Avoid This ESports to Lengthen Your Career

Professional athletes have a common fear that an injury will end their career before they decide to retire on their own terms. When it comes to an esports injury, carpal tunnel is at the top of the list for an issue that can quickly cause a lot of grief for gaming athletes and shut down a gaming career.

Carpal tunnel should not be confused with generalized wrist pain but any discomfort in the wrist of a gamer should not be ignored at the first indication that something doesn’t feel right. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a collection of symptoms that cause the sufferer discomfort that can last long after the gaming session has stopped.

The pain typically feels like numbness or tingling that gets worse while playing and during normal activity. A reduction in grip strength may also be noticed. Unfortunately the best solution to combat these symptoms from getting worse is to stop the activity that is causing the injury. Breaks must be taken.

Most gaming injuries fall into the category of an “overuse injury” or defined as microtrauma. This is a different type of injury compared to the injuries of a football, rugby or basketball player. Microtrauma injuries develop over time and can be challenging to heal if the injured area is not allowed proper rest time to heal.

There are stretches, exercises, braces and specially designed keyboards, mice and mouse pads that all help prevent the injury before it develops.

Follow these tips to reduce the likelihood of having an eSports injury stop you from gaming.

1 – Stretch neck, arms and wrist before, during and after a gaming session

2 – Take 5-10 minute “standing” breaks every hour.

3 – If any pain or soreness presents; stop gaming and use ice wrapped in a towel for 15-20 minutes to decrease swelling

4 – Seek help from a medical provider who can properly treat your eSports injury

Pro gamers spends countless hours practicing and competing. The unspoken disadvantage to esports compared to other professional sports is there is no true “off-season” for rest and rehab. This greatly contributes to an injury being aggravated due to the lack of forced rest time. Look at it this way, NBA, MLB and NFL players have between 130 to over 200 days of off-season to allow injuries to heal before the next season starts. Pro gamers can literally compete for hours each and every day with 0 days of off-season. This helps to create and perpetuate the eSports injury dilemma. Finding the right balance before and after an injury has occurred must be handled properly or it will lead to early retirement and long term health problems for the serious gamer.

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South Africa to Face India in the Midlands International Polo Tournament

South Africa to face India in the Midlands International Polo Tournament

South Africa will face India in the main match in the first International Polo Tournament at the Lions River Polo Club in the KZN Midlands. The match will be preceded by three curtain raisers and is set to thrill all fans and spectators on 6th May.

“We are delighted to be hosting the Indian team and have been overwhelmed at the level of interest from the public in this event. Both teams will be at the 15-goal level and this balance in handicaps will ensure a very hard-fought and closely contested match.” Said Mark Davies, President of the South African Polo Association.

The Indian side will be captained by the 5 goaler – Colonel Ravi Rathore, who has represented India in five successive World Cups. Gaurav Sahgal (4), Salim Azmi (3) and Siddhant Sharma (3) will play alongside Ravi Rathore for the Indian team.

“The Indian Army consists of an incredible 1.4 million soldiers and the 61 st Cavalry Regiment is one of the last fully mounted active fighting bodies in the world. Most Indian polo players learn their equestrian skills from this elite Regiment of which Col Rathore is Commandant” said Davies.

The programme for the day will start at 10 in the morning with a curtain raiser between youngsters which will be followed by a match between Ngunis & Ankoles. The teams from schools comprising of current and old boys will play at noon before the grand international event.
The match between India and South Africa will start at 1330 hrs and will conclude at 1500 hrs and will be followed by a live band performance.
l Rathore is Commandant” said Davies.
Thrilling and exhilarating international polo will be coming to the midlands area of Kwa-Zulu Natal on 6 May this year! The SA Polo Association has invited a 15-goal team from India to play against a South African team at the Lions River Polo Club in the inaugural action-packed Midlands International Polo on Sunday 6th May 2018. This date has been chosen to coincide with the enormously popular Hilton vs Michaelhouse schoolboys rugby clash which will be held the day before, Saturday 5th May, at Michaelhouse. This International promises to be a fun-filled and exciting day of entertainment. The day will kick off with a kids match between the Elands and Bushbuks at 10h00 which will showcase the younger generation who will be the future stars of South African Polo. This will be followed by a curtain raiser match between the Nguni and Ankole teams at 11h00 and then in keeping with the weekend’s rivalry at 12h00 there will be a Hilton vs Michaelhouse curtain raiser polo match. The main match between South Africa and India will take place at 13h30 which will be followed by prize-giving. There will be a live band (Angus) playing for a couple of hours from the conclusion of prize-giving to end off a fantastic day of polo and fun.

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