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Critical Climbing: Safety Equipment You Shouldn’t Skip 0

Posted on June 18, 2017 by Eileen O'Shanassy

Critical Climbing Safety Equipment You Shouldn't SkipRock climbing is one of those activities that’s all at once athletic, complex, and exhilarating. It’s not the type of sport that should be approached lightly. There is always danger associated with each adventure, but you can alleviate those concerns with the proper equipment. Explore some of the safety equipment you shouldn’t skip the next time you’re ready to climb a mile.

Harnesses

One of the most recognized and important pieces of climbing equipment is the harness. These specialized loops wrap around your legs and waist so your center of gravity is supported. Ropes connect through the harness, which gives you support on any climbing surface. Ideally, you want to pick a harness that feels comfortable around your hips. Every brand has a slightly different shape to their product. Find that perfect one for your body and wear it during each adventure.

Chalk

Accidents happen in an instant. Without the proper gear, falls from great heights, serious injuries on rock surfaces, and broken bones can be the result. A simple yet effective way to stay adhered to any rock surface is by adding chalk to your hands. Chalk soaks up sweat while allowing you to grab perfectly onto any crevices. Keep extra chalk in a small bag tied around your waist. Use ample amounts as you go. This inexpensive item can save a life. Read the rest of this entry →

Strange But True Sports from Around the World 3

Posted on February 09, 2017 by Angela Tempest

cheese-rollingSport is a massive part of many people’s lives, whether as something that they participate in, go to watch in person or enjoy watching on the TV.  From football and cricket to rugby, athletics and American football, there are lots of sports that cross borders and are popular around the world.  Then there are the weird sports you don’t know about, the ones that might not get their own TV channel or massive Facebook following…

Oil Wrestling

Many fans of wrestling will have seen the big names engaged in competitions under spotlights with hundreds of fans cheering them on.  Oil wrestling doesn’t have quite the same following but is popular across Turkey, Greece and parts of Macedonia.  There is an annual festival in Kirkpinar, Turkey that dates back to 1357.  The idea is simple – participants are covered in olive oil and have to wrest their opponent to the ground.  It has recently spread to Japan and Netherlands among other locations.

Zorbing

Zorbing is a bit of a mixture of sports and fitness and involves people getting into giant plastic inflatable orbs and running down a gentle slope.  You can also do it on a level area if you want a little more control.  People race each other and there can be plenty of good natured collisions to knock your friend out of position but it doesn’t seem likely to be enrolled in the Olympics any time soon!

Cheese rolling

This one comes from Gloucester in the UK where every last weekend in May (a Bank Holiday) people gather to roll a three-kilogram wheel of cheese down Cooper’s Hill in the city.  People don’t race cheeses but actually race each other and the first person to pass the finish line, after the cheese, wins the title – and the cheese.  But beware – this cheese can hit 30mph so some training is required beforehand. Read the rest of this entry →

Injured Playing Sports? What Do You Do Next? 1

Posted on November 22, 2016 by Kara Masterson

injured-playing-sportsThe old days of playing through the pain are over. Sports injuries can potentially end your career if you don’t take appropriate measures. Doctors, trainers, and coaches now know that it is pointless to keep you in the game with an injury. Apart from worsening the injury, playing through an injury may have adverse psychological effects. Take the following steps if you get injured during sports:

Stop Playing

The moment you notice an injury, or experience increasing pain in any body organ, the first thing you should do is to stop playing at once. Since the umpire or referee may not have noticed it, you need to catch their attention by lying on the ground or alerting team members. If it is too serious, accept the medical team to stretcher you off for attention.

Get Medical Attention

When you experience an injury in the course of play, you need to establish the extent of the injury by seeking medical attention. Your team doctor will conduct the principal diagnosis before making any prescriptions or giving further advice. Don’t take any sports injury lightly, however, slight it may be. What appears a little damage may easily escalate if you don’t take proper measures. Read the rest of this entry →

4 Tips For Avoiding Serious Athletic Injuries 9

Posted on May 29, 2016 by Kara Masterson

safetyOne of the most common ways that many people are injured is by participating in sports or athletic activities on a regular basis. With all the tackles and jumps that are performed, it can be easy to strain muscles and break legs. To continue participating in sports and avoid athletic injuries, there are a few important tips to follow.

Use Protective Equipment

Wearing protective equipment is an effective way to reduce the risk of injuries in sports that involve physical contact between different players. If possible, wear protective headgear and padding to protect the most vulnerable parts of the body from too much force or pressure. Contact footwear can also be worn to reduce the risk of twisting your ankle or breaking it by having proper support with physical activity.

Warm Up Before Playing Sports

Although it can be easy to want to jump into practice or a game once arriving on the court or field, warming up is essential to preparing your body for extra strain. Spend 10 to 15 minutes stretching, exercising your muscles, and increasing your blood flow for increased flexibility. Start the warm up process slowly and stretch out each muscle to prepare it for different movements that you’ll perform.

Follow the Rules

Each sport has different rules to follow, which help create order with the game and can also reduce the risk of injuries that are prone to develop. Following the rules can allow you to protect yourself and will also prevent harm that can be inflicted on other players in the game. If you’re injured by another player, it’s important to seek personal injury help and obtain legal assistance to seek compensation to cover the costs of medical bills or lost wages. Read the rest of this entry →

How to Find Extreme Sports that Won’t Cost You an Arm and a Leg 1

Posted on March 17, 2016 by Brooke Chaplan

Extreme-SportsExtreme sports are activities that can provide an adrenaline rush to the participant and usually involve some level of danger, speed, and physicality. In recent years extreme sports have become more popular for both recreation and competition. There are different types of extreme sports categories such as vehicle sports where the vehicle is either motorized or non-motorized like skateboards, and non-vehicle sports. Many extreme sports can be expensive due to the cost of the activity and equipment, but there are also inexpensive options for the adrenaline junkie with a limited budget.

Vehicle-Based Cost Effective Extreme Sports
Motorized vehicle based extreme sports are typically more expensive because of the equipment required. Motocross racing is a popular activity and is a form of off-road motorcycle racing on enclosed circuits either inside or outdoors. For safety reasons, participants must be a minimum of 15 years old. Snowmobiling is another popular motorized extreme sport which involves driving the snowmobile in snow and ice conditions on trails or open terrain. You can find lots of equipment for cheap at places like Bob’s Cycle & Snowmobile Supply. Non-motorized vehicle extreme sports are less expensive and offer more opportunities to participate. Mountain biking, freestyle biking, surfing, and windsurfing are extreme sports that are easy to pursue and typically don’t cost too much.

Non-Vehicle Based Cost Effective Extreme Sports
Non-vehicle extreme sports are a favorable option for extreme sports enthusiasts who do not want to spend much money. These sports include roller derby, rock climbing, paint balling, canyonering, white water rafting, body boarding, zip lining, and parkour. These activities all provide the thrill of danger, are physically demanding, and cost a fraction of vehicle-based extreme sports. Other budget friendly adrenaline driven sports are caving, street luge, bungee jumping, hang gliding, paragliding, and base jumping.  Read the rest of this entry →

A Look At Some Of the Weirdest Races in History 1

Posted on February 15, 2016 by Scott Huntington

Racing is a pastime shared around the world, although the form it takes may differ depending on where you are. From NASCAR to rally cars, from cross-country to the 100 meter dash, we’ve found a huge variety of ways to race. Of course, some races are stranger than others.

Robot Camel Racing

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Camel racing in the Arabian Peninsula is akin to horse racing in Europe. It’s a tradition that goes back hundreds of years, and it’s fiercely competitive. The United Arab Emirates in particular has a strong camel racing community, but in recent years the tradition has undergone a transformation. In the 80s and 90s, it was common to train children as jockeys due to their lighter weight. However, camel racing is a dangerous sport, and injuries were common. That’s where the robots come in. Read the rest of this entry →

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