Events

The waiting’s almost over, now for the fireworks

After years of planning, the greatest sporting event in the world is about to explode into life as the London 2012 Olympic Games get under way in just a few hours.

Much has been made recently by a certain US politician and presidential hopeful about the apparent lack of interest being shown by the general public in the UK.

What he and other critics fail to recognise is the fact that for the past seven years, people in the UK have been fed an almost daily diet of Olympic stories, not all of them positive and that this kind of media overload has inevitably led to a kind of national fatigue over the event.

However, that is all about to change and tonight’s opening ceremony, while not perhaps matching the jaw dropping scale of Bejing’s extravagant but ultimately rather soulless opening, promises to bring some fun and music back to the proceedings – a kind of Beatles meet Beefeaters.

There has been a growing and palpable sense of excitement and expectation here in the UK over the past few weeks and that is about to erupt as the nation embraces the Games and gets behind its athletes.

Mitt Romney, prepare to be dazzled.

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Sainsbury’s 2012 School Games under starter’s orders

The Sainsbury’s 2012 School Games is a multi-sport event for the UK’s elite young athletes of school age and the inaugural event is due to begin start in just a few days time in the Olympic Park and other venues.

From Sunday 6th May until Wednesday 9th May, the Sainsbury’s 2012 School Games seeks to create an inspirational and motivational setting which not only provides our elite young sports people with the opportunity to thrive and perform at the highest levels, but encourages more young people to take part and succeed in sport.

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School Games competition will rival US system

Up to 12,000 schools will take part in the new School Games competition which the government hopes will replicate the US system of bolstering competitive sport in schools.

The three levels of competition range from class versus class, school versus school and then county or city-wide sports festivals.

These lead up to the finals at the Olympic Park from May 6th -9th and so far 24,000 out of 30,000 tickets to the finals have been sold since going on sale in January.

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Cryotherapy is good for exercise recovery

Athletes go to great lengths in order to protect their muscles and to recover from exercise-induced muscle damage, but until now there has been little work to determine what methods are most effective.

A new study published in the online journal PLoS ONE reports that runners benefit more from whole-body cryotherapy, in which the study participants was exposed to temperatures as cold as-110°C, than from either exposure to far-infrared radiation or receiving no treatment at all.

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Top 10 posts of the year so far

Human Kinetics Logo As August  kicks in and we fall between academic terms what better time to reflect on what has happened over the past year and tell you, our fantastic readers, which posts have been the most popular and also let you catch up on some stories and topics you may have missed.

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