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

April 7th, 2021

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 fin

What Makes Horse Riding Different From Any Other Sport?

February 7th, 2021

So, what’s the big deal with horse riding? Why do so many claim that it is so much different from any other sport? If you’ve never ridden or been around horses, questions like these are probably running through your mind. Don’t worry, you are not alone.

Read on to find out what you have been missing…

There’s Just Something About Working With a Horse:
Perhaps the best part of horse riding is the interaction that the rider has with his or her horse. Unlike spending time with a cat or a dog, interacting with a horse tends to feel very different; when people are riding they get the distinct feeling that this is not their pet, but instead their partner.

Also, the fact that we build these partnerships with an animal that is undoubtedly much bigger and stronger than we are can be intimidating at first, but then becomes just another wonderful aspect of the sport.

In fact, the teamwork aspect of riding a horse plays a significant role in making this sport so different. In addition to having to work with their horse, riders have to have a positive relationship with a variety of individuals that help both them and their horses moving forward, an aspect of the sport that brings us to the next unique characteristic about horse riding.

Teamwork Is The Name of The Game:
While mainstream sports also require teamwork, horse riding could be considered to require the most teamwork of any sport out there. Although riding per se is not usually a team sport, as most riders compete individually, the amount of people it takes to keep a horse healthy and ready for competition is astounding. Most riders will have a farrier, vet, barn owner, and trainer to work with in order to keep their horse in the best shape possible and riders are also especially concerned about pampering and keeping their horses happy, too. For this reason, horse riding creates a unique team atmosphere.

Not Just a Sport:
For most riders, the experience isn’t just about participating in the sport, winning competitions or getting the job done. The majority of horse riders end up spending numerous hours at the barn or stables; a rider’s relationship with his or her horse is often significant.

When it comes to trying to demystify the lure of horse riding, a rider’s relationship with their horse is the biggest difference between horse riding and other sports.

Last, but not least, the sport of horse riding is surrounded by a strong community of individuals that share the same passion. For this reason, the sport of horse riding has a supportive and unique atmosphere that welcomes anyone, young or old, looking to get started in the sport.