The Unexpected Win

News 19 February 2014 | 0 Comments

teamIn a game, whether basketball, football, boxing or any sport at all, where most people would bet on the clear winners it’s no wonder when a pub becomes a boxing ring or a sports bar would call the cops when their teams lose. For anyone who bets, it’s really earth-shattering if you lose a lot of money on a team that you trusted would win, on a team that would never fail you. But we can never fully forecast the results of the game, our role is just to watch and accept the results good or bad. [...]

Basketball Fever

News 18 February 2014 | 0 Comments

SCORE!In the basketball world, FIBA fans will no longer wait that long since the FIBA world cup is coming in Madrid Spain this year. While the NBA’s 2013-2014 season is ongoing with the repeated absence of Lakers’ superstar Kobe Bryant. We all know the news there is regarding our favourite players, teams standings, and injuries, but are we also aware of the changes that happened with regards to the rules of the game? [...]

3 Best Superannuation Sponsored Sporting Events in Australia

News 19 August 2014 | 0 Comments

Australians have a true love of sports and the country always performs well on the world stage. This is partly because sporting events in Australia are well sponsored and supported by the community. Many large companies and corporations provide grants and sponsorships to sporting groups – from junior levels through to professional sports. One area of the community that provides a fair share of this support is the financial and financial services industry. Every year the superannuation (pension fund) funds sponsor countless amateur and professional sporting events. We have decided to take a look at the best 3 events (in our opinion) sponsored by the industry.

Mother’s Day Classic
The non-profit organization womeninsuper.com.au is the main supporter and sponsor of the Mother’s Day Classic. Women in Super is a network for women employed in the superannuation and financial services industry. The Mother’s Day Classic is known as a “fun walk/run” and is held in every major Australian city and many regional areas as well. Each event is slightly different and they provide a fun atmosphere with enough competition for serious runners. It is best known as being one of the best fundraising events for breast cancer research. A worthy cause and a worthy sponsor!

Have-a-go Day
Have-a-go day is an annual event held at many sporting clubs around Australia. It offers youngsters a chance to try a new sport. This is a great way to get young people off the couch and the event has successfully placed over 100,000 kids in a new sporting team. These events are costly to run and there are numerous volunteers required as well. There are a number of sponsors for these events, and it is mostly down to the local company level. However, there are a number of sponsors from the super industry as well including www.smsfreviews.com.au and REST Super. This is a great event and anything that encourages kids to get into sport is a great idea!

Australian Athletic Championships
This is a professional sporting event and has been well supported by the financial services industry for many years. Despite being a country obsessed by sports, athletics is often forgotten in Australia. This is why this sponsorship that HOSTPLUS has offered to this event makes it into our top 3. They receive very little kudos for this sponsorship, but in our opinion they deserve to be praised for the work they do with Australian athletics. This event is well run and allows athletes from around the country to compete against each other each year and is a key event in Olympic games funding and qualification.

We have listed just 3 events out of the many that are supported by the Australian superannuation industry. Of course, super funds also support many other worthy causes each year such as charity events, awards and arts/cultural events as well. The work that these funds are doing to support and promote these events should not be underestimated and we need more big businesses to stand up and support sport at the ground level!

A Look at One of the Best Basketball Players in the Country, Jonas LeBron

News 6 May 2014 | 0 Comments

The London Fire is one of the best basketball teams in the country right now. One of the reasons why it is one of the best is that it is currently composed of players who really know how to work well with each other. Through amazing teamwork, they have been able to consistently beat basketball teams that were once considered unstoppable juggernauts. Of course, amazing teamwork isn’t the only thing that makes the London Fire such an amazing team. If we look at the team’s players individually, we see that they’re also very good players on their own. In this post, we are going to concentrate on one of the best players of the team, Jonas LeBron.

Although LeBron only started playing basketball professionally about a year ago, he’s already being touted as one of the best players in the country right now. There are many reasons why this is so. One of these reasons happens to be the fact LeBron is one of the fastest players the country has ever seen. Through amazing footwork and speed, LeBron is a player that gives opponent teams a really hard time. Most of the teams the London Fire goes up against end up losing their focus because they spend so much effort keeping LeBron in place. Many teams find that not making the necessary effort to keep LeBron in check often results in them having a weakened defense. Because of this, they spend so much effort going up against just one basketball player, even if it’s a double-edged strategy.

Just how did LeBron end up becoming one of the fastest players in the game? We reached out to him to find out his secrets, and here’s what he had to say:

“I actually train around seven hours a day. I spend my mornings doing cardio and strength training; as for my afternoons, I spend them playing basketball and cross-training. Contrary to what most people think, I don’t spend all of my time playing basketball. That would be counter-productive. Concentrating only on basketball can prove detrimental for anyone who wants to play it professionally. This is because many of the important skills great players have can only be developed by engaging in other activities. Kids need to realize this,” Lebron told us.

Of course, training isn’t the only thing Lebron does to improve his playing. It might seem like it has nothing to do with his basketball skills, but Lebron actually does binary options trading with Banc de Binary Canada in order to improve his playing.

“Doing binary options trading, in addition to earning me a lot of extra money, helps improve my mental sharpness. This is because binary options trading requires a lot of strategizing and thinking. Binary options trading may only require one to choose between putting or calling on an option, but there are many factors that need to be considered in order to make a great trading decision. It takes a lot of mental power to deal with these factors. Most people don’t realize it, but mental sharpness goes hand-in-hand with one’s “Basketball IQ.” Because of this, I make it a point to keep my mind sharp,” Lebron told us.

If there’s one thing we can say about Lebron, it’s that he’s definitely an interesting character. We can expect him to continue dominating the game well into the future. Also, we wouldn’t be surprised if more people end up doing binary options trading at Banc de Binary because of him. It’s quite amusing, who would’ve thought that such a thing could go hand-in-hand with being a great basketball player?

Promoting Sports in Schools Through Binary Options Trading

News 20 March 2014 | 0 Comments

Sports are something we should encourage the youth to participate in. Sports aren’t just something that people do to pass the time; Sports actually have a host of amazing benefits both to individuals and society at large. For one, research has shown that the more sports are promoted by communities, the lower their crime rates are, especially amongst the youth. This may be just one positive effect of promoting sports, but this effect alone is enough to warrant concerned entities to actually make the effort to do so.

Unfortunately, though, most young athletes are not able to fully participate in the sport of their choosing. This is because many schools in communities all over the country don’t care much about giving their student athletes the chance to shine. These schools are only concerned about raising their kids’ scores on standardized tests administered on a national level. Ironically, their neglect of sports is causing grades to grow lower. This is because in order to make the most of one’s schooling, students need to be able to participate in sporting events and actually hone their physical prowess. In all actuality, physical prowess can go hand-in-hand with mental prowess. In fact, research has shown that being physically active boosts brain power significantly. By taking care of their athletes and providing the rest of their student body access to proper physical education, schools are actually helping them become much smarter and more physically fit at the same time.

The good news for schools is that there are now many people who are actually working to help them have great physical education programs. Many of these people are doing it through binary options trading. Through binary options trading, anyone can now help schools of their choosing have a physical education department that is actually able to take great care of the needs of their students.

The reason why I am actually writing this article is to get both athletes and non-athletes who want to promote sports in schools to actually donate money to them; they can easily do this through binary options trading. What exactly is binary options trading? Basically, binary options trading is a form of trading that generally only involves choosing between “putting” on an option or “calling” on it. A correct guess always leads to people getting a fixed amount of money. Through this method of raising money, so many sports enthusiasts from all over the country have been able to donate to the physical education departments of the schools of their own choosing. If you want to be one of these people, I highly suggest you do binary options trading with Banc de Binary.

Banc de Binary has binary options trading help services that enable people to make profitable trades easily. In addition to this, the Banc de Binary platform enables people to access so many underlying assets in different parts of the world anytime they want to. By working with Banc de Binary, you can ensure your future success in binary options trading. Whether you donate all of you earnings with them to physical education departments or just a part of it is up to you; what’s important is that you help out.

How Recreational Sports Have Lead To An Increase In Prolapsed Uterus Injuries

News 8 March 2014 | 0 Comments

Women who take part in vigorous sporting activities are much more likely to suffer from a prolapsed uterus. When a prolapse happens, your uterus or womb slips out of place; it typically happens when your uterus isn’t properly supported by surrounding tissues and muscles. When your support system fails, your uterus moves down into your pelvis, cervix or inside of your vagina.

Why Is This More Likely To Happen To Athletes?

There’s a strong correlation between physical activity and uterine prolapse. New studies show that women who take part in amateur sports increase their likelihood of developing a prolapse; there’s no guarantee that it’ll happen, but it’s about five times as likely.

Women who are predisposed to a prolapse are the most likely to experience this injury; weak pelvic muscles can be torn and strained during the course of physical activity. Squatting, lifting and straining can tear your pelvic muscles. Exercise is good for you, but you really need to be careful; this is especially true if you have given birth vaginally.

Doctors are seeing an increase in prolapsed uterus symptoms and complications; many of these cases are caused by strenuous exercises like CrossFit and weightlifting. Repeated strain on your muscles can cause them to stretch out; this makes your pelvis much more vulnerable to a prolapse.

What Exercises Should You Avoid?

If you have symptoms of a uterine prolapse, then it’s important to avoid all exercises that put a strain on your abdominals and pelvic muscles; this includes sit-ups, crunches, weight lifting and leg-lifts. Even advanced yoga poses have been shown to make symptoms worse.

What Can Athletes Do To Prevent Injury?

The best thing to do is to strengthen your pelvic muscles; when you do this, you are less likely to suffer from injuries of all sorts. Try these exercises to help strengthen your core:

Pelvic Constriction

If you want to strengthen your pelvis, you can do it by engaging the muscles that stop you from urinating. A great time to practice is when you are going to the bathroom; simply stop the stream while you are urinating. Try to hold it in for as long as is comfortable; over time, you will build strength.

The Flutter

You can perform this exercise by squeezing your pelvic muscles as fast as you can; start with sets of five, and increase the number as you get stronger. This exercise works to tighten muscles that were previously stretched out.

The Elevator

This exercise is great for preventing a prolapse. Tighten your pelvic muscles from the bottom up; concentrate on each different section individually. Imagine your stomach as three separate sections. Start with your lower muscles; slowly progress all the way to the top. Once you hit the top, relax your muscles and start again.

There’s no question that rigorous physical activity can increase your chances for a uterine prolapse. If you are susceptible to the condition, it’s important to take preventative steps to make sure that your pelvic muscles stay strong. When you take proactive steps, you make sure that physical activity doesn’t exasperate your pelvic condition.

Inspiration for Those in Need

News 13 February 2014 | 0 Comments

athleteWe see a lot of potential athletes in our communities but are excluded from playing because of their disabilities; however, these athletes have already proven that they can do it. So why is there a need to stop them from entering competitions when some of them are better than most athletes with no disabilities?

Last February 3, the Seahawks and Broncos battle it out with former crushing the latter. In the Seahawks team is the first ever offensive NFL player who is deaf, Derrick Coleman. Being deaf did not stop him from playing and winning for his team. He had some difficulties when he was still starting as he had difficulty in playing without his hearing aid, so they devised a way to attach the hearing aid without it being obtrusive. He practiced hard with his teammates so that his impairment is already accounted for in their positioning. His position enables him to lip-read and helps him in his play. Their practice paid off when Coleman scored his first NFL touchdown against the New Orleans Saints last December 2013. He became a model for Duracell batteries and the commercial inspired twin sisters, Erin and Riley Kovalcik, to write. They corresponded and Coleman invited them to the Superbowl and meets them in person.

Coleman had a supportive family who wanted him to reach his potentials. However, not everyone has a family like that. The biggest handicap is the attitude of the people in the surroundings. The United Kingdom pulled out their annual donations for the deaf athletes; they had to petition visual signals especially in swimming or running. On the other hand, the Manitoba Sports Federation in Canada now receives funding for the athletes with disabilities. More coaches are also willing to learn sign language in order to coach young, talented athletes.

There are a large number of people with disabilities coming forward and achieving what other people could achieve and more. The only barrier is that people are used to thinking that those with disabilities cannot excel in anything. Forgetting the fact that some of the people who shaped the world and its thinking are with disabilities, to name a few are Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, Jessica Cox, first armless pilot, and Helen Keller. The attitude towards persons with disabilities can be the biggest handicap of humanity.