KABUL: Thirty or so teenagers kick up dust as they sprint around a field in Kabul, focused intensely as they chase an oval ball in the sweltering heat.The players are sweating profusely but that has not dampened their enthusiasm for their new-found sport: Rugby.Essentially unheard of before the arrival of international forces, the sport has slowly begun to pick up steam in Afghanistan, where football, cricket and body-building are better known."I love the tackles and passes of rugby," said 16-year-old Lutfullah Kazemi, a high-school student who previously had been a football fan. He was drawn to the game largely because of its novelty, but stuck with it and now dreams of an international career.In a country that has been at war for four decades, tough-guy sports including body building and taekwondo already have found a loyal following.And thanks to the efforts over several years by die-hard fans, awareness around rugby is growing.Stephen Brooking, a Briton who advises the Afghan … [Read more...] about War-hardened Afghans discover a new sport: Rugby
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So there you are, lying on the mat and grunting through the final set of exercise that your trainer has devised for the day. A loud thud close to your head shatters your concentration. But before you can react, a 5kg kettlebell has landed – mere centimetres away from your face.No fitness enthusiast will deliberately use equipment to inflict harm on a fellow exerciser. But whether you’re a hardcore fan of CrossFit, a regular at HIIT (high intensity interval training) sessions, or an old-school gym-goer who prefers the traditional machines, you know that accidents can happen.We’re not talking about sprains, strains and muscle soreness here. A newbie standing too close to someone cranking out barbell deadlifts might get his toes crushed. Someone could lose his grip during kettlebell swings and inadvertently release a “cannonball” into his gym mates. Or it could be an ill-timed meeting of your face and a friend’s foot owing to the lack of … [Read more...] about Fit to train: How to find the right gym for your workout needs
FRANCE: In the four years since the last Women's World Cup in Canada, the competition and talent among female footballers has gotten stronger - and more global. The stage will be as big as ever when this year's tournament kicks off Jun 7 in Paris.In our latest ESPN FC Rank, we polled our experts to gauge which players will stand out in France.25. SHANICE VAN DE SANDENAnother from the Lyon dynasty, Shanice van de Sanden is best known for two things: her blazing speed and her trademark bright red lipstick. One of the fastest players in the women's game, Van de Sanden is an absolute handful to deal with on the right wing for opposing full-backs due to her pace and skill. A player who debuted for the Oranje at just 16, she was a key member of the Netherlands' victorious European Championship side in 2017 and will be appearing in her second World Cup this summer. Van de Sanden, now 26, has 15 goals in 63 caps for the Netherlands, but it is her ability to get in behind … [Read more...] about Who is the best player at the Women’s World Cup?
(Reuters Health) - College athletes playing water polo may sustain more head impacts than people have realized, a U.S. study suggests.And water polo players in offensive positions take relatively more hits to the head than their more defensive peers, the research showed.Head injuries in sports, particularly in American football, have gained national attention as sport associations look to improve game safety rules and avoid concussions."A lot of the focus has been on American Football, but this study shows that in other sports like water polo, repeated hits to the head can be frequent - possibly more frequent than we thought or knew about," said Michael Alosco, assistant professor of neurology at Boston University, who wasn't involved in the study.The data is scant when it comes to water polo, said senior study author James Hicks from the University of California, Irvine.In an earlier study, Hicks and colleagues surveyed water polo players and found that roughly one in three said they … [Read more...] about Water polo players sustain frequent head impacts