The idea of ingesting something to enhance performance is nothing new. However, being careful of what you put into your body and making sure you have the correct beverage for what your body needs is pretty important. As an athlete, would your benefit more from an energy drink or a sports drink? As a college student under a deadline, which would be better for you? Here is a brief history of the two types of beverages and the benefits of both.Gatorade as a Sports DrinkFormulated in 1965 by a team of researchers at the University of Florida College of Medicine, Gatorade was one of the first nationally recognized sports energy drinks. Florida Gators head football coach Ray Graves requested the college look into creating a beverage that would re-hydrate the football players while they practiced in the hot Florida weather. Earliest versions of this beverage were made of a mixture of water, sodium, sugar, potassium, phosphate and lemon juice.
It is no joke that sports equipment can be highly expensive. And when a family has several kids in several different sports, it can sure seem like that’s all your money goes towards. Trying to find ways to save money is important these days, so that’s why the used sporting equipment has become so popular in recent years. But there are some things to keep in mind when purchasing used sporting goods and fitness equipment.Brand nameWhen it comes to sporting and fitness equipment, buying brand name will usually save you money in the long run. Buying cheaper equipment usually results in a lower quality item that is cheaply made and more likely to break down than a well-known brand.
Winter weather shouldn’t mean a sentence of months of inactivity. Your favorite exercise and sports routines can still be done when the temperatures drop, you just may have to be aware of how your body will react to the lower temps and prepare accordingly.Some easy things you can do to keep you physically warmer include wearing waterproof shoes so the snow and sleet are repelled, upgrade your socks to wool instead of the thinner cotton versions, dress in layers that will keep you warmer (start with a base layer that will keep you skin warm, then layer a breathable fabric that helps wick away sweat), ditch the gloves in favor of mittens where your fingers can help keep each other warmer, cover your head and ears, and if you’re out for extended periods of time make sure you are watching out for symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite especially on your extremities.
We can’t all be football superstars, but we can be coaches and managers…in fantasy football at least. Simply put, Fantasy football is a game where regular people can draft their dream team, and then each week they garner fantasy points from each of their players who score real points in the real NFL games. People get together in a league and compete against each other for either money or bragging rights at the end of the season.Join a LeagueIf you have a group of friends who are all interested in competing, you can all band together to create a league. If you are on your own and want to compete, there are plenty of online sites where you can join other people around the world to create a league. Both espn.com and nfl.com have standard leagues you can join that will automatically pair you up with other fantasy football players, keep score for you and the others in your league, and maintain your group’s stats and other information.
The goal of strength and conditioning (S&C) program is to increase your performance in life and in sport. To achieve this, the athlete needs to remain injury free during training time. I know everyone has seen some sketchy positions and movement patterns in S&C programs at all levels and even with great programs individual efforts can undermine the best programs. Here is how to stay healthy and get stronger and faster, then excel at your sport.Learn the BasicsWhen you first start learn the 3-4 key principles for each movement. Review these each day, during warm-up, when these movements are programmed. For instance, Deadlift:
The sport of basketball has evolved over time from a game famously first played with a peach basket, into the fast paced, physical game we know today. With the speed, physicality and start and stop nature of basketball, injuries have simply become an unfortunate part of the game. In recent years, we've even seen some of the sports biggest stars suffer season ending injuries. Even with new rules to help protect players, the sharp cuts and explosive motions that make basketball so entertaining, can also lead to almost unavoidable non-contact injuries. As with any sport, injuries are always a possibility but with a few simple steps and precautions, you can greatly reduce your risk for any basketball related injuries.
Football injuries are the biggest threat currently facing the sport and that is unlikely to change. The more we as a society learn about concussions the more the spotlight will show on the game of football. The rule changes that have recently been instituted by the National Football League demonstrate just how serious the problem is. Football players get bigger, stronger and faster every year and it increases the likelihood of injuries. But as the likelihood of injuries increases, so should the efforts to prevent them. This can be done in a multitude of ways. One of those ways is the implementation of the aforementioned rule changes by the NFL. While that isn’t the most popular means of preventing injuries, it is necessary. It shows the rest of the football world that they’re serious about injury prevention and player safety.
Injuries to youth pitchers are on the rise in recent years. Injuries to the elbow and shoulders seem to be the most prevalent. Overusing youth pitchers seems to be the biggest cause of these injuries. Using common sense and having a good plan for taking care of your arm will reduce the risk of injury.Overusing pitchersThe most common culprit of injuries to pitchers is from overuse. Overuse can come in a few forms, throwing too many pitches in a single day and pitching too many consecutive days. A pitcher can cause significant damage being overused on a single day. Keeping a pitch count is a must for any pitcher. This is just a matter of counting the pitches being thrown in a game. Below is a chart that can be used as a guideline based upon age.
Purchasing an indoor practice pitching mound is a very large investment. Most successful youth, high school, or college programs have these mounds for indoor practice. If you are fortunate enough to be in a warmer weather state you can invest this money elsewhere, however in those cold weather states it is a necessary evil! A good indoor practice mound will cost a program over $1,000, but as pitchers get older it is very critical when they are practicing pitching they use a mound.
Being a youth baseball coach comes with a lot of responsibilities, being a good role model, teaching fundamentals, and teaching respect. There are a lot of youth coaches that excel in those areas and then fail to protect the players from future injury.