Practices, training sessions, recovery sessions, travel, film study, nutrition plan…and oh yes, the games. Athletes face several critical components to their schedules, and they cannot shortcut any aspect to their daily grind:

  • Practices get players on the same page as their teammates while developing core skills to their activities..
  • Training sessions keep their muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints, etc. conditioned to perform their respective activities at a high level.
  • Recovery sessions prevent fatigue and allow proper maintenance of athletes’ overall well-being.
  • Lengthy transport is a staple of serious sporting competitions regardless of the activity — such as most NBA teams traveling…

Science has evolved to an incredible degree over the past few decades, and those who have invested in developing their minds and bodies have taken advantage of some of these breakthroughs. Now more than ever, top-performing athletes have extended their prime further than past generations — as older and more experienced athletes have sustained their dominance in recent years:

Analytics have absolutely revolutionized the entire team sports world — beginning with baseball and the sabermetric principles explained by Bill James and Michael Lewis in Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, which chronicled the Oakland Athletics, a low-budget baseball franchise (perennially ranked in the bottom 10 of MLB team payrolls) needing to use unconventional and contrarian methods to compete against big-budget MLB franchises. …

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of the enterprise workforce has transitioned to a remote work approach, with employees utilizing virtual working tools and file delivery applications to get their work done from anywhere. What started as a short-term fix has now evolved into a permanent work from anywhere solutions, following the leads of technology companies like Twitter, Facebook, Zillow, Square, Coinbase, Verizon, Dropbox, and MANY others.

With software-type companies, the concept of a virtual working infrastructure makes sense; applications and services are often accessed at an individual level from anywhere — whether utilizing a mobile application like Venmo…

Remote work of all kinds — learning, designing, coding, writing, communicating, etc. — has required stationary sitting positions for extensive periods of time — day after day after day after day. With extended lockdowns and office/school closures, people have resorted to a virtual world, going hours at a time without even moving their lower limbs.

While digitalization has positively impacted society in many different ways — especially with expanding opportunities to more people all over the world by democratizing the playing field and by providing universal access to information — it has created mental and physical health challenges from digital…

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Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, the commoditization of youth sports — such as AAU basketball, Little League baseball, and Pop Warner football —had become remarkably mainstream, putting the national spotlight on adolescents to perform. The 2019 Little League World Series games averaged over 1 million viewers; the Pop Warner Super Bowl has increasingly become a national showcase for pre-teens over the past two decades; social basketball accounts like “Ball Is Life” showcasing youth basketball talents gain millions of daily unique impressions on young basketball players.

As talented pre-teen children teams have had an opportunity to get exposed to the national…

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Young children and adolescents have had to adjust to so much from COVID-19, losing prolonged access to in-person education, social events, connecting with friends and acquaintances, and much more. They have lived in isolation for the better part of a year and have settled into the digital world by utilizing remote learning tools, virtual communication, socially distanced meetups, and online gaming, the latter of which has created a seismic shift in the sports world and the opportunities available for kids to achieve their dreams.

Excluding the top sporting organizations with massive budgets to support regular testing and contact tracing to…

Nobody knows exactly when coronavirus will subside, but we have already seen the impact the pandemic has had on urban ecosystems. Hundreds of thousands of businesses have permanently closed (with millions more businesses at risk of shutting down); building vacancies are approaching 10% in many areas; urban mobility services have faced major social and economic struggles all around the country. As a result, cities have begun to fear the future.

Restaurants that previously operated on razor-thin margins — even during mass capacity — have suffered precipitously without in-person dining. Venues that host mass social gatherings — like bars, stadiums, amusement…

The postponement of the 2020 Big Ten football season has evolved into a political war; along with Big Ten chancellors and presidents, commissioner Kevin Warren has received fierce criticism for his bold decision to cancel the season, especially since the Big 12, ACC, and SEC have all elected to play their respective seasons. Players, coaches, parents of players, and hundreds of thousands of fans have led protests and petitions begging the Big Ten to overturn their decision and play the season. …

COVID-19 has revealed America’s fundamental flaws; the country’s greatest strengths of freedom and opportunity have contributed to an embarrassing pandemic response from the entire country. America runs on free market capitalism — where buyers and sellers come together to make transactions — as individuals ruthlessly defend their freedom of choice for any action taken. The “American Dream” is glorified from rags-to-riches stories, where hard work and opportunity can make anyone successful in this nation.

Freedom comes at a price though; that built-in gritty mentality of Americans can lead to stubbornness, which has contributed to astronomical difficulties in achieving cooperation between…

Sandeep Chandrasekhar

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