Monday, 14 June 2021

Massage for gamers.


When it comes to muscular pain, few things feel better than a well-done massage. It’s one of the things players request most at tournaments. It can be used for as part of a warmup, a cooldown, or a break, and even those of us without serious pain can enjoy a nice massage.

But how useful is it for treating injuries? What are the short- and long-term effects? 

Massage works to reduce muscle tension by improving local bloodflow. By “local”, we mean that only the area that’s been massaged sees any change, as opposed to the whole body.

Massage has an impact on mental state as much as on physical status, and research suggests that mental state changes from massage are part of how pain and tension are relieved.

Research suggests that massage, by itself, is more useful for improving pain and function than just rest. When it comes to pain, massage appears to improve pain and function in patients with shoulder pain, knee pain, neck pain and low back pain. That’s not to say it doesn’t also help with pain for other conditions, just that the research in those areas is lacking.

Massage, by itself, helps pain in the short term. In the long term, though, unless you’re consistently and repeatedly receiving massages, your pain isn’t going to stay away. And if you only ever address the source of the pain and not the cause, the underlying cause will worsen until addressing the source isn’t enough.

So: does massage work? If your goal is short-term pain relief, yes. If your goal is to completely fix an injury, no.

Massage is great as a complimentary therapy, and can definitely be part of a good treatment or prevention program.

If you have pain from inflammation, gentle massage like effleurage to can help decrease swelling along with ice, compression, and gentle movement. Higher pressure types of massage like deep tissue, petrissage or tapotement are likely to make inflammation worse and to cause more damage.

If you have pain from muscle tension, especially from “muscle knots” or trigger points, massage is likely to address the source of pain (tightness) well. The underlying cause may involve muscle weakness, poor muscular endurance, or impaired coordination. While massage won’t address that directly, relieving tightness through massage can allow for improved muscle performance during the exercises that are used to address the cause.

Closing date for entries to MSSA Online School League - Friday, 10 July 2021.


Mind Sports South Africa's MSSA Online School League is to be played from the week ending Friday, 16 July 2021, Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has confirmed the closing date to be 10 July 2021.

By playing in the official school league, learners are able to also earn:
  • Medals for finishing in the first three places in the various game titles, and
  • School Provincial Colours, and
  • A berth in MSSA's National Team Trials.
    The entry fee is R50.00 per player. The esports titles to be played are as follows:

    Period/genreTitlePlatformAge restrictionPlayers
    Shooter
    CS GOPC,165 v 5
    PaladinsPC/console125 v 5
    Sport
    FIFA ‘21PC31 v 1
    PES 2021PS 431 v 1
    MOBA
    Clash RoyaleMobile121 v 1
    Dota 2PC125 v 5
    League of LegendsPC125 v 5
    FightingStreet Fighter VConsole121 v 1
    CardHearthStoneMobile71 v 1

    In keeping with Mind Sport South Africa's policies re development programmes, entries are free and gratis to registered players who are unable to afford to enter such championships should the member club formally request assistance. Such applications must be directed to the MSSA at: e-mail: mindsportscorrespondence@gmail.com 

    Players who are registered with any school may participate.

    Players are reminded that the majority choice of rules as at the closing date for entries shall be used.

    Entry fees can be deposited directly into Mind Sports South Africa's account, held at ABSA Bank, account number, 90 4766 7676. 

    No entries shall be accepted without MSSA having received proof of payment.

    All entries must be entered onto the entry form that may be downloaded from https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12rA4dXJWfO002fQgclVtVHR_AWZv8CPh6SzNo6worBI/edit#gid=287696184

    The following Medals may be awarded at MSSA's 2021 Annual Inter-School League:
    • HIGH SCHOOL (FEMALE): Medals shall be awarded to the first three high school scholars.
    • PRIMARY SCHOOL (FEMALE): Medals shall be awarded to the first three high school scholars.
    • HIGH SCHOOL (MALE): Medals shall be awarded to the first three high school scholars.
    • PRIMARY SCHOOL (MALE): Medals shall be awarded to the first three high school scholars.
      Colours and National Team Trials:
      • Provincial ColoursAll Players who win all of their Matches at MSSA's 2021 Annual Inter-School League will earn Provincial Colours.
      • Provincial ColoursAll Players who score within the top 50% in a specific Period at a Provincial Championship, and who also score within the top 50% at MSSA's 2021 Annual Inter-School League in the same period and in the same year, shall earn Provincial Colours.
      • National Team TrialsAll Players that score within the top 20% or top three places, whichever is greater, in a specific Period at a Provincial or National Championship will be eligible for selection for the National Squad. 

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        Sunday, 13 June 2021

        Reminder: S A National School Championships - 26 June 2021


        With COVID-19 still running amok, Mind Sports South Africa is not able to hold its popular annual S A National School Championships for esports as a face-to-face event. When held as an event, all game titles would be held over the same weekend..

        Another important feature of this championship, is that it is open to any learner, whether or not the school is affiliated or not.

        However, for team events, it is required that all members of the team are from the same school.

        MSSA will thus be holding this event as an Online National Championships on 26 June 2021

        MSSA's S A National School Championships has thus not been replaced by this event, the Championship has merely been delayed until the situation permits. Thus MSSA will relook at a date for the S A National School Championships. Players too, will be able to play from their own homes.

        MSSA's S A National School Championships, which will offer local players the opportunity to qualify for selection to the national squad and for the Protea Team that will attend IESF's World Championships to be held in Eilat in 2021 should they meet the criteria.


        The championship shall be held on 26 June 2021.


        Game titles to be played are:


        TITLES10H0011H1512H3014H0014H3016H00
        Paladins PC/PS4Round 1 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 3 Starts
        LUNCH
        Round 4 StartsRound 5 Starts
        FIFA’21Round 1 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 3 StartsRound 4 StartsRound 5 Starts
        Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) 2021Round 1 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 3 StartsRound 4 StartsRound 5 Starts
        HearthStoneRound 1 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 3 StartsRound 4 StartsRound 5 Starts
        Street Fighter VRound 1 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 3 StartsRound 4 StartsRound 5 Starts
        Clash RoyalRound 1 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 3 StartsRound 4 StartsRound 5 Starts
        Counter-Strike: GORound 1 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 3 StartsRound 4 StartsRound 5 Starts
        League of Legends (LoL)Round 1 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 3 StartsRound 4 StartsRound 5 Starts
        DotA 2Round 1 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 3 StartsRound 4 StartsRound 5 Starts

        Tournament Structure:

        As per the MSSA's rules, being:

          • If less than six teams, the championship shall be a Round Robin Championship

          • If 6 to 10 teams enter the championship there shall be four rounds as played to the Swiss System

          • If 11 or more teams enter the championship there shall be five rounds as played to the Swiss System

        Eligibility:

          • Any learner currently registered for primary or secondary studies may enter.

        Entry fee:

          • Entry is R50.00 per Registered Player.

          • Only fully-paid-up Registered Players may participate in this event.

        Entries:

        Medals:

        Medals shall be awarded to the first three gamers for both men and women (per  province) in the following categories:
        • MEN: The top three places (1st, 2nd, and 3rd)).
        • WOMEN: The top three places (1st, 2nd, and 3rd))

        Please note that the medals shall be awarded to the players at the next LAN championship in which such team/player enters and participates.

        Colours:
        • School Provincial Colours: All Players that win all of their Matches at a Provincial Championship will earn School Provincial Colours. All Players who score within the top 50% in a specific Period at a any two (or more) Provincial Championships, and who also score within the top 50% at a National Championship in the same period and in the same year, will earn School Provincial Colours.
        When and Where:
          • 26 June 2021
          • The first round will start at 10H00. Players shall be given 60 minutes to complete each round. 
          • Players must all be on-line at 9H00.
              The championship is accredited as being of the same status as a provincial championship. This means that the championship shall be used for the following:
              • The awarding of school provincial colours;
              • The awarding of medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places for both men and women;
              • The ability to qualify for National Team Trials. 
              • As usual Trials shall be done at a LAN venue, and the team that can best represent South Africa shall then be selected.
              • All medals shall be awarded to the recipients at a MSSA LAN championships.

              Shout casting:
              • The MSSA shall decide who may shout-cast the games.
              • Anybody wishing to be appointed as a Shout-Caster must apply in writing to mindsportscorrespondence@gmail.com 

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              Saturday, 12 June 2021

              Opportunities for female esports athletes.

               

              Female scholars are afforded fantastic opportunities when competing in MSSA's SA National Online Championships.

              Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) is very proud of its efforts in promoting females in gaming.

              MSSA's female Protea Team Members (past and present) are trailblazers, as they have raised the bar for every other national federation. Especially in esports, it is South Africa's female athletes that lead the way by continually representing South Africa in its Protea Esports Team. In fact, it is only South Africa that has had female members of its national esports team each-and-every-year since 2008.

              The growth and development of such female esports athletes and administrators begins at school level.

              To further enable female esports athletes, MSSA awards femal
              e participants in only female divisions and then allows such athletes to compete in the National Protea Selection Process.

              As a result, many of South Africa's top female esports athletes have furthered their careers by proudly representing South Africa officially in many international events.

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