You bet it does! So why are more people not looking for their soul mate at a….baseball game, or football game? Or how about at the beach during a game of beach volleyball or even during event surfing?!
People nowadays go on the usual blind date and it can take forever for someone to see if they are compatible. If you have a passion for any kind of sport, maybe you should go to find someone who shares that similar passion?
Think about this, you’re a guy and you go to the local pub and you find an attractive girl there and she is watching a game of football. You start to hear that she is very knowledgeable of the game and you start to think, “Woah that is sooo hot!” What makes it even better is that she is cheering on the same team that you root for! Right there you have 2 great things in common. You both love the same sport and same team! Right from the start it’s way to easy to start a conversation. You start to see this girl actually likes your insight of the game and notices you’re a pretty funny guy as well. BOOM! You guys are creating chemistry!
Don’t forget folks, Chemistry is big in sports as well, not just in Dating.
It’s not only for dating though, but to make a few new friends. Almost every friend I made was through Sports (Football was the main sport) and the usual conversation goes “Hey you watch that Monday Night Game??” And we could go on for a good while just talking about the game. Then after we are done talking Football, we talk about our usual boring lives hahaha.
Sports is such a powerful concept that although it’s very popular all around the world, most people are not looking at it from a simple perspective that I do. Point is, if you find that someone who is watching that football game and he or she catches your eye, strike a quick conversation about the game. It could GO-ALL-THE-WAY!…
You bet it does! So why are more people not looking for their soul mate at a….baseball game, or football game? Or how about at the beach during a game of beach volleyball or even during event surfing?!
History of Playground Design
With playgrounds we recognize both intelligent design and evolution as supportive of each other in the development of new ideas. We often find ways to marry form and function. Initially, playgrounds were developed by landscape architects looking to create public spaces that would bring communities together. Artists moved in to exert their influence and in the process more creative forms for playgrounds began to be explored.
So how did we get here? Today’s traditional “post and platform” design wasn’t always the norm.
By 1900 playgrounds appeared in major American cities and consisted of a sandbox and a cubist metal climbing apparatus known as a “gymnasium”. By 1912 New York City decided these gymnasiums were unsafe and were removed from all parks. By the 1930’s landscape architects took a serious interest in playground design and sculptor Isamu Noguchi introduced abstract concepts that helped give the modern playground a push forward.
After WW II the Baby Boom demanded more playgrounds. Most postwar urban playgrounds were designed for combined use between schools and parks. But throughout the fifties playground designers were split into two camps: recreational movement (fitness) and art. Play was a structured affair. The idea of unstructured play had not yet hit home. Safety surfacing development was slow, at best. The playground was limited to a sandbox, see-saw, slide and swings. During the 1950’s attention was given to the “handicapped”, ironically the result of wounded warriors from WWII and Korea arriving at the playgrounds with their children. Noguchi’s famous 1952 design for the United Nations was rejected by Robert Moses and touched off a heated debate. The design was revolutionary but not understood and it never got built.
By the 1960’s play components started to link together. Composite structures were being explored along with massive climbing structures made of wood and stone. The idea was to make playgrounds interesting and draw kids to them or else they would be back out on the streets – presumably up to no good. Not all playgrounds were post and platform. Adventure Playground in Central Park is a wonderful look back to this transitional period where art and play came together. Water moves down lengthy channels and collects in a basin where it drains – no standing water. There is sand, water, and climbing structures. Every Landscape Architect should make a pilgrimage to this historic park!
By the 1970’s we entered the Age of Litigation. Suddenly the City of New York and Chicago found themselves in multimillion dollar injury settlements and parks began to close. Property values plummeted if they had playground equipment on them. Some NYC coops closed down. New York City eliminated see-saws and they remain on the blacklist. Insurance company premiums were so high that some cities decided to self-insure. By the 1980’s this debacle started to calm down when the CPSC formed guidelines and NPSI (National Playground Safety Institute) set up a certification program for playground designers. Safety-engineered playgrounds followed the new recommendations or guidelines and now some states are mandating CPSC code.
Playgrounds came back stronger with creative climbers that encouraged children to use different muscles. Slides had enclosures at the top and higher sidewalls. It got safer in a hurry – it had to. By and large playgrounds became better and better and by 2004 what we had was a playground so safe it was hard to say “no way.” At then end of the day we still get broken bones but they usually are with children who fall 2-3 feet or trip when running. Their bones are weaker and let’s face it, there was always one or two kids in the class who were prone to wearing a cast. You can’t blame the playground
Isamu Noguchi may be the father of the Natureground. His concepts are in use today: molded forms of earth create hills, slopes, curves from which playground equipment can be positioned around. Research shows when playground equipment is placed in a natural setting around trees, plantings, berms, boulders children use them more often and for longer periods. A playground dropped into a box or rectangle looks more institutional and is less appealing. Even children seem to possess an aesthetic sense and we designers notice these things.
We design consultants have to keep up with all these developments because it’s our job to know these things. Sometimes we are the ones who bring things up to the manufacturers and they do listen to us. We might not get any credit but we have a hand in shaping some of the things you see out there.…
The sports industry is one of the areas that did not suffer a lot during the economic recession. In fact, this is one of the areas where people go to release the stresses and strains that were experienced at the peak of the recession. Let us take soccer for instance.
The various European teams have had one of the most successful and also expensive transfers that has ever been seen. Talk about Christiano Ronaldo from Manchester United to Real Madrid, or Kaka to Real Madrid from Milan. Just to mention but a few. You see, these teams do not mind spending these huge sums of money on these players because they know that they will get a return on investment very soon.
When you take the N.B.A for example, that has numerous players like Lebron James, who are paid 7 figure digit salaries. Why not you? You can take advantage of the huge and faithful fans that are loyal to these clubs and make yourself rich while doing so on the internet. There are various ways in which you can do this: one of them is opening up a website that auctions off peoples seasons tickets for various games. However before doing so, you must set up an authentication scheme to ward off illegitimate fraudsters. How can you do this? I will cover various safety methods that you can use to achieve the desired results in my next article. Take these decisive steps to realize your dreams of becoming an internet millionaire.…
Tips For Keeping Kids Safe On Backyard Playgrounds
Today, parents want their kids to experience the same fun and exercise they enjoyed while playing in their neighborhood playgrounds. The joy of joining the other kids from the local area while playing. Kids love to swing, climb and slide, enjoying warm summer days and afternoons after school. That fun can still be had and here are some tips for keeping them safe.
Let them play in their own back yard.
The days when a parent could trust their child to go alone a street, block, or few houses away and know they are safe, while they play on the structures of the neighborhood playground, are for the most part gone. However, children can still have the opportunity to enjoy all the things the neighborhood playground offered, and right in their own back yards. Children can now play on their own playground equipment and the parent can watch them through their kitchen or living room windows while they play only feet or yards away.
It no longer needs to be one size fits all.
Backyard playgrounds are now available for all ages. There are plastic seats in today’s playground equipment that will easily hold an infant. High back toddler swings have been developed to safely hold the youngest children. This means kids can interact with each other on playgrounds at an even earlier age. Outdoor playground equipment designed and created for multiple ages are available for today’s children. With equipment designed for even the smallest children, they can begin their playground experiences even sooner.
A safe backyard playground doesn’t need to be expensive.
Safe playground equipment is available for nearly any budget. From one small piece, your backyard playground can continue to grow as the kids grow. The playground may be as simple as a teeter totter, or may include swings, slides, platforms, and climbing walls. Even though you can purchase each item separately, you can also get bundle packages as well. However path is chosen the price for safe playground equipment is surprisingly inexpensive.
You can have a playground designed with both fun and safety in mind.
Playing outside, climbing, running and jumping is a big part of a child’s life. Children are bundles of energy and parents are often looking for safe ways that energy can be vented. And parents know that most children love to climb. Outdoor playground equipment is designed so the child can expend the energy while they climb, swing and slide on a structure that is created with the idea that safety is as important as fun. Quality manufacturers not only test to ensure their equipment is safe and durable but they also test the materials to ensure they are safe as well.
For the most part, gone are the days when a young child could safely wander through the neighborhood looking for friends to play with and things to do. However, we don’t want any child to be denied the opportunities for fun that outdoor toys and playground equipment offered. That fun can still be had when it involves a backyard playground that is designed and manufactured with safety in mind.…
The golf swing can be one of the most complicated things to master in all sports, if golfers have this mindset. However, if golfers follow a few, easy tips they can have a swing that feels natural and yields excellent results.
The key is for golfers to forget about all of the technical things they hear from golf announcers and their friends. Golfers hear all of this stuff about swing plane, wrist hinge, shoulder turn and which body parts to move first. These things all occur naturally, assuming the golfer is in a relaxed position.
It is important the golf swing does everything that the technical information discusses; however, many people take these thoughts to an extreme.
They stand over the ball, trying to imagine where the swing plane would be. Then they wonder how they are going to get their hands in front of the ball, which supposedly results in better distance and accuracy. By this time, they are already very tense, and it will be a miracle if they can get any distance on the ball, let alone accuracy. There are a few drills golfers can perform to see that the golf swing is actually a natural movement.
Most golfers believe that all of the angles have to be manipulated; however, this first drill will prove otherwise. To begin the first drill, the golfer should take practice swings, without a ball. They will need to grab a club they feel comfortable with and try to bring it straight back from the imaginary ball.
They will notice that the club actually forms a right angle and stays on the swing plane. The majority of golfers hear all of the talk about how the club needs to strike the inside portion of the ball, so they manipulate the club to their inside during the backswing. The club will naturally come inside if golfers simply attempt to bring it straight back, as it has to rotate with the body turn.
Another drill golfers can perform to improve their downswing and follow through is the half-swing drill. They will simply bring the club back, as if they were hitting a 40 yard chip shot. When they reach the halfway point, they should bring their arms back to impact, without manipulating their hands or wrists.
Most golfers have been led to believe that they need to actually manipulate their wrists to square the clubface. Again, the golfer will see that the clubface will automatically square, as this is a natural instinct.…
Wooden Play Equipment a Favorite For Kids As Well As Parents
Wooden play equipment has been a favorite among not only kids but parents as well for the simple reason that when properly maintained a wooden play structure can last for generations.
Beginning with the traditional tree-house and expanding to even more extensively detailed playground structures, building a play-set with wood is now one of the most widely used for a child’s backyard play area.
Not only is wooden play equipment popular for backyard play areas but you will notice that more and more public parks and play areas also use wood when putting up play equipment for children.
While using wood is a great idea because of the fact that it can and will last for generations when properly maintained, the key here is that it must be not only properly maintained but also checked for safety issues.
Checking for safety when it comes to your child’s play areas is not only important when using wooden playground equipment but also with any type of structure you may decide to use.
Let me clarify by saying that I recently watched a news story where they actually showed some of the dangers that can be present in play equipment for kids.
Many had wider gaps where a child could fit all the way through except for the head which caused them to become entrapped at the neck area. Some had spaces where the child’s leg could fall through, potentially causing them to seriously injure or break their ankle or leg as well as other limbs, depending on how they fell.
My point in writing this part of this article is to make certain that parents and caretakers are aware that some of these sets can have potentially dangerous flaws and they MUST be checked for safety.
Should you decide to use wooden playground equipment in your own backyard, you will want to perform safety and maintenance checks at the beginning of each season.
Taking proper care of your play area will also ensure that not only will it be safer but it will last a lot longer. Consider using a sealer when you first construct your play-set and check for splintered areas every year.
While most sealants are made to last for at least five years, you may want to go over any rough spots just to be sure that your child is safe from splinters or worse.
Wooden play equipment really does come in all shapes and forms but some are obviously far more extravagant than others. From the small structure for your toddler, to the more lavish for your older kids, any child is sure to love and use this backyard play area for years.
Besides being a lot of fun for the kids, it is also a great way to let them burn off that extra energy. The fact that it will get them tired enough to go to bed on time makes it worth the investment in and of itself.
With six grown children and 4 grandchildren, I know full well the benefits of having a child get the exercise they really need because to watch them toss and turn all night is not fun. This is especially true for a child with special needs who should always be kept on a fairly regular schedule.
Swings and slides, running and jumping areas, little log cabins, etc. all of these are benefits your child will grow to love when you choose to use wooden play equipment.
Oh, and don’t forget to take them swimming as this also burns a lot of energy.…
Bodybuilding competitions have always been a top attention drawer and a box-office hit in the United States and elsewhere in the world. This discipline has also produced a number of big names in Hollywood. Not everyone knows though that this discipline is not generally accepted by sports governing bodies as a legitimate sport. Hopes of bodybuilding becoming into a legitimate sport is pinned down by drug controversies, which has hounded the discipline and the bodybuilders themselves.
Tainted with drugs
According the sports governing bodies, accepting bodybuilding as a legitimate sport would somehow tarnish the sports community as a whole amidst reports that some bodybuilders are actually using drugs to enhance their physique.
While there may really be some bodybuilders using enhancing drugs like steroids, there are those who developed enviable muscles and toned bodies the natural way.
True enough, there are really those who cheat in bodybuilding competitions. What else is new? Even outside the bodybuilding circle, there are cheats, and use of drug enhancers too. In fact, most (if not all sports) are tainted with drug controversies.
There are sport events, professional at that, that ends up in brawl because of the players’ unsportsmanlike behavior and yet it continues to reap patronage, popularity and revenue. There are many other sports rocked with the controversy brought about by an athlete, who has been found using illegal drugs to enhance his performance during the games. There are sports disciplines that were subjected to probe because of illegal gambling and game fixing.
And yet, they remain a legitimate sports discipline, generally accepted and recognized by international sporting organizations like the International Olympic Committee.
Punishing all for the sin of a few
As clamor grows for the inclusion of bodybuilding as a legitimate sport, so is its popularity and general awareness of what has lately been happening in the bodybuilding circle.
Efforts have been made to rectify lapses in the past involving musclemen into drugs, but it just seemed not enough to convince the sports governing bodies to reconsider.
To these sports governing bodies, there is just no way men, would be able to develop huge muscles without going into drug enhancers, even in the midst of a jam-packed auditorium where the general paying public show their acceptance by patronizing bodybuilding tilts.
Repackaging the image of bodybuilding
Amidst controversies hounding their bid to become a legitimate sport, there have been steps taken to repackage the reputation of bodybuilding.
From simply “bodybuilding”, the discipline is now being referred to as “natural bodybuilding” To the people behind the discipline it is far more different that what used to be. It’s all natural, as the new label says.
Natural bodybuilding has made a sweeping claim that greater majority in their circle are there for the right reasons. On top of the “right reasons”, they claim to have professionalism and right attitude in and out of the arena.
Accordingly, the men and women behind “natural bodybuilding” have internal safety nets in place to ensure that the methodology that their “athletes” is into is all natural. How natural could “natural” be?
The new musclemen who form their frontline are equipped with the right approach to training and a disciplined mindset, allowing positive yields insofar as physical conditioning is concerned. No drug enhancers, but longer hours spent on training, body toning and weightlifting. Claims of a more comprehensive nutritional program is also said to be in place.…