The Unexplored Limits of Athletic Enhancements

Posted by on Nov 18, 2017 in Sports Enhancement | 0 comments

There are very strict limits on what a professional athlete can put in their bodies. While vitamins are fine, all sorts of chemical compounds are regulated. This is okay, this one is not. This chemical is okay when recovering from an injury but not when healthy. The rules over sports medicine don’t end at the word “steroid.” There are vast regulations for all sorts of substances, and the list is constantly evolving. Some athletes, like tennis player Maria Sharapova, can get caught out using a substance that had once been accepted but later was not.

All this means that athletes are somewhat limited in what they can do to get ahead. While that is on the one hand good for sportsmanship, it would be naive to assume athletes don’t still look for advantages.

Like Sharapova, many athletes are almost certainly looking at the next new drug that falls in the gray area of sports enhancement, and which has yet to be regulated. Other athletes try zany new diets or experimental workout regimens. While these are not the “sure thing” boost that steroids are, they are still looking for the same extra bit of speed, strength or agility that comes from tricking the body in just the right way to perform that little bit better.

One area that has not been explored enough is sports enhancement hypnosis. Hypnosis has had incredible results in many areas of medicine. It can limit or remove pain during surgeries and help with all manner of mental issues, from phobias to sleep disorders. But what about sports?

We may be close to a new sports revolution in which athletes use hypnosis to convince their bodies to work harder and to limit the amount of pain they feel while they play. Imagine a boxer who has been hypnotized so he doesn’t feel the pain of each punch. Imagine a quarterback who can be hypnotized to realign his throw so it has perfect accuracy.

This really is an unexplored and potentially powerful avenue for sports medicine to take, though it leads to many of the same old uncomfortable questions.

If an athlete performs better when hypnotized, does that mean it is an “enhancement” even though no substance has been used? Should hypnotism be regulated by sports federations? And how could they even test for it?

While these are questions for the future, there is still room for athletes to take advantage of sports medicine and sports regulations falling behind in this area. The next great athletic breakthrough—whether it’s a faster 100 meters, a new heavyweight boxing champion, or a new record breaker in the pool—could come thanks to hypnotism. There’s an opportunity to be the first to break through the mental barriers the conscious mind puts up. It just takes an athlete willing to take the chance.

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Can a Criminal Offense Influence the Divorce Process?

Posted by on Jun 10, 2017 in Criminal Charges, Family | 0 comments

Divorce is already a complicated process, and it becomes even more complicated when there are other legal factors involved, such as a criminal offense. To answer the question simply, yes, a criminal offense can influence the divorce process, but the answer is much more complicated than that.

How the criminal offense can influence the divorce will depend on a variety of factors, such as the severity of the offense, the victim of the offense, the time when the offense has happened, and the number of offenses the spouse has in his or her name.

  • Severity of the offense – A serious crime, such as murder and rape, may affect divorce more than a less serious crime, such as driving under the influence of alcohol.
  • Victim of the offense – If the offense involves a victim, especially if the victim is a family member, like a spouse or a child, it can affect divorce. One of the most common offenses in this factor is domestic violence.
  • When the offense has been committed – If the offense has been committed recently, like somewhere within the last five years, it may have a bigger effect on the divorce compared to an offense that has been committed a long time ago.
  • Number of offenses – How many offenses the spouse has under his or her name is also considered, and this number includes both major and minor offenses.

This just shows that criminal offenses go beyond the fines and jail times, as they can influence the life of a person after those penalties have been paid for. According to the website of James Powderly, charges can be defended. This way, those who have been charged will receive less penalties and less consequences in the lives, such as how the convictions can influence their divorces.

But how can these records affect divorces exactly? They are mainly considered in the possible dispute areas in divorces. The website of BB Law Group PLLC lists common dispute areas in divorces, such as alimony, child support, and child custody and visitation. These are just some of the dispute areas that criminal offenses can influence.

  • Alimony – Spousal support can be adjusted, especially if the spouse has sacrificed too much because of his or her spouse’s offense. For example, the spouse has been a victim of domestic violence and has been unable to work because of it. His or her value in the job market may have slipped, so additional spousal support may be warranted.
  • Child custody and support – The offense shows the spouse’s mental maturity, and to an extent, also his or her financial standing, because of how the offense can influence his or her job marketability. Those who have less mental maturity and have unwarranted dips in financial standing may have less favorable judgments from family courts.
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Avoiding Pedestrian Accidents

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Pedestrian Accidents | 0 comments

Avoiding Pedestrian Accidents

It can be argued that the drivers should be the ones making the effort to avoid hitting pedestrians. It can also be argued that the pedestrians should be the ones making the effort to avoid getting hit by vehicles. But it shouldn’t be an argument, because both parties should make the effort of avoiding collisions.

Pedestrian accidents do not just result into injuries and medical bills. According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, those who have been hurt in pedestrian accidents may take legal action, especially if the accidents have been caused by recklessness or negligence.

Safety Tips for Drivers

Drivers are the ones responsible for operating big chunks of metal that can hit people, so it is just right that they make the effort of trying to avoid collisions. This can be successfully done by considering the following safety tips:

  • Always drive in a speed where you can fully control your vehicle and react on time in case something unexpected happens, like when a pedestrian suddenly crosses the street
  • Always give way to crossing pedestrians, even though you have the right-of-way, because giving in is always better than causing an accident
  • Be particularly alert on parking lots, school zones, residential areas, and other places where pedestrians are extremely vulnerable
  • Be wary of cars parked at the edge of the roads, as there may be pedestrians behind them that may suddenly cross the street
  • Make it a habit to use signal lights before turning, especially in intersections, so crossing pedestrians will know what you are about to do and try to avoid you

Safety Tips for Pedestrians

  • Always follow right-of-way, because you are at the disadvantage when an accident occurs
  • Always look left, right, and left again before crossing, even though the road is a one-way street
  • Avoid crossing the street near obstructions, such as parked cars
  • Cross only on spots with the proper cross markings
  • Stay in the sidewalk, and if there is no sidewalk, walk in the opposite direction of traffic flow, so you can see the possible dangers
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$5 million: The Maximum Compensation Possible for Injured NFL Players

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in NFL Injury | 0 comments

Sporting events always comes with risk of injury. Risk of injury, however, is always highest in the sports football, this being a high-impact sport. To many athletes, sports commentators and legal professionals,football and injuries go hand-in-hand. Due to all the tackling, blocking and other physical interactions between players, game recaps would always include casualties and injuries, like contusions, musculoskeletal injuries and concussions.

Most of the injuries sustained by football players are musculoskeletal injuries, without doubt. However, there are two others are more much more serious than these simply because they affect the brain: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and Concussion.

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain that can lead to memory loss, dementia and depression. Concussion, meanwhile, is “a change in a player’s mental state due to a traumatic impact. Not all those who suffer concussion lose consciousness; others rather suffer headaches, dizziness, nausea, drowsiness, numbness/tingling, loss of balance, difficulty concentrating, and blurry vision.

The law firm Ali Mokaram, in its website, talks about the head injuries suffered by Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman during the 1993 NFC Championship Game. He received a knee to the head that eventually landed him in the hospital that same evening. In 1994, it was Chicago Bears’ fullback Merrill Hodge who suffered a blow to the head. The injury did not only leave him unable to recognize his close family members, including his wife; it also made him retired from football completely.

The firm also says, “In the opinion of an increasing number of scientists, NFL players are paying the cost of such entertainment with their health and long-term well-being. Once their playing careers have ended, many NFL players find that the physical toll that playing professional football has taken on their bodies makes them unable to live a productive, healthy life. Some of these injuries include physical pain from broken bones and joint injuries, but increasing evidence shows that many professional athletes also have suffered degenerative brain disease from repeated concussions as a result of playing in the league.”

Though the NFL denied for so long any possible link between the sport and brain injuries or CTE, it reversed course in 2014 and settled a lawsuit filed by former NFL players amounting to more than $765 million. These players attribute their neurological problems to their time in the league.

Football is and will remain to be a dangerous and violent game. It involves very strong and heavy players running into each other at full speed. The sad thing is, the more violent it is, the more fans, owners and camera crew get awestruck since they do not fully understand how these violent collisions can result to chronic brain damage and/or irrecoverable body impairment.

Repeated concussions due to this event can lead to:

  • Reduced life span
  • High medical costs
  • Brain damage
  • Chronic headaches
  • Impaired concentration and memory
  • Reduced balance

Those filing NFL concussion lawsuits, may be able to avail of the settlement fund the NFL has approved and reserved for injured players. However, applying for compensation may lead to better results if done through and with the help of a seasoned lawyer, who may be able to help an injured player receive the maximum compensation possible, which is $5 million.

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Avoiding Motorcycle Accidents

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

Motorcyclists are one of the most vulnerable motorists on the road. Unlike car drivers, motorcyclists are not enwrapped in a metal casing that can absorb the force of collision. They are more likely to receive a substantial amount of the force, get ejected, and get injured or killed.

For that reason alone, motorcyclists should be very diligent on the road, as a single mistake can lead to an accident that put not just them at risk, but also the others that will be directly or indirectly involved. Below are common motorcycle scenarios that can cause collisions and how you can avoid them.

Colliding with vehicles that are turning or changing lanes

You are diligently riding on the road when a car suddenly makes a left turn into an intersection in front of you. Most of the time, this is the car driver’s fault, because of his failure to consider blind spots and the speeds of the vehicles in his left side. According to the website of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck, P.A., motorcycle accidents that have occurred because of a negligent party may be subject to personal injury lawsuits.

But whoever is at fault, the damage has been done. The motorcyclist has crashed into the side of the car and has ended up injured.

The same thing happens with car drivers who change lanes without consideration to the others around them. The maneuvers can cause motorcyclists to get hit, lose control, and crash.

The best way to avoid this is by being mindful of the vehicles around you and their speeds. Remember that you are more vulnerable than car drivers. So even if they are the ones who make the mistake, there is a possibility that you will sustain the more serious damage.

Negotiating curves

A common cause of motorcycle crashes is the failure to negotiate bends and curves in the road. Motorcyclists can be complacent because of the steering capabilities of their motorcycles, but sometimes this complacency can lead to misjudging the shape and sharpness of curves. It even becomes worse if the motorcyclist is going at a high rate of speed.
Failure to negotiate curves may force motorcyclists to hit the brakes, which can eject and injure them. It may also lead to motorcycles veering off roads, crashing into obstructions like trees, or going down embankments.

The key to avoid such accidents is to know your surroundings and not going above safe speeds, so you can react safely on unexpected circumstances.

Dealing with road hazards and other obstructions

You just successfully negotiated a curve, only to find out that there is a big rock directly into the path of your motorcycle wheels and you have no time to react. Such obstructions on the road, like patches of sand, animal dung, and other foreign objects, can put unnecessary strain in your front tire, causing you to slip and crash.

You should also watch out for potholes, dangling tree branches, and other obstacles that may also make you lose control of your motorcycle.

The best way to avoid this is by not traveling too fast, so you can react swiftly to unexpected hazards or avoid them outright.

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