When you think of sports memorabilia displays it is natural to think of museums. You know how captivating and enthralling an interesting display can be for you. Every other person has an interest to some degree in one sport or another. There are designated museums that display nothing but sports memorabilia. Each community has its own interest when it comes to sports. If you are in stock car country then you will find an abundance of stock-car memorabilia. Every crook and crummy will promote one or more of the stock-car drivers. As you drive along the countryside in these communities you will find billboards telling you where to stop to see and find sports memorabilia displays. In many instances these are not just displays but an opportunity for the vendor or the organizers to sell and to promote the sport. Some of these billboards are large enough to provide a calendar of events. A week or so before a big event of perhaps a month before the big event you will find sports memorabilia displays as an added venue for promoting the event. These displays may be found in service stations, the malls, and some restaurants. It all boils down to who owns the facility. When you go to one of these sporting events you feel like you are at a festival. Amid the loud speaker, the popcorn selling, cotton candy, hotdogs, and all the other food vending you will see sports memorabilia displays scattered throughout the area. You are sure to find just about what ever you are looking for to add to your collection. These displays help to make the event fun and provide food for conversation. How many times have you stopped to look at a display of any sort and bumped into an old friend? The two of you no doubt visited for a while. More than likely this is a familiar scenario to you. In the sports arena many ideas are exchanged in these conversations and it helps to promote the sale of items in the sports memorabilia displays. The type of items displayed has much to do with where the display is located. If you are in a collectible shop you no doubt will find a potpourri of items on display. In a display of this nature the general public is the target. On the other hand if you are on a college campus more than likely you will find sports memorabilia displays geared to the activities of that college and maybe a handful representing the conference of which the college is a member. Let's face it there is no need to display items that the immediate environment has no interests. Traveling sports memorabilia displays are usually geared to the general public or perhaps a specific event. Some of these displays will be on the road for several events before returning to headquarters. Therefore a very large inventory will be on display to promote whatever event is taking place. Some sports memorabilia displays are just displays. There is no selling but a chance for the general public to see and appreciate items representing a certain phase of history in the sports world.
There are always athletes who feel the need to use steroids while playing sports. While many organizations prohibit the usage, the doctors in the sports medicine field tend to be the real people who are fighting the effects of steroids on a daily basis. Some of the most prevalent symptoms that sports medicine doctors are forced to deal with include mood swings, violent behavior, depression, and psychoses. The good news is that all of these symptoms are reversible with treatment once the use of the steroids stops; however some other conditions are not as easily reversed. The use of steroids can alter numerous systems in the body, and how they react in terms of permanent or temporary is very important in terms of working to treat the effects. As the number of athletes guilty of using steroids is steadily decreasing there are fewer problems that doctors are trying to counter, however the use of steroids is still happening which causes the problems to still persist even if at a slower level. While sports medicine doctors do not typically treat reproductive issues, they are finding themselves engaged in more aspects as the use of steroids can hinder several components. For example, in men it can alter the libido, as well as cause male pattern baldness and even cause impaired spermatogenesis amongst the other problems that include testicular atrophy and gynecomastia. However, of all of the problems, only male pattern baldness is entirely non-reversible with treatment. However, there are times when even gynecomastia is unable to be successfully treated once steroid use has been discontinued. Women tend to have greater reproductive problems with the use of steroids with the risks causing problems with menstrual cycles, an altered libido, deepened voice, pattern baldness, and even clitoral enlargement. The good news is that the libido as well as menstrual cycle can be restored, while the other results of steroid use at this point are not a reversible complication. This means that each year, women who stop taking steroids are still left with the results to deal with, much more so than men are. Steroids also have the unfortunate problem of negatively affecting the cardiovascular system, which in athletes much be as healthy as possible in order to achieve the best results. With increased LDL cholesterol levels, reduced HDL cholesterol levels, as well as complications with hypertension, elevated triglycerides and even the potential of arteriosclerotic heart disease the use of steroids has several devastating effects on the athletes overall health. While there are rare and few doctors who will encourage the use of steroids, a well trained doctor will be able to identify signs that an athlete is using steroids and will do their best to help discourage their usage. While obviously the final choice on using steroids lies with the athlete, a good sports medicine doctor should be able to identify based on signs, which athletes are using. Because of the risks associated with the cardiovascular system as well as musculoskeletal system, using steroids can actually cause more harm to the body than it can provide in benefits. In addition to the complications associated with the cardiovascular system that were already discussed, it can create complications with tendon degeneration, which is potentially not reversible. This creates a huge problem with weakened tendons that are much more susceptible to injury even after steroid use has stopped. Overall, steroid use represents a huge problem to sports medicine doctors all around the world.
Sports memorabilia includes collectibles of all types. Although some immediately think football or baseball when sports collectibles come to mind, there are many more types of sports that have valuable collectibles. The world of sports is a vast and varied world. Sports all over the globe bring value to the items associated with the sports and famous players. There are the sports of figure skating, horse racing, rugby, soccer, hockey, basketball, wrestling, swimming, track and field, tennis, diving, gymnastics, fencing, cycling, archery, weightlifting, sled dog racing, motorcycle racing, martial arts, lacrosse, boxing, golf, bobsledding, auto racing, and events associated with a rodeo, just to name a few! For many sports items to be valuable as collectibles, they must be kept in flawless condition. The older and less flawed an item is, the more money it will be worth in the future. Many people will invest in this memorabilia for the sake of their children and grandchildren and guard it as though it were priceless. Not only is it an honor to receive something of such magnitude, it is a matter of personal pride for the person who originally obtained the item. Sports memorabilia covers a wide range of items, including everything from the traditional trading cards to items owned and often worn by the sports figure that became famous. An often overlooked area of interest is that of books. Many sports figures have written books about their lives, private and public. Many books are valuable just because of the person's popularity with the public, even if the person was known for being ruthless or rude. Product endorsements also provide worthy collectible items. Timex featured Barbara Ann Scott, a female skater and a Canadian. She achieved an Olympic victory in 1948. That prompted a sale of thousands of dolls of her likeness. Another early female skater in demand as a doll was Karen Magnussen. Of course, the most widespread collectibles in sports memorabilia seem to be cards. It's fairly low cost to get a child started with a baseball or football card collection. Although it can become a high cost ordeal as the child becomes an avid die-hard fan and learns to recognize the value of card collecting, a collection is something that may take years to obtain and may never be considered complete. This type of interest will help teach the child responsibility among other things. They must keep the cards from curious friends who haven't learned the value of collecting and greedy adults who may try to talk the child out of a precious possession.