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In wake of the highly discussed bounty program created by the New Orleans Saints, multiple players and coaches have been suspended, some for a few games and others for the entire season.

The major issue with paying players to cause harm to other players is the risk of injury.  Athletes are always at risk of injury due to the compromising positions that athletes place their bodies’ in during competition.  Bounty programs only compound the chances of injury, to include but not limited to concussions, broken bones and ligament damage.

Concussions – The recent death and suspected suicide of NFL great Junior Seau has once again placed a microscope on football and head trauma.  Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease caused by head trauma from repeated blows to the head has been said to cause depression and suicidal thoughts.

Ligaments – Damage can be detrimental to an athlete’s career. A ligament often requires surgery to repair as it lacks sufficient blood flow. Therefore, recovery takes place at a much slower rate than fractures or broken bones. ACL and MCL tears are some of the common ligament injuries in professional sports and can be season and/or career ending depending on success of rehabilitation.

Paying players to cause bodily harm damages the very foundation of competitive athletics. Usually, participation increases self-esteem, integrity, discipline, honor and responsibility.  Promoting and rewarding injuries degrades the lessons and values that organized sports bring to the lives of athletes from little league to professional sports.

Injuries are a part of sports and they can happen to any athlete at any time. However, it is clear how serious these major injuries can affect the body. Bounties only increase the likelihood.

Ilen & Lauren Bell are the husband and wife team behind Black Fitness Today, born, in 2011, out of their motivation to change culture, build a platform and lead the charge. Their purpose is to help change the culture towards health and fitness in the African-American community, showcase those who are making an impact, and promote healthier living. They also aim to serve as a platform for African-American fitness and health professionals and enthusiasts who are otherwise overlooked in traditional fitness media.

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On the AMAs red carpet: Ciara

The mom of two said she gained 60 lbs during both of her pregnancies and had to work very hard to get back in shape. “I said I wasn’t going to gain 60lbs carrying Sienna…and I did exactly that!” she stated in an Instagram post.

Every postpartum journey is different, but you can’t help but be motivated by Cici! “After delivering my son, a 9-lb. 10-oz. baby, and gaining 60 lbs., I was committed to [returning] to how I felt before I had him. Four months after having him, I was back to my original shape,” she said. “There’s something very empowering about that. Something about that gave me an extra pep in my step, and motivated me even more to go harder.”

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On the AMAs red carpet: Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee on her body confidence with the Tracy Anderson Method workouts:
“…I have to say that Tracy Anderson’s workout the last five years has been really good for me. I love the studio atmosphere, I love how beautiful and sexy and long and strong I look when I work out, and I love the loud music.

I find that, as adults, we stay so regimented in our movement, even if we get on a treadmill. The music changes all the patterns, and my body gets to move freely, so you feel amazing—which is ultimately the point of the workouts, too. One of the things that’s most encouraging is you see a roomful of women working their asses off and looking beautiful. You see women in their 40s wearing jog bras and their stomachs out proudly, walking in a stance that says, “I love my body,” and that’s exciting to me.”
(via Health mag)

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On the AMAs red carpet: Kelly Rowland

Kelly on her morning routine: “The first thing I do is at least two or three minutes of meditation. I started doing that after I had my son. It has helped me tremendously. It just puts you in an easier mind space. There’s so much you have to deal with in one day, and I feel like meditation prepares you for anything that comes to you. You won’t flip your lid on the first thing that shakes you up a bit. It puts you at ease.

My favorite thing to eat in the morning is oatmeal. I add a little maple syrup, a little salt, and almond milk, and I’m set. Sometimes I’ll add cinnamon and some raisins and pumpkin seeds. I don’t need caffeine in the morning, but if I have to it’s usually through green tea.

I am a morning workout person. I don’t think I could really be as connected or focused in the afternoon if I didn’t do it… It’s definitely a HIIT workout, and I feel a lot better and more centered from doing it. Having my son really did a number on my body…”
(Via: Well + Good)

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