When we think about football, we worry about the dangers posed by the heat and the fury of competition. Yet the HITS data suggest that practice—the routine part of the sport—can be as dangerous as the games themselves. We also tend to focus on the dramatic helmet-to-helmet hits that signal an aggressive and reckless style of play. Those kinds of hits can be policed. But what sidelined the U.N.C. player, the first time around, was an accidental and seemingly innocuous elbow, and none of the blows he suffered that day would have been flagged by a referee as illegal. Most important, though, is what Guskiewicz found when he reviewed all the data for the lineman on that first day in training camp. He didn’t just suffer those four big blows. He was hit in the head thirty-one times that day. What seems to have caused his concussion, in other words, was his cumulative exposure. And why was the second concussion—in the game at Utah—so much more serious than the first? It’s not because that hit to the side of the head was especially dramatic; it was that it came after the 76-g blow in warmup, which, in turn, followed the concussion in August, which was itself the consequence of the thirty prior hits that day, and the hits the day before that, and the day before that, and on and on, perhaps back to his high-school playing days.
McKee’s laboratory occupies a warren of rooms, in what looks like an old officers’ quarters on the V.A. campus. In one of the rooms, there is an enormous refrigerator, filled with brains packed away in hundreds of plastic containers. Nearby is a tray with small piles of brain slices. They look just like the ginger shavings that come with an order of sushi. Now McKee went to the room next to her office, sat down behind a microscope, and inserted one of the immunostained slides under the lens.
Your mission statement needs to be in line with your expectations for your business, has to incorporate what you’ve learned and it needs to build on what’s already been created. Arguably, it is most important that your mission is both measurable and attainable if you want to ride the growth of your business. It’s an easy way to see how far you’ve come, and how far you’ve got left to go.
When businesses grow, they usually get bigger, and with a bigger business, means more time, money and most importantly, people. When businesses make the hurdle from small to medium, lots of different departments come in to play – many of which may have never been relevant to your company until now. Typically, departments such as Human Resources are the very last things on business owner’s minds when their business is experiencing growth. The mere concept of HR for employers and employees alike is off-putting, too broad, and hard to implement. Although, with proper planning, departments such as HR can improve employee life and in turn positively shape your company’s culture. Especially during periods of growth, HR strategies allow businesses to run efficiently, effectively and smoothly.
Often times it can seem that your business has boomed out of nowhere, however that’s usually not the case for the average small business owner. They know better than anyone how much goes on behind the scenes and how hard it is to sustain long term growth. Lots of difficult work, dedication and bumps along the road have lead up to this and there’s no chance of that slowing down when you’re in the middle of a growth spurt. One of the best things you can do to ensure you are ready to embrace the growth of your company is to anticipate. Anticipate your needs as a business. Anticipate the potential redundancies. Anticipate additions to staff. Anticipate financial peaks and troughs. There is no telling what the future holds, but a good business owner has a plan for growth and is not shaken by the progression of their company.
Really good essay. It has been written in a nice, easy-to-understand friendly and crisp language. The importance of games and sports has been clearly explained.
Very good essay. you pointed out a most important issue of today. I just hate it when I see young kids playing video games on their play station all day. Back in our time, we were used to go out and play real sports. That’s why people were more healthy at that time. I feel pity for today’s kids. They don’t know what they are missing. The kind of fun you can get from playing real sports, you can never get it from your silly video games.
Nice essay..it helped me realise how sport can impart the sense of discipline and togetherness as well as provision of stimulation for study and for hard work.
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