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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 →

For Volleyball Players Wearing The Right Gear Is Key 2

Posted on March 01, 2016 by Daniel Bailey

Olympic volleyballVolleyball is a high-level, intense game that demands swift decisions and frequently requires players to jump, dive and bend in a variety of complex manners. Along with other protective and practical clothing, volleyball players regularly wear specialty spandex shorts to reduce friction between the floor and their bodies. In fact, wearing spandex shorts enhances comfort and increases security on the court. The material allows a player to move with the flow of the game without needing to adjust their clothing. It also provides more freedom of motion without the concern of loss of integrity around the waist.

Many times, a volleyball player will dive for the ball. Form-fitting spandex permits sliding and offers protection from the hardwood floor. Traditional shorts could conceivably ride up and result in painful burns from the court.

Top of the Line Spandex Material

Spandex is an ideal material for volleyball players because it allows freedom of movement without restricting the player. Spandex shorts provide better movement on the floor and give you the ability to get up quickly off the ground and continue playing. They also make sprinting, jumping, lunging, and diving all around the court effortless.

Other highlights and benefits of specialty spandex volleyball shorts include:

  • Soft, durable, lightweight and comfortable material
  • Stretch up to 600 percent and return to original shape
  • Form-fitting quality
  • Does not break down from exposure to perspiration, body oils or sunscreen
  • Wicks away moisture and sweat from skin
  • Keeps players cool, dry and reduces the risk of chafing
  • Spandex shorts come in an array of colors and patterns so can be matched with team colors easily

As with any sport, it’s important to wear clothing that will allow you to play the game without having to worry about comfort or injuries. Specialty clothing can help players to look stylish while remaining practical and reducing the risk of injury.

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    • Paul Warfield: The Perfect Receiver
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      Warfield-DolphinsThe Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month was perfection personified as a wide receiver during his NFL career.

      Known for his fluid movement, grace and jumping ability during his 13 year NFL career, Paul Warfield was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and key performer for the Miami Dolphins during their 17-0 campaign in 1972.

      Because the role of the wide receiver has changed so much and today’s star receivers get the ball thrown to them so many more times than in the pre-1978 era, Warfield is often overlooked when discussing all-time greats.

      But, think about this. Warfield averaged 20.1 yards per catch for his career (427 receptions, 8,565 yards) and 19.9% of his receptions went for touchdowns (85). By comparison, Julio Jones has averaged 15.5 yards per catch for his career and a touchdown in 6.9% of his receptions (46 TDs in 669 catches). Antonio Brown averages 13.4 ypc and a TD in 8.7% (70 of 804) of his receptions. Terrell Owens averaged 14.8 ypc and a TD in 14.2% of his receptions. Even Jerry Rice, considered the greatest receiver of all-time, averaged only 14.8 ypc and a TD in 12.7% of his catches.

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