Why Are There No Decent Books on the Future of Sports and Sporting Equipment?

There really are not enough good books on the future of the sports industry. It’s a humongous industry if you stop and think about it, not only from the sports equipment side of the equation, but also the professional sports teams and leagues. It generates a huge amount of tourism, and income. You see, there are both Top down sports and Bottom down sports to consider. But there no real books which encompass the entire spectrum of the sports industry.

There are some experts who claim to be the gurus of professional sports, sporting fans, sports equipment, nonprofessional sports, and Fitness sports activities. But there are no real encompassing books on this topic. Why not I ask? We also have plenty people talking about Physical Education in schools, Obesity Challenges, Youth fitness, and Cardiac fitness. There is a huge industry just selling
Home Gym equipment, and that alone is a giant industry sub-sector.

And people buy all sorts of equipment for personal sports everything from kayaks, to bicycles. Golf clubs and golf equipment is also a huge subsector. Not to mention soccer uniforms, soccer balls, and municipal equipment for parks. In studying this concept myself I have found people who are studying the 2010, 2011, 2012 and so on – Future Trends in Fitness, in Global Sports Demographics, Sports and Aging, and Sports Hobbies. In fact, I just read a really in-depth report titled; “2011 Trends in Physical Activity” by a member of the World Future Society.

Just imagine how much this topic encompasses, you could almost write a small set of encyclopedias on the whole thing, but no one has. That’s interesting because they even teach sports business, sports psychology, and other sports related topics in major degree programs at some of the largest universities in the country. There are textbooks which carry and cover parts of these things, but nothing is encompassing, and the information doesn’t seem to be linked in any cohesive away. But in the real world all sports are related to each other in some way – and I assure you they will be well into the future.

Consider if you will the cross-marketing that goes on. That definitely has to do with both bottom-up sports and top down sports. It has to do with the industry, as well as the fans, and all the hobbyist sportsters out there. People like me, people like you, people like just about everybody in our country. And yet, there is no direct leadership, nor is any real authority, no real Association which encompasses it all. And without that, how are we going to get Americans back in shape? Please consider all this.

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Photographer Sol Neelman Loves Weird Sports and Sharing Them With Us

If you thought you’d seen everything, you probably have not seen the photos from photographer Sol Neelman who travels the globe in search of the world’s strangest competitions. There are many weird sports out there that you may never have dreamed existed and now, thanks to Neelman, you can learn more about them through photos.

Here are 10 of the most unusual and exciting weird sports Neelman has to share:

The Kaiju Big Battel is a mix between Japanese anime and professional wrestling that shows off the participants skills in a very humorous way.

Have you ever heard of Underwater Hockey? It’s sometimes called “octopush” and instead of pushing the puck around an ice-rink, players are pushing it around on the floor of a pool.

When you combine gymnastics, capoeira and soccer to the sport of volleyball, you get Bossaball equipped with trampolines on both ends of the playing court.

Snow Polo is an amazing game similar to the traditional Polo but players are on top of horses in a snow-covered arena. The horses wear special shoes to help with traction.

The Pillow Fight League really puts on a show when these women gather together, go wild and fight each other with pillows. What an interesting way to cut loose and let out some anger.

Surfing is not just for humans anymore. Both small and large dogs are getting in on some of the action when they go Dog Surfing. In this sport, the dogs surf alone or with their owners and it’s one heck of a sport.

One of the “Arctic Winter Games” includes an event called Pole Push in which two teams grab hold of the opposite end of a pole and each team tries to push the other team to the outside of the ring.

Vancouver holds an unusual competition called the Ultimate Firefighter Competition in which the participants compete in a variety of events to see who is the best and fastest.

Soccer is an amazing game that’s fun to play or watch but here’s something I bet you never thought you’d see. Blind Soccer is one exciting and powerful game that is played by four blind athletes and a goalkeeper who is visually impaired or sighted competing in a game of soccer in a field that has a wall around it.

Racing in a kayak is exciting but when the kayak is make from a giant pumpkin that can weigh as much as 800 pounds, a whole new sport is born called the Giant Pumpkin Kayaking and it’s one exciting race.

These are just a few of the amazing pictures that photographer Sol Neelman has to share when it comes to weird or unusual sports. His photography is amazing and the sports themselves are intriguing. I can’t wait to see more.

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Kids and Soccer

Soccer is extremely popular among children from all over the world. Wherever you go, no matter which part of the world you are at, you can see children chasing and kicking the ball around. But why is soccer so popular with kids?

Soccer as a sport that is chosen by kids more often than other sports, has a great potential because it is played in fast pace. Kids love just that. By playing soccer, they do not need to wait forever for their turn to come. They can run and fight for the ball all the time so they cannot get bored. Therefore, soccer being so dynamic is crucial for its popularity.

For kids, making friends is very important and by playing soccer, they can meet many friends. If they play and train together, lose and win together they can really make some mates for life. In my neighborhood, I can see adult men who are parents now in their thirty something, playing soccer for fun and recreation, who were only young boys training soccer together back then, when all of us were small kids.

In past it was easier to get kids out of the house because lethargic lifestyle was not part of children’s everyday life. Today, they tend to spend so much time in front of the computers and video games, so many TV channels and making them enjoy physical activities is huge bonus. That is why it is very important to make soccer trainings fun for kids, not to make it static sport when soccer is not that definitely, because, as we said, that is exactly what kids are attracted to in soccer. That is the main task that soccer trainer, who works with kids, should obtain. If he manages that playing soccer stays fun for kids to play, that is success. If he gets the totally wrong approach to the game and training, kids will give up.

Kids love soccer and that is not going to change for long time. To play soccer, nothing special is needed but ball, kids and little free space, no matter what type of surface. They are running around, competing, playing, socializing, learning to win and lose and all that from just playing the soccer.

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Sport and Soccer and Football Can Disappoint But Here is Something That Will Never Disappoint

The World Cup which is underway in South Africa is being severely criticised for its lack of skill and excitement, but also for the appalling noise from these horns.

One analyser yesterday said that he was giving his fee to charity because the game was so poor and unexciting and boring. Now, I have never heard that previously! The two broadcasters mentioned that the ‘road report’ back home in the United Kingdom would be more exciting.

There is something far wrong with soccer or football, as we call it in Scotland.

Players are being paid absurd sums of money and they are producing very little ‘entertainment’. The tournament may improve, but the first few days have been most disappointing.

We know there will be nothing really new in the World Cup competition. There may be stunning goals and surprising disappointments, resulting in massive upsets for some fans, and there will be one winner, just as there has always been in the past.

Writing as a disciple of Jesus Christ, and a student of the Bible over many years, we know that there is nothing new under the sun.

The strips and the footgear and the type of ball may change, although when it comes to the ball, there must be a question as to whether that has been an improvement. So far it has been criticised, and not without good reason.

Under the sun, there is really nothing new. Sin and selfishness and depression and war appear to be becoming worse and worse, and the persecution of those who believe in Jesus Christ and who stand for the scriptures, as we have them in the Old and New Testament, is certainly increasing in various nations throughout the world.

There has been persecution of believers in Jesus Christ since the Day of Pentecost.

We are dealing with sin and sin appears to be abounding in virtually every walk of life.

One day this thing we call sin will pass away, but that will not happen until Jesus Christ returns.

Just as we know how the World Cup will unfold, so Almighty God knows when and how to deal with the sin of the world.

A person’s individual sin can be dealt with now. Jesus Christ shed his blood to wash away our sin and give us that opportunity to enjoy a fresh start. Jesus Christ willingly laid down his life and became the sacrificial Passover Lamb that we might be rescued and redeemed and brought from darkness into light.

His sacrifice was accepted by God the Father, who raised Jesus from the dead. That is why he is more than able to deal with all those troublesome issues that bother us.

Our gracious God knows how to deal with sin, and Almighty God has a love for people, and cares about them and He is concerned that they may be lifted out of the messes and problems in which they find themselves.

Sport and soccer and football and people may all disappoint us at times.

Jesus Christ will never disappoint nor let you down. It is not in his character or nature to do so.

Jesus Christ can make all things new. We are taught that in the Bible. He can make you a new person now, and one day there will be a new heaven and a new earth. There is nothing surer.

Sandy Shaw

Sandy Shaw is Pastor of Nairn Christian Fellowship, Chaplain at Inverness Prison, and Nairn Academy, and serves on The Children’s Panel in Scotland, and has travelled extensively over these past years teaching, speaking, in America, Canada, South Africa, Australia, making 12 visits to Israel conducting Tours and Pilgrimages, and most recently in Uganda and Kenya, ministering at Pastors and Leaders Seminars, in the poor areas surrounding Kampala, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.

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