News and Comment: Internet
Sports Medicine Australia (South Australia branch) is proud to announce the release of DrugTest, an interactive CD-ROM that provides athletes, coaches, sports medical personnel, senior students and teachers with up-to-date information about drug testing procedures and drugs and substances used and abused in sport.
DrugTest is an essential reference and resource for all athletes who are eligible to be drug tested and their support personnel. Travelling teams can use the CD-ROM as a quick reference for drug testing protocols and prohibited substances and methods on the IOC list, while athletes can check their knowledge, rights and responsibilities by playing the fun DrugTest game.
Secondary school staff and students will find DrugTest the most relevant curriculum support and professional development resource of its kind in the world.
The CD-ROM provides:
Doctor's Info - a comprehensive guide to legal and illicit drugs and substances used by athletes to improve their sporting performance.
DrugTest - the game: a fun, interactive game that can be played solo or in a team. Players can choose from Question Set A which has a general drugs in sport focus, or Question Set B which addresses issues relevant to athletes.
Downloadable fact sheets - a twenty question mini quiz which can be played as an interactive game or printed off links to related websites.
The IOC Medical Code detailing categories of prohibited drugs, substances and methods the history of drug use in sport.
And lots more general information to help make safe drug and substance choices.
For more information and an on-line demo, go to:
The complete text and graphics of our most popular coaching books is posted
The titles include:
Coaching 6, 7 and 8 Year Olds
Coaching 9, 10 and 11 Year Olds
Coaching the Team
Coaching the Goalkeeper
Any comments on the books and website would be greatly appreciated.
I would like to give you the rules to a new game that you may be able to add to your physical education program. For the rules to DECEPTION click on this link: http://schools.eastnet.ecu.edu/pitt/ayden/PE-LP85.html
If you would like game balls please send me an email. The balls are only $2.50 each plus shipping and handling. Thank you for trying my game.
Sarepta High School
Sarepta, Louisiana 71071
Check out my homepage under games /activities for the most extensive expose
on games, activities and lead-up team sports that comes with rules, diagrams,
skills, drills and learning activities that I have found . There are over 10
sport/games/activites that can be accessed individually or from a 90 page format
using the Arcrobat program (pdf). Included are new activities such as korfball
and speedball (gatorball). Just click on the link and it will take you there.
Here's a good web site for readers of Sportscience to visit for fighting what
Frank Booth at Missouri calls "Sedentary Death Syndrome" or SeDS. There will
be more action on this topic at next annual meeting of the American College
of Sports Medicine (Baltimore, May-June).
Frank I. Katch
Professor of Exercise Science
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003
Presidents's Council on Physical Fitness and Sport of the United States:
http://namesescure.com offers a very economical way to reserve a domain name $35 for two years), or to point a new domain name to an existing site, along with email redirection (another $US35 per year, from memory).
http://netfirms.com offers an incredibly cheap website hosting, with email support. It's free if you can put up with banner ads on your pages, or US$60 per year if you can't.
See also http://www.sitesolutions.com/tools.asp, a search engine checker that checks to see if your site is listed in 10 of the top search engines. The analysis tool provides you with a comprehensive analysis of your web page code. The free search engine submissions will submit your site for free to 5 of the top search engines: Excite, AltaVista, Lycos, Infoseek and HotBot.
10 Big Myths about copyright explained: an attempt to answer common myths about
copyright seen on the net and cover issues related to copyright and Internet
publication, by Brad Templeton
Thanks to Duncan Macfarlane for pointing me to silly2000.com, which shows the Olympic medal tallies adjusted to population and gross domestic product per capita. You choose a nation as a reference, then the site displays the medal count for all other nations multiplied by the appropriate population factor (e.g., a nation gets twice as many medals if it has half the population as your reference nation) and GDP factor (e.g., twice as many medals if half the GDP). The ranking is by the estimated gold medal tally.
Here's the link that will display automatically the medal counts relative to
Cuba wins by an enormous margin with 241 golds! Eastern bloc and a few third-world nations predominate in the top places. Australia is 16th with its 16 golds. The US is 39th with two (2) golds, one place ahead of Great Britain with 3! Oh, this is just too much...
Here's the link to the homepage of this clever and hilarious site:
http://www.silly2000.com. Click around for some real humor.
School systems across the country are realizing that they may have problems unloading broken or obsolete computer equipment. Environmental experts have already identified toxic material in computers, such as lead, cadmium, and mercury, and they are studying the impact that computer peripherals could have on the environment. Massachusetts and several other states now have laws that ban computer equipment from landfills. As a result, some school districts are stockpiling computers in storage because they do not know what to do with them, while others have turned to auctions, which are not always successful because the computers are often obsolete or have been stripped of their parts. Meanwhile, other schools are refurbishing their computers or recycling old systems. The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition says only 6 percent of computers on the market in 1998 were recycled, and the number of obsolete computers will swell to more than 315 million by 2004. (eSchoolNews Online, 6 November 2000)
John Feldcamp, CEO of e-publisher Xlibris, predicts that by 2010, a third to half of all reading material will be in electronic form. "The demise of print as a format for mass consumption is inevitable," says Feldcamp. To facilitate e-reading, he says, screens will follow the progression predicted for silicon chips in Moore's law, with the number of pixels per screen growing so rapidly that by 2008, screens should contain 1,200 dpi (current screens have a resolution of about 80 dpi). A couple of years later, screens will have progressed to 3,600 dpi -- about the quality we expect of a glossy print publication now. (Financial Times 20 Oct 2000) http://news.ft.com/news/industries/media
Levi Strauss and Phillips next month will introduce the ICD+, a jacket that features a built-in cell phone, MP3 player, and headset. The jacket, which will retail for $900 at exclusive European boutiques, also includes remote and voice-activated controls. Woven into the ICD+ are an electronic circuit and approximately four feet of wires, which together establish a personal area network, or PAN, to conduct data and power throughout the jacket. The electronic components weigh only five ounces. Although Levi Strauss and Phillips are aiming this early model at young people and those who must have the latest trends, they believe interactive clothing will soon find a place in every wardrobe. Several other companies are working on similar technology. Motorola and Swatch are teaming on a wristwatch cell phone, while Nike is designing clothes equipped with MP3 players. Tech labs have built concept clothes such as a solar-powered T-shirt. Levi Strauss is already envisioning the next generation of wearable electronics. The company wants the devices in its next line of clothes to be wireless. (Wall Street Journal, 22 Aug 2000)
The Forrester Research organization is predicting that in 2004 the pie chart of the global Internet economy will contain the following slices (with the total pie being $6.9 trillion): U.S. $3.2 trillion (46.4%), Asia-Pacific $1.6 trillion (23.2%), Western Europe $1.5 trillion (21.7%), Latin America $82 billion (1.2%), Eastern Europe $68.6 billion (0.9%), others $450 billion (6.6%). (The Futurist Sep-Oct 2000) http://www.wfs.org/
Two professors at University of California, Berkeley have finally gotten a handle on the amount of all new data produced worldwide last year -- on the Internet, in scholarly journals, and even in junk mail -- and are reporting a "revolution" in information production and accessibility. Hal Varian and Peter Lyman, professors at UC-Berkeley's School of Information Management & Systems, used "terabytes" as the smallest practical common standard of measurement to compare the size of information across media. (One terabyte equals a million megabytes or the text content of a million books.) Findings reported in their study, "How Much Information?" are mindboggling: The directly accessible "surface" Web consists of about 2.5 billion documents and is growing at a rate of 7.3 million pages a day. When the "deep" Web of connected databases, intranets and dynamic pages is included, there are about 550 billion documents, 95% of which are publicly accessible. The report is available at www.sims.berkeley.edu/how-much-info/index.html and will be updated periodically in response to readers' comments. (Science Daily 19 Oct 2000) http://www.sciencedaily.com/
Companies are experimenting with new computer simulation programs to train workers online. These new e-training programs add human interaction to e-learning programs, allowing users to communicate with a live voice, an animated personality, or an action figure. Retention rates are higher when interaction is added to online courses, says Astound's Stephen McWilliam. Reading material alone has a 10 percent retention rate, while visual material and audio material have retention rates of 20 percent and 30 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, audio and visual material combined in an interactive program can produce retention rates as high as 70 percent. IBM Canada offers a simulation model to help managers develop their coaching skills. The Basic Blue management-training course offers video-based coaching stimulation modules in which on-screen characters respond through facial expressions to what the user has said. (Toronto Globe and Mail, 16 October 2000)
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