Aaron Hernandez CTE reports!

Aaron Hernandez according to the latest of news had stage 3 CTE, per attorney Jose Baez. His brain was studied at Boston University. It is also in news that the family will sue the NFL and the Patriots. Evidently, there are four stages of CTE, and stage 4 is the most severe.

What’s the backstory?

Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots player committed suicide in April while doing a life sentence for murder. But the story today is that he was found to have a serious type of C.T.E., the degenerative brain disease that is associated with repetitive head injury. What makes matters more interesting is that it has been found in more than 100 past NFL players. Analysts at Boston University who investigated the brain came to the conclusion that it was the nearly the most serious case they had ever witnessed with someone of the age of 27.

C.T.E., or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, can be identified only post-obituary. Hernandez is the most current past NFL player to have taken his own life and then been diagnosed with C.T.E. Some other former football players joining Aaron are Dave Duerson, Junior Seau, Andre Waters, Ray Easterling and Jovan Belcher, among others. Seau and Duerson shot themselves in the chest probably so that analysts would have the capability to investigate their brains. With Hernandez, he hung himself in his own prison cell.

Other players with CTE

Seau, Duerson and Waters were all older than Aaron, past the age of 40, while Hernandez is one of the youngest former NFL players to have had C.T.E. In July, analysts at Boston University discharged information that showed that they had found C.T.E. in the brains of 110 of the 111 past N.F.L. players they had looked at.

The fact that Aaron Hernandez had advanced C.T.E. is tragic. All in all, the NFL must address this devastating occupational health hazard for all its players and do it immediately. It is also tragic that Aaron received the worst case of C.T.E. at his age. It is no wonder now why he took his own life as he probably couldn’t deal with the situation. It is also important that fans address their relationship to the NFL.

Controversy

But controversy still lies in the fact that he still killed someone. Does him having CTE make it okay to murder someone? But let’s also take into consideration that the brain chooses to murder. His brain was damaged, so yes, CTE played a part. But does that make him not guilty by reason of insanity or is he still responsible in the murder? Overall, they can only check for CTE on the dead. Plus, Aaron has always been violent so it is plausible that CTE exacerbated it.

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Some things to know about the colour yellow

Some of the best things in life are yellow. Why do I say this? Well because it is true. Think about it logically. Think about things that are yellow. Eggs on the inside are yellow. Eggs bring us nourishment and protein. Something that is very important and that we need in our bodies to survive and live a healthy life. Lets face it, who doesn’t love eggs in the morning?

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Another thing that is yellow and that is good for us is the sun. The sun gives us vitamin D. Vitamin D is something that many people are lacking in their bodies. So one of the best ways to gain vitamin D is by being outside. The sun provides health benefits as it keeps your bones strong. That’s because your body produces vitamin D when exposed to the sun. The sunshine vitamin assists the body to absorb calcium, which is essential for bone health. Lastly, adults who get sunlight early in the day are prone to have a lower body mass index, a measure that takes into account weight and height. 

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One of the prettiest flowers out there is the daisy that has yellow in it. Many are unaware that daisies represent purity and innocence and that a daisy is actually two flowers in one. Another fun fact about daises is that the leaves are edible. And Last but definitely not least, daises have lots of medicinal properties. They are thought to relieve indigestion and coughs. So the next time you come across a daisy remember these facts. It’s not uncommon for people to associate the colour yellow with brightness so it makes sense that it is recognized through nourishment. 

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Women, gender and tennis

Three major competitions; Wimbledon, The Rogers Cup, and The US Open are always major talk in the sports industry. I believe tennis to be a very active and exciting sport to watch on television. Although it may not involve as much contact as hockey, basketball, or baseball the quality that makes it stand out from the other sports mentioned are that women are participating and getting recognition in sports.
I believe it is great that we get to watch women participate in sporting events, because it shows that women can do anything that men can do. There has been the biased opinion that women’s tennis is one dimensional, and outside of the norm. I believe this to be false on so many levels. I have watched many stellar women athletes like Serena Williams who plays with aggression, and perfection. I have come to the conclusion that professional athletes like Serena Williams or Maria Sharpova being in the sport as long as they have been, they have the ability to read their opponents weak points. This also applies to players like Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens.
 In addition, they are able to win matches by using their strong points. As I have continued to watch tennis I have come across an issue that has surprised me, but at the same time hasn’t. We would think coming into the year 2017, where women have come so far into the world of sports that both men and women’s tennis would be at the same level of difficulty. I have noticed that men have to play one extra set in tournaments in order to advance to the next round. I find this to be demeaning to women.
 Although some might argue that it seems that men play more, because of the stereotype that they are stronger and that they can handle more, I find this to go against everything that equality has brought to society and to women. Wimbledon tennis used to be only men and now that has changed so I’m sure there is more room for change with women and tennis. Allowing best of fives for women would not only boost athleticism, but it would push athletes to work harder and allow them to want to accomplish more in their career.
 

Shapovalov qualifies for U.S. Open 

Many are eager to witness the talent from Denis Shapovalov. He wowed many at the Rogers Cup and he continued to amaze people as he beat Jan Satral to get himself a spot in the U.S. Open. Many could get used to seeing that one-handed backhand that is so crisp. Rallying from behind to beat an opponent is always impressive as it shows drive, passion, hard work and determination in the game of tennis.
He`s in

Shapovalov has safely navigated the qualifying rounds and will play in the Main Draw of the U.S. Open tennis match next week. Many haven`t been this excited for a slam in a while. It is always great to see young talent competing in sports. His incredible August will continue as history often repeats itself.

Shapovalov is without question a pleasant surprise among tennis players. What`s so great about Shapovalov is that he is fun and entertaining to watch. He wears his emotions on his sleeve and he is very athletic. Denis is thankful for the support that he has received yesterday from many as this is a dream come true for him.

Some things we should know about Shapovalov

Although Denis is a tennis player, his favorite sport is hockey. Denis loves hockey and he claimed that if he was not playing tennis he would have gotten into hockey. So you can imagine how excited he must have been to see and meet Wayne Gretsky as he was in the crowd at the Rogers Cup. Another thing that is good to know about Denis is that he grew up idealizing Roger Federer. When Denis found out that Roger said he loved watching him play, you can imagine how happy that must have made him . 

Another fun fact that many should know is that he started playing tennis at the age of five years old. Last but not least, Denis is only the second Canadian to win the Wimbledon singles boys title, which is very impressive.

Summer stays hot for El Shapo

The 69th ranked youngster was seeded second in the draw thanks to his outstanding performance at the Rogers Cup that took place in Montreal. Many remember it as a time where he beat Rafael Nadal and Juan Del Potro. It allowed him to make it to a semi-final appearance, which was impressive. Denis will be performing in his very first U.S. Open and second career Grand Slam.

He will join Bouchard of Westmout, Quebec and Vasek Pospisil from Vancouver. Overall, the moral of the story is watch out for this younger as he will surprise you with his skills, talent, physique and drive. He won`t give up without putting up a battle and fight.

Life Lesson 101 

What is the point of surviving in this world if we don’t bring any meaning in our lives? We live to work towards something. We work to set goals and then accomplish them. We have passion and drive for particular things in our lives. But something obviously motivated us to bring us to that passion. 

Life is filled with both good and bad. In order to appreciate the good or experience true happiness, we must experience failure and sadness. Perfect examples of issues that many people face are with work, relationship struggles or just a lack of self-confidence.

 

When these types of situations come up, it’s easy to fall into the trap of self-doubt, and negativity and feel like giving up. The result is that it feels like there is no silver lining and you feel like you are surrounded by this fogginess and lacking any stimulation or incentive to move forward.

 

Now it is never fun or fair to be in this situation, but for many it happens and it is a part of life. So if you find yourself stuck in this trap, an easy and creative way to help get yourself out of this black hole, is to read inspirational sayings and quotes. Words can be so powerful and uplifting. They are like little reminders that can help you move forward when you are feeling down or get stuck in negativity. Thinking negative is normal, but shouldn’t consume your mind or your thoughts.

 

The most important part is that the people that have written these quotes, you will respect what they have to say and what they have struggled with. It will show you that if they conquer so can you.

 

So to put a little kick in your day here are a couple of the best inspirational words, sayings and quotes. They’ll inspire and motivate you, help you achieve what you thought was unlikely, and enable you to tackle life’s challenges.

 

The best inspirational saying and quotes:

1. “If you can’t fly then run. If you can’t run then walk. If you can’t walk then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward”- Martin Luther King Jr.

2. “Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards”- Soren Kierkegaard.

3. “The more real you get the more unreal the world gets.”- John Lennon

4. “My definition of stupid is wasting your opportunity to be yourself, because I think everyday has a uniqueness and everybody’s good at something.” – Pink

5. “The solution to sadness is not to look at it as a negative. The solution to sadness is understanding it. The solution to sadness is listening to it and walking it out of your heart the same way that it walked in. You can’t expect it to overtake you by walking in, and to leave by disappearing. It took steps in. It needs to take steps out.” – Najwa Zebian

 

Rio 2016

I believe that that turmoil that has been surrounded around Brazil has brought a negative connotation to the Olympics this year. I believe that the Rio Olympics wants people to forget about it. There has been the combination of a political crisis, an economic recession, and bad press. The Olympics is supposed to bring optimism, but I’m sure people were thinking, what if there is a terrorist attack? What if there are violent crimes? Basically a lot of what ifs, which is understandable. There were worries about accommodating the athletes. In addition, there were scares of evictions to make way for Olympic projects. They want the Olympics to run smoothly, but they don’t want to cause problems for others in the running. Inevitably, there has been a lot of controversy. Organizers of Rio 2016 want to put the turmoil behind them and want to focus on the sports. The coming together of fans and athletes from around the world. They want to bring out multiculturalism and diversity to Rio. That is what the Olympics is all about essentially. Very similar to the World Cup in soccer. There has also been controversy with that. Different countries and cities have different politics attached to them. I believe everyone is aware of that. People want to be reassured that everyone is safe. They want to represent Rio as a vibrant city. For sports fans, I believe it brings excitement. They are looking forward to watch their favourite athletes. For example Michael Phelps. They are looking forward to watching volleyball, swimming and diving, because we don’t get to see these sports in the winter Olympics. The athletes also train very hard for the Olympics so I’m sure it is something they look forward to. They want to put their hard work into play, so the last thing they want is problems. Volleyball is such a fun sport to watch. It takes skill, speed, thought, experience and endurance. The best part is fans supporting athletes from their country. It represents pride for ones country.  The Olympics, it is a feel good moment. The start of something fresh and new. Sports are always a beautiful thing to witness. I think it is safe to say that many Olympics have had their difficulties. Nothing is easy. I think it is important that those from Brazil represent their Brazilian spirit and show the positive side to Brazil. It is important to overcome challenges. It makes Rio 2016 all the more exciting knowing that everything can still come together despite the drama. What’s life without obstacles? Overcoming these obstacles makes life all the more enjoyable and rewarding.  Continue reading “Rio 2016”

Music and The Social Media – Significant Stress Relievers and Useful Markers of Knowledge.

Summer-Music-And-Grass-HD-AppleWe all know stress, as that one psychological response that we just can’t avoid. It haunts all of us whether we like it or not. We can’t exactly eliminate it from our lives for good, because it just comes upon on us without our control. From major to minor incidences, stress just builds in our systems. Although this is the case, there are many ways to relieve stress. There are many remedies to relieve stress, but for me I find music and social media to be one of the best therapies for our minds and bodies. Even by simply just listening to your favourite song, I feel it can just calm down the muscles in your body, especially if it is a slow soothing song. But, even if you’re angry, which is a trigger for stress, listening to a hard rock song can channel that anger in a constructive way. The way in which, I find social media as a stress reliever is, for example watching TV. Television has a way of distracting you of bothersome thoughts. This is a form of rumination, which has known to be very effective. It keeps your mind off complicated matters and allows you to focus on something else. Even things such as Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr are helpful. People can say what they want about these mediums of social media, but I have noticed they have a way of entertaining us in many ways. It can be as simple as posting a comic picture or being able to chat online with friends. It is a great downtime and even good when you’re taking breaks between studying. It is not to say that it should be done instead of exercising or enjoying a gorgeous day outside, but I find it’s not just browsing on the web. Social media is far from a waste of time. It encourages reading. On twitter and Facebook many pages and tweets have links to fascinating articles. Depending on what you are liking and following you can be reading stuff about the daily news or your favourite rock band. Regardless you are reading, and reading is great for the mind. Tumblr has come a long way. Tumblr pages are now being used for school projects. People create Tumblr pages for many reasons. Blogging has become a career for many writers, and in addition it is a form of advertising. For many it is used for entertainment purposes, but I think it’s a great way to share photos, music and articles.