Heckling athletes is a game within the game. And, as with sports, there are people who are good at it, and then there are people who are very sweaty while doing it. Some fans think that athletes don't have emotions, just because they're physically strong. Yet, time and again, players complain that hecklers cross the line with what they shout during the game. "You're much better at being a father than you are at playing defense!" "You should treat your jump shots like your daughter's ballet recitals, because you never miss those, you remarkable family man!"
In a profession where most athletes are encouraged to continue to make their physiques bigger, scarier and more outlandish, WWE superstar Big Show's dramatic weight loss has captured the imagination of many. Billed for much of his career as the "world's largest athlete," Big Show's weight has been listed as high as 500 pounds at various stages of his career. A pretty poor diet contributed to his massive size -- which originally stemmed from a tumor that formed on his pituitary gland during childhood -- and the 45-year-old, whose real name is Paul Wight, decided enough was enough. We're training for'Mania -- hope you are too, @Shaq. Big Show has charted his new commitment to slimming down and toning up on social media, and he's been an inspiration to many.
Professional athletes suffer from sleep disorders more frequently than generally thought, however, systematic examination, counselling and individual treatment planning can improve the quality of their sleep. Published in the Journal of Sports Sciences, a new Finnish study clearly shows for the first time that systematic measures can improve the sleep of professional athletes. The study carried out by the University of Eastern Finland and Oivauni Sleep Clinic analysed the sleep of 107 professional athletes through a survey. All athletes were provided with general guidance on how to sleep better. In addition, those athletes who on the basis of the survey suffered from significant sleeping disorders were referred to a sleep specialist for examination and an individualised treatment plan.