28
Jan
2014

Baseball: Effective Pitching

Different Baseball PitchesIn the sport of baseball, there is so much more to pitching than just throwing a ball to the batter. A lot of behind-the-scenes planning and practicing their craft must happen for a pitcher to become effective. In addition to learning and perfecting many different types of pitches, a pitcher must also work with the rest of his team to stop bases from being stolen and just be generally aware of where the other team’s base runners are at all times.Each type of pitch the pitcher throws differs in velocity, trajectory, movement, hand position, wrist position, and possibly arm angle. These pitches are usually just very slight variations on how the pitcher grips the ball at the point of release, however a big difference is made in how the ball crosses the base for the batter.Coaches are typically the ones who decide what pitch to use at any given time, they then relay the decision to the catcher via hand signals, and the catcher in turn relays the pitch choice to...
21
Jan
2014

Used Sports Equipment

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.Is it a good deal?If you’re buying used equipment to save money, it’s important to know if what you’re getting is actually a good deal. This may be hard to know unless you have something exact to compare what you’re planning to purchase with, and if it’s used there’s nothing exactly like it out there. You’ll...
15
Jan
2014

Taunting in Sports

Some people think sports is all about winning, some think it’s all about having fun. But if you can have fun and win at the same time, isn’t that the ultimate goal? With that said, is it possible to just have good, clean fun without the bullying and taunting that seems to be so prevalent in sports (both adult and children’s’) these days?We’ve all heard about the angry parents who taunt the referees at their kids’ sporting matches, sometimes going so far as resorting to violence. And as the athletes get older, taunting can get worse. At the very least it’s poor sportsmanship, and the fact that when adrenaline is flowing things can escalate quickly. So what part of taunting, if any, is acceptable in college and professional sports?A seemingly innocent form of taunting, excessive celebrating, has been cracked down on and penalties can be enforced during college and professional football games. Touchdown dances, football players doing a flip after their success, jumping into the stands...
09
Jan
2014

Fueling for Performance

How?  Eat real food, not just real food but select real foods, follow these rulesIf it is fresh and green, eat it!If it had a face, eat it!If it was made in a factory, put it down!Green (purple, red, orange, yellow, white, too!)Leafy greens, root vegetables, peppers, avocados, broccoli, cauliflower, squash and so much more.  Explore your local markets for what the farmers are growing and selling this is the stuff to eat.  These foods provide dense and complex carbohydrates that release slowly into your system giving you energy over time as well as providing your muscles and hormones the vitamins and minerals they need to be efficient and healthy.  Start today eating what intrigues you, add variety into your diet each week and before you know it you will be feeling great and your competition will wonder what hit them and your goals will need to be set higherIf it has a face, eat it!Let’s be real for a moment, don’t eat it if it ate itself or its droppings, avoid...
09
Dec
2013

Sports Drinks vs. Energy Drinks

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.After the Florida Gators football team won the...
05
Dec
2013

Used Sporting Equipment

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.Is it a good deal?If you’re buying used equipment to save money, it’s important to know if what you’re getting is actually a good deal. This may be hard to know unless you have something exact to compare what you’re planning to purchase with, and if it’s used there’s nothing exactly like it out there. You’ll...
27
Nov
2013

Winter Sports: Workout Tips to Keep You Warm

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.FrostbiteCold weather can affect people at different rates for different reasons. Young children and older people are more...
25
Nov
2013

Fantasy Football

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.Once you have a group together, you’ll have to figure...
19
Nov
2013

Introduction to Smart Training

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: • Keep back straight and midline tight• Activate lats to keep bar close• Clear hips early so they can finish the liftQuality PracticePractice perfect movement at low rep, distance or light weight. This will allow you to develop a motor pattern that can rely on when you are under extreme fatigue or heavy load. In Olympic lifts it’s important to know...
11
Nov
2013

Basketball Injury Prevention: Proper Technique and Preparation

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.Court and EquipmentPlayers don't always have an option when it comes to the court or playing surfaces available to them. It's the coach’s responsibility to ensure the court is clean and the baseline is clear of any equipment. There's no excuse for a player rolling an ankle...

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