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Sport Parenting: Be your child’s top fan

Sport Parenting: Be your child’s top fan

By Andreas Themistocleous, APC Sports Consulting Ltd Perhaps it comes as an insult, but the reality is that we, parents, should learn to be our children’s top fans. Not to suggest that any parent would want anything than the absolute best for their children, but the defining difference in this debate is the roadmap to becoming that top fan. This article debates the true meaning of a top fan, which most probably differs from common practice and perceptions in youth…

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July 2020 Editorial: Sport Parenting

July 2020 Editorial: Sport Parenting

July 1, 2020 Family is said to be the backbone for any successful young adult. The support, love, care and guidance given to children nowadays play a vital role in shaping their character and preparing them for their life ahead. Understanding the true meaning of this very demanding leadership role called parenting, can better prepare parents to adapt to it. Proper sport parenting is a concept that can be defined in several different ways. There is no exact recipe for…

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Balancing Sports Performance and Grades: Student Athletes and the importance of Education

Balancing Sports Performance and Grades: Student Athletes and the importance of Education

By Niovie Constantinou, Contributor Time and again we have pointed out the challenges posed by following a career in sport, the biggest one being uncertainty as to the longevity of an athlete’s career. Professional athletes must acknowledge that their career in sport may potentially last up to a third of their adult lifetime, and plan appropriately for life after it. Education is a great foundation to make the career transition easier, and many famous athletes have taken this path, such…

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Student Athletes: Moving into the new era of NCAA regulations in image rights exploitation

Student Athletes: Moving into the new era of NCAA regulations in image rights exploitation

By Lazaros Ioannou, APC Sports Consulting Ltd At a meeting which took place within the last days of April 2020, the Board of Governors of NCAA supported rule changes to allow student-athletes to receive compensation for third-party endorsements both related to and separate from athletics. It also supports compensation for other student-athlete opportunities, such as social media, businesses they have started and personal appearances within the guiding principles originally outlined by the board in October. As per the issued recommendations, student –…

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Where do student athletes see themselves financially a decade after college

Where do student athletes see themselves financially a decade after college

By Andreas Themistocleous, APC Sports Consulting Ltd Anyone who has had involvement and experience in collegiate sports will attest to the fact that every single college athlete has his/her sights set on a sports pro career the minute they sign a National Letter of Intent. Call it ambition, call it the nature of a driven athlete or even the simple effect of true competition instilled in each and every athlete; the fact remains that all athletes have a tendency to…

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The Benefits of Financial Education courses for Student Athletes

The Benefits of Financial Education courses for Student Athletes

By Constantinos Massonos, Contributor  Students entering tertiary education, including student-athletes, don’t usually have any previous experience in financial management, so when they are suddenly exposed to situations where they have to handle multiple income streams and prioritize payments, the task seems daunting. Not surprisingly, this new responsibility can cause an adverse emotional effect on students leading to an increase in stress, depression and anxiety levels. For student-athletes, who already have their hands full trying to balance between their athletic, academic…

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June 2020 Editorial: Student Athletes and Financial Literacy Considerations

June 2020 Editorial: Student Athletes and Financial Literacy Considerations

June 3, 2020 The future of young student athletes, as exciting as it may seem, hides a lot of challenges.  The financial vulnerability of young people, especially athletes, is a real problem nowadays.  Financial failure is not usually caused by a sudden event, but from a constant series of bad decisions and the consistent practice of bad financial habits. Financial education plays a key role in the lives of everyone; it helps us understand the drivers of financial success which…

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The next chapter in Athlete Welfare

The next chapter in Athlete Welfare

By Andreas Themistocleous, APC Sports Consulting Ltd Athlete welfare involves creating a safe environment for athletes while competing and training for their sport, as well as ensuring their safety and well-being away from the game. Additionally it involves the creation of an environment in which athletes can develop skills and competencies outside of sport that will add to their personal development and wellbeing, which is not related to sports.   The road to regulation of professional sports, in terms of…

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Athletes’ Engagement and Wellbeing: Why we should care and what we should do

Athletes’ Engagement and Wellbeing: Why we should care and what we should do

By Demetris Constantinou, Contributor Throughout the years, athletes across all range of sports have been idolized by their fans, their organizations or sometimes the entire world, for being able to distinguish themselves in what they do. Few times though, have the masses or the fans considered the amount of pressure that these athletes undergo, to be able to keep up with the expectations. In fact, discussing athletes’ wellbeing, or even considering whether an athlete has the mental capacity to continue…

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Athlete welfare in relation to social challenges

Athlete welfare in relation to social challenges

By Constantinos Massonos, Contributor State social welfare systems were introduced early in the 20th century as a measure for protecting the health and well-being of citizens and families facing social challenges by providing them with essentials like health care, food stamps or unemployment benefits. The importance of having a protective net for the most vulnerable in our societies is more evident in periods of financial distress similar to the current one, caused by the spread of the coronavirus.  The reality is that…

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