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The Big Three: Looking at the Most Popular Sports in the World

If you ask any sports lover (and even those that don’t follow sports) about the most popular sports in the world, and you’ll probably get a repeat of three sports activities in particular. Today, we wanted to talk about which were the most popular sports in the world. It would be easy to just name […]

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Equipment Talks: Why Is It Worth Investing in Proper Sports Equipment?

Sports are activities that normally require apparatuses and equipment. Even when you aren’t playing the actual game and merely practicing, you’ll need those too. The trouble is, really good sports equipment can be quite pricey. So today, let’s talk about why it is worth investing in proper sports equipment. Safety Sport is an activity that […]

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The Dilemma of WWE: Why They Should Let Go of the “Attitude Era”

Anyone who has lived in the past thirty to forty years will have a favorite wrestler—or will at least know of a wrestler. That’s how big the WWE is. They recently celebrated 25 years of their Monday night show called RAW.

WWE and the Attitude Era

The 25th anniversary of RAW was a highlight reel of what was known to be the “Attitude Era” where it was normal to flip the middle finger, take part of hardcore matches where blood was a regular feature, and have “matches” where women were normally overly sexualized.

This time in WWE history was marked by broken bodies, bloody matches, and the ever normal bra and panties matches. This was the standard in which wrestling was held and it seems that a lot of the adults of today were the young children that used to watch those types of matches.

RAW 25 was pretty much a three-hour throwback with no actual meat in its presentation.

WWE PG Direction

The issue that exists today is that WWE has now gone in a different direction. They are aiming to have a more PG approach to their program which is marked by their wellness directive, no more expletives, and they have elevated the standard in which women were held.

Everything was in the direction that would make sports entertainment more accessible to children and families—a market that would be necessary to tap into for the continued longevity of the brand.

The Issue

Nostalgia is a factor that has been quite strong in the past ten years. There has always been a clamor toward how much “better” things were back then. The WWE is no different from this given that they generally aim to make their viewers happy.

The problem with this is that viewers tend to look for the sort of matches that they grew up watching. These types of matches involved Hell-in-a-Cell, Hardcore matches, Street Fight matches, and many others. These do not fit in with the current direction. As a subsequent effect, the viewers of today increasingly demand to see the stars of yesterday rather than giving the new talent a chance to establish their own agency.

The Need to Let Go

WWE in general needs to firmly turn towards the PG direction and come up with matches that fit the current directive. This is due to the fact that they try to host the same types of matches but end up disappointing fans due to the lack of the violence and the gore that was normally expected.

Before You Go

The WWE is a giant company which has seen a massive growth in the last twenty years or so. The advent of social media also helped them move away from the “kayfabe” and allowed their athletes to enjoy better privileges. The trouble is that as there is a lot of demand for matches or skits like the ones they had in the Attitude era and the newer talent keeps getting overlooked or used as fodder for established wrestlers.

Do you think the WWE needs to let go of their Attitude Era and move toward cultivating the talent that they have today?

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Let’s Talk Benefits (Adults Edition): Why Should Adults Do Sports?

A while back, we had discussed the very real benefits of sports for children. We’ve had significant response to that and a lot of requests to do an article about the benefits for adults. Well, ask and you shall truly receive!

Today, we are going to be talking about the major benefits that adults receive from being active in sports! Here are some of the biggest ones:

Stronger Heart

Sports makes a person exert effort. This effort is a contributing factor in a healthier system. The heart is pretty much the core of the body’s driving force. The emotions or exertions that a person makes while in the midst of sport makes the heart beat fast or slow or even in a sustained tempo. This exertion of the heart makes its muscles stronger.

When you’re an adult, there’s a big chance that your heart has been subjected to a lot of stress and even heavy dose of bad food. A stronger heart means that you’ll be a lot healthier adult and have less chances of getting hit with heart problems later on.

Better Balance

Any hospital that cares for a majority of elderly patients will tell you that one of the biggest issues that they deal with would be adults who have a very weak sense of balance. This is something that only grows worse as time goes on.

Adults who have poor coordination turn into elderly individuals with an even worse coordination. They, in turn, become at higher risk for falling and injuring themselves. Adults who regularly join sporting events develop a better sense of balance. Better balance means that they are unlikely to develop problems that would make them fall risks.

Lowers Stress and Staves Away Depression

Life comes with a lot of stress and a lot of different occurrences that can lead to depression. A majority of people who struggle with depression do so because they feel isolated or separated from socialization. Sports enable people to interact and have common interests. This common ground is a better starting point in making new connections and friendships.

The physical activity that is often associated with sports enables people to work out any stress that they may be feeling. When people are able to sort out stresses, they lessen the likelihood of developing depression.

We feel that this is a really important benefit as there has been a drastic rise in adults being diagnosed with depression.

Before You Go

Don’t think that we’re pressuring you into taking part of an activity that you have no interest in. We simply want to provide you with a good incentive as to why it would be worth your time and efforts to be part of any sort of sport. Not every sport out there is a team sport. There are those that you can do by your lonesome. Even those have massive benefits!

Do you take part in sports as an adult? What benefits do you personally enjoy?

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Equipment Talks: Why Is It Worth Investing in Proper Sports Equipment?

Sports are activities that normally require apparatuses and equipment. Even when you aren’t playing the actual game and merely practicing, you’ll need those too. The trouble is, really good sports equipment can be quite pricey. So today, let’s talk about why it is worth investing in proper sports equipment.

Safety

Sport is an activity that a wide variety of people do, including young children. So it would be highly important to provide them with equipment that would keep them safe. It’s not just for the kids. Adults need proper sports equipment to stay safe as well.

For example, let’s consider the sport of basketball for a second. Basketball is a sport which requires sprinting, jumping, and even other fast movements. A basketball court has floors that can become slippery. This is why it is important to have good shoes that are able to maintain traction and deal with slippery surfaces.

In terms of contact sport such as rugby or American football, having proper safety gear is important to lessen the likelihood of fatalities or major injuries.

Quality

There is sporting equipment out there that are either pre-owned or made rather cheaply. This can be quite tempting especially for those who are looking to save money. It can also be tempting for those who are thinking that this is good enough for now—until they are able to save up for the more expensive form of equipment.

This is bad thinking. The reason why proper sporting equipment is costly is because of the quality of the material and the quality of performance. Proper sporting goods are made as the culmination of extensive and exhaustive research and development.

Of course there needs to be a return in the investment of the developer, manufacturer, and even the distributor. That’s how it works.

Performance

If there is anything that the best sporting equipment can provide, it is enhance athletic performance. Better performance has always been the quest of every athlete out there. Swimmers wear better gear to improve their speed in the water.

American Football players wear better made gear to help them run and tackle better. The list goes on and on. If you’re an athlete, proper sporting equipment is also an investment in your performance as a whole.

Before You Go

We hope you remember that there is always a cost to be paid. When it comes to the idea of sports, it’s either you pay with money to buy good equipment or you pay with your health if you invest in poorly made ones. You should always weigh what you are willing to pay and what you get in return. This is the fundamental thought behind every sort of investment—especially ones that involve buying sports equipment.

Do you think it’s worth investing in proper sports equipment? Let us know your thoughts!

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Let’s Talk Benefits (Kids Edition): Why Should Kids Do Sports?

Doctors around the world will tell you that children need to be healthy in order to develop well and become full grown people. In the world of sports, it is often said that the younger the starting age of an athlete, the better. Today, we discuss the benefits of sporting activities for children.

Here are some of the benefits that kids have to gain from sports:

Regular Exercise

Childhood obesity is one of the biggest threats to kids. Studies have shown that at least 1 in every 20 kids is well on their way to being obese. This number is getting worse as the years go by. This is because most kids nowadays stay indoors.

Sports will give them a good reason to be out and about. This is particular true when it comes to group sports. Kinds who are part of sports attend regular practices, training sessions, and even games—making sure that they are physically active and healthy.

Camaraderie

Sporting activities are usually in their best form when done in team format. When kids join team sports, they get to interact with other kids close to their age on a fairly regular basis. They get to really explore who they are as individuals and how they’ll react to the presence of other people.

A lot of kids today grow up not knowing how to handle pressure or confrontation like mature people. This is because a majority of them grew up alone and were not given the chance to really forge bonds with the society of other children.

One of the biggest issues that supposed adults have today is social awkwardness. If kids are given the chance to really interact well with other children, they are given more opportunities to navigate their social strata.

Discipline

No one will tell you that sports are easy. You ask any athlete or any family member of an athlete and they will tell you that it is tough. Like, really tough. Sports require commitment and strength of character.

When children are given the chance to join sports, you afford them the opportunity to hone their discipline. Discipline is a trait that one will need well into adulthood. After all, kinds will eventually grow up to be working adults and if they lack discipline, they’ll never get anything done. Discipline also instills the culture of respect.

If a child is taught early on how to be a good sport and maintain that discipline, the whole world will be better for it.

Before You Go

We hope that—despite the obvious reasons—you’ve learned more about the good things that sports can bring into the lives of the very young ones that we all aspire to protect. Kids have so much to gain from sports. As the adults in the situation, we should make it our shared responsibility to make sure that we enable them to achieve this.

Do you have solid reasons as to why kids should do sports? What reasons are those? Let us know your thoughts!

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featured2 - The Big Three: Looking at the Most Popular Sports in the World
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The Big Three: Looking at the Most Popular Sports in the World

If you ask any sports lover (and even those that don’t follow sports) about the most popular sports in the world, and you’ll probably get a repeat of three sports activities in particular. Today, we wanted to talk about which were the most popular sports in the world.

It would be easy to just name our favorite and have done with it but of course, we needed to come up with parameters. WE decided to look at this for several angles:

  • How Widespread it Was
  • Fan Base Numbers
  • Longevity

Basing it off those three things, here are the three most popular sports in the world:

Tennis

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If you live in the USA, this is probably not the sport you would imagine as part of this list. However, Tennis is one of the most widespread sports that exist today. It has over a billion fans the world over. Tennis players were the first rock stars of the sporting world.

Association football

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Association football is known by another name: Soccer. If you were thinking of the American variant, we’re sorry you’re disappointed. Football (as it is known for most of the world) is arguably one of the biggest and most popular sports.

It boasts of billions of fans and you go anywhere in the world and you will find someone playing football (or some variant of it).

Cricket

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Despite the overly complicated rules and the odd play style, Cricket has managed to capture the attention of the world. From their games to their events, there are nearly 3 billion fans of the sport worldwide.

Before You Go

There are a lot more sports in the world, of course. Just because we didn’t mention it here doesn’t mean that it isn’t as popular. It’s just that when you mention “sports” most people will automatically think of one of those three.

Do you follow any of the three sports that we’ve mentioned? Would you say that they have fair claim to the title of “most popular”? Let us know your thoughts!

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Sports For All: Who Can Get Into Sports?

When it comes to the topic of sports and sporty activities in general, there has always be much discussion about just who can get into them. Today, we wanted to shine a light upon this. There has been a lot of discussion as to who can get into sports.

Back then, it was thought that only those in peak physical health could do sports. After all, who wanted to be liable for a frail person suddenly dying during strenuous activity? It got us thinking about who can get into sports. We gave it a lot of thought and—barring the easy answer—we came to several varied ones like:

Recovering People

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Sports which do not rely on heavy exertion are great for people who are recovering from injury or illness. In fact, part of physical therapy is to have the recovering person engage and even persist in activities like sports.

People with Disabilities

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Special Olympics is a thing and will continue to be one for decades to come. Just because someone was born with a disability (whether physically or mentally) does not invalidate their right to partake in sports. In fact, we firmly believe that more persons with disabilities should be given the chance to be part of sporting events.

The Elderly

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Physicians have always said that our health is our most precious wealth. When you’re in your twilight years, the last thing you might probably want to do is to join any sort of activity which will require exertion. However, the elderly shouldn’t be counted out of the game.

Before You Go

Take some time to really think about the lines in the sand that we tend to make for ourselves and see if they’re really necessary. Sport is something that we can all enjoy and no matter who you are, it is something that is meant to be enjoyed.

Are you into sports? Do you wish more people would be into sports? Let us know your thoughts!