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Best 10 and Worst 3 NFL Stadiums

Posted on May 17, 2018 by Scott Huntington

Going to an NFL game is an adventure. It’s exciting to see a professional sports team play live in front of you. The only downside is you pay lots of money for the tickets and parking — and then you get gouged on food prices. But it’s all worth it because you enjoy the atmosphere, the energy and the stadium where the game is played.

What about the stadiums themselves, though? Some stadiums are brand new, and others have been open for decades. You may love or hate a certain stadium for reasons that are hard to describe. Some just have that certain atmosphere you can’t find anywhere else. Others are architectural masterpieces and full of high-tech inventions.

Some stadiums are clearly better than others, however. Here’s a look at 10 of the best and three of the worst you’ll find.

The Best

These are 10 of the best stadiums you’ll find:

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Why Athletes Are at High Risk for Dangerous Skin Infections?

Posted on May 16, 2018 by Joe Fleming

Noble-RedskinsWhen it comes to staying fit and injury-free, many athletes look to preventing common sprains, strains, and ligament tears. What about the dangers of skin infections though? Surprisingly, these seemingly harmless culprits can turn into the most life-threatening of them all. Don’t forget about the former tight end for the New York Giant, Daniel Fells, who almost had his foot amputated due to a skin infection in 2016; or the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle, Brandon Noble, who fought MRSA complications for two whole years.

When it comes to recognizing the signs of skin infections and taking quick action, a little knowledge goes a long way. Don’t miss this quick guide:

Common Skin Infections Among Athletes

While various skin ailments can plague athletes, the following are often most widely spread. They include:

MRSA – this antibiotic-resistant strain of staph bacteria, specifically methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is fatal when left untreated and continues to affect not just professional athletes on a yearly basis, but college and even high school-age players too.

Staph bacteria naturally resides on people’s bodies; in fact, an estimated 1 in 3 people carry around staph bacteria in their nose (and between 5 and 10% actually carry around MRSA). Though typically harmless, sometimes when staph bacteria makes its way into open skin (which is common for athletes, especially in contact sports, to have) it can infect tissue, blood, the respiratory system, and more. Read the rest of this entry →

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5 Keys to Keeping Your Sports Equipment Safe and Intact

Posted on May 15, 2018 by Dixie Somers

5 Keys to Keeping Your Sports Equipment Safe and IntactNo one wants to pull out their sports equipment just before a game only to notice mold, mildew, cracks, termite holes, or other forms of damage. That is why you should spend some extra time cleaning and correctly packing all of your gear. Here are a few tips that will help you keep your sports equipment safe and damage-free.

Deflate All Balls When Not Being Used

Just before packing away all of your gear, you need to deflate any balls that are filled with air. Those balls contain a flexible air bladder that becomes weaker over time. Taking a few pounds of air out of a ball will increase its lifespan and prevent it from becoming lopsided.

Wipe Everything Down

Sports equipment is often caked in sweat and mud by the end of the season. Most gear is designed to stand up to that grime, but it needs to be thoroughly cleaned before packing it away. A damp towel and some warm water can be used to clean most sticks, bats, and pads. Once you are done cleaning the gear, you should wipe off all excess moisture. Read the rest of this entry →

How to Buy the Perfect Baseball Cleats for You

Posted on May 15, 2018 by Adrian

baseball-cleatsBaseball season is on the way and this is often the time when players start shopping for new equipment. While some cleat models might look awesome, they don’t always offer the same level of performance and might actually hurt your game. Here are some of the things you should consider when buying a new pair of cleats.

Be Careful when Buying Online

While buying online can allow you to make significant savings, there’s one thing brick and mortar sporting goods store have going for them, and that’s the ability to try the cleats yourself. If you’re going to buy online, it would be wise to try the cleats in a regular store first to see how they fit. You can also check a few reviews online and look for recommendations. Sites like Theplanetofbaseball.Com often review baseball equipment and offer buying tips as well, so that would be a good place to start.

Make Sure to take Your League’s Rules into Consideration

Before you even start thinking about buying cleats, you have to make sure that they conform to your league’s rules as well. Various leagues will have different rules as to which cleats are allowed and which ones are prohibited. For instance, some leagues will have restrictions on metal cleats and will require that all their players use rubber cleats, so be on the lookout for that. Read the rest of this entry →

5 Ways to Deck Yourself Out for Outdoor Sports

Posted on May 12, 2018 by Dixie Somers

5 Ways to Deck Yourself Out for Outdoor SportsThere’s nothing like the feeling of the sun on your face and the wind in your hair during a refreshing hike, especially now that the weather is getting warmer. Before you set off, however, make sure that you’re prepared for whatever the great outdoors can throw at you.

Rain Protection

You never know when the sky will open up, but you can reduce the unpleasantness of a rainy day by including some waterproof gear with the rest of your camping or trekking equipment. If you’re going for a short trip, a hooded poncho might be enough. If you’ll be miles from civilization when a storm hits, you’ll want a jacket made from high-quality nylon or polyester canvas with a breathable lining.

Navigation

Some people like to follow old-fashioned paper maps. Others prefer the ease and convenience of technological gadgets like handheld GPS systems. There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to how you comb through the wilderness, but make sure that you have everything you need to utilize your chosen tools. For example, if you’ll be using electronic navigation devices, you’ll want to bring along solar charging equipment as well.

Cold Weather Gear

It’s always a good idea to pack a few pieces of cold weather gear if you’ll be spending a long time outdoors. Even if the forecast promises sun, a breeze or high altitude might make you shiver, and temperatures usually drop at night anyway. Stick a few long sleeve performance shirts in your backpack to keep yourself warm no matter what the weather or terrain is like. Read the rest of this entry →

Five Best Exercises for Athletes Recovering from a Knee Injury

Posted on May 08, 2018 by Joe Fleming

knee-injuryKnee injuries are extremely common among all athletes, both those who play recreationally and those who are seasoned professionals.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has experienced both a torn ACL and a torn MCL, as has his teammate Rob Gronkowski. Olympian Alex Morgan also suffered from a torn ACL when she was senior in high school.

None of these athletes let their knee injuries stop them, and neither should you. No matter what kind of knee injury you’re dealing with, these exercises can help you get back on your feet.

1. Foam Rolling for the Shins

Foam rolling is a great technique for loosening up the muscles and promoting recovery after tough workouts.

When most people think about foam rolling, they focus on the glutes, quadriceps, and hamstrings. But, it’s also important to spend some time rolling the shins, especially if your sport of choice requires you to do a lot of running — track, soccer, basketball, etc.

Foam rolling the shins helps relieve tension that could irritate the knees. It also helps prevent shin splints — win-win!

To foam roll the shins properly, start on all fours and place the foam roller at the base of the ankles. Then, slowly roll upward, pausing when you reach a tender spot. Hold your weight on each spot for 30-45 seconds before moving on. Read the rest of this entry →

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    • Bill Freehan: Michigan Man
      May 12, 2018 | 6:21 pm

      The Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month was an 11-time American League All-Star at one of the most demanding positions in baseball, yet outside of Detroit his exploits have been largely forgotten.

      For more than a decade, Bill Freehan was the rock behind home plate for the Detroit Tigers. In addition to earning All-Star honors 10 straight years and 11 times overall, Freehan was a five-time Gold Glove winner and in 1968 finished second in the American League in the MVP voting.

      A true “Michigan Man”, Freehan played his entire sports career representing teams from Michigan.

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