When you are a public figure, and you make a statement to the media in any way, there is no way to take it back or to say that you didn’t mean it.
NFL cornerback, Richard Sherman, currently playing for the Seattle Seahawks, said that the NFL needs to change its stance on the drug Adderall because half of all professional football players are taking it anyway. In his own words, “About half the league takes it and the league has to allow it,” but then he said that, “They’re taking it for legitimate reasons. There’s a reason it’s been prescribed for them.”
Just kidding! Yeah, it really doesn’t work that way, Mr. Sherman. Oops, once you said it, it’s out there. Richard Sherman helped expose a growing problem in the National Football League.
It seems that if this is the case though, and half of all NFL players are taking Adderall, then his opinion is probably not uncommon, but if you said it, then stand by your words. Why did Richard Sherman care to comment on the drug anyway?
As it turns out, Sherman was banned for 4 games in the 2012 season for violating the NFL’s drug policy, but the sanction was overturned when he fought the test results and won, citing “irregularities in the testing process” leading to inconclusive test results. Additionally the league does not discole what performance enhancing drug a player tested positive for, so a player could claim he was suspended for Adderall when it could be something like testoserone, HGH or anabolic steroids.
When asked about the test results, Sherman said that he accidentally drank from a cup that had a crushed Adderall pill in it, but that he does not take the drug on a regular basis.
The NFL currently lists Adderall as one of the substances prohibited from use by its players as it is categorized as a performance-enhancing substance. For good reason, the drug that contains amphetamine, which may sound familiar from methamphetamine, is dangerous and has extremely harmful consequences when abused. Unless proper medical documentation is provided, no player is to be taking a stimulant drug, or anything else on the banned substances list.
In response to Sherman’s proclamation, the NFL stands by its decision to ban Adderall, and all performance-enhancing drugs, and states that if Sherman’s claims were true, many more athletes would be penalized because Adderall shows up on all NFL drug screens.
The National Football League also commented on the irresponsibility component to Richard Sherman’s statements. If young people believe that half of all professional football players are taking Adderall, then it’s okay for me to take it too.
Adderall is already a growing problem in the United States, and around the world, we do not need to condone or indirectly give kids and young adults permission to use and abuse it. There are legitimate reasons for taking Adderall, however using it without a prescription or without the supervision of a doctor is never a good idea.
Written by Dr. Priya Chaudhri, Ph.D. who works at The Control Center as a clinical director providing people with behavioral addiction treatment and prescription drug treatment to help peope with their Adderall addiciton learn more here.
Even the best gamers need to take a break from sitting at the computer for hours on end. For every hour spent at the computer gaming, reading or working, you should go through this sequence of stretches to help rid your body of tension and stress.
1. Stretch Your Chest
This is a good one for those of you who tend to hunch over the keyboard and it is best performed with a resistance band, coat or towel. Simply hold the band, or other item, over your head. Move the arms behind you and lean forward. Hold this stretch for up to half a minute, feeling a slight burn in your shoulders.
2. Shrug Your Shoulders
They carry so much tension, especially as they rarely move as you are typing and clicking. Simply sit down and lift your shoulders to your ears. Hold this and then roll the shoulders all the way back. Breathe deeply as you shrug for ten breaths.
3. Release Upper Back Tension
An upper back stretch is just what you need to release the tension in your shoulders. Sit down, pressing your arms together in front of you. Cross the arms at the elbow and press the palms together. Pull your abs in and hold for about half a minute. You should feel a strong stretch at the base of your neck and shoulders.
4. Twist Your Spine
This stretch will ease any pain in your lower back and stop aching that is prevalent among gamers. Sit at the edge of your chair with your feet flat on the floor. Tuck your abs in and twist your torso. Keep it comfortable and hold it for half a minute.
5. Relax Your Torso
Stretch out your torso by sitting up and lacing the fingers together over your head. Reach for the ceiling and breathe in deeply. Brings your hands up and down around you several more times, feeling the stretch in your chest.
6. Loosen Your Forearms
Let’s move on to the arms next. You can stretch your forearms by stretching one arm in front of you and turning your hands toward the floor. Use the other hand to pull your fingers back toward the chest.
7. Relax Your Neck
Your neck holds a lot of tension that you can relieve by holding the sides of your chair and tilting your head from one side to another, slowly. Feel the stretching through your neck and shoulders as you sit tall.
The lunge stretch will help ease tension in the lower body. You will want to stand for this one and use your chair or desk for support. Put the right leg in front of the left, as far apart as you feel comfortable. Bend the back leg down and the front knee forward. Hold the stretch for at least five breaths and switch.
9. Stretch Your Hip Flexors
This hip stretch allows you to sit in your chair and cross one ankle over the knee. Stretch forward and reach your arms in front of you.
10. Stretch Your Inner Thighs
Finally, ease your inner thighs by sitting with wide legs, toes turned out. Lean forward and touch your shins, or even the floor if it is comfortable. Keep your stomach tucked in.
Sitting in front of a computer all day is terrible for your posture, but keeping up with these stretches will help you avoid losing flexibility.
Arthur McDaniel is a video game programmer and avid health enthusiast. Read more pro gaming tips and advice from other knowledgeable gaming bloggers!
Maybe the Boston Red Sox should have held on to Jonathan Papelbon. From 2006 to 2011, Boston had one of the most stable closing situations in baseball, with Papelbon saving at least 30 games six straight seasons. In 2012, Papelbon, now with the Philadelphia Phillies, saved 38 games and made the All-Star team. The Red Sox traded for Andrew Bailey, but he was injured much of the season. This season, the Red Sox traded for Joel Hanrahan, but on May 11, Boston learned that Hanrahan would need surgery on his flexor tendon muscle in his right arm and would be out for the season. This means that those who have Hanrahan in their fantasy baseball leagues for money are left scrambling to find a replacement.
Making things worse for the Red Sox is that Bailey, after saving six games in April as Hanrahan’s replacement, went on the disabled list himself with a biceps injury. While Bailey’s injury was not thought to be serious, there was no timetable for his return, and Bailey has been very injury-prone in his career. After winning Rookie of the Year honors in 2009 with the Oakland Athletics, Bailey has not reached 50 innings in a season since then. In 2011, Bailey missed almost the first two months of the season, not taking the mound until the end of May. After being traded to Boston before the 2012 season, injuries prevented Bailey from pitching for the Red Sox until the middle of August.
With Bailey and Hanrahan out, Junichi Tazawa is now closing for the Red Sox. Tazawa, who turns 27 in June, made his MLB debut in a memorable game on August 7, 2009. Tazawa was the last pitcher available when he took the mound for the Red Sox in the 14th inning of a scoreless tie with the New York Yankees. In the bottom of the 15th, Alex Rodriguez hit a game-winning two-run homer off of Tazawa. That game was considered by Yankee fans to be a turning point in their season, and the Bombers won it all that fall.
After undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2010, Tazawa pitched in three games in 2011 before making a successful comeback in 2012, striking out 45 batters in 44 innings with a 1.43 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. Tazawa also had one save in 2012, which as of May 10 remained his only MLB save.
If Tazawa struggles as closer and Bailey’s return is delayed, the Red Sox could turn to Koji Uehara, who has had prior closing experience. Uehara, 38, saved 13 games while he was with Baltimore in 2010. Uehara had 20 strikeouts in his first 14 2/3 innings in 2013. If you play in fantasy baseball leagues for money, you might want to consider him. To learn more, click here.
At the end of every NBA season the coaching firing squad ensues and the franchises who failed to live up to expectation find themselves back at the drawing board searching for a new coach to excite the fan base and make their prospective franchise relevant once again.
Franchises invest millions of dollars to unearth hidden gems in remote countries all over the country but for some reason these same franchises fail to invest the same time in searching for their next coach instead selecting one from the Fired Basketball Coaches Association, or the “FBCA.”
Although a few fired coaches have won NBA Championships in their second stint, Doc Rivers and Rich Carlisle to name a few, its time for NBA offices to finally think outside of the box. All eight of the teams remaining in the playoffs took the road less traveled hiring long time assistants, ex-video recorders, and an ex-commentator.
When the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat hired a longtime video recorder as its coach Erik Spoelstra was a great unknown. However, in only three short seasons he won nearly 400 game as well as a NBA title.
When pundits were calling for a big name hire for the Chicago Bulls and the Indiana Pacers these franchises didn’t entertain anyone from the FBCA and instead hired long time assistants Frank Vogel and Tom Thibodeau who have been home run hires.
As the NBA coaching carousel continues turning, prominent names like Scott Skiles, Byron Scott, Mike Dunleavy, and Nate McMillian will continue to be mentioned as top candidates while little known assistants may the one to lead your franchise back to prominence. Six NBA franchises must find their next leader: Will they go with the popular big name hire? Or will they venture down the road less traveled?
This is Italian model Claudia Romani. In 2012 she was voted “Best Bikini Body” on the VH1 website for the supermodels category, beating out well-known favorites like Adriana Lima, Brooklyn Decker, and even Kate Upton. Color us surprised as well.
After you peep these photos of fit-bodied Claudia hula-hooping in a miniscule black bikini on a beach in Miami, however — you’ll see why her victory wasn’t that suspicious in the least.
There was once a time when baseball was the most popular sport in America. Fans would traditionally watch their favorite team’s games on television and would not dare miss a game. They would attend home games and might even take some of the neighborhood kids with them to enjoy the game. Everyone talked about what was going on in baseball. Sadly, that has changed during the past few decades. Why has this happened though? What happened to America’s great past time?
The popularity of football and basketball may be a reason that sports fans have lost interest in baseball. Add other popular sports such as hockey, golf, soccer and tennis into the mix and one can make an argument that former baseball fans have taken on new interest. Some will not accept this though. The argument can be made that someone does not have to give up a sport in order to get interested in another. If you are a fan of football, you can still be a fan of baseball.
The standards of living today are very different than what they were 20 or 30 years ago. We are not going to say that people did not have any other hobby’s in past decades, but they definitely did not have the technology, toys or gadgets that we have today. It seems that people today would much rather relax at home and fiddle on their computer than go out and play baseball. This is especially true with kids. Kids seem to rather play video games at home than watch or play baseball. There are far more entertaining thing to do now than there was in the past. If this is the case, why are other sports still popular? Football and basketball do not seem to be suffering from a lack of popularity even though all this technology exists.
Baseball is very different from other sports. It is slow, and an appreciation for the game is needed to watch a full game. For example, basketball is a fast moving game with lots of action. Fans constantly see exciting slam dunks, fancy dribbling, great passing and terrific shots. There is always some kind of action going on. Baseball is entirely different. Baseball is a game of strategy and has lots of downtime. There is no clock in baseball like other sports have. There is no such thing as using the time to your advantage. Patients and concentration are keys to baseball. People of today want instant gratification. They do not want to sit around for hours at a baseball game waiting for something exciting to happen.
There was a time when baseball had fans who knew every baseball statistic off the top of their head. Kids idolized baseball players and dreamed of one day becoming a professional themself. Baseball just doesn’t seem to bring the excitement to people as it once did. Kids used to get together and play baseball anywhere they could, even in the middle of streets in their neighborhood. The lost interest in baseball by sports fans is probably a combination of many reasons. The baseball strikes and steroid use by many players in the past decades may have contributed to the diminishing of baseball. Older fans who once appreciated baseball records lost respect for the game when steroid filled players broke some of those old and long standing records. Whatever the reasons are for baseball’s downfall, we can all conclude that baseball is a great game, but we must also accept that it is the pastime of the past.
Want to get your kids interested in playing baseball? What better way than to coach them yourself. Pick up How to Coach Youth Baseball So Every Kid Wins and instill a love for America’s pastime in your little rugrats today.
Most people reach a certain point in their life where they suddenly feel the need to embark upon some form of fitness regime. Unfortunately, few of us are well informed about health and fitness and so this usually takes the form of going for a few runs before boredom sets in. In other cases, someone may find a sport that they enjoy, but even then diminishing fitness returns can lead to the individual slowly losing interest.
The first thing to understand about fitness is that there are several different components. We focus a lot on cardiovascular fitness – the body’s ability to perform prolonged exercise fuelled by oxygen – but there are other aspects too. Strength and flexibility are also important and indeed, in many cases, people are highly aerobically fit, but believe themselves to be unfit because of the results they are seeing.
Aerobic fitness is about how much oxygen you can get to your muscles when performing exercise. Sporting performance is dependent on more than just this. For example, a 70kg cyclist will cycle uphill a great deal faster than an 85kg cyclist, even if they both have equal aerobic fitness. If the second cyclist wants to compete, they will need to lose some weight.
To stick with cycling, another example would be a sprint. Two cyclists of equal weight and equal aerobic fitness might sprint at different speeds. This is down to strength and anaerobic fitness. We are now starting to see how many different elements combine to make a person better at a given sport.
However, improvements in almost all areas are dependent on how you fuel your body, yet nutrition is an area to which few people pay attention. It is not just about eating healthily, it is about eating appropriately. For example, road cyclists typically eat a lot of foods that are high in carbohydrate with a high glycaemic index – exactly the kinds of things we are told to avoid. This is because they need the fuel and they need it quickly. Most of us don’t.
Few people eat enough protein either. Protein is essential if you want to build muscle. You can lift as many weights as you like, but if you don’t provide your body with the fuel to repair your muscles, you will not get stronger. The body adapts, but it needs certain things in order to achieve this. Whatever exercise you are doing, you need to understand what fuel you need and then think carefully about your nutrition.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Austrian Oak. Bodybuilding legend. The Governator. The Terminator. Whatever the cognomen, one facet about the man remains constant: He’s an inspiration to millions. So when Arnie participated in his second AMA or Ask Me Anything (basically a question and answer session) in the r/fitness section of Reddit, we took notice. Here are the most interesting questions and answers from the bunch:
I would do basically the same thing I did.
The only thing I would change in a perfect world is I would add the training I couldn’t do, because of the lack of equipment. I would add much more direct calf, rear delt, and hamstring work. We didn’t have machines for those things in Graz. It was all barbells and dumbbells, which was great but not the best for bodybuilding.
That training was a blessing, though. It’s why I was able to get so big. Plus, I was strong and my body was ready for the isolation stuff by the time I got to Munich and had that equipment.
Again, this wasn’t something I could change because it wasn’t possible, but in an ideal situation I could have had more meat. My family just didn’t have enough money. I knew I needed more protein, but it just wasn’t a possibility. Until I was 18, I could only get meat once a week, and I drank skim milk powder with yeast and eggs. It was a horrible drink. In an ideal world, I would have had at least three meals a day with meat.
The year I spent in the army and had meat every day, I gained 25 pounds.
Pretty simple… I would add in extra cardio – running on the beach, swimming, and bicycling. I cut out bread, pasta and desserts. It definitely wasn’t rocket science, but it worked.
My workouts have definitely changed. I can’t do as many free weight exercises because of injuries. Luckily, the technology has moved forward and I can find some replacements with machines. Here is an example: I loved barbell curls. Because of my two shoulder surgeries, I avoid going heavy, and I use the preacher curl machine.
But I still can do my t-bar rows and bent-over rows, which I love.
Chin-ups, no question. I think if you are doing only one exercise, you’re getting your most bang for the buck. The biceps, serratus, forearms, lats, the whole back. You can switch grips to change the focus, too. So if there is only one, that’s it.
Bench: 518 (500 in competition) Deadlift: 710 Squat: 540
I started out Olympic lifting. These numbers are from when I was 17:
Clean and jerk: 245
Press(which they don;t do any more): 210 Snatch: 200
Could you offer my mother and him any motivation or advice to start taking some time out of their day for this, even if it’s just a half hour of cardio? Something that would say “Hey, I’m not talking crazy over here”?
First, take the positive approach, and tell him how much you love him and want him to be around. Don’t try the negative approach and tell him he eats junk and needs to fix it.
Just remind your dad that there is nothing more important than his health. Everything comes from health. Work, money, family, whatever he enjoys. He can’t have any of that without his health.
The only time to go negative: if he says there isn’t enough time, tell him that’s just terrible math. Any minutes or hours he subtracts from his day right now for health and fitness is multiplied in the months and years he would add to his life. That’s fitness math.
Tell your dad the first step might seem impossible, but like Mandela said, “It always seems impossible… until it’s done.” And once he starts, a body that is in motion tends to stay in motion.
Good luck. And he might like this challenge I’m doing with Fitocracy: www.fitocracy.com/spark (It is geared toward beginners. I hope to add one for the more serious lifters next month.)
Clean and press. It trains every muscle at once. Think about it… you could do calf raises, squats, rows, high pulls, shrugs, and military press… or you can do a clean and press.
I also always loved to deadlift.
Would you like to see it go back to a focus on Aesthetics, muscle symmetry, smaller waist lines and stomach vacuum poses?
First, I have nothing against monsters. It takes a lot of effort to get there. But we shouldn’t go away from the basic principles of proportions, symmetry, muscularity, performance on the stage, and the idea of a small waist and big shoulders. The further we get from those principles, the further we get from the ideal.
Though the Cincinnati Reds were lackluster from 2009 to 2011 (taking just 80 wins for that entire time period), predictions have them slated for even more victories in 2013 than the 97 they posted in 2012. Who are the players expected to make great things happen this year?
Predictions aren’t holding Choo to the high performance he’s capable of, but some bloggers are calling for a breakout season where he performs better than expected both in the outfield and as a solid hitter.
This first baseman was one of the few injuries the Reds suffered last year, but he’s already proven his potential. Pegged for a superior hitting season, Votto can also get things done on first base.
Age? What’s age? Though some predictions have Ludwick slowing down, he could see an even better season in 2013 than he posted in 2012. He’s expected to start as outfielder when the season opens.
This third baseman might struggle with strikeouts, but has the potential to break out as a power hitter in 2012. He’s also predicted to be included in the starting lineup.
Chapman will continue as closing pitcher for the Reds. While his closing stats are stellar, he continues to struggle in the starting pitching position.
Finally proving himself with impressive performances in the minor leagues, Neftali is ready to meet or exceed expectations both at first base and at bat.
If you don’t yet have Cincinnati Reds tickets, you’ll want to remedy that situation. It’s expected that Mesoraco is going to develop quickly in the catching position, making a positive impact for the team.
It isn’t likely the team will escape injuries like they did in 2012.
The offensive struggles of 2012 taught them a lesson; this season will be better.
The newcomers are ready to prove their worth, while the veterans are prepared to lead the team.
The Reds are done with lackluster season endings. No longer content just to make postseason play, they’ll bring what it takes come October.
So, how accurate are all the sports predictions we generate during the preseason each year? It’s not studied too often, but new research shows the analysts are about as accurate as a coin toss when it comes to predicting seasons, wins and losses. Nonetheless, we read and analyze and wonder.
What no predictions can account for are injuries, players who do spectacular things when we least expect it and the ones who seem to have everything going for them and just don’t fulfill the potential. After all, that’s why we watch the games.
Miles Young is a freelance sports writer and tech head. Follow on him on Twitter @mrmilesyoung
You might think that with a tribute to Arianny Celeste like the preceding link already under our belts, we’d soon tire of her delectable images. Well, you’d be wrong. And that’s no reason for complaints either, as her photoshoot from this June issue of the Stndrd Magazine proves: