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How Playing Sports benefits both Your Body and Brain Science, Technology & Curiosity | Sport & Health 15 JUL 2016

I participated in lots of sports as a child during my school years, including cricket, tennis, baseball, chess, hockey, cycling, karate, and badminton, and it is one of my biggest secret hopes that both my girls get involved in, and more importantly, enjoy playing sport too.

field hockey girl juggling ball during game

Taking part in sport is of course fantastic when it comes to the obvious health benefits, but it is the other hidden side of playing team sports which is just as important – things like learning to work with and rely on others, the sense of satisfaction that teamwork can bring, the friendships that naturally arise, etc.

TED-Ed recently published a short lesson on this very topic by Leah Lagos and Jaspal Ricky Singh, with a slick video animated by Kozmonot Animation Studio and narrated by Susan Zimmerman.

(Playing a team sport is by far one of the biggest things that I miss in my current stage of life, just by the way!)

Related Link: TED-Ed | YouTube

Sport doesn’t care who you are, Everyone can take part! Sport & Health 30 AUG 2012

Sport doesn’t care where you’re from, if you’re a man or a woman, tall, thin, big or short. Sport doesn’t care how you got here, how much money you make, what you believe in or not. It doesn’t care if you have two legs, one leg or wheels. Sport only cares that you’re here to take part and give your all to win.

This exceptionally good, spine tingling advert comes to us courtesy of Samsung, proud sponsor of the just kicked-off 2012 London Paralympics.

Needless to say, South Africa is looking to once again steal more than just a handful of medals from these games! :)

South Africa’s Blade Runner, Oscar Pistorius

Schadenfreude: Nasty Olympic Gymnastic Falls Jokes & other Funny Stuff | Sport & Health 19 APR 2012

Schadenfreude: pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others. It’s human nature really.

Anyway, here are twenty hilarious (for us, not so much the gymnasts), epic Olympic Gymnastic falls and fails all neatly packaged into one little YouTube clip that is guaranteed to have you giggling out aloud to yourself.

If not, then you have obviously transcended above the normal human condition…

Ouch.

SuperBru Rugby My Life 17 SEP 2011

Thanks to some of the guys in the Gordon’s Bay karate family, I’ve been introduced to SuperBru, a brilliant little sports prediction game that instantly makes match results far more compelling than what they would otherwise normally be, even for games you have no usual vested interest in!

You basically sign up, select the league or tournament you are interested in, find some pools to join or create one for you and your mates, and then on a round by round basis, get given the opportunity to make your match predictions (or in their terminology ‘picks’). You get to select the winner and points margin, and after that, all that’s left is to sit back and wait for the real world match results to come flooding in.

A few scoring algorithms later and you are presented with your pool’s leaderboard, as you and everyone else battle for top spot and the ever elusive yellow cap for winning a round. The SuperBru portal is pretty popular in South Africa seeing as its completely homegrown, and there are even some corporates that have jumped on board, creating big pools and offering prizes to be one.

As for my own venture into the SuperBru predictions game, I’ve entered under my usual handle of craiglotter and at the moment am sitting pretty at a 100% win accuracy! (Of course, being the first round of the World cup featuring minnows versus powerhouses, I guess this isn’t all that surprising! :P)

Anyway, the site is really well done, makes slick use of AJAX and is well presented, with some good tongue in cheek humour to keep things light. Definitely well worth checking out with your mates if you are a bit of a sporting fan! :)

Not sporting my colours My Life 22 MAY 2007

You might have noticed the complete and utter lack of sporting entries for the last while. You would be right. Since last week I’ve been struggling with a cold, so I’ve been taking it easy in order to ensure that I recover before Saturday (the day of the Kyokushin knockdown tournament). And the weekend before I decided to rest up a little so as not to overexert myself.

But damn, my fingers are beginning to itch. If I don’t pick up a racquet and beat some ball with it soon, I might just take to eating noodles out of frustration (I don’t like noodles very much in case you ask – looks like worms and clumped together looks like brain material – not too appealing if you ask me. Kind of like snails).

At least Wednesday Ill be able to take out some of my frustrations on my unsuspecting sparring partners for the meantime :)

Now if only I’d learn to eat a little less during these times of inactivity though!

Smiling Sloth hanging from a tree