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Crime and Punishment: Violence in Sport – Part One

Following the unlikely victory of little-known Sport Pacifico over relative giants Estudiantes in an Argentinian cup match this month, came the still more unlikely admission by Sport Pacifico defender Federico Allende that during the game he used a needle to pierce opponents, a tactic he openly bragged about in a radio interview. The jury is … Continue Reading

General Election 2017: what does your vote mean for your sport?

On Thursday 8 June 2017 the British people will go to the polls to determine who will lead their country for the next four years and who will (almost definitely) oversee the nation’s exit from the European Union.  It’s been almost a year since Britain voted for Brexit (to be precise, on Thursday, it will … Continue Reading

Does Southern hemisphere rugby have a recreational drug problem?

Another week, another drugs scandal in Southern Hemisphere rugby. Or more accurately another four scandals. On Monday, it was announced that New Zealand rugby league captain Jesse Bromwich and international teammate Kevin Proctor would not be selected for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup having breached the team’s code of conduct following allegations that both … Continue Reading

Sponsorship of Women’s Football: Liverpool Ladies win FA WSL Spring Series’ opener but must wait another day to wear ‘revolutionary’ Avon shirt

On Sunday 23 April 2017, Liverpool Ladies Football Club won their FA WSL Spring Series opener 4-1 against Yeovil Town Ladies FC. It was a strong start for the Liverpool outfit in the WSL’s one-off competition (being held to bring the FA WSL league fixtures in line with the men’s calendar).  The visitors blasted four … Continue Reading

Loi Évin: How Law Makers in France Have Forced a Divide Between Alcohol & Sport

Recently, rugby legend Dan Carter made the headlines for all the wrong reasons. After being pulled over by the police on Avenue des Champs-Élysées for speeding, police discovered that he was over the alcohol limit. He was subsequently dropped by his sponsor Land Rover for what seems to be a breach of a morality clause, … Continue Reading

Lift the Weight – a positive approach to tackling mental health problems in rugby

On Sunday 19 February 2017, the Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) launched ‘Lift the Weight’, its online hub and campaign, that ‘aims to help remove the stigma surrounding mental health issues and offer the necessary tools and support to enable our members to enjoy a healthy and fulfilling life, both on the field and off it.’. … Continue Reading

CrossFit and WME-IMG – the rise of non-traditional sport

I do CrossFit. There. I said it. At the very beginning of this post, thus conforming to most stereotypes about those wedded to the strength and conditioning programme first devised by husband and wife team Greg Glassman and Lauren Jenai. Since first “Forging Elite Fitness”™ in 2000, CrossFit has become the largest gym organisation globally … Continue Reading

World Rugby – Is a tougher approach to head contact enough to tackle the growing issue of concussion?

Back in November 2016 World rugby announced the introduction of a new tougher approach to accidental and reckless head contact through two new categories of dangerous tackle within the laws of the game. The effect of these changes is to promote and encourage a lower height in the tackle situation which in turn it is … Continue Reading

A whole lot of pink accessories and nice smelling bibs – FA guidance causes a stir but what IS the solution to getting more women and girls into football?

On 12 December 2016, The FA found itself being openly criticised for its efforts to increase participation in women and girls football. At the centre of the criticism is a document posted on the Sussex FA’s website entitled “Considerations for increasing participation in women and girls football”.  The document is stated to have been “… … Continue Reading

Stress in the workplace – not just limited to the office

Joey Barton has often been a controversial and high profile figure within the football industry. In addition to his performances on the field, incidents that have brought him less welcome media attention have ranged from convictions for assault, stemming from altercations both on the training ground and off the field, to adopting a French accent … Continue Reading

England Rugby – a training camp at what cost?

The England rugby team’s recent training camp in Brighton has come under close scrutiny as a result of a number of significant injuries to members of the Elite Player Squad (“EPS”) and caused a rift between key stakeholders the RFU and Premiership Rugby Limited (“Premier Rugby”). Eddie Jones, keen to improve England’s performance at the … Continue Reading

Mental health in sport: under the floodlights

The importance of psychology and how this influences sporting performance has been the subject of increased attention over the last decade, as athletes and sports teams have explored what was, until recently, relatively unchartered territory. This has included sportspeople sharing the visualisation techniques they employ whilst competing and the realisation that a greater understanding of … Continue Reading
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