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How To Improve Your Team’s Performance

Posted on April 24, 2018 by John Harris

baseball-2018As any sportsman knows, if you have a team that is not happy eating, sleeping and playing together, then you are less than likely to have a successful season on the track or field. No matter if you are playing in a small-time league, or are trying your luck professionally, if your team does not get on, or has found it hard to bond, then you will no longer be able to bring the trophies home. So, if you are looking to help your team improve, and bring home the gold, then you need to consider taking part in team building activities, different ways that you can train and even alter your overall mindset if you want to succeed.

Team building activities

If your teammates all enjoy each others’ company and have fun together even while they are enjoying time away from the field, then your team is much more likely to have a successful season. Consider booking your team in for a team building activities, so that they can learn to work together on each other’s weaknesses and develop their strengths. From a cookery course to trying a new outdoors activity, the choice is endless when it comes to choosing a team building activity for you all to enjoy. Consider Des Moines Escape Room if you want your teammates to work on their logic and puzzle solving skills against the clock. Team building activities should be your go-to first step to help improve your team’s performance. Read the rest of this entry →

How to Keep Your Kids Safe During Little League

Posted on April 23, 2018 by Scott Huntington

Kids all over the country are participating in spring little league baseball and softball leagues. It’s a pleasant way to get some exercise, enjoy the weather and emulate their favorite baseball players.

Although baseball is a relatively safe sport compared to football or even soccer, injuries can and do happen. A stray bat or ball can cause injury and pain, as can a dramatic slide into a base.

Let your kids enjoy little league with their friends. Just make sure you and your child take adequate safety precautions, so a preventable injury doesn’t ruin all the fun.

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Wear Proper Protective Gear

Baseball doesn’t require too much protective gear, but it’s important to use the few items you need. Specific requirements will vary through the leagues and age groups, but certain things, like batting helmets, are a must throughout any baseball career.

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Skills Needed For Playing Online Sports Games

Posted on April 23, 2018 by Cathy Carter

onlinegamesThe online sports games have reduced dependency on luck factor to a great extent. Winning a sports game has to do a lot with the performance of the player. In other kinds of games, the risk factor is quite high but in the online sports expertise of the gambler matters a lot. The more a player practices, the more he gets better. He improves his performance in a gradual manner with each game and scores high after passing every level. A player can choose any game for playing and from it, he can know well about his strengths and weaknesses.

The players can master the game through his skills. A player can choose from a huge variety of games such as dice, card, board, word, puzzle, and other sports game. Adults, as well as children, love online sports game because the games have some basic rules and the rules can be understood easily. The gamers get addicted to them. The online sports are not about just playing, the players get rewards too. Many websites offer discounts and cash prizes. In fact, there are casinos that offer both welcome bonus and no deposit bonus. On the internet, players can get many no deposit casino bonuses while playing online. Read the rest of this entry →

Why Posture Matters for Injury Prevention and How You Can Fix Yours

Posted on April 21, 2018 by Joe Fleming

Arian_Foster_fumbleGood posture helps you feel more confident, gives you more energy, and can even make you appear taller and slimmer. Good posture is also essential for athletes who want to perform their best and avoid serious injuries.

Athletes with Posture Issues

Many athletes struggle with genetic posture issues. For example, Usain Bolt, the fastest man on earth, was born with a curvature in his spine that has affected his hamstrings.

Others, like running back Arian Foster and quarterback Tony Romo, have suffered from non-genetic issues like bulging and herniated discs, which have caused them severe back and leg pain.

Good posture can’t completely prevent these issues, especially when they’re genetic. But, improving posture can help those with both genetic and non-genetic posture issues heal faster and avoid additional injuries.

How Good Posture Prevents Injury

Good posture is essential for athletes who want to maintain strength and optimum health on and off the field. Some ways that posture contributes to injury risk (or lack thereof) include:

Less Stress on the Joints

When you stand or sit incorrectly, it’s easy for your muscles to tighten. This tightening, in turn, puts extra stress on the joints. Athletes’ bodies already takes a beating during practices and workouts. To reduce this damage, it’s important to avoid adding stress to the joints by slouching. Read the rest of this entry →

Should You Let Your Kid Start Boxing?

Posted on April 19, 2018 by Scott Huntington

Your child expresses an interest in boxing — maybe they saw it on television or heard about an upcoming boxing match.

If you are at least open to the idea, there are a few positive and negative things to consider about your child participating in boxing. Simply put, your child will get hurt in one way or another, as it is part of the sport. The upside is your child will also get to exercise, develop confidence and toughness and gain valuable experiences.

photo: NBC News

photo: NBC News

Expect Injuries

The American Academy of Pediatrics says doctors and parents oppose youth boxing because of the frequency of head injuries and concussions. Head injuries aren’t always inevitable — but being punched in the head is. It stands to reason that head injuries will follow after repeated blows to the head, whether your child wears headgear or not. Read the rest of this entry →

Chess Takes a Lot More Than Just Knowing How the Pieces Move

Posted on April 17, 2018 by Vineet Maheshwari

Chess-moveWhenever we read about sports we find ourselves reading about the muscular, physical sports like soccer, football, basketball and the many others.  We almost never read about chess in the context of sport.

One obvious reason is that Americans don’t like chess all that much.  The second is that most people don’t see chess as sport.  Here we’ll try to dissuade dear reader from both attitudes.  Chess is indeed a sport and one that has endless potential for enjoyment.

Brain Food

There are by now thousands of articles that extol playing intellectual games to stimulate the brain.  Anyone who has tried a difficult Sudoku has realized that sometimes the next move may come after an analysis that runs to several steps.  How many times have we given up on a line of thought because it was too complex?

Chess may very well be the mother of all brain foods.  After the first few moves, which admittedly have been catalogued for decades, even though there are 318 billion possible ways to play just the first four moves—more than the possible permutations in blackjack which is considered the primary intellectual online casino game—the permutations get ridiculously complicated.  Even if you play chess at far less than master level, if you are at all competitive, you’ll want to see the “best” move.  Even masters often miss the best move because its value is hidden so deep within the game that it’s hard to find.

In chess, small advantages can be won move by move realizing a more powerful attack than the opponent’s defense.  But small advantages are hard to find and any move that doesn’t result in a small advantage may very well give the overall advantage to the opponent. Read the rest of this entry →

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      The Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month was a star big man who achieved great success at Camden Indoor Stadium in the era before Coach K and the One-and-Done big men became the norm at Duke University.

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