Technology Takes on Rec Sports Injuries


Whenever a professional athlete suffers an injury, the regular news outlets and sports media report it immediately. The information is broadcast worldwide, and anyone who has even a remote interest in the athlete learns about the mishap.

These injuries are often public knowledge long before the game is over. Communication technology amplifies these broadcasts even more as reporters, bloggers, and even the athletes themselves make the announcements on social media forums such as Facebook and Twitter as they occur.

Use of such technology isn’t restricted to athletes, though. Many recreational athletes carry their smart phones and electronic tablets in order to obtain information. This technology can also be used to report and even analyze injuries sustained by recreational athletes.


Sending text messages has become a popular way to connect directly with another person through the use of short messenger services, or SMS, on a mobile phone. Recreational athletes can message friends, family, and even their physician to inform everyone of an injury.

This can ensure immediate assistance when needed, and allow for instant communication with those who can assist. Athletes may describe the injury and send photos to their physician, and the latter can respond with a course of action that will minimize further damage.

Social media

Though it may seem odd, social media is an excellent way to broadcast injuries quickly to everyone who may need to know. Using social media platforms such as Twitter allows for the same flexibility as text messaging but you can also supply links to location maps or even medical files.

This can put doctors, family, and friends on alert about the injury and get them to respond appropriately. The banter on social media is all but instantaneous, which allows concerned parties to respond immediately to the injured person.

Photo and video sharing

Personal technology can be useful for dealing with sports injuries, because a majority of these devices contain a camera. Photos of the injury can be taken the moment the injury occurs.

The photo can then be emailed, or placed on a website such as Instagram to be shared. This can enable your physician to study the injury remotely and suggest a course of action. Photos can also provide first responders an accurate description of the injury and how it develops.

If video happened to be shot of the event in which the injury occurred, that may be invaluable information for determining the course of treatment.

Informational databases

One of the greatest online tools available to the recreational athlete is the variety of informational databases. Websites like WebMD provide a wide range of clinical advice to help identify symptoms and explain how to provide first aid.

Physical fitness training websites such as Beachbody allow subscribers to monitor their physical activities. Many other databases can not only explain how to avoid injuries but how to treat them when they happen.

A vast amount of technology is available for the recreational athlete to consult in order to perform better and promote wellness. If you should suffer an injury, god forbid, they’ll be at your service as well.

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5 Artists to Listen to While Playing Sports

Les Black Eyed Peas en concert au VIP Room Paris

Nothing pumps you up more than hearing an excellent song by a great artist over the loudspeakers at a sports event. The stadium goes quiet and suddenly you hear a beat from the Black Eyed Peas or Beyonce.

Then your team comes running out of the tunnel and the fans go wild. There’s nothing quite like a killer song to get the game rolling in any sport, which is why these five artists and songs are so commonly played in stadiums around the world.

1. The Black Eyed Peas

“Let’s Get it Started” and “Boom Boom Pow” are two songs regularly played at sporting events. The lyrics, the beat, and the way these two songs make you feel ensure their popularity at pro games.

Pumping up the crowd is important. When a good song comes on in a stadium, it gets the crowd moving. It gets the players moving. It pumps everyone up, raises the spirits and fills you with a sense of power and enthusiasm that only happens when your favorite team is on the field and one of these powerful songs comes on.

2. “Eye of the Tiger”

This song was recorded by Survivor. Maybe you know who they are or maybe that was long before your time. Either way, you know this song.

You hear the first few notes and your blood starts pumping, your feet start tapping, and as the beat picks up, you start screaming for your team to win the game. Few songs are as popular at sporting events as this one.

3. “We Will Rock You”

Queen is one of the all-time greats when it comes to songs that stick with you. You’re sitting in the stands watching a Sweet 16 game during March Madness. Your team is in contention. Before you know it, you hear something familiar and your feet start to move.

You tap them twice on the ground. Then you clap. Over the next few seconds, the rest of the stadium joins in. Then you’re all shouting, “We will, we will, rock you!” and banging on the bleachers. You’re letting your team know you have their back while simultaneously telling the other team it’s time to watch out.

4. Michael Jackson

Face it; anything by Michael Jackson pumps up a crowd, especially at a ball game. “Smooth Criminal” is a fan favorite at sporting events, though “Beat It” does just as well.

The King of Pop is a legend. Everyone, regardless of his or her age, knows who Michael is and what he did over his career. Regardless of whether or not you approve of his lifestyle choices later in life, almost everyone still loves MJ from the 80s and early 90s. “Thriller,” “Billie Jean,” and “Smooth Criminal” are seriously great songs.

5. Beyonce

She was once a child of destiny, but today she’s Mrs. Carter. Beyonce isn’t just the mother to Blue Ivy and the wife of world-famous rapper and music mogul Jay-Z, she’s the vocalist on several of the most commonly played songs at sporting events.

From her hit single, “Crazy in Love” to “Single Ladies,” Beyonce’s music regularly fills stadiums around the world. Why it’s not surprising to see a bunch of football players waving their hands in the air like a single lady may forever remain a mystery, but there’s no doubt that this lady’s music is a fan favorite.

Seeing your favorite athletes and artists in person

Few things in life have the same uplifting effect on your body and mind as seeing your favorite sports team in person or your favorite artist in concert. The rush of adrenaline and excitement and the feeling of camaraderie with thousands of other people you’ve never met before your life are exhilarating.

At, you’ll find tickets for any sporting event and any concert you want to see. Choose your seats, your venues, and your dates to maximize the fun you’ll have.

Music is art that works from the inside out. It gets your blood pumping and your feet moving. Combined with your favorite sport, the right song can make you feel like you can conquer the world in a matter of minutes. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s a good feeling to have.

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Brain Damage Focus of NFL Lawsuit


The “concussion lawsuit” is picking up steam, but don’t be fooled by the cutesy name. There’s been a massive lawsuit filed against the NFL by former players who experienced the brain degeneration of CTE. Over 5,000 former NFL players and their family members are at the heart of the suit, which is pending in Philadelphia. According to one of the founding attorneys of the Brain Injury Research Institute, it doesn’t matter if it’s called permanent brain damage or CTE–the heartbreaking results are the same.

Some critics say that concussions that don’t lead to injuries shouldn’t be considered. However, what’s the grace period? Some concussions can take a long time to lead to permanent brain damage, or it might not be noticeable right away. Injuries likechronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) can have far-reaching impacts.

Should Have Known Better

The defendants say that, basically, NFL players should know better. They point to the numerous research studies, brain imaging tests and other evidence that when people are repeatedly hit in the head, they can receive brain injuries that can cause a host of problems. Dementia, depression, Alzheimer’s loss of memory, insomnia, changes in personality and mood swings are just a few of the possibilities associated with CTE. CTE has also been a factor in many suicides involving NFL players like Junior Sea, Ray Easterlins and David Duerson.

Surprisingly, two of the NFL suicide victims left specific notes asking that their brains be donated to CTE science. Many of the players will live for many more years with serious medical issues, all requiring ongoing care and expenses. At the moment, everyone is waiting for the Honorable Anita Brody to weigh in with her ruling. She’ll be making history in terms of NFL safety, head injuries and just what’s covered by the player’s association.

The Possibilities

If Judge Brody rejects the arguments, there are three possible routes the attorneys might take. The first question is just how much information the NFL had about brain injuries and how long they’ve had this knowledge. The second issue is whether or not players hid concussions in order to get back on the field. Finally, just how big should the monetary damages be in order to “make up” for the risks these athletes take?

The amount of money will be influenced by CTE research and whether or not the protein deposits connected with CTE have a direct link to head trauma. If that link is confirmed, millions of dollars will likely be awarded for lifelong medical care and related expenses. Experts are torn about the connection between CTE and head injuries, but some people wonder what other explanation there could be.

Brain Experts Weigh In

One Boston University pathologist says she’s certain CTE stems solely from head injuries. However, just because there’s no feasible alternative right now doesn’t mean it’s a sure thing. Another Harvard University professor has agreed there have been great advancements in the study, but more is needed to find a genuine answer. A different Harvard researcher was recently awarded $100 million in grant money from the NFL Players Association to take a closer look at brain damage.

Another big controversy is if the NFL was a part of fraud, considering the league should have known the risks and they were contributing to negligence. The big question here is whether the league knew for sure that CTE and head injuries are connected, in which case they’ll be guilty of fraud. There’s a lot of ground to cover, and it’s likely that it will take years to resolve this case. However, it might be financially best for both parties to settle outside of court, which might help speed things up.

The players originally built their case simply by putting two and two together: It might seem obvious that repeatedly getting hit in the head causes brain damage and/or CTE, but “knowing” something doesn’t make it a fact legally. However, the sheer number of victims added up to a solid case.Working with actual injury attorneys is the first step in any successful lawsuit.

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Why Gambling in College Sports Is Cause for Concern


Point shaving is a serious issue in college sports, and it’s at the core of a recent slew of investigations. The simple fact is that college athletes are more vulnerable to gambling influence than many professionals. The recent suspension of Varez Ward, an Auburn basketball star, because of point shaving highlights the rampant issue. Some people are starting to wonder just how “normal” point shaving is in college.

Just like any illegal activity, it’s impossible to know how many people are getting away with it. These athletes are young, inexperienced and they don’t know what’s next after college. Their finances are shaky and they see an opportunity to make some serious cash. Sports betting in college is another obstacle. One researcher, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, estimates that one percent of all college games are subject to gambling corruption–and that an astounding six percent of favorite teams included players who were up for illegal point shaving.

The Details of the Act

The research followed a number of teams over a multi-year period. However, the study is quick to point out that no real evidence was drummed up; this is just an estimate based on an unusually high number of close wins. In addition to favorite teams, up and coming teams are exceptionally prone to vulnerability. This was the case of the Ward investigation, and the player still denies intentionally spreading points.

On the other end of the spectrum, a 2008 NCAA survey revealed that about 30 percent of male athletes engage in sports betting once a year or more. This is illegal in the NCAA, although it hasn’t been very well enforced. Less than one percent of football players have admitted to accepting money to throw games, but these numbers may be skewed since up to two percent claim they know someone else who accepted bribes.

The Seedy Side of College Sports

From the illegal bookie at the University of San Diego who was found with over $100,000 in a car to an underdog player throwing a game, the purity of all sports is up in the air. The bookie was at the helm of illegal sports wagers and two players got caught up in the scandal along with one coach–each was charged with sports bribery, illegal gambling and selling marijuana. However, when it comes down to point shaving in basketball, the usual culprit is the point guard.

This was Ward’s position, and it makes sense; after all, the point guard has the ball more than anyone else in the game. Critics have reviewed Ward’s games, and there’s some evidence to his throwing games, but it’s nearly impossible to prove anything without a paper trail. According to an ex-gambling addict and current gambling counselor, only two types of players will throw games: gambling addicts and/or people who need the money.

Many mainstream outlets don’t discuss college sports. Unless a person is closely following college Division I action, these types of conspiracies aren’t well known. To keep up with sports betting news and college sports, depend on a reputable source.

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What L.A. Thinks About the Sale of the Sacramento Kings


Kings fans have heard about it for a while: the Sacramento Kings are likely moving up north to Seattle. Back in February 2011, officials confessed that plans to relocate were being considered, and it seems like those plans might actually take effect. ESPN reports that the move became official as of Wednesday upon the announcement by NBA commissioner David Stern before the game in Minnesota. In his statement he explained that Seattle frontmen Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer have filed the paperwork to relocate the Sacramento team, nearly a month before the relocation deadline of March 1st.

Just because the paperwork has been filed doesn’t mean California is losing it’s team just yet. Stern commented that the relocation application is “very strong,” but Sacramento isn’t going to give up their team without a fight. In an effort to hold onto their beloved Kings, the mayor found around two dozen investors who are willing to put in $1 million each to save the Kings. Still, the campaign to keep the Kings is in the shadows as investors have not been announced. Should the investors go through with their endorsement, they would be able to decide the site of a new Kings arena: Downtown Railyard or the Downtown Plaza Mall.

Why would investors and fans put in so much work to keep the Kings in Sacramento? To begin with, the basketball team has been located in California’s capital city since 1985. Since then they have built up countless local fans. Following the initial rumors to move the team, Sacramento’s mayor announced million dollar investments that kept the team in Sacramento a little while longer. The Kings remained in Sacramento for the 2011-2012 season, under the condition that they would relocate in 2013 unless the city built a new stadium.

Another thing to consider about why Sacramento would want to hold onto the team is their value. Forbes rates the Kings as the #11 NBA team at a total value of $525 million. It makes sense for the city to invest money in keeping the team local and building a new stadium when they can bring in revenue from games. Although losing the Kings to Seattle would be unfortunate for Sacramento, they still have plenty to fall back on.

Other Californian teams can’t get too wrapped up in losing the Kings when they have their own seasons to worry about. Los Angeles teams the Lakers and the Clippers are on a rollercoaster of winning streaks and losses– not only of games but of players. It’s hard to tell how these teams will be able to finish up the season, but it’s clear that they are going to have to give it all they’ve got and win by any means necessary. It’s not a journey that fans want to miss. Basketball fans can get Lakers tickets, along with other teams, to see how these players can fare in their remaining games.

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Steelers Ta’amu Receives 2nd DUI Charge


It looks like Pittsburgh Steeler’s rookie nose tackle, Alameda Ta’amu, will be looking for a good DUI lawyer after the fourth round draft pick allegedly ran from the police and committed vehicular assault this past weekend. The 6’3” 348 lb. man registered a blood alcohol content of 19.6, which is over double the legal limit, and is his second alcohol related charge in two years, according to police records.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Ta’amu’s run in with the police makes the December 2009 DUI incident look tame by comparison, when Ta’amu was pulled over for speeding in Seattle (he was going 73 in a 60), and only blew a .097. Instead of being charged with driving under the influence at the age of 19, he pleaded guilty to negligent driving. This time, however, the football player’s antics were serious enough to warrant misdemeanor and felony charges.

According to police reports, Alameda was driving the wrong direction in a 2006 Lincoln Navigator along Fort Pitt Boulevard in Pittsburg early Sunday morning, where he ran a red light. He then crossed into opposing traffic for the next seven blocks. When police demanded that Ta’amu pull the vehicle over, he swerved toward the officer, nearly running him over. After being confronted by two more police officers, he allegedly hit four parked cars while attempting to elude the police. He then promptly smashed into a fifth car, which totaled both vehicles. Realizing the car would no longer move, Ta’amu fled the scene on foot while removing his blue shirt so as not to be recognized. The night wasn’t over for the rookie nose tackle. Police finally caught up with him and demanded he get on the ground. According to the complaint, it seemed that Ta’amu was reaching into his waistband, so they punched him in the face. They finally got him in handcuffs and hauled him off to jail.

The drunken altercation earned the Pittsburgh Steeler numerous felony charges, including three counts of aggravated assaults and up to 10 misdemeanors, for a total of 15 different criminal charges. Additionally, the Steelers have suspended the ex-Washington Huskie for two weeks, with no pay and he is barred from training with the rest of the team. In a press conference, it was announced there are no further penalties involved with the incident, although there has been some speculation that Ta’amu will be removed from the Pittsburgh Steelers for this incident.

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What’s the point of the most dangerous outdoor pursuits?


Some say it’s camping in England in the height of what is laughingly called “summer”.  The cheap tent that really should be used in the back garden during a heat wave can’t cope with monsoon downpours that throw hailstones the size of golf balls into the mix.   But enough of my recent experiences in the New Forest in the month of May!

Defining the most dangerous outdoor sports and pursuits is problematic. First off of course is the question of why people do it?  Why do otherwise rational human beings seem determined to see just how close to a sticky end they can get in the name of fun?   You can see the point of EI – or Extreme Ironing as it’s otherwise known.  It all started in Leicester in 1997 and retains its appeal because it combines the excitement of an extreme outdoor pursuit with the satisfaction of a well pressed pair of pants.


Angling kills more people than any other outdoor pursuit due to hapless and no doubt inebriated fishermen falling into lakes/streams/ponds and  drowning, but it  still isn’t deemed ‘extreme’  or ‘dangerous’.  Adherents of risky outdoor pursuits would of course claim that it’s the ‘rush’ that makes it worthwhile.  They also maintain that their pursuit usually involves using specialist equipment to control an inherently uncontrollable and unpredictable environment and hence make it safer.   The ultimate expression of that must be the superbly named Felix Baumgartner and his eight minute free fall jump 13 miles from the edge of space in what amounted to a full EVA pressure suit: only the third person ever to jump from such a high altitude and free fall to a safe landing.

That reliance of the kit may also apply to things like SCUBA diving or cave diving with the technological paraphernalia (and air supply) you need, but if you’re surfing 50-foot waves capable of tsunami-ing small seaside villages, the only ‘specialist’ equipment you’re likely to have is a surf board and a length of nylon tether.  It’s also hard to see what specialist equipment is involved in a sport like the luge, other than a ‘special’ state of mind that suggests going down a mountain at speed on what is basically a tea-tray with your backside or face only inches away from being shredded off is a good idea!


The really dangerous outdoor pursuits tend to attract men in their 20s to 40s who can afford all the kit and love to ‘live for the moment’, which is just as well as any one of them could be their last!   Even without death, there’s the prospect of concussion or brain damage, broken bones or the bends. The adherents of these sports and pastimes seem also to split into two types:  adrenaline junkies who just crave the thrill and the equipment junkies who are in love with the technicalities of the kit required.  

Although many of these pursuits began life in the youth counterculture, they  have now been acquired, subsumed  and morphed into huge  moneymaking marketing exercises  by the likes of Red Bull promoting televised events and  celebrity endorsement or surf wear makers offering  $100,000 for the first surfer to ride a 100 foot wave. Whatever they may have originally been inspired by, they are all now just  fodder for a huge global entertainment and merchandise machine that only aims to make money – so what’s the point in any of them any more?

The magnificent seven most dangerous outdoor pursuits

What are the most dangerous outdoor pursuits?  Depends on you age, fitness, income and personality. Those who indulge risky outdoor pursuits say it’s the ‘adrenaline rush’ that makes it worthwhile.  The challenge or the thrill that makes you feel alive. Those whose outdoor pursuits involve specialist equipment would also claim that, while seemingly reckless, they are in fact perfectly safe thanks to the kit they use.   If you want an objective definition of the most dangerous outdoor pursuits, you should probably look at what the insurance companies think.


Their actuaries and experts draw tables and assess risk using hard-headed statistics and probable risk to them (i.e. the likelihood of actually having to pay out against a policy) on what they consider to be “dangerous avocations”.  This definition includes sports and hobbies like learning to fly an aircraft or helicopter, motor racing and even hot air ballooning.  The activities an insurance company will probably find too risky to insure are therefore, by definition, the most dangerous outdoor pursuits.  In order of perceived insurance company risk then, the top seven most dangerous outdoor pursuits are:

  1. Motor Vehicle Racing: of any type including a car, motorbike, go-cart, dune buggy or powerboat.  You might still be insurable if you raced under the supervision of an instructor with full medical back up, otherwise forget it for anything less than an eye watering premium.


  1. Flying: The highest rate of death among pilots is when they are learning to fly or have very little experience in the air.   If you’ve logged less than 40 hours, forget it.  Ballooning, Hang Gliding or Ultralite flying also comes into this category.  Most of these activities are considered uninsurable unless you are highly experienced, but even then you would have a high rating on your policy.


  1. B.A.S.E. Jumping (Buildings, Antennas, Spans and Earth):  where you do without the aircraft and  leap from buildings, cliffs or towers wearing a parachute and a wingsuit so you can glide high enough for the ‘chute to actually open.  This is considered one of the most dangerous outdoor pursuits in the world with a very high death rate. It is not insurable.


  1. Mountaineering: serious climbers who are into rock, snow and ice climbing are out and insurance companies laugh at people who climb alone or are free style climbers (those who do it without safety equipment).  You’re probably OK if you climb with a club or school, provided you can prove that you’ve taken all the required safety training and use the safety equipment like avalanche beacons and radios.


  1. Scuba Diving: Have the chance of drowning and the possibility of decompression sickness. Insurance companies know there is a difference between people getting a kiss-me-quick holiday PADI license for a 25 foot dive in the Red Sea and those who do deep water dives in cold Scottish waters   Surprisingly, They regard the serious diver as a much greater risk than the person doing it once on holiday.


  1. Parachuting and Sky Diving: not that bad really.   Insurance companies will look at how experienced you are, whether you’re a member of club or a proper jump school, jumping alone or in small groups, doing fixed line jumps or free fall.   


  1. Skiing and snowboarding:  despite, as you might think, the anecdotal evidence of plaster casts and broken limbs, insurance companies have little problem with these outdoor pursuits, provided you stick to managed resorts and pistes.  It’s only once you go off-piste that skiing or snowboarding are considered too dangerous to insure.

And if you equate ‘holiday’ rather with ‘relaxing’ I’d suggest a caravan holiday in beautiful Devon!

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Bo Ryan’s Strange Interview On Mike And Mike In The Morning

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Bo Ryan is getting blasted on Twitter by ESPN personalities and sports commentators alike and rightfully so. The University of Wisconsin Basketball Coach is restricting red shirted freshman Jarrod Uthoff from transferring. Cases like this happen all the time in the NCAA, with student athletes usually being able to choose where they want to play the following season. What makes this case bizarre is that Bo Ryan must be really pissed that Iowa’s Mr. Basketball 2011 wants to leave Badger Nation. It’s one thing if a coach wants to make sure his player doesn’t end up in the same conference. It’s a pretty dick move altogether when Bo Ryan has blocked Jarrod Uthoff from going to 25 schools including those outside the Big Ten. 25 schools, why don’t you just force him to play Division II basketball while you’re at it?

Mike and Mike in the Morning grilled the head coach for making the issue way more complicated than it had to be. Ryan sounded hypocritical practically saying a student athlete should honor his commitment to play at a school even if coaches who notoriously leave for more money or other employees do the same thing. Somebody at Wisconsin should have pulled the plug on this interview because with each sentence, Ryan buried himself in an even deeper hole. This is one of those interviews where its entirely uncomfortable to watch yet still entertaining as hell. For the entire interview click here.

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Delonte West Gives Gordan Hayward A Wet Willie



Delonte West just pulled ahead of Brian Scalabrine as my favorite shittiest player in the NBA. For those who don’t know or simply need a refresher, Delonte West banged Gloria James. Gloria of course is Lebron’s mother and this occurred while West and Lebron were teammates in Cleveland. In fact, Delonte West fans can get their own T-shirt. (How many other scrubs can say they have their own T-Shirt?)

What happened last night though is the icing on the cake. Delonte for no apparent reason gives the Utah Jazz player Gordan Hayward a wet willie. It was really more like a dry willie but what professional athlete in their right mind would ever do that? West received a technical foul and a large spattering of boos from the away crowd for his actions.

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It Sucks To Be The Other Michael Jordan



ESPN adds another hysterical commercial to its growing list with this unique spin on Michael Jordan. They probably couldn’t book MJ to come down to Bristol, Connecticut because let’s face it; we only see Jordan now in Hanes commercials. Instead they cleverly used an average guy who happens to share the same name. Normally you would assume it’s awesome to have the exact name as a living legend. By the same token, ESPN shows us some of the reasons why it may not be as cool as originally thought. There isn’t even a reference to the Charlotte Bobcats. Enjoy the It’s Not Crazy, It’s Sports ad.

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