Tag Archives: It’s About Time

Mental Health and Sport

1 Sep

2428713_FULL-LNDFIFA announced this past Friday the launch of a new research area within the organization aimed at mental health research. Called “Mental Health and Sport,” this area will operate “to help lift the taboo on issues surrounding mental health in elite athletes and to build a foundation for the development of treatment and information materials for team physicians, coaches and players.” Continue reading

The Xabi Rule

17 Aug

Or as UEFA refers to it, the yellow card accumulation rule (or something boring like that). When Xabi missed out playing in this year’s Champions League final because he had accrued too many yellow cards, there was a lot of proverbial ink (and cursing) generated around the need for this particular rule to change. Xabi and others publicly challenged UEFA to make a change and UEFA responded favorably to that challenge back in July. Continue reading

Premier League Updates Concussion Policies

6 Aug

Use your head. This is the message from England’s Football Association (FA) who announced on August 5 revisions to their concussion guidelines. Throughout the 2013-14 season, a Medical Working Group reviewed existing policies related to head injuries. They drafted a handful of rule and policy changes, all of which have already been addressed and agreed to by the Premier League clubs for the 2014-15 season. Continue reading

Awesome! A Little Gender Parity Courtesy Of The NHL

12 Sep

Finally, some people are waking up and realizing that women are sports fans and players and we would like a bit of representation too.  This story made my day and is enormously encouraging for young girls like Lexi Peters. Good on you, NHL!
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A Long Time Coming…

24 Jun

People, indulge me for just a minute (well, as you always do). Something really monumental just happened in New York and I’m sitting here bawling my eyes out. Finally, FINALLY, my state legalized same sex marriage. It has been a battle from start to finish and I can’t believe it’s finally happened. It really came down to the wire: the last day of legislative session and the vote went down 33-29. As I’ve mentioned, I’m away this weekend at a wedding and it’s an added joy to know that now ALL my friends who want to get married will be able to. I’m going to go fucking broke buying wedding gifts and I couldn’t be happier about it.  This just means so much to me, I can’t even tell you. I’m so emotional right now. I’m going to have a drink to celebrate.  I wish I was in NYC tonight because on top of everything else, it’s Pride Weekend and the city must be going absolutely nuts right now.

(Thanks to watishista! notoriusjk who sent me the gorgeous shot of the Empire State Building lit up in rainbow colors – it’s so beautiful!)

Mazel Tov II: Sheffield Eagles Debut Anti-Homophobia Jersey

15 Mar

While this is about rugby, it’s also about something that is very near and dear to our hearts, namely, the campaign against homophobia in sports. This past weekend, English rugby side Sheffield Eagles became the first UK sports team to wear a shirt with an anti-homophobia slogan. The shirt (and campaign) states “Homophobia: Tackle It!” and was jointly sponsored by LGBT History Month and Pride Sports with backing from the University & College Union (UCU) and the National Union of Teachers (NUT). On the eve of the kit’s debut, openly gay sports stars Ian Roberts and Gareth Thomas (rugby), John Amaechi (former NBA player) and Steven Davies (cricket) spoke out about their support for Sheffield’s campaign.  Sir Elton John also congratulated Sheffield on the initiative and sent the team a message of support.

Good on you, Sheffield Eagles! Real men support equality for all.

(As always, I urge you to visit Red Card Homophobia and The Justin Campaign to show your support. Homophobia has no place on the field, or off.)

Mazel Tov! Anton Hysén Comes Out of the Closet

10 Mar

20 year old Anton Hysén, a defender for the Swedish second division club Utsiktens BK has become that country’s first high profile openly gay footballer. Hysén is the son of Glenn Hysén who played as a defender for Liverpool F.C. from 1989-1992.  I think that Hysén speaks for many of us when he says “It’s totally sick when you think about it. … Where the hell is everyone else?”  Continue reading