The Science Behind Sports Betting

Sports betting is one of the most popular forms of gambling and the proliferation of online sites has made it easier for anyone wanting to place wager to do so. People who enjoyed a punt used to have to physically go to bookie’s to place a bet, or even go to the races or the match to make a bet onsite.

The internet changed all that, with a host of online sites offering anything from roulette online to poker and sports books. These days, most sites will offer odds on anything from the winner of the next Eurovision to the outcome of Brexit.

If there’s a backer, there are always odds to be found. But what is the science behind betting? Many casuals will claim that it’s mere common sense and a bit of luck. If the soccer team at the top of the table plays the one on the bottom, then it is very likely that there will be a big win by the leaders.

But what would a more astute gambler wager? He will also look at corners, as well as fouls. The weaker team will concede more corners and will be pushed to the limits in defense, therefore committing more fouls. The gambler will also look at yellow and red cards as well as individual goal scorers.

He will also analyse the team sheet. If the leaders are playing away and are missing their star goalkeeper and an important defender, then an upset could be on the cards. The world of sport betting is not as simple as calling red or black or number 0 on roulette. Sure, you can just pick a team to win, but it’s a lot more complex than that. If you really want to maximize your winnings, you need to do your research.

Boxing – The Loneliest And Hardest Sport To Master

Out of all sporting disciplines, boxing is the one that is the loneliest and requires huge amounts of self sacrifice and training, both by the fighter as well as his or her trainer.

It is often described as the loneliest and hardest sport of all because once the bell rings, it is just you and your opponent – locked in a battle of wits to see which one of the two will emerge victorious.

There are different types of boxers – the boxer, the counter-puncher, the slugger, the brawler and the knock out artist. They say styles make boxing, but it takes a lot to get into peak physical condition to be able to compete. Boxers start young, and some of them have gloves on by the age of five or six. At that age, ti is all about agility and technique.

There is more to throwing a punch than just throwing a fist out. Anyone with any ambitions of competing in a ring must learn how to rotate the body and transfer power from the feet to the hips and up into the shoulders. Not only that, but they need to learn to bob and weave and slip and slide, all the while, not coming out of the pugilist’s stance and holding balance. The minute a boxer over extends or gets caught off balance, it could be good night.

Aside from all these intricacies, a boxer must be supremely fit and there is a very big difference between being gym fit and being fighting fit. Boxing for 12 three minute rounds with only 60 seconds break between each is not something you can learn to do in two years, it must be a lifetime progression with the help of a dedicated head training and conditioning coach. To be able to do this for a living and even become a journeyman, you need to put your heart and soul into it, making it a way of life.

Track And Field Training

Track and field requires intense training and no matter which discipline you focus on, it is a long road to first learn the technique of what you are doing and then building strength and endurance. While it is easy to pick out those who might have talent for shot put, long-jump, long distance running or sprints, it takes a great coach to identify those that have that something extra, that natural athletic ability coupled with the X-factor to turn them into winners.

Some athletes are just blessed with good genes and can do remarkable things with only little training – Jamaican sprinting phenomenon Usain Bolt is one that immediately springs to mind. But most others have to train for years before they are even capable of stringing together performances that will enable them to compete against the best of the best in the World Championships or the Olympic Games.

The Winter Olympics has thrown in some incredible performances such as the Jamaican Bobsleigh team or British ski-jumper Eddie the Eagle Edwards, but with track and field it is very much down to coaching, hard work and dedication.

The United Kingdom has done remarkably well in recent competitions and this has been put down to the fact that the UK National Lottery Fund pays athletes to be able to train full time, instead of having to pursue and hold down jobs and just try and do things in their spare time. But once again, it is training at an early age that is one of the most important things. A kid that can run fast is not necessarily going to be the next 100 meter sprint champion.

In order to achieve that goal, muscle memory needs to be etched in stone and they must have the technique and will to win to go with it. There is no substitute for grit and determination and that is something that cannot be taught by coaching.