It’s not just North Americans who have begun to realize the importance of physical activity for children. Childhood obesity and inactivity is a phenomenon in every affluent, developed country in the world. Fortunately, some of these countries have launched public campaigns to correct the problem.
Here’s one example. This public advertisement, from Ireland, is called: Physical Activity – It All Adds Up. This video describes an easy way for children to get in an hour of exercise every day.
With Fall sports about to begin, the opportunities for concussions begin as well. Some sports carry an inherent risk of concussions: football, hockey, soccer, field hockey, rugby, flag football, gymnastics and more. And any PE class holds risks. All it takes is a trip and a fall, and a concussion could occur.
So, I thought it appropriate to provide you with two excellent resources about concussions. One is a website from South Africa that provides articles about the latest concussion research, recent news articles, and tips for management of concussions. Perhaps most valuable is an extensive concussion toolkit that will help you take the correct steps after a suspected concussion. I really like the pocket card you can print and carry with you, or place in your first aid kit. Thanks to South African reader, David Flax, for bringing this resource to my attention.
The second resource was sent to me by Andrew from a high school club called “Teens 4 Safety.” It’s actually a website from a car insurance calculator, but it provides an eye-opening look at the seriousness of the concussions that can occur in contact sports. It does this by comparing the forces involved, plus the frequency and severity of sports concussions with the injuries sustained in auto accidents. It uses a graphic format that is fun to read and should attract the attention of your students. Here’s the link
Well, it’s July and summer vacation has just begun here in North America. For those of you still checking PE Update, I thought I’d provide a video of a new sport that you’ll probably never be able to play in your school (because it looks expensive to set up), but that looks like a lot of fun. It’s called Bossaball and it’s a combination of volleyball, soccer, gymnastics and trampolining!
Check out the video – it provides the basic rules and shows how the pros play. Have a great summer!!
Here’s a video that discusses concussions and the necessity of reporting head injury symptoms right away. Athletes are often taught that they have to “tough it out” when injured, but unlike many other injuries, playing with a concussion can cost an athlete their entire season…or their career.
I like this video – because it’s the personal story of a female basketball player, it shows that concussions can be experienced by anybody in any sport, not just by males in contact sports such as football or hockey.
It’s common knowledge that running is a high-impact sport. Approximately three times the runner’s weight is imparted into the ground on every step. And the legs impart energy as they push and pull over the ground. That’s a lot of energy. What if you could translate that energy into electricity? Could we use it to light up some homes?
That’s exactly what the race organizers of the Paris Marathon were thinking this year. The race sponsor, Schneider Electric SA, in conjunction with Pavegen Systems Litd. of the United Kingdom, conducted a test using flexible, energy-harvesting tiles, made from recycled truck tires.
Laid across a 25 meter section of the Champs Elysees, the tiles were designed to convert some of the kinetic energy that each footstep generates. The tiles work by flexing about 5mm on every footstep, which can generate up to 8 watts of kinetic energy. The resulting energy was fed back into batteries.
The 40,000 runners who participated in the race generated 4.7 kilowatt hours of energy, enough to run a fluorescent lamp for 146 hours.
Imagine if every sidewalk and low-traffic street in every city was covered with these tiles. Human movement itself could become a powerful generator for the world’s energy requirements.
Coaches everywhere, you don’t need the most talented team in the world, nor do you need to be the biggest school in your area to be successful and make a legitimate run when it comes to playoff time.
All you need is a team of hardworking individuals who buy in to your concept and are willing to sacrifice for the greater good of the team.
To people watching sports, never sleep on the little team that could.
Take Florida Gulf Coast in the NCAA basketball tournament this year. Anyone who says they knew about this school before this year is either from Florida or lying. Now, everyone is talking about them and for good reason. They became the seventh 15 seed in NCAA history to upset a two seed and the first 15 seed ever to make it to the Sweet Sixteen.
This teams rise has been something out of Hollywood, think Hoosiers but more athletic.
The Eagles have only been eligible to compete in the NCAA tournament for four years; their coach is a self-made millionaire who gave it all up for a coaching stint at Florida Gulf Coast. The best player on the team is named Sherwood Brown who started his career as a walk-on.
They upset number two Georgetown, a team boasting more size and athleticism, by simply running them off the court. It’s too bad “Lob City” was stolen by the LA Clippers because that would be a fitting nickname for this squad. Phenomenal alley-oops and put back dunks are a staple in this team’s offense.
It was same story, just a different versus against San Diego State the number seven seed. Setting the tables for the most unexpected rivalry game in recent memory as Florida Gulf Coast was set to play Florida in the Sweet Sixteen. Interestingly enough, Florida Gulf Coast had requested to play Florida at the beginning of this year and had been turned down. Bad move Billy Donovan, I suspect that will no longer be the case.
Alas it finally struck midnight for this Cinderella as they were beaten by cross-state juggernaut, Florida. This cannot take away from the unexpected run that captured a nation’s attention and made every small school believe that, given the opportunity, in a one-and-done situation, that anything is possible.
Ian Morse, Guest Columnist
Ian Morse is a former player with the Laurentian University and Cambrian College basketball teams. He’s about to graduate from the Cambrian College journalism program.