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Why it is Important to Keep Exercising As We Get Older

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Why it is Important to Keep Exercising As We Get Older

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It is now becoming apparent just how important remaining active is for our health as we start to get older. SA Health Chief Exercise Physiologist Bob Barnard highlighted this fact at the recent Australian Association of Gerontology Conference in Adelaide, stating that elderly people lose a certain amount of functionality when forced into even short-term bed rest. For people in their late 70’s and early 80’s who were bed-ridden for two weeks, it was found that they lost at least 50% of their functionality in just this short amount of time. Studies have shown that it can be even worse for those who were not very active prior to their illnesses. However, there are programs that have been gathering impressive results over the last decade that are helping people remain active and independent in their later years. These programs provide people with alternate forms of exercise that are suitable to their abilities. Barnard also highlighted the need for awareness regarding the lack of exercise that is present in the modern lifestyle of society today and warned a change is needed for our generations wellbeing.
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People must exercise regularly as they age or face the prospect of a potential rapid decline in their health, a national conference on ageing has heard. Speaking at the Australian Association of Gerontology Conference in Adelaide this Week, SA Health CHief Exercise Physiologist Bob Barnard highlighted how elderly people could see their functioning plummet if an illness forced them to get bed rest for even a couple of weeks. Explaining that exercise was the key to good health for older Australians, Barnard stated “it’s essential, it’s really not the time to slow down, it’s a time to think about looking for new options.”
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Plans to Increase Communities Access to School Facilities

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The Member for Cook, David Kempton, has revealed that it will now be easier for QLD schools to hire out their facilities to the general public. Under a newly refurbished initiative, schools will be able to work closely with local communties and promote the use of their school facilities. Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek and Mr. Kempton revealed that this initiative has made it easier for school principals to hire out their facilities and has greatly simplified the hiring process. This ease of access will significantly benefit students, schools, and locals and will create a sense of community between all parties involved. The extra revenue created by this scheme will also directly benefit the schools themselves, boosting their budgets for other programs and also creating an opportunity for them to showcase their school’s facilities to their local community. 

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Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek and Mr. Kempton said students, schools and locals would benefit from greater flexibility to form partnerships that benefited the whole community. We want our schools to be vibrant hubs- where children learn, teachers teach and communities gather. Many of our schools are equipped with sporting fields, courts, multipurpose halls and even auditoriums that can be of great use to these groups and organisations in the local community.This is the first time an overarching policy has been established to support principals, cut red tape and streamline the process of hiring out facilities. 

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ABC Budget Cuts Affect Women’s Sport Coverage

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With coverage of women’s sport already next to nothing, ABC budget cuts have led to them being decreased even more. Some of the key sporting coverage that the ABC are set to discontinue are women’s soccer and basketball leagues, along with Shute Shield Rugby Union and other State football leagues. The Board Director of Australian Womensport and Recreation Association Danielle Warby states that by completely cutting women’s sport from their coverage, the ABC is completely disregarding a large component of their audience. With the Matildas, Australia’s national women’s soccer team, being in the top ten internationally, Warby believes that women’s soccer has earned its place on TV and is appalled the coverage is being cancelled. Former Minister for Sport Kate Lundy is also devastated because of the ongoing ramifications this decision will create. Without TV coverage, sponsorship will decline and sports women will have to pay their own way. Also, with the decline of TV coverage of female role models, the social effect on young women may be detrimental to women’s sports with an all-male dominated sphere being created when it comes to sport. 

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Australians are already underfed with coverage of women’s sport and with the government’s recent decisions to cut the ABC budget, it’s only going to get worse… Board Director of Australian Womensport and Recreation Association, Danielle Warby, believes that completely cutting the coverage shows a disregard for one of the ABC’s major audiences. Football is the only game the whole world plays. The Matildas are in the top 10 and have an infinitely greater chance of winning the World Cup than the Soceroo’s… When there’s an interstate match, I’m watching live while chatting online with the very engaged and vocal fans on Twitter. 

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Tribute to Phil Hughes

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Like most cricket lovers, we were deeply saddened to hear about about Phillip Hughes tragically passing away on the 27th of November, 2014. We wanted to express our respect for this incredibly talented sportsman by posting a video tribute. This video from Cricket Australia shows some of Phillip Hughes greatest moments as a cricketer.
Hughes was born November 30, 1988 in Macksville, NSW and by the age of twenty, was selected to play for his country in the baggy green. His first test was against South Africa in 2009 and he had big shoes to fill. Replacing the retiring Matthew Hayden, Hughes more than held his own by making 350 runs in his first four innings. His second test would be one of his most memorable tests when he scored 115 and 160 respectively, making him the youngest player to get centuries in both innings of international cricket.
Phil Hughes played a total of 26 tests Australia, with 3 centuries and 7 half centuries to his name. He will always be remembered by the wider cricket community and shall remain forever 63* not out.
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Sport helping the advancement of Human Rights

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Sport is a big part of our global culture and society, so why not use the sporting platform to promote and raise awareness for human rights? 
While athletes are often discouraged from participating in public debate and discussion on current social issues, many sporting professionals are now building awareness that sport is more than just entertainment.
The United Nations treaties, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, all make mention to the right to physical activity and sport. This is a clear reason for international, national and local sporting organisations to get involved in the fight for human rights.

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People all over the world live and breathe sports, so to remove human rights from the equation underestimates their importance.  Despite the fact that athletes and teams are often raised to the level of celebrity, this does not mean they should “get a pass” from addressing human rights concerns. In fact, because of their influence, those who organize and participate in sports should be even more accountable to human rights standards. They have the potential to be role models for young people and help create an ethical society built on human rights principle.


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The importance of the sporting club/coach relationship

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This article discusses the importance of the sporting club and coach relationship, with particular reference to tennis. There are a number of considerations and questions that a coach should address before committing to a particular sporting club. These include lenth of tenure, capital works, number of courts/fields, and size of the membership/community. Considerations a sporting club should take into account before recruiting a coach include qualifications, insurance, screening and experience.  

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The tennis coach is the key to any tennis club/facility. Research shows that the most successful tennis facilities are those where there is a strong mutual respect between club/facility and coach, the coach placing  themselves at the heart of club activities. Evidence suggests that club/facilities that have a wide variety of services offered by a qualified coach positively impact on the growth of the club/facility. 

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Changing the culture of youth sports (VIDEO)

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In this video, John O’Sullivan discusses the reason why 70% of the children who play youth sports drop out by the age of 13. He talks about the negative association these children are developing with competitive youth sports due to the pressure and stress that is placed upon them by adults. The adults involved are demonstrating unsportsmanlike behaviour, which is turning their children away from playing sport. O’Sullivan addresses the need for change and a massive shift in the youth sporting culture.
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Australians reducing health and happiness through lack of physical activity

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New research shows that millions of Australians struggle to maintain their overall health and happiness due to a lack of physical exercise. Research states that mental health issues are on growing within Australia and that a lot of people are not taking care of their physical and mental health by doing regular exercise. Fitness First given tips on easy ways to get more active at work and at home.

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Just published research suggests that while Australians claim to rate their health and happiness as two of the most important things in life, almost 15 million Australians miss out on one of the easiest ways to maintain their health and happiness because of a lack of physical activity.

The research, from Fitness First in partnership with the Happiness Institute, found that more than half of Australians do enough physical activity to meet the recommended guidelines, and an alarming one in four Australians claim not to exercise at all.

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Reinventing physical education (VIDEO)

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In this video, Jake Glover gives a presentation about changing physical education for children to be more modern and relevant. He talks about physical education strategies in regard to focusing on individual achievement rather than group or team work in PE classes, by using technologies such as heart rate monitors.
He also discusses the advantages of getting parents and community involvement and engagement in these programs.

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‘Ugly Parent Syndrome” ruining sport for kids

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Parents yelling from the sidelines are ruining the fun nature of sport for their children. The ‘ugly parent syndrome’ is being seen throughout Australia and is promoting an unhealthy attitude towards competition in sport. There can often be violence, both on and off the field, seen in football matches as young as the under-11’s. As well as this, the abuse directed towards referees is the result of at least half of the referees that are recruited by the Country Rugby League Association dropping out after only one season. Sporting associations are trying new ways to minimise this sideline harassment, including making parents sign a pledge to keep their language in check, introducing ‘silent sideline’, where parents must refrain from yelling comments to their children, and even banning parents from attending games.

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Australia’s winter footy season has been spoiled by violence on and off the field, and the “ugly parent syndrome” is being blamed for teaching a generation of children that they must win at all costs. A police chopper was called in to help quell a punch-up between teenage players at the end of an under-18s rugby league match in Brisbane’s south in August. The following month, police had to use capsicum spray and tasers to tame a 100-spectator brawl after a Sunday football game at North Ipswich, southwest of Brisbane.

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