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Sport Tourism is a $600 Billion Industry!


What do the Philippines and Kenya have in common? One thing is that they both use sport as a way to boost their tourism industries.

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Visger Rules – Recommended Changes to NFL Rules

Knowledge comes from formal learning and research, along with first-hand experience. George Visger, who played defensive tackle for the University of Colorado in the 1977 Orange Bowl, and won a Super Bowl championship in 1981 with the San Francisco 49ers, has had multiple head injuries throughout his career in football. With over 20 concussions and 9 emergency brain surgeries; you can say Visger has had first-hand experience dealing with trauma.

The Real Value of Medical Scholarships


In The Wall Street Journal’s September 24, 2010 edition, Hannah Karp and Darren Everson offered an intriguing article titled Alabama’s Unhappy Castoffs. It dealt with certain football players at the University of Alabama who were offered, and took, “medical” scholarships following injuries.

Serious Concerns over Alcoholic Beverages with Added Caffeine


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned four firms that they are breaking the law by including caffeine in alcoholic beverages.

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New York City Marathon is Area’s Biggest One-Day Sports Event


There is no football game at the Meadowlands this Sunday, as both the New Jersey teams are on the road, with the Jets in Detroit and the Giants in Seattle. So there cannot be a side by side comparison of two Sunday area sporting events to judge both sports’ economic impact. Still a question should be raised. Which is more important to the local economy: a National Football League game or a marathon?

You’re out! Softball’s Olympic Odyssey


Softball, an Olympic sport from 1996 to 2008, was dropped from the Summer Games of 2012 and 2016. The reason was never made clear, but speculation was that it was not “universal” enough. Or, it lacked competitiveness outside of North America. Or, maybe it was too close to baseball, another sport dropped from the Olympic program after 2008.

Are Students Unfairly Subsidizing Intercollegiate Athletic Programs?


Recently, there has been much discussion regarding the amount which colleges and universities are charging their students to assist in funding intercollegiate athletic programs. Gone are the days when student fees were considered a minor portion of paying for a college education. Currently, students pay fees for athletics, technology, student activities, parking, ID cards, recreation centers, and so forth. Consequently, student fees have become a significant part of the cost of attending college.

USOC Inks Training Base Deal with University of East London


Inside the Games reports that the United States Olympic team recently secured training and preparation facilities in London for the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games. More than 1000 athletes will have access to training and medical services as well as accommodation in new facilities currently under construction by the University of East London. The new $32 million complex is due to open in 2011.

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Exercise Intensity, Heart Rate, and Perceived Exertion


Cardiovascular exercise is typically performed to improve and maintain cardiovascular health. Aside from endurance competitors (triathletes, cyclists, marathon runners, etc.), recreationally active men and women should be exercising at an intensity that promotes optimal heart health. However, it is not always clear as to what intensities one should be exercising at to facilitate the greatest return. For years exercisers have been using both heart rate (HR) values and ratings of perceived exertion (RPE) to classify intensities during cardiovascular training. While both methods have proven to be valid, it is significantly more difficult using HR compared to RPE.

When Should Athletes Specialize in a Single Sport?


An increasing number of young athletes are specializing in a single sport nowadays, leading to a general lack of foundational preparation and physical literacy. Some coaches and many parents believe that if a young child begins learning the skills and training for a particular sport—and only that sport—then the child will have a much better chance at reaching elite levels of performance later in life. They believe that participating in multiple sports only interferes with this laser-like focus. The single sport idea is based on conventional wisdom, but child development experts say that early specialization is, at best, ineffective for developing elite athletes, and may be harmful to sport performance as a child gets older. Multiple sport participation, on the other hand, provides a foundation of physical literacy that will enhance later sport performance.