Competitive Sports

Hectic schedules these days force individuals to stay put in their workstations without moving a lot. Like it or not this is going to create a lot of health issues. Incorporating competitive sports into our otherwise lazy and monotonous routine will help us get moving. You may face problems initially like being unable to move about quickly as you used to. Age plays a very important role and you might have been slowed down by it. This applies to most people around us that includes family and friends. Having a blast of a game along with your family and friends, including a bit of positive competition and all the laughter, breathing and moving about will definitely improve your mood as well as will break the monotony.

As adults we have a lot of responsibilities and more often than not we become so engrossed in the daily responsibilities so much so we forget to socialize. This is so against nature because humans are generally very social beings and shall remain healthy only when the meet up and interact with friends and family.

It can be challenging to actually go out and start playing competitive sports after all this gap though that is exactly what they want to do. With so many scheduling conflicts it becomes a struggle to go out and start playing. You can set yourself up with the local sports team and this is one way to do it. Making a commitment to others as well as yourself will help ensure you definitely stick to your plan of playing.

Parks systems available in many cities offer competitive sports leagues and they provide locations to practice and schedule games too. The leagues offer sports like basketball, baseball, football and sometimes even volleyball, soccer. If you do not intend to go so formal then you can set up a team as a family or with friends who would like to play the sport.

Increase Running Speed

  1. Train Your Muscles to Respond to You Wanting to Run Faster: You have to do workouts where you run at 90-95% or your body will never learn how to run fast.
  2. “Dead” Weight Loss: I understand that for certain sports or for certain positions, you want to be a particular weight or size, but you can get rid of some “dead” weight to help you run faster. By dead weight I mean fat and waste material in your colon. You can increase your lean body mass if you have a weight goal in mind, but it doesn’t have to be fat.
  3. Rest: After you’ve had a “speed training” workout, your body needs 48-72 hours rest before performing another speed workout. Now, that doesn’t mean you can’t have other hard workouts, just not workouts that are made for you to run at above 80% of your max speed for longer than 2 seconds.
  4. Nutrition: If you don’t have the right nutrition you will feel sluggish and you won’t recover properly from workouts either. Make sure you eat enough carbs to support the energy demand for the workout and enough protein to recover and heal your muscles.
  5. Injury Free: You have to take a preventative approach to staying healthy and injury free because it won’t matter how fast you are if you are hurt. Ice after every work out, stay hydrated, and eat enough protein to support your muscles.
  6. Flexibility Will Help Your Speed: It’s been said that flexibility can affect up to 33% of your power. Well, to be fast, you have to become powerful. Thus flexibility will directly or indirectly affect your ability to run fast by up to 33%.
  7. Better Running Form Increases Speed: The better your running form, the faster you will run.

Coaching in Sports

Sports is the pinnacle entertainment around the world and especially in America but an issue that has been ongoing for quite some time now is how small the diversity is among coaches on teams. Most of the pro sports teams and collegiate level sports coaches’ demographics is middle age white Anglo-Saxon men. In 4 major sports leagues the percentage of minority coaches is at most all together about 20 percent which is a very small number. In the NFL, MLB, and college football minority head coaches represent about 3-10 percent while the NBA has the biggest representation which is about 12-40 percent which is a gradual big difference. This is taken to account all minorities specifically black but other minorities like women, Latinos, and other races percentage representations are even smaller than that. In the society that we live in today where barriers are breaking literally every day this number is appalling. In recent years’ sports commissioners have tried to diversify their coaching in their leagues we have more minorities being hired but they are basically replacing the ones that are getting fired.

Some recent success has been the NBA hiring the first ever full time assistant coach for an NBA team the San Antonio Spurs Becky Hammon has been a trailblazer and climbing up the NBA ladder. Even in football women are becoming a more familiar face to see on the sidelines not as coaches but as trainers, strength and conditioning type roles so some progress is being made but a lot of work still needs to be done. I think the root of the issue with sports not being so diverse is that the people in power of these sports leagues and teams are old school men raised up in the 40’s and 50’s who are wealthy owners that just have not got with the times of the new age. These men are set in their ways and until new blood comes in they will stay stuck in their ways and little progress will be made.

Some ideas to move sports leagues into being more diverse is maybe giving a quota that their needs to be this percentage of minority coaches in leagues or the whole league gets fined. This idea forces leagues to recruit and seek minority coaches and in a lot of times minority coaches are highly qualified more qualified than the majority coaches but are never given the chance. There is so many different ideas we could try to fix this issue just by giving those deserving and qualified members a chance to prove themselves as coaches. Also, with more diverse coaches comes different styles of play and ideas for those coaches to influence their teams making competition more exciting to watch and attract more people that maybe sports don’t attract, just because they have a woman coaching a male team or a Black or Latino coaching a team like BYU or Yale. The more spectators and higher TV ratings the more money that the teams and their owners are making and that’s really all the wealthy old owners care about in the end is making money.

Improve Your Bowling Game

I am going to give you some tips that you can use to improve your bowling game drastically, go ahead and give them a try.

Keep that arm swing loose

Remember first and foremost, keep your grip relaxed in the ball. To avoid the muscled arm swing don’t squeeze your fingers or thumb. To avoid this it’s best to head down to a pro shop and get a ball fitted and drilled correctly so you can have a relaxed thumb. Like I said, you don’t want to have to squeeze the ball because your thumb doesn’t fit.

Finish close to the foul line

The closer you are to the foul line the less energy you will have to use. When you’re all the way up to the foul line, you’ll want to have the ball a short distance over the foul line, which will result in the ball making contact with the lane further down and it’ll preserve energy so you can knock down all the pins. The further you are from the foul line the more energy you will have to use.

Relax your thumb and come through with the ball

If you over lift, or turn the ball during the release it will cause muscling or misdirection of your arm swing. So remember relax your thumb and release the ball with the free arm swing, finish close to the foul line and make sure you have good lower body leverage.

Bowling is all in the mind!

Visualize the lanes in your mind, define your good shots and do them until they’re near perfection.

The drop off method

Instead of pushing the ball away, hold the ball up at the shoulder level then take a small step but do not move the ball just let it drop down into the swing on the second step.

Come up with your own style

Whatever you think helps you make your game better and gets you high scores, then by all means use it. Apply the techniques that work for you.

Metatarsal Running Pain

Metatarsalgia simply means “achy metatarsal” and the condition is simply a sore bone or bones in the forefoot. Pain and inflammation in the balls of your feet are the usual symptoms of metatarsalgia. This condition is frequent among athletes and those who do high-contact sports. Activities like basketball, gymnastics and many other sports put high pressure on the feet and, without proper care and rest, inflammation and pain may occur leading to the said disorder. Excessive running and jumping can stress the metatarsal, which is the name for the long bones found in the front part of your feet just a little bit below your toes.

Although metatarsalgia is not highly risky and has little or no long-term drastic effect, it can definitely hamper you. If you are in a physical career and your mobility and use of your feet are vital to your work, metatarsalgia may pose a major problem. This disorder is highlighted by sharp pain that continuously gets worse after prolonged periods of activity. This is followed by numbness or tingling in the toes that eventually worsens even when you rest and relax your feet.
The immediate remedy for this disorder is rest. Prevent pressure from being applied to your feet. Soaking the feet in ice and cold water may help soothe the pressure and eventually dampen the pain. Wearing proper footwear and shock-absorbent shoes also helps prevent the progression of metatarsalgia. Since this is more a strain than a disease, metatarsalgia is very simple to avoid and treat. More often than not, this disorder is simply a byproduct of bad maintenance and improper foot care.

Learn to be responsible in taking care of your feet. Like a well-oiled and maintained care, your feet can go a long way without any further complications. Exercise and a balanced diet are important to athletes and to you as well, but take time to consider the little things like the balls of your feet, and take that much deserved vacation to relax when needed.

Bowling Ball Equipment

  • Bowling pins – In ten pin bowling (what most Americans refer to simply as “bowling”), you need to have ten bowling pins. These pins are going to be about 15 inches tall, between 3 pounds 4 ounces and 3 pounds 10 ounces, and 4.7 inches round at the widest part – this wide part, the “belly” is where a rolling ball would make contact. The bowling pins are positioned in a perfect triangular shape with a point of the triangle facing directly up the lane.
  • Bowling ball – Your bowling ball is a very important piece of bowling equipment. When starting out, most people simply use a house bowling ball, provided by the bowling alley. These house balls are generally made of polyester. Of course, there are other types of bowling balls, as well – urethane, reactive resin, and particle bowling balls. The bowling ball is made up of the core and the coverstock. The majority of bowling balls have three holes drilled in them – one hole each for the middle finger, pointer finger, and thumb – but more holes (up to five) can be in the ball.
  • Bowling lane – This “piece of bowling equipment” is 60 feet long, from the front bowling pin to the foul line. It is 3.5 feet wide. Bowling lanes range from oily to slightly more dry – how oily or how dry the lane is changes which bowling ball you want to use and how you use it.
  • Bowling shoes – Any avid bowler should own his or her own bowling shoes. As far as bowling equipment goes, bowling shoes are very important – many people will suggest that you buy a good pair of bowling shoes before you even buy a bowling ball! There are right-handed bowling shoes and left-handed ones. Left-handed performance bowling shoes are going to have a braking left foot sole and sliding right foot sole (the opposite is true for right-handed bowling shoes.
  • Gutters – The gutter is exactly where you do not want your ball to go – they are not generally a bowler’s favorite piece of bowling equipment. The gutters generally line each side of the lane. They allow the ball to roll into it down alongside the lane and straight to the ball return (without ever coming close enough to the pins to knock them down.) Many bowling alleys have “bumpers” for the lanes, available for beginners and children. The bumpers make it so that the ball has no choice but to roll down and knock the pins over.
  • Pinsetters – When bowling alleys were first started, pinsetters were not a piece of bowling equipment, at all – they were humans who would stay at the end of the lanes, setting up the pins as they fell. Today, we have mechanical pinsetters that can set up the pins perfectly.
  • Ball returns – Ball returns safely and effectively return bowlers’ balls to them. Because of ball returns, bowlers do not have wait very long at all between rolls.
  • Ball drilling equipment – When you go buy your first custom bowling ball, they are going to have bowling ball drill equipment at the shop. This sort of bowling equipment allows the experts to drill holes in a ball, making custom-made for you. There is nothing quite like a ball that fits like a glo

Scoring in Bowling

To make this simple, let’s first start with what the highest score is that you can roll. The highest possible game is 300 over the course of 10 frames, which is what a game of bowling consists of. Now, one might think that with only 10 pins to knock down each frame, scoring more than 100 would be impossible. Well, that’s the wonderful thing about the game of bowling. It gives you a bonus for making either a strike or a spare. How much of a bonus depends on which.

For example. If you get a spare, which is knocking down all 10 pins with two shots, your bonus is whatever you knock down on your next shot added to that spare. So let’s say you get a spare in the first frame. You don’t compute your score yet. You wait until you roll your first ball of the second frame. Let’s say you knock down 8 pins. What you do is add the 8 pins you knocked down to the 10 pins you knocked down in the frame before and place that total in the first frame. So your score through one frame is actually 18 instead of 10. This is where the bonus comes in.

With a strike, the bonus is whatever you roll on your next two shots. So let’s say that you get a strike in your first frame, which is knocking down all the pins with one shot and in the second frame you get 7 pins with your first ball and 2 pins with your second ball. You would add the 7+2 to the 10 pins you knocked down in the first frame because the bonus is two shots. That would give you a total of 19 in your first frame. To compute the score of your second frame you simply add the 9 pins you knocked down in that frame to your score of the first frame. That gives you a total of 19+9 or 28.

So, how do we get a score of 300? Easy. If we roll a strike in every frame and keep adding the bonuses, you end up with 30 in the first frame (10 pins plus the next 2 shots as bonus which is 10+10), 60 in the second, 90 in the third and so on. The reason we get to 300 is because the tenth frame has 2 bonus shots in the frame itself. So if you roll a strike in the tenth frame, you get two more shots to roll two more strikes. When you add it all up, you get to 300.

How to Run Faster

When I trained seriously for marathon running, I thought that the runner who ran the most miles would be the best. I didn’t become a great runner, but I did become an expert on injuries. My patients seldom come to me with a running injury that I haven’t had. Many top runners run more than 100 miles a week because their bodies have the genetic ability to withstand such abuse, but the vast majority of runners will never be able to run 100 miles a week without being injured frequently. Furthermore, running a lot of miles slowly will slow you in races. The ability to run fast in races depends more on how fast you run in practice than on how many miles you run each week.

At the University of Copenhagen, Danish scientists studied experienced runners who had been running 60 miles a week at a fast pace. One group was told to cut their mileage in half to only 30 miles a week, but to run a series of around 50 to 100 yard dashes as fast as they could. The other group continued running 60 miles a week at a fast pace. Runners who ran fewer miles at a faster pace had a 7 percent improvement in their body’s maximal ability to take in and use oxygen.

Runners who did not increase their speed in practice did not improve, even though they ran twice as many miles. Jogging slowly reduces your chance of injury, but it won’t help you to run fast. You can race only as fast as you run in practice.

However, every time you run fast, your muscles are damaged and feel sore on the next day, and it takes at least 48 hours for your muscles to heal enough to allow you to run comfortably again at a very-fast pace. After every workout in which you run very fast, take the next day off or run at a much slower pace. Most top athletes plan their workouts so they run very fast only two days a week. Try to run fast once or twice a week, never on consecutive days, and don’t run fast when your legs feel heavy or hurt.

Weight training should be part of your program also. Working against resistance or lifting weights makes you faster and improves coordination in all sports that requiring strength and speed.

Training is specific, so bicycle racers train for strength by climbing hills in very high gears; runners train for strength by running rapidly up hills; rowers and swimmers use pulleys with weights on their ends that mimic the way they use their arms when they swim or row.

Muscles are made of two different types of fibers: the red, slow-twitch fibers, used for endurance; and the white, fast-twitch fibers, used for strength and speed. When you strengthen a muscle, you train the white fibers that also make you faster, so strength training helps you move faster. Strength training also improve coordinations because stronger muscles use fewer fibers for the same task and therefore are easier to control.

Rugby Uniforms

Apart from the unique rules and ball shape, another very important feature of this game is its uniforms. Like other sporting events, it is mandatory for the players to wear the uniform of the game. Nowadays, the comprehensive range of outfits is available in the market. Let us discuss the whole matter associated with this.

In the past, the players used to wear the outfits made out of cotton fabric. This fabric was considered as the best suited for this game as it involved tremendous physical agility. The players have to run, jump, kick, etc during the game. It is better for them to wear the comfy outfits in order to offer their best performance.

Things have changed in the current scenario. Nowadays, the rugby uniform manufacturers are developing their collection using premium grade polyester fabric. This fabric is considered as comfy as that of cotton. Moreover, it also helps in providing full flexibility to the players during the game. The outfits manufactured using this fabric provides complete comfort to the players so that they can easily offer their best performance.

The rugby jerseys are the most important part of the uniforms. In the past, the designers used to wear plain outfits during the game. But for now, the things have changed a lot. Nowadays, the customized collections are widely demanded by the players as well as the teams. What are customized collections? These collections are created on demand. These collections are powered with special designs which are created as per the requirements of the teams and the clubs. Why are the teams interested in customized designs? The managers of the clubs want that their clubs and players should look elegant, for this purpose, they need unique shades for their players. The unique outfits help in the branding of the club. What is so special about this collection? This collection contains add-on features like the team name, logo, player name, number, etc. These features help in providing distinct characteristic to the clubs.

Common Running Shoe Buying Mistakes

Don’t simply buy for looks

Many first time runners get too concerned with fashion and forget about the most important issues like proper support, fit and comfort. Don’t let the color or the style of the footwear influence the decision-making process. If the running shoes don’t give the desired support, they will soon leave the feet feeling irritated and sore.

Shoes are too tight

Wearing a pair of running shoes that are too tight can soon lead to black toenails, blisters, or similar issues. Many runners prefer to wear close-fitting shoes for their normal everyday activities, but this same rule shouldn’t apply when engaged in physical activity. The preferred option is to have a little extra space in the forefoot to avoid squashing the feet. Try to leave a space of about half an inch in this area for the most comfortable fit.

Don’t wear shoes for too long

On average, a decent pair of running shoes should last in the region of 300 to 500 miles. It is not practical to wear this type of footwear unit they are completely worn out. A good indicator of when it is necessary to replace the footwear is when aches and pains start to become a common issue. Other indicators of the worn out footwear include lumpy foam inside which leads to the uneven sole and smooth grooves on the bottom.

Shop at the right time of day

The preferred time to buy footwear is later in the day. Our feet will continue to sweet throughout the day and this can continue until about 4 PM. So, it makes sense to wait until the evening to try on the running shoes to increase the chance of finding the most comfortable fit.

Don’t assume the shoe size

It is important to get the feet measured every time a new pair of running shoes is needed. The shoe size is very likely to differ between different brands and types of shoes. Also, the stitching, shape of the upper and foot forms can have an impact on the all-round fit and comfort.