Archive for June, 2014

Electrifying A World: How The 2014 FIFA World Cup Has Grabbed The Attention Of All

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

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In years past, The FIFA World Cup was always looked at as a global experience for all. This year, that understanding has uprisen to a whole new level for all around the world. Sponsors, vendors, television networks, investors; are all projecting this year event in Rio De Janeiro, to be the highest grossed World Cup on record. With fans and spectators on the edge of the seats are work and gymnasiums, restaurants packing out every evening, block parties across the globe in varies countries and cities; brings the question is this all just hype or something that can be sustain for the coming future.

The host country Brazil kicked of the games with a exciting victory over Croatia, as Neymar put on a stunning performance with 2 goals to lead the way. Not to be out done, the mixtures of “groups”, has brought on the most suspense of the tournament. The proclaimed “Group of Death”, with powerhouses Portugal and Ghana; along with hopefuls, Team USA and Germany, has also brought on the most air wave attention in years. With Team USA in recent years losing to Ghana and Portugal, the boys in red, white, and blue have managed to place themselves in a position to head to the knockout rounds with a win over Ghana and a heartbreaking tie with Portugal; along with an entire nation chanting “I Believe That We Will Win, I Believe That We Will Win!” Regardless, the World Cup has brought out the best in everyone, showing celebrates twitting how amazing the experience has been for everyone involved and that they hope it continues for all. At the end of the day, you can only project that this event will continue to rise each go around.

Combination of reasons and scenarios as to why this year World Cup has become such an extravaganza, could all be drawn from the events at the half way point; but then you would be starting all over once the games conclude in late July because as the match ups change each day, the suspense grows more and more. What fans want to see, is that the experience continues over time and within their own countries. International experience of futbol will always be the grandest of them all; as in Untied States, with American Football, National Basketball Association, and Major League Baseball, it’s difficult for soccer to carry any substance. Still, this sport has become reborn through this year FIFA World Cup, and with an overwhelming response, it is truly a grand event to be apart of!

J.Horton
GTech Sport (TM)
Entertainment / Promotions Director
horton@gtechsport.com
gtechsportusa@gmail.com

For The Love Of The Game: Concussions in Sports

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

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Competitors in sports are willing to risk any and everything to be one of the greatest of all-time. The problem is the effects that are felt afterwards throughout the rest of their lifetime. Over time, studies have shown how we all react to getting a concussion. Most athletes, during a game, don’t even realize they have fallen victim to receiving a concussion. Specific protocols are followed to the letter in sports today, which have lowered the risk of long term damage to those players. The question now is, is it too late for others whom deal with these issues everyday, to ever overcome this disability?

As per the definition, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a form of encephalopathy that is a progressive degenerative disease, which can currently only be definitively diagnosed postmortem, in individuals with a history of multiple concussions and other forms of head injury. There has been a recent discovery when of an exosome particle created by the brain which has been shown to contain trace proteins indicating the presence of the disease, however, a test is not yet available.

Junior Seau is one of the most recent players that has fallen victim to having being diagnosed with this disease. Seau, in May of 2012, took his own life because of mental health issues that, was claimed, to have been plaguing him during the later parts of his lifetime. It was discovered by The National Health Institute, that Seau had been dealing with CTE. Recently, more than 15 former NFL Players including Dan Marino, have filed a lawsuit against the NFL for having to deal with the log-term effects of concussions and the repercussions that have come from it. Other athletes in other sports have also dealt with CTE, particularly those who play soccer and baseball. Studies are now showing that countless headers in soccer and pitches to the head area, can now lead to increasingly concern for CTE.

Although there is now better protective equipment in sports, still the desire to have a young child develop into a potential superstar is increasing the concern for how soon they will develop CTE; if in fact, they ever suffer a concussion at such a young age. Athletes are getting stronger, faster, and better as the years go on; which increases the risk of more reckless accidents. Competitors should always be concerned for their safety and well-being before it is too late.

Joshua J. Horton
GTech Sport Promotions / Entertainment Director / Health & Wellness Consultant
horton@gtechsport.com
gtechsportusa@gmail.com
GTech Sport TM.