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Why is Paddle Boarding So Popular?

Posted on June 21, 2021 by Sarah Lefort

It’s the trendy outdoor leisure activity! This sport appeared about fifty years ago in Hawaii and is experiencing a comeback. Its practice is now within everyone’s reach. Here are some tips to get you started and, why not, to buy a board. Before that, we will see together the benefits of the practice of paddle boarding.

The Stand Up Paddle Boarding is accessible

This sport is quite easy to get the hang of after an hour. You will have fun from the first second. Many models of Stand Up Paddle Boards exist: from beginners to advanced. You can consider an outing with your family, as a couple, with friends or solo.

Work on your upper body, lower body and balance

The greatest challenge is to stand on the board and not fall… You will work your balance but especially your postural muscles in depth: from the legs to the shoulders through the abdominal belt, the back, the lumbar, the pectoral, the arms… After a few hours of practice, you will develop your balance, the proprioception of the lower limbs, the muscles of your back and your shoulders. The paddling movement is particularly adapted to gently develop your body.

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Titanium Bikes: A Modern Take on an Old Material

Posted on June 18, 2021 by Tyler Tafelsky

Dating back as far as the 1960s, the first-ever titanium bikes were being built by a progressive race bike manufacturer known as Teledyn. The California-based bike company developed the Titan model in the 1970s, which quickly caught on as a high-performance titanium bike.

Since then, titanium bikes have maintained an authoritative reputation in the greater world of bicycles. Well-known for its durable resilience, outstanding longevity, lightweight frame, and corrosive-resistant properties, titanium has become a hot commodity across all types of cycling, ranging from road to gravel bikes and competitive racing to leisurely touring.

Titanium Takes Bloom in the Bike World

Titanium didn’t attract widespread attention as a high-end bike frame material until the 1990s. When tour racing and the bike technology that went with it picked up traction, any performance advantage was exploited to its fullest potential. Titanium is lighter than steel, more robust than aluminum, and easy to work with compared to carbon fiber. It wasn’t before long when numerous race bike manufacturers jumped on the bandwagon. From tour riding to triathlon, titanium gained popularity in all calibers of cycling.

Carbon was at the time, and still remains to be, one of the most common mainstream materials for performance cycling. It can be easily mass-produced at relatively efficient costs and delivers incredible weight advantages without compromising on ample strength. 

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The Inflatable Kayak For This Summer

Posted on June 17, 2021 by Sarah Lefort

We always look forward to the summer vacations but this year more than the previous ones. After being confined, we want to enjoy the fresh air and move. The kayak is perfect for that. However, owning a kayak is not always practical. Have you thought about an inflatable kayak? Ideal for people who want to go on occasional trips but don’t have the space to carry or store a rigid kayak. Did you ever give it a go?

What is the difference between an inflatable and a rigid kayak?

Inflatable kayaks are generally made of PVC, while rigid kayaks are made of fiberglass and carbon.

Inflatable kayaks are, contrary to what one might think, durable. Advances in production methods have led to extremely sturdy kayaks. High quality PVC kayaks are resistant to collisions and even sharp-edged objects such as dog claws.

The advantage of the inflatable kayak is that it can be easily transported and also stored. It takes up little space and is lighter in weight. Most inflatable kayaks can be carried in a bag, a trunk or even a boat. In just 10 minutes, your kayak will be ready for use in the water.

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The History of Sports Medicine

Posted on May 25, 2021 by Martin Banks

What do your favorite athletes do when they get injured on the field? They head to the trainer, who applies sports medicine principles to help them get back into play.

What is this discipline all about? Learn more about the fascinating history of sports medicine and how it can potentially help you.

What Is Sports Medicine?

Sports medicine is a relatively new discipline, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t draw from long-standing, science-based techniques. It takes place under the guidance of specialized professionals and physicians. Please don’t confuse your average personal trainer with an athletic trainer — the latter has far more formal health care training under state rules.

Sports medicine serves four primary goals:

  • Injury recovery: You probably think of this aspect of sports medicine most often. It’s what you’ll see initiating on the field on game day.
  • Preventing future injury: Injuries can leave you on the disabled list.
  • Improving athletic performance: Sports medicine occupies itself with how to improve your performance on the field.
  • Increase mobility and function: Even when you hang up your game jersey for good, you want to keep playing for fun — sports medicine can help.

Even if you don’t play professional sports or join recreational leagues, you can benefit from sports medicine. How did this discipline arise?

A Brief History of Sports Medicine

As previously mentioned, sports medicine has a relatively short history in modern times, although healers have helped those injured in play or battle for far longer. It probably began with Imhotep, the world’s first recorded physician back in ancient Egypt.

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Darby Allin: Masochist

Posted on May 24, 2021 by Susan Melony

AEW, or All Elite Wrestling, is doing well these days. They’ll start touring again in July, and at that point, their fans around the country can see all their favorite wrestlers again live, something they couldn’t do during the pandemic’s early stages. This is also a chance for management to see who the live crowds are cheering for and who has not “gotten over” in wrestling parlance.

One guy who seems to have gotten over is Darby Allin, the former TNT Champion. Despite dropping the title to Miro a few days ago, Allin seems poised for bigger things. One question remains, though: can an undersized individual make it to main event status in a company full of larger, more muscular specimens?

Who is Darby Allin?

The non-wrestling fan can easily spot someone like Hulk Hogan if they see him walking through an airport. People know Hogan’s name and face worldwide, but he’s also a large, physically intimidating individual. Darby Allin, by contrast, is a mere 5 foot 8 and weighs 170 pounds.

Darby’s real name is Samuel Ratsch, and he’s from Seattle, Washington. He made a name for himself on the independent circuit, participating in gruesome matches with “All Ego” Ethan Page. Allin was one of the first signings when AEW officially opened its doors in 2019.

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Mobile Casino Gaming – Its Popularity and the Future

Posted on May 24, 2021 by Varun Kumar

Mobile phones have made the internet accessible to a large number of people. The popularity of mobile casinos has skyrocketed due to their ease and accessibility. As a result, many players have chosen cell phones as their preferred method of accessing the online casino environment. Smartphones have improved players’ internet experiences and, as a result, their satisfaction levels have increased.

In this article, we’ll go through the advantages of mobile casinos as well as the prospects for mobile casino gaming in the future:

The benefits of mobile casinos

For gamblers, there are many advantages of utilising a mobile casino. The convenience of mobile phones has made it very easy to experience and enjoy the thrills of online casinos. You can now play some of your favorite games when on the go. They have also made it possible for each customer to receive more personalized casino services. These are some of the advantages:

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  • Vintage Athlete of the Month

    • Al Bumbry: From Bronze Star to AL Rookie of the Year
      May 31, 2021 | 2:21 pm

      The Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month won a Bronze Star in Vietnam before going on to win American League Rookie of the Year honors and playing 14 seasons in the Major Leagues.

      Though only 5-foot-8 and 170 pounds, Al Bumbry was a four-year basketball player at Virginia State College (now University). The school restarted its baseball program during his career and Bumbry hit .578 during his senior season to earn notice from the Baltimore Orioles, who picked him in the 11th round of the MLB Draft.

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