Perfectly prep for a tournament

I love tournaments! So far, I haven't actually played in one. Mostly I've gone as a bench coach, alternate, or observer. While I hope that will change this next weekend when my team returns to the Low Down Throw Down tournament in Augusta, I have noticed a few things that may help you better prepare for your... Continue Reading →

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I’ve posted something on this as well, but it’s always worth repeating. Protect your brain! You only get one.

Weight Plates and Roller Skates

I don’t know if you’ve been keeping up with the headlines, but there’s been a (potentially) major break-through in concussion science.  Basically, U.S. scientists believe they have developed a way to detect CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), in living athletes.  CTE is a concussion-related brain disease, which can bring on depression, personality changes, and dementia.  Up until this find, it was only detectable by autopsy.

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It’s been found posthumously in the brains of a number of NHL and NFL players, including NFL linebacker Junior Seau, age 43, who committed suicide last May, and NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard, age 28, who died of an overdose in May 2011.  Scientists say that this new discovery may aid in finding early interventions for those showing signs of the disease, and may lead to improved concussion management strategies.

Great news, right?

Well, yes.  Provided the information about the potential long-term effects…

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Derby on the tube

"The Bachelor", "Bunheads" and "Bones". Within a week, all three shows featured roller derby. They aren't the first shows to use our sport to boost ratings. "CSI: Miami" and "Psych" both featured felonious derby girls. Reality shows like "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" and "Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy" saw both hosts attempting to... Continue Reading →

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