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Sports Supplements for Sports Men and Women

Are you a sports person interested in improving your performance? There are a number of aspects you need to take into considerations. One of them is the area of your feeding. There are sports supplements you really need to be taking for optimal performance in your sporting events. Let’s discuss more on the supplements and what they are all about.

Sports Supplements – What are they? In the first place supplements are nutritional additions to diets. They are dietary products that are added to the regular meals you take. These supplements are really needed to boost your health in every ramification. Among the needed supplements include Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs, Amino Acids and other Botanicals.

When it comes to sports, there are basic supplements that can boost your performance. Listed and discussed below are some of them.

• Caffeine This is very necessary for most athletes. The supplement increases your alertness and also improves your endurance in sporting events.

• B-Vitamins These include Vitamin B-6, B-12, Thiamine, Riboflavin and Folate. They are the essential vitamin supplements you need as a sports person in order to functions optimally.

• Creatine If you engage in strenuous sports such as sprinting, high intensity exercise and weight lifting, you need creatine to boast your performance.

• Protein Supplements

Adequate protein supplements are needed by every sports man and woman. Protein is very vital when it comes to sports performance. It must not be lacking in your sport’s diets every blessed day.

• Sports Drinks These are special drinks meant for athletes and other sports men and women. The drinks help sports people to have adequate fluid intake for improved sports performance.

Indeed, sports supplements abound, others include Ribose, Ephedrine, Glucosamine and Glutamine supplements.

Locating the Best Supplements Oftentimes, these are usually well packaged in diverse forms. Some appear as tablets in small plastic containers. Others appear in form of syrup formulas which are added to sports diets. Whichever is the case, you need to take your time to pick the best supplements. Here are some tips to guide you.

• Go for approved supplements Not all sports supplements are approved by relevant authorities like the FDA. This is the US agency in charge of Food and Drug Administration. You need to go for sports supplements already approved by this agency. Such supplements have been certified okay for use. You’re sure to improve your sports performance when you use them.

• Follow Your Doctor’s Recommendation It’s always better to consult your doctor for direction when it comes to picking the right sports supplement. Your doctor is in the best position to recommend the best supplements your body requires per season. Always do your best to abide by your doctor’s prescriptions.

In all, sports supplements are very vital for your success as a sports man or women. Always make sure you go for the best. You can always search for them online.

Sports Arbitrage Trading – A Practical Minicourse – Part Two

What is sports arbitrage?

Arbitrage is defined by the Compact Oxford English Dictionary as “the simultaneous buying and selling of assets in different markets or in derivative forms, taking advantage of the differing prices.”

Sports-Arbitrage opportunities appear everyday between the large number of worldwide sports bookmakers in existence and this enables traders to place risk-free bets. The trader sets up his bets in such a way that all outcomes are covered and no matter which bet eventually pays out, the receipts are always greater than the total investment.

A pre-season NFL match between Atlanta & Jacksonville gave us the following market-anomaly between William Hill & Gamebookers:

ATLANTA – GAMEBOOKERS: 1.85

JACKSONVILLE – WILLIAM HILL: 2.50

This arbitrage yields a profit of about 6%:

To win £1000 if Atlanta wins, one has to bet £540.50 at Gamebookers (£1000 / 1.85 = £540.50) or, alternatively, (£540.50 x 1.85 = £1000)

To win £1000 if Jacksonville wins, one has to bet £400.00 at William Hill (£1000 / 2.50 = £400.00) or, alternatively, (£400.00 x 2.50 = £1000)

In total, in order to be guaranteed a win of £1000 irrespective of which teams wins, one has to spend £540.50 + £400 = £940.50

Spending £940.50 to Win £1000 means that the risk-free profit on this trade is £59.50

Trading opportunities in sports-arbitrage markets are almost endless and always renewing themselves, event after event.

Understanding Odds

The ‘odds’ are prices set by bookmakers tell you how much you will win if you place a winning bet. They come in 3 formats which all look very different but, in fact, convey exactly the same information i.e how much you will win if you place a winning bet at that price.

The 3 formats are known as :

  • UK Style: these look like fractions eg 1/1, 2/1, 3/1, ½,…”, ¼
  • EU Style: these look like decimals eg 2.00, 3.00, 4.00, 1.50, 1.33, 1.25
  • US Style: these look like integers: eg +100, +200, +300, -200, -300, -400

The Sports Arbitrage Formula

Arbitrage trades are expressed as a percentage.

This percentage is calculated by dividing 1 by each set of odds and then adding them together.

1 / 1.85 = 54.05%

1 / 2.50 = 40.00%

54.05% + 40.00% = 94.05%

This percentage, 94.05%, is the ratio of your Investment to Winnings.

Once you have converted the price of each bet into a percentage, you then take your intended Win amount and multiply it by each percentage to find out how much you should bet on each outcome:

£1000 x 54.05% = £540.50 This is the amount you will bet on Atlanta at 1.85 with Gamebookers

£1000 x 40.00% = £400.00 This is the amount you will bet on Jacksonville at 2.50 with William Hill

In other words, if your winnings are £1000, as used in the example above, the two bets add up to £940.50 i.e 94.05% of the winnings. This effectively means that 5.95% of the winnings is profit. You may hear the arb described as a 94.05% arb or a 5.95% arb. These mean the same thing.

The same technique is used no matter how many outcomes there are in a trade. For example, in soccer there will usually be 3 bets to place: Home Win, Away Win and Draw. In these cases, the percentages for the 3 bets are calculated as above and the results will tell you how much to stake on each bet.

Remember, though, during your normal trading activities you will not need to make these calculations manually – your software will do it all automatically for you.

If you’re excited by what you have learned so far about sports-arbitrage, that’s an excellent start. However, if you want to be assured of success in your project, you must make certain preparations before diving in:

  • COMPUTER

Minimum Spec: 1Ghz Processor, 1GB RAM 80GB Hardrive, Windows XP

You can also use just about any modern Mac, although you will probably want to run helper software that allows you to use Windows programs on your Mac.

  • INTERNET CONNECTION

Broadband internet is essential – the faster the better. A back-up dial-up account will also be useful both for emergencies and those occasions where you may require a different IP Address

  • SOFTWARE
  1. ArbSurfer Pro (specialised internet browser)
  2. ArbAlarm (arbitrage trade notification)
  3. Microsoft Money or Intuit Quicken (accounting)
  4. An email program (eg Windows Mail)
  5. Skype (instant message & internet phone)
  • ONLINE WALLETS

These are accounts into which you can place deposits and which will act as a “central holding account” for a number of bookmakers. The largest and most widely-used online wallets are currently Neteller and Moneybookers. You should set up accounts with each of them.

  • CAPITAL

The amount of trading capital you require will depend largely upon your goals:

Just starting out: Trading capital £2500 – £5,000

Since all of your bets should be low value at this stage, £5000 is enough to allow you to place funds with 30-40 bookmakers and get the ball rolling. Your profits will be very low but your goal here should be gaining experience. You are bound to make some mistakes so it’s better to lose small stakes which can easily be made up later on. You should be using your ArbAlarm trial at this stage – being able to see when and where live arbs appear is a great shortcut to gaining the significant knowledge.

Expected Monthly Profit: £300 – £400

Part-time trading: Trading capital £10,000 – £15,000

If you have other commitments and plan to trade for a couple of hours during the evenings and perhaps over the weekends, once you are confident in your processes, you are going to need to increase your capital in order to ensure that the time you spend generates a worthwhile extra income. Your stakes will be larger now and it’s going to be important to make sure that the periods during which you are trading are used as effectively as possible and a big part of this will be having funds on account so that you are able to execute your trades with minimum delay.

ArbAlarm will deliver live arbitrage information to your desktop when you need it and this will greatly enhance your trading productivity.

Expected Monthly Profit: £1,000 – £1,500

Full-time trading: Trading capital £25,000 – £30,000

Full-time’ doesn’t actually mean trading 8 hours a day. It really refers to the level of commitment and goals associated with your trading. At this level, you are almost certainly working from home and willing and able to trade 3 to 4 hours each day, and more during certain busy periods of the year. You should be using ArbAlarm consistently and making it pay handsomely each month.

Expected Monthly Profit: £2,500 – £3,500

Professional trading: Trading capital £35,000 – £150,000

At this level, sports-arbitrage and other techniques such as Middles trading are your main occupations. 6-8 hours of trading each day – research and execution – will not be uncommon.

Expected Monthly Profit: £5,000 – £15,000

  • BANKING

Although you can trade from many different places in the world it is easier and cost-effective if you are able to set up bank and credit card accounts in the UK. This is because all UK bookmakers and some non-UK bookmakers allow free deposits and withdrawal from UK debit cards (and some UK credit cards).

If you are not based in the UK, you might want to consider opening a UK bank account the next time you are here and then do all of your trading in British Pounds. If this is not possible, don’t worry too much – all it means is that you will face slightly higher transaction costs at the start of your business. As long as you trade frequently your profits will overshadow your costs considerably.

In any case, you should set up separate accounts (bank and credit card) for your trading form your personal day-to-day accounts. Mixing arbitrage transactions with shopping bills and mortgage payments will lead to complications and possible accounting errors once your trading takes off.

You will need a bank account which will give you easy online access. You want to be able to check your balances and make transfers conveniently and doing all of this online is the most convenient. Telephone-banking is a distant second and you should completely forget about trying to trade whilst using an account with no such facilities.

The best account to get is the one offered by Citibank because with it you get not only a Sterling-based current account but one denominated in Euros and one denominated in US Dollars. Transfers between the different accounts are instant and performed at very good rates of exchange.

If you cannot open an account with Citibank then try First Direct. They also offer US Dollar accounts although transfers between your Sterling and Dollar accounts will not be quite as smooth as with Citibank. However, they have exceptional customer service and very convenient online facilities.

Banks’ requirements for opening accounts vary from time to time so you should check their websites for the latest terms. However, when you apply, don’t mention that you intend to use the accounts to facilitate sports-arbitrage trading.

  • CREDIT CARDS You will also require at least one credit card. For the purposes of trading, only Visa credit cards will do. Mastercard has taken a stance against gaming and you will not be able to use a Mastercard at most bookmakers. The bank you use for your trading account will probably be able to offer you a credit card as well. Take them up on this with as high a credit limit as they will give you. It is useful to have at least one spare credit card but most traders have a collection of 3 or more. You may not use them often but it’s better to have them available than to be left high and dry in the middle of a trading scenario.
  • BOOKMAKERS Before you can begin to trade, you will need to set up accounts with a large number of bookmakers. It is a very good idea to set up your accounts well before you start to trade – attempting to set up accounts as and when you need them will result in a lot of wasted time and opportunities for you later on. In most cases, you will be able to open accounts without depositing any funds. This is advantageous as it allows you to make your preparations even if your trading capital is not yet fully at your disposal. Setting up such a large number of accounts can be a daunting and time-consuming task; using specialised software such as ArbSurfer to open your accounts is the most efficient method possible as the software auto-completes the majority of each form for you. Once you have downloaded and installed the software, you will be taken through a set-up wizard. Follow this through and set up a Profile. After this, you can use the links provided in the software to visit each bookmaker site’s sign-up page and the software will automatically fill out the forms with the data you have provided in your Profile. In some cases, you may be required to type in a verification code or other data not contained within the Profile, and then you simply submit the form. Some of the bookmakers will set up your account with the username and password combination you placed in your Profile. Others will assign random log-in codes for you and email them to you. In any case, whenever you set up a new bookmaker account, take the time to write down the bookmaker’s address and the log-in codes so that you have a record of them. ArbSurfer will remember all of your codes for you and even log you into the sites automatically when you visit them.
  • DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS As you set up your accounts, a question about how to spread your funds amongst them will come to mind. Do you keep the money in the bank and wait for an arb or do you put the money with the bookmakers in anticipation? This usually seems like a catch-22 situation to new traders. If you don’t have your money ready at the bookmakers, then you waste too much time depositing and miss the prices when you need to bet. But if you start putting your money with the bookmakers, it gets spread thinly and you still may get an arb with a bookmaker where you don’t have enough funds… The solution is to combine the approaches intelligently and place funds with bookmakers selectively:
  1. Select the bookmakers you will use. As mentioned previously, good starting points are Bookmaker Reviews and/or the built-in lists of ArbSurfer
  2. Provide the bookmakers with all required documentation in advance. For example, in order to make your first deposit with an Australian bookmaker you will need to send them a fax or scan of your ID and credit card. If you do not do this in advance, the process will seriously hinder your ability to successfully place a bet with them on the first occasion that they are involved in a sports-arbitrage trade. Look through the sites you plan to use and see which ones need more information from you.
  3. Some bookmakers provide Instant-Bet accounts which will debit your card automatically at the time you place a bet. Any accounts which offer Instant-Bet facilities can immediately be taken off your short-list of accounts which require advanced funding.
  4. Look for bookmakers which will accept deposits via your online wallets. Deposits made this way are usually instant – this means that you can keep relatively large central balances in your online wallets ready to be used with any of the bookmakers rather than holding smaller individual balances at the bookmakers themselves.

Following steps 1-4, you will produce two lists – accounts which need advanced funding and accounts which do not.

Like many things which seem complex, sports-arbitrage trading can be simplified by considering & mastering the individual actions that make up the entire process. Avoid the mistake of assuming that it will be better to pick things up as you go along instead of investing some time beforehand to really think about what’s involved.

In most cases, the people who complain on forums that “arbitrage didn’t work for me” or “it’s too risky” or “all of my accounts were limited within weeks” are people who ignored the inherent folly of going live on their trading project without sufficient preparation.

Preparation & Organization are the two aspects of the way you operate which will determine your degree of success.

Before you begin trading, having chosen your bookmaker accounts and decided how they will be funded, the next step is to familiarize yourself with the bookmaker sites. Place a few 10 pence bets at the sites which confuse you. Make sure that you fully understand how to place bets at the sites you will be using. If you place 50 bets of 10 pence each, you will have a thorough understanding of the way the bookmaker sites work and the most it will have cost you is £5 – this small investment will pay dividends later on when you are trading under pressure.

So, now you know what groundwork you have to lay, in my next article we’ll take a look at your options for finding arbitrage trades.

Online Jobs In Sports Physical Therapy – 4 Websites You Must Visit

Amongst the greatest benefits of being proficient for jobs in sports physical therapy is that there is practically an immense range of choices in front of you. Particularly, if in furtherance to your degree you have taken on a specialization, then all types of hospitals and medical centers could be in need of your services. The point is not so much in knowing where to get a job, but choosing the kind of environs you wish to function in. It is quite normal to find hospitals having openings for qualified sports physical therapists.

Now in hospitals, there are a number of departments that require your kind of experience. For instance, you could be placed in the geriatric unit or the orthopedic department. In addition, pediatrics, too have a requirement for your type of specialized training.

Glance around at a few of the other places where your unique abilities could be made use of. Most therapists weary of the everyday tedium in a hospital opt to share their expertise and enter into a partnership with a chiropractor. Now these two disciplines are well inclined to operate harmoniously.

Besides, a further location where there could be possible openings in sports physical therapy in case the hospital scenario is not to your taste is a treatment clinic or a nursing home. Further choices are home medical care centers, outpatient clinics, and school arrangements for their sports teams. All of these would provide you with the prospect of drawing on your expertise to help out with patients.

Now a very rapid and dependable method of locating jobs in sports physical therapy in your neighborhood is via the Internet. You may in all likelihood been aware of careerbuilder.com and monster.com, but you can save on time and directly access a few of the websites that are created especially for listing jobs in sports physical therapy. For instance, look at alltherapyjobs.com. Now this website is created to enable viewers to find jobs based on his or her area of specialization.

Moreover, you can also post your resume on the website for prospective employees, which can be seen by potential employers. If you wish to hunt for jobs in sports physical therapy state wise, then you need to visit rehabworld.com. As cited earlier, the site lists jobs based on states and hence it is a precious time saving device. Plus, the site also contains the potential employer?s contact details, and thus you can either choose to visit his website or opt out of it.

With the kind of knowledge and skills that you possess, identifying the sources of jobs in sports physical therapy is the most difficult part of looking for jobs. Numerous other websites for locating jobs in physical therapy exist, but the ones listed will put you on the right track.

Looking for jobs in sports physical therapy online can bring quicker results as opposed to the more conventional approaches. It provides you with the opportunity of being aware of the kind of jobs that are available and gives you the chance to select the kind of surroundings you wish to operate in.