Why Sports Should Be Part of Every Kid’s Life

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Sports. Some of us hate them, some of us love them. Some of us grew up as the team’s shining star. They woke up early on the weekends for football or baseball practice, or ran track until they puked. Then there were those of us who preferred to sit on the sidelines and watch. We relished the use of the snooze button and slept ’til noon every Saturday and then got up and turned on the TV or played video games. This trend has continued over the decades, with more and more kids turning on TVs instead of getting turned on to sports. The effects of this trend have been disturbing with childhood obesity rates on the rise, and far too many kids getting into trouble with drugs and violence. If sports were part of the lives of more young people, we might see the trend reverse.

Tackling Childhood Obesity Through Athletics

In most areas, some type of sport activity is available for kids of various age groups. While some children are eager to play sports, there are some children who simply do not show much interest in competing. However, in light of the obesity rates in children that continue to skyrocket, it just seems like common sense that some sort of physical activity should be part of every child’s life.

“Look at the obesity rate for kids right now. It’s terrible. Do I force my kids to do sports? YES! I don’t make them play a sport that they don’t like, but they will play a sport,” explained Dr. Kevin Berry, a Denver, Colorado dentist and father of three.

A High-tech World May Not Be The Healthiest For Children

Younger generations seem drawn to the latest and greatest technologies of today like moths to a flame. They spend hours of every day browsing the Internet, using their cell phones, gaming, and watching television. All of these activities require little to no physical movement, except maybe for kids playing with Microsoft Xbox’s new Kinect® system.

Parents need to step in to ensure that technology-based activities don’t monopolize the lives of today’s children. There is always time for sports, and if there isn’t time, time should be made for them. Sports allow children to be active and to spend time away from the devices that seem to be glued to their hands.

Studies have shown that the less active a child is, the higher chance he/she has of becoming overweight. The less kids move and the more downtime they have, the more likely they are to pack on pounds. Health agencies push for at least 60 minutes of physical activity for children each day and with sports, exercise becomes less mundane and much more exciting.

Playing to Learn

In addition to fighting the childhood obesity epidemic, sports are also important in helping children to grow and learn as high-functioning members of society. Sports allow a child to learn the importance of team work, dedication, proper social skills, the art of fair competition, and can even build a child’s self-esteem. As explained by Dr. Berry, “Sports give kids a sense of brotherhood; it keeps my son out of trouble. It reinforces the message of right and wrong that he gets at home. Even if it’s not competitive, it is a good use of their time.” Sports also keep parents involved in their child’s development.

Your child doesn’t need to be the local team’s star quarterback or the soccer team’s best goalie, but he should partake in some sort of sport. With such a variety of sporting activities available today, your kids should be able to find something that they can enjoy doing that doesn’t involve going online.

Ashley Page writes for Off-Topic Media. Dr. Kevin Berry is a general dentist who focuses on treating TMJ disorder and sleep apnea. He can be contacted at:

TMJ Therapy and Sleep Center of Colorado
8200 S. Quebec Street, A14
Centennial, Colorado 80112
303-800-7007

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Rewards for Success in Football Europe

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Even though football season is now over, teams around the world are examining their finances and planning for the next season. Despite the ever increasing amount of money coming into football, many of the clubs in the Premier League and throughout Europe are still making a loss and even some of the most famous are heavily in debt such as Barcelona with a £400 million debt to go with their champions league trophy. This is hard to believe when we examine the financial rewards currently available for success in modern football.

Manchester United have now earned more than £60m in earnings from Premier League prize money and TV cash from the overseas deals from TV has ensured that current premier league clubs can earn up to £7m more than the 2009 / 2010 season.

The English league governing body better know as the premier league shares out income in various ways firstly the money based on position in the league, then on equal shares of TV income, which is then added to depending on how many times your club is shown on TV on domestic television. The 2010/2011 season, each premier league club received a total of £13.8m of the domestic TV rights and again another £18m as rights to the overseas TV rights. Finally on top of this, From each place in the premier league is worth a staggering £756k, meaning the bottom club West Ham 756k, whilst Manchester United received over £15m.

Success in the F.A. Cup can also generate significant rewards with the winners Manchester City receiving £1,800,000 in prize money and the runners-up, Stoke receiving £900,000. This does not include additional revenue generated from match-day income and TV money. Birmingham City, the winners of the Carling Cup, received a relatively paltry £100,000 in prize money awarded by the Football League, with the runners-up Arsenal receiving merely £50,000 and the losing semi-finalists each taking home £25,000.

Barcelona are expected to generate in the region of £110m from victory in the Champions League final, based on a prize money, an increase in the players worth, the clubs brand, and enhanced media rights . The losers Manchester United will also benefit to the tune of an estimated £63m.

The clubs that took part in this year’s UEFA cup for the older of us or the Europa League received a better revenue from this competition as the prize money as each team that took part this term collected a £640,000 bonus for qualifying to the competition on top of that a £60,000 for every match played in the group stage. The prize money for the clubs that went all the way to the final was €3m for the winner and €2m for the runner-up this is on top of what you earned in previous rounds.

Despite the huge sums of money referred to above, UEFA president Michel Platini has created the financial fair play project, which he hopes will help “to prevent some of our most time-honoured clubs from going under because of risky management by an irresponsible few”.

Garry Hudson currently works for baines and ernst one of the largest debt management companies in the uk, dealing with bankruptcy, Debt relief , IVA’s and more

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Watch the London Olympics on Television

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If you enjoy watching sporting events then you will want to be sure to tune into watch the London 2012 Olympic Games. They will be broadcast to an audience around the world. The London Olympics will be watched by millions of viewers around the globe. There will be broadcasters from every corner of the world in London with their cameras trained on the athletes. Viewers will be able to watch an amazing array of athletic abilities on display.

These games will take place in the summer. They will feature a wide variety of sporting events. While the winter Olympics feature sports like hockey and skiing the summer games feature sports like swimming, diving, and track and field competitions. The athletes that take part are the best in the world. They have competed against other athletes in their own countries in order to win the right to represent their country in London. Only the best get to go. They are able to compete for medals to show off their amazing abilities. The top athlete wins a gold medal. The second best athlete wins a silver medal. The third best athlete wins a bronze medal. Quite often the top athletes become famous after they have achieved such greatness. They go on to sign big endorsement contracts with advertisers. They use their celebrity status to endorse different products that people might be interested in buying. Many athletes that take part in the Olympics are not very well paid so it is only after they prove their greatness that the money actually starts to roll in.

If you love watching sports then taking a couple of weeks off in the summer of 2012 might be a good idea. You can do nothing but watch sports on television and cheer for your own country to do well in the standings.

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