliers’ opening game featuring the return of Akron, Ohio’s native son, LeBron James. With hours of national sports coverage and thousands of fans who traveled downtown to enjoy a free concert from Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons – including live commentary from Charles Barkley and jokes from comedian/actor Kevin Hart – the event was overwhelming.The city unveiled a new 10-story LeBron James banner, featured six hours of fan experience from Nike, invited fans to game watching parties at more than 40 bars and restaurants, and unveiled a humungous, state-of-the-art scoreboard inside Quickens Loan Arena, where those with tickets to the game received free LeBron James T-shirts, a season schedule magnet for their refrigerators and 20,000 glow-in-the-dark wands to wave during the game announcements.Of course, the game was sold out, with superstar musician and part-owner, Usher Raymond and his protégé, Justin Bieber, sitting courtside, along with filmmaker, Spike Lee, football Hall of Famer turned TV star Michael Strahan, and dozens of other national and local celebrities, all to see the homecoming of LeBron. Nike even unveiled a new commercial, where “King James” invites the entire city of Cleveland into a team huddle and prep-talk to win a championship in classic black and white film.It felt like I was watching the NFL Super Bowl, but it was only Cleveland’s first game of the season with LeBron back, featuring his new teammates: Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, Deon Waiters, Tristan Thomas and more. It was also the season premiere of new Cleveland head coach, David Blatt.By the way, the game included NBA All-Star and Olympian Carmelo Anthony and his New York Knicks, with the second game of their new head coach Derek Fisher. And after all of the crazy build-up, LeBron James went on to have a horrible outing in a 95-90 loss. At one point in the first half, he was 1-9 shooting with four turnovers, on his way to 17 points and eight turnovers.I felt sorry for the dude. I could only imagine how eager HE was to get it all over. At the end of the day, he still needed two and half hours worth of energy to play a basketball game before granting a hundred post-game interviews about the loss. Not only that, I read his wife, Savannah, finally gave birth their first baby girl to add to his excitement and exhaustion on Monday night, October 27.But with all of the sports commentators recapping how amazing the opening night was, I couldn’t help thinking about the American hypocrisy of sports and race. I’ve been to Cleveland on several occasions and know people from the area, as well as from other cities of Ohio. And it’s the same old American story; Blacks live on one part of town in poverty, while Whites live on the other in wealth. And race relations still don’t mix like you would think they would in 2014.So I watched the rehashed stories of White Cleveland Cavaliers fans who angrily burned LeBron James jerseys just four years ago when he left the city to take his talents to South Beach, and I chuckled at their audacity. Thousands of these same angry White fans now profess to love him again, including Cavaliers owner, Dan Gilbert, who was forced to apologize for his tantrum and public letter, which lambasted LeBron and attacked his character.I’m sorry, folks, I know we all look at sports as the perfect meeting ground between race, gender, class, creed and culture, but it continues to astonish me how the White American populace could care less about Lebron James’ twin brother, if he wasn’t blessed with the same freakish athletic skills to play basketball. And if James had such a twin brother, would these fans bother to even buy him a drink? Not unless he brought LeBron with him.As we inch closer to 2015, we still have millions of white Americans who would never read this sports column just because it has the word “Black” in it, identifying a people and culture that they refuse to learn anything about. And if Black athletes couldn’t dunk, shoot, rebound, or pass a basketball; run, pass, catch, intercept, kick or punt a football; or throw, catch, hit or pitch a baseball, White Americans wouldn’t care to know them either.(Omar Tyree is a New York Times bestselling author, an NAACP Image Award winner for Outstanding Fiction and a professional journalist @ www.OmarTyree.com.)