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6 Best Enjoyable Outdoor Sports for Children 0

Posted on February 15, 2018 by John Paul

Fall 2013 029One of the most beautiful experiences that children can have is to grow in an environment that allows for all-round development. It is important to look at the things that will bring fun while adding other benefits such as good health, mental alertness and much more to the kids. This piece will show us some of the best outdoor sports for children.

Sack Race: Many may argue that this game is out of date, but it is not true. As much as it has survived many generations, it is a testament of the fact that it has never ceased adding value. One of the major features of this sports is that the apparatus used in carrying it out are not complex. All you need is a sack and space to ‘’run’’ and you are good to go. Besides, children will make use of their different body parts which will aid in strengthening their physique. There are times where you may not want to go for the conventional sports; this option will give you the much-needed benefit in real time. On a final note, we must state that you can add other rules to the game in order to create real fun for the children.

Darts Games: The rise of Safe dartboards has made it easy for children to enjoy the game of darts. They can use it to bond with their friends, or they can use it to train their mind. In all, darts can be played as a team sport, or they can choose to have a go at the game individually. As much as many professionals might talk about the different techniques in enjoying the game; darts simply requires the players to aim for the bullseye on the board. When children understand the rules, it will not only bring laughter to their world; they will not forget the joy that you have caused in their hearts. Darts is a game that will truly resonate with your child’s soul. Read the rest of this entry →

Four Athletes Who Played Through Serious Ankle/Leg Injuries 0

Posted on January 13, 2018 by Joe Fleming
Jack Youngblood played the 1979 NFC Playoffs with a broken leg.

Jack Youngblood played the 1979 NFC Playoffs with a broken leg.

A serious leg injury, particularly one in a key joint like the ankle or knee, reduces mobility to almost zero and brings an intense wave of pain. To study some of the technical details, check out https://www.vivehealth.com/blogs/resources/broken-ankle. Yet despite the often crippling nature of these injuries, a number of past and present athletes have stayed on the field when everything was on the line.

Shun Fujimoto, 1976 Montreal Olympics

Fujimoto was a 26-year-old Japanese gymnast when he competed with the national team at the XXI Olympiad. These were the first games played under the International Olympic Committee’s new rules that limited the number of participants. The clear intent was to level the playing field for smaller nations by keeping some prominent gymnasts from countries like the Soviet Union on the sidelines. Nevertheless, the USSR was still favored to win gold in the men’s team competition.

After taking a nasty spill during his floor exercise, Fujimoto fractured his knee. Nevertheless, he competed in both the pommel horse and the rings, earning marks of 9.6 and 9.7. At the end of his rings routine, his dismount aggravated his injury and doctors said that he risked permanent disability if he did not withdraw. Japan won the team gold over the Soviet Union by 0.4 points.

At the time, Fujimoto said that he stayed in so he would not let his team down. Some time later, when someone asked him if he would do it again, Fujimoto flatly replied “No.”

Jack Youngblood, 1979 NFL Playoffs

Coming off a year in which he had a career-high eighteen sacks for the Los Angeles Rams, Youngblood broke his leg in the second quarter of the Rams’ first playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys. But he stayed in the lineup for the team’s entire playoff run that went all the way to Super Bowl XIV. Later in that playoff game, Youngblood came up with a critical sack of quarterback Roger Staubach in the game’s waning moments, with the Rams desperately clinging to a 21-19 lead.

Youngblood was in the starting lineup for the Rams’ 31-19 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He even played in the meaningless Pro Bowl on that same broken leg, but that might have been because the 1980 version was the first Pro Bowl to be played in Hawaii. Read the rest of this entry →

4 Ways To Create A Winning Sports Blog 2

Posted on January 13, 2018 by John Harris

sports blog-photoIf you have a passion for sports, blogging is a great way for you to share your knowledge and insight with the world. Whether you want to blog for fun or profit, avid fans all over the world are looking for new sites to get their fix of sporting news and opinions, so there has never been a better time to join the blogosphere. A successful website could generate income or even lead to a career in sports journalism or game analysis; so, to help you get started, here’s how to create a winning sports blog.

Choose a Topic

Before you start writing posts, you need to choose a topic for your blog, such as your favorite sport, team or player. It’s important to identify a niche target audience early on, so try to be as specific as possible instead covering all sports.

For example, if you want to start a blog about American football, you could write about your favorite NFL player or create a website dedicated to their team’s victories. Sticking to a single blog topic means you’re always writing relevant content that your readers are interested in rather than trying to cover all bases.

Find a Blogging Platform

If you’re new to blogging, free software like WordPress is easy to use and requires very little technical know-how. However, there are two ways to set up a website using WordPress: you can visit WordPress.com which is free to use but has a lot of limitations, or you can use WordPress.org which gives you self-hosting and complete ownership over your site. WordPress is a great tool, but it’s not the only platform on the market. There are other free blogging sites too, like Blogger, Wix, and Tumblr, so do your research before you decide which one is right for you. Read the rest of this entry →

5 Pros and Cons of Artificial Turf on Sports Fields 1

Posted on December 28, 2017 by Dixie Somers

5 Pros and Cons of Artificial Turf on Sports FieldsWhether you’re a player, coach, groundskeeper, or simply a sports lover, it might be easy to look at the gorgeous greens of artificial turf and think that this surface is always, only the best option. To be sure, artificial turf is a great option for many applications, and if you’re considering a new surface for your playing field from a company like Bourget Bros. Building Materials, this option should certainly be in the running. To allow you to make an informed decision, however, here are a few pros and cons to think about when considering artificial turf.

Pro: Less maintenance

For all the inherent maintenance requirements that accompany a natural turf field, an artificial turf field offers ease-of-use and ease-of-maintenance. Artificial turf doesn’t have to be cut, watered, fertilized, or have weeds removed. It can’t die, it doesn’t have to be restored after the winter, and it will always be the same thickness and consistency, no matter what the weather is. Not to mention, you don’t have to use dyes and paints to keep the turf looking great or draw the lines needed to play the various sports. Read the rest of this entry →

Syracuse and Kansas Sport a History on the Basketball Hardwood 1

Posted on December 03, 2017 by Chris Kent
Hakim Warrick leaps to block the 3-point shot attempt of Michael Lee in the 2003 NCAA Championship game.

Hakim Warrick leaps to block the 3-point shot attempt of Michael Lee in the 2003 NCAA Championship game.

In one of the most thrilling finishes in NCAA championship game history, Syracuse beat Kansas 81-78 to clinch its’ first and only men’s basketball national title in school history in 2003. Hakim Warrick’s block of Michael Lee’s 3-point attempt with 1.5 seconds to play secured the title which became official when the Jayhawks’ ensuing possession resulted in a missed 3-pointer by senior guard Kirk Hinrich as time expired.

It was a euphoric moment in Orange history.

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, in his 27th year at the helm at the time, won his first national title in his third trip to the championship game. Boeheim and the Orange had come up short in two prior championship games against Indiana in 1987 and Kentucky in 1996. The third time for Boeheim as head coach at Syracuse (he was an assistant coach on the school’s first Final Four team in 1975), proved to be the charm.

The two met again on Dec. 2 as they dueled in the Hoophall Miami Invitational at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Fla. where Kansas won 76-60. Both teams were 6-0 entering the game. Each school posted home wins over Texas Southern, Oakland, and Toledo in earlier rounds of this Invitational in November.

Since their ’03 title clash, there have been many changes in the college basketball landscape. Conference realignment has dominated among the six power conferences and both schools have been impacted by this. The Orange left The Big East after the 2012-13 season to join the Atlantic Coast Conference in the summer of 2013. Meanwhile, the Jayhawks have welcomed in such teams as West Virginia to the Big 12. We’ve had mid-major teams like George Mason (2006), Butler (2010, ’11), and Virginia Commonwealth (’11) make The Final Four with Butler finishing as the national runner-up in both 2010 and ’11. Read the rest of this entry →

How to train and learn Muay Thai in Thailand 0

Posted on November 30, 2017 by Dan Parker

Muay ThaiThe Muay Thai is a great sport that trains a person to fight in a more agile way. Once you learn this sport, you can kick, box and many other things that you would ordinarily not be in a position to do, when trained in other martial arts techniques that only train one part of the body. For a person with a deep interest in Muay Thai, there is no better place to learn this sport than in Thailand. Just as the name of the sport suggests, it has its origins in Thailand, which automatically makes Thailand the best place to learn it. That’s why we have compiled for you 3 ways to train and learn Muay Thai in Thailand.

1. Join a Muay Thai camp

One of the best ways to learn this sport is to join a Muay Thai camp and get to train with other people who have an interest in this sport. The great thing about joining a Muay Thai camp is that it gives you access to the best gym facilities in the country. It is in such gyms that you get to train with the best, while at the same time having access to nearby accommodation so that you don’t get distracted during the training period.  On top of that, joining a Muay Thai camp allows you not only to train, but also enjoy different aspects of Thai culture. For instance, you can join a camp that allows you to train, and tour the country at the same time. Read the rest of this entry →

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