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How Two Popular Canadian Sports Have Adapted Over Time

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Many sports have adopted rules which aim to make the activities as safe as possible for those who undertake them. Here, stairlift stockist Acorn Stairlifts takes a look at how two very popular sports synonymous with Canada have adapted over time to become much less dangerous…

Hockey

Hockey is Canada’s popular pastime and has been since the 19thcentury, with the sport played at all levels throughout the year. On a national scale, there’s the Allan Cup and Memorial Cup for both juniors and seniors to vie for, while there’s also a number of divisional championships competed for across the nation.

While very popular, hockey isn’t without its dangers. According to data gathered by the Canadian Institute for Health Information, the number of brain injuries suffered from those involved in hockey which required visits to the emergency department between 2014 and 2015 in the provinces of Alberta and Ontario was recorded in at 2,929 cases. In context, the number of emergency department visits from being hit by a ball over this period of time was 1,575, with 1,466 injuries involving those participating in either American football or rugby.

Fortunately, there’s plenty of effort being made to make hockey a safer sport. While helmets have long been used to protect against a variety of injuries, research has been carried out by a team headed by Carolyn Emery, the Chair of the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre and the Associate Dean of Research for the faculty of kinesiology at the University of Calgary, to evaluate the impact of a helmet’s fit on concussion risk. At present, the ongoing study is showing a positive correlation between mouthguards and reducing the risk of concussion.

Then there’s the development of the dai by Bauer — a collar which was introduced to the sport in 2017 which is worn around the neck and functions to increase the blood volume around the brain. The company has stated that the equipment aims to protect the structure of the brain.

Hockey Canada also encourages the safe playing of hockey, with the organization’s Vice-President of Membership Development Paul Carson underlining that there is zero tolerance in the sport for either hits to the head or checks made from behind. He goes on to encourage those playing hockey to practice and develop skills such as being able to skate with agility and confidence, as well as keeping your head upright whenever you’re carrying the puck.

A respectful environment must be encouraged too, Mr Carson went on to strongly advise, with this something that needs to involve players, trainers, coaches, and even parents. Nick Reed, Co-Director of the Concussion Centre based at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto, echoed these thoughts. He pointed out: “We still see in arenas all around this country big loud cheers for the big hits rather than for the nice pass or the nice goal. If we can start to have young kids respect their own brains and the brains of others, I think we can make some significant headway.”

Lacrosse

Thousands of people throughout Canada enjoy playing lacrosse — either in its box or field guise — with the sport declared a national game of Canada way back in 1859 and, more recently, the country’s summer sport in 1994. There are two professional lacrosse leagues in place across the country, with the National Lacrosse League for those involved in box lacrosse and Major League Lacrosse for field lacrosse participants. Both setups have senior and junior championships too.

Lacrosse is a fast and aggressive sport though, something that coaches and officials have both taken on board when looking into new rules and the design of equipment in order to try and improve safety — especially across the border in the US.

In 2012, one of the sport’s biggest changes at least in the US was made when teams were told that they would be forced to play a man down on both ends of the field as opposed to only being behind the restraining line. The rule intended to give more credibility to a penalty that was already in place and was introduced to reduce the number of card-worthy fouls — especially dangerous checks — that was committed in a game.

There was plenty of support for the man-down rule when it was revealed. Pat Dillon, who has over 20 years’ experience as a college referee and is also a member of the NCAA women’s lacrosse rules committee, believed that it would definitely “discourage players from committing cardable fouls”, while Towson coach Sonia LaMonica stated: “I love it. In order for the game to get safer, there needs to be high penalties. Having to play man down on the offensive end or the defensive end is, I think, more consistent with the penalty.”

More recently in the US, the US Lacrosse organisation began testing a new design of lacrosse balls to see if they helped to make the sport safer. The changes related to NOCSAE regulations, which measures how much pressure is required to compress the ball to 25 per cent of its diameter. The regulations effective from April 2015 allowed for a range measuring between 110 and 210 pounds of pressure, though it was proposed that the range be reduced to between 115 and 150 pounds.

Bruce Griffin, the Director of Health and Safety for US Lacrosse, commented: “It has the same weight and the same bounce, but the balls built to the new NOCSAE standard have up to a 40 per cent reduction in the transfer of energy forces.”

Following a series of tests at high schools across the US, the new spec of lacrosse balls received approval in June 2016 and were introduced to the game from July 2017.

Back on Canadian shores, a change in the rules was made by the Canadian Lacrosse Association ahead of the 2013 season which altered how fighting in the sport was governed. The amendment sees players being handed a five-minute major on top of an automatic game misconduct if they engage in a fight, unless it is deemed that a player is either clearly instigated upon or should an aggressor penalty be called on the play.

The rule change aimed to make lacrosse safer and more appealing to participate in, with Derek Keenan, the coach of the Whitby Warriors Junior A program, adding: “I think it eliminates the goofy staged fighting … Emotion and reactionary fights are one thing, but the centre-floor, peel-off-all-the-gear kind of fights, I don’t think it really does anything for our game, to be honest, so I am in favour of it.

“I honestly think it’s a good rule. Our game is moving in another direction.”

Sources:

https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/the-most-popular-sports-in-canada.html

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/when-it-comes-to-brain-injuries-how-dangerous-is-youthhockey/article36595825/

https://www.usahockey.com/news_article/show/843040

www.baltimoresun.com/sports/college/lacrosse/bs-sp-womens-lacrosse-preview-feature-0215-20120214-story.html

https://www.durhamregion.com/community-story/3510309-canadian-lacrosse-association-changes-its-rules-on-fighting/

https://www.uslacrosse.org/blog/can-the-ball-make-the-game-safer

https://guardianpearl.com/announcement-new-nocsae-spec-on-lacrosse-balls-voted-approved/

 

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Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents Tales From Hollywood With Gary Springer Part 2

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“Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents”, is  filmed live every Wednesday from 5 – 6 in the lobby of the iconic Hotel Edison, before a live audience. This is part 2. You can watch part 1 here.

In this episode T2C’s publisher and owner Suzanna Bowling talks with Gary Springer about his son Nick who got Spinal meningitis at 14, went on to be a Paralympian and who died in 2021. We also talk about “Beyond The Raging Sea”, the gripping account of two athletes who embarked on the World’s Toughest Row- 3000 miles across the Atlantic- takes a harrowing turn, mirroring the ordeal of refugees crossing dangerous sea.
We are so proud because the show and our guests are now featured on the TV screens in the lobby and the hotel rooms.

Rommel Gopez, Suzanna Bowling, Gary Springer

Rommel Gopez and the Hotel Edison have also added billboards that are in front of the lobby to let guests know what is happening.

I am so grateful to my guest Gary Springer.

Thank-you Magda Katz for videoing and creating the content to go live, the audience who showed up to support us, Rommel Gopez and The Hotel Edison for their kindness and hospitality.

You can catch us on the following platforms:

Pandora:

https://www.pandora.com/podcast/live-from-the-edison-hotel-times-square-chronicles-presents/PC:1001084740

Stitcher:

https://www.stitcher.com/show/1084740

Spotify:

Amazon:

https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/e3ac5922-ada8-4868-b531-12d06e0576d3

Apple Podcasts:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/live-from-the-edison-hotel-times-square-chronicles-presents/id1731059092

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Team USA Launches Epic Journey to Paris in Big Apple

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It was a profound moment in sports.

In April, 100 athletes from all over the U.S. gathered for an epic  three-day media event with the goal of shining a light on the Olympic and Paralympic Movements in the United States at 100 days out from Paris 2024.

“We want to win the medal count,” USOPC  Rocky Harris stated.

So many great moments were witnessed including the packed gymnastics panel moderated by Hoda Kotb with Evita Griskenas, Kayla DiCello, Suni Lee, Yul Moldauer,  and Brody Malone.

The evolution of the Paralympic Movement Panel showcased  Beatrice Lavette (Para Equestrian), Calahan Young (Goalball), Jamal Hill (Para Swimming), Steve Serio (Wheelchair Basketball), Ezra Frech (Para T&F), and Justin Phongsavanh (Para T&F).

An incredibly moving Mental Health Panel had the crowd listening to Jess Bartley (USOPC), Perry Baker (Rugby), Nicky Nieves (Sitting Volleyball), Jaleen Roberts (Para T&F), Nevin Harrison (Canoe),  and Ilona Maher (Rugby).

“You can feel the energy and the excitement building − certainly inside the walls of our organization, but also around the country,” U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee chief executive officer Sarah Hirshland said Monday.

“You can feel the energy and the excitement building − certainly inside the walls of our organization, but also around the country,” U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee chief executive officer Sarah Hirshland was quoted stating.

The 2024 Summer Games are now less than just 100 days away. Paris is prepping to host its first Olympics in 100 years with venues being built at some of the city’s most famous sites.

Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee is focused on protecting, supporting and empowering America’s athletes, and is responsible for fielding U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, and serving as the steward of the Olympic and Paralympic movements in the U.S.

For more information on Team USA, please visit HERE.

 

 

 

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U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee and LA28 Announce New Guild Initiative

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 Guild, the leader in opportunity creation for America’s workforce, today announced a historic partnership with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee and the LA28 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Guild will serve as an Official Education, Skilling & Career Mobility Provider of Team USA and LA28, providing a first-of-its-kind opportunity for Team USA athletes to receive education and career development opportunities with personalized one-on-one coaching to support athletes in building competitive careers alongside their athletic achievements.

With athletes dedicating so much of their time to training and traveling for competitions, they often have to put their athletic ambitions ahead of education and career development. At the point when an athlete transitions from their elite athletic career, it’s common that they find themselves out of pace with their non-athlete peers professionally, and needing to come up to speed to compete on a whole new playing field. Guild’s partnership delivers a more seamless transition from competition to long-term education and career planning, and Guild’s tailored approach ensures Team USA athletes are set up for long-term success.

Team USA athletes who have met defined eligibility requirements as members of Team USA in the last 10 years can use Guild’s Career Opportunity Platform™ to access a learning marketplace of flexible, tuition-free education and skilling programs. And, just as they rely on the guidance of their coaches and support systems in their athletic training, athletes will have access to personalized one-on-one coaching to support them across their entire education and career journey. Purdue Global is the preferred online university and degree provider of the Guild & Team USA Learning Network, and eCornell is the preferred provider of professional education.

“Guild’s vision for a future of work that works for everyone aligns with LA28’s commitment to supporting the whole athlete, from their performance to their total well-being,” said Janet Evans, LA28 Chief Athlete Officer. “As we prepare for the LA28 Games, we’re thrilled to partner with Guild to provide tools and opportunities to positively impact Team USA athletes.”

“As an athlete, I’ve dedicated the majority of my life to reach this moment in my career and my education has remained a key pillar and priority throughout my training,” said Daniella Ramirez, Paris-bound Team USA Artistic Swimmer. “It’s incredible that through this program, Guild will make opportunities available to current and future Team USA athletes who are also driven by their educational pursuits and might otherwise have to sacrifice one or the other.”

“Guild, the USOPC, and LA28 share a fundamental belief that career pathways and access to education are key to the holistic development of athletes. We are proud to be a partner in offering Team USA Athletes something they truly deserve — access to tuition-free education and career support opportunities,” said Bijal Shah, Guild’s CEO. “At Guild, we recognize that talent is everywhere — but opportunity is not. We must afford talent the opportunity to rise, and no one understands that better than Team USA. We’re excited to be by their side to help them achieve their career goals.”

Guild’s differentiated solution meets the various needs of the diverse Team USA athlete community. The variety of offerings in its learning marketplace include programs like Purdue Global’s Bachelor’s in Health Information Management or Organizational Management and Master’s in Management and Leadership. With these programs, athletes can advance the skills they developed in sports and further their career opportunities through programs that build upon credentials to go further faster.

“The USOPC and LA28 are committed to advocating for Team USA athletes – as they prepare to represent the United States on the global stage, and in transition to careers after retiring from competition.” said Carrie White, USOPC Vice President of Athlete Development and Engagement. “As part of that commitment, we recognize the responsibility of providing the Team USA athlete community access to education that meets their ambition and supports them well beyond the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Guild has a proven record of driving outcomes and long-term success for those it serves and the initial reaction from Team USA athletes to this education and career development opportunity has been incredibly positive. We are excited to share it with the entire athlete community.”

Purdue Global is proud to join Guild as the preferred online university and degree provider of the Guild & Team USA Learning Network.

“Purdue Global welcomes Team USA athletes to move forward in their career by earning a degree they can be proud of from our catalog of offerings,” said Frank Dooley, Chancellor at Purdue Global. “Our team is uniquely qualified to assist Team USA at all stages of their athletic and professional careers.”

eCornell is supporting Guild’s partnership as the preferred provider of professional education of the Guild & Team USA Learning Network. With over 200 certificate programs — all designed to address today’s most in-demand skills, athletes can choose a program that fits their interests to advance their careers. Additionally, all certificate programs are developed by Cornell’s renowned faculty and can be completed online, on the athletes’ schedules.

“eCornell is honored to be a part of Team USA athletes’ professional growth and development outside of their field of competition,” said Paul Krause, Executive Director of eCornell. “Our short-form certificate programs are designed to build skills in real time, applying to where the athletes are today and stacking to support their goals tomorrow.”

You can learn more about Guild’s partnership with Team USA here and see how it will come to life over the next four years here.

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Team USA Olympic & Paralympic Athletes Light Up the Empire State Building for 100-Day Countdown

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Red, white and blue came together in the most thrilling way on April 17 when the Empire State Building hosted a lighting ceremony with Team USA Olympians and Paralympians including Evita Griskenas, Kaleo Kanahele Maclay, Jessica Long, Nick Mayhugh, Blake Haxton, Daniela Moroz, Hans Henken, Cheryl Reeve, and Matthew Stutzman.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 17: Evita Griskenas attends as U.S.A. Olympians and Paralympians Light the Empire State Building to Mark 100 Days Out from the Olympics at The Empire State Building on April 17, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images for Empire State Realty Trust)

The Empire State Building hosted a lighting ceremony with Team USA Olympians and Paralympians including Evita Griskenas, Kaleo Kanahele Maclay, Jessica Long, Nick Mayhugh, Blake Haxton, Daniela Moroz, Hans Henken, Cheryl Reeve, and Matthew Stutzman who flipped the famous light switch.

Tonight the grand landmark will shine in America’s colors and will sparkle to celebrate the 100-Day countdown to the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games taking place in Paris.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 17: Matthew Stutzman attends as U.S.A. Olympians and Paralympians Light the Empire State Building to Mark 100 Days Out from the Olympics at The Empire State Building on April 17, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images for Empire State Realty Trust)

After the ceremony, the athletes toured the Observatory Experience – which was recently named the #1 attraction in the U.S. in Tripadvisor’s 2023 Travelers’ Choice “Best of the Best” for the second consecutive year – and posed for photos on the building’s 86th floor and 102nd floor Observatories.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 17: (L-R) Hans Henken, Matthew Stutzman, Daniela Moroz, Evita Griskenas, Jessica Long, Kaleo Kanahele Maclay, Gene Sykes, Blake Haxton, Nick Mayhugh, and Cheryl Reeve attend as U.S.A. Olympians and Paralympians Light the Empire State Building to Mark 100 Days Out from the Olympics at The Empire State Building on April 17, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images for Empire State Realty Trust)

Founded in 1894, the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. The USOPC is focused on protecting, supporting and empowering America’s athletes, and is responsible for fielding U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, and serving as the steward of the Olympic and Paralympic movements in the U.S. For more information, visit TeamUSA.com.

 

 

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Through the Ages: Why Vintage Sports Fashion Still Shines

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No matter how many trends come and go daily in the world of sports fashion, vintage sports apparel seems to remain a constant among sports enthusiasts and vintage sports fashion lovers. Because there’s a certain charm in vintage apparel that no one can get over them. Be it the cultural significance of these sports apparel or just their style, they just simply look charming and classic. That’s why everybody loves to don those charming vintage sports sweatshirts and retro tees. No matter how many new and stylish trends may have come into the world of fashion; even modern fashion lovers just can’t help resist those charming and classic vintage sports apparel. 

So, in this article, just to give you an idea about the iconicness of vintage sports fashion, we’re going to discuss why vintage sports fashion still shines and stands out among many stylish and designer sports clothes options. So let’s dive in.

Reasons Why Vintage Sports Fashion Still Shines

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  • Nostalgia in Every Stitch

One of the biggest reasons why vintage sports fashion still shines today even after decades is because of the nostalgia attached to this sports apparel. From all those groundbreaking victories to the memorable matches of those golden vintage days, vintage sportswear like Ohio state clothing has seen it all happen. These vintage sports clothes hold all the memories and significant historical changes weaved in their threads which makes them all the first pick for all sports lovers. Everybody not only loves to wear vintage sportswear because of the memories they hold but also because of the cultural and historical changes that this sportswear has witnessed.

  • Timeless Aesthetics and Iconic Logos

The aesthetics of vintage sports apparel speak for itself. These clothes just don’t make you look fashionable but also give you and your outfits a whole different vibe. Not only that but the timeless look of this vintage sportswear also makes it easy for you to blend these sports styles with your trendy fashionable looks. Besides the timeless aesthetic of vintage sports apparel, what really makes them stand out is their iconic logos. These iconic logos are like the life of every vintage sports apparel. Not just that but vintage sports fashion lovers and sports enthusiasts also love to wear these iconic logos to pay homage to the athletic spirit and sensational sports styles of those golden old days.

  • Quality Craftsmanship and Durability

The quality of those vintage sports apparel is something you just can’t question about. Back in the day, these clothes were made to not just stay the test of time but also look and feel comfortable while playing. That’s why the craftsmanship and quality of these vintage sports apparel can’t be questioned about. Not only that but we all wear these vintage sports apparel even after decades and all of this sportswear looks and feels fabulous, that in itself is a huge example of how good the quality and craftsmanship of those good old vintage sportswear is.

  • Unique Limited Editions and Rarity

Another reason why vintage sports fashion still shines even after such a long time is because of its exclusivity. After all, we all love to have items and clothes that are rare because they just make us feel like we own some sort of luxury. So, when it comes to vintage sports apparel, they have a lot of fans and enthusiasts who are always trying to get their hands on these coveted pieces. Not only that but some of these vintage sportswear or sports sneakers were launched as limited editions even back in the day which again makes it difficult and expensive to get some of these pieces.

  • Celebrity Endorsements and Cultural Significance

One of the main reasons why vintage sports fashion is still so much loved is because of the celebrities that are associated with them. For instance, we all remember that iconic Bulls jersey of Michael Jordan. Even though it’s just a mere jersey; ever since Michael Jordan wore it on the field all of a sudden it also became his fan’s favorite. That’s the reason why that simple jersey is so much loved even today.

No matter how many trends come and go in the world of sports fashion, vintage sports apparel isn’t going anywhere. The fans of sports and fashion lovers will never let the charm of vintage sports apparel fade. Perhaps that’s the biggest reason why vintage sportswear still shines even today!



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