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Savvy Sports: 4 Tips For Being The Most Prepared Player 0

Posted on May 06, 2017 by Kara Masterson

Savvy SportsAthletes that play any sports know that their natural talent alone will not get the job done on the field. Half of the battle comes from the process of preparation before a game begins. Like Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” In the following piece, you will learn the best tips necessary for having an advantage in preparation over the competition.

Visualization

In life as in sports, it is important for one to see the bottom line in their mind’s eye before the action manifests itself during in-game action. One must always begin with the end in mind. It is essential that an athlete engage in a great deal of mental imagery. These mental images must have specificity and be of great detail. For example, a basketball player can sit in the stands overlooking the basketball court before everyone else and go every game situation in his head before the game begins. This is especially helpful when it comes to a player going over critical late-game situations.

They Master Motivation

During a long season, athletes must do whatever it takes to keep themselves motivated throughout the season. A motivated player will have the energy to push through the internal and external pain. They are able to navigate through the difficult day-to-day circumstances and keep themselves in an enhanced state of preparation and readiness. A motivated player exudes self-confidence. Players can develop their self-confidence by engaging in positive self-talk. If effectively done, positive self-talk can regulate an athlete’s mindset to the point that they are ready to conquer the world by the time the game starts. Read the rest of this entry →

4 Tips For Living Your Dreams After A Serious Injury 2

Posted on December 17, 2016 by Kara Masterson

healthLiving your dreams after a serious injury sometimes seems impossible. However, with the right professional help, support system, and attitude, you can fulfill your goals, even after an accident changes everything. All you have to do is remember that when it comes to things like this you are never alone. Here are 4 other tips to help you keep living out your dreams.

Seek Medical Help

One of the main steps in moving on with life after an injury is to seek medical help immediately after the incident occurs. This is imperative to assess the physical damages you have sustained, as well as to preserve evidence for any future criminal charges or lawsuits. Once a treatment plan is in place, it is important to follow through with all of your appointments, even during times you do not feel like it. If you find yourself not caring about getting better or feeling helpless about the situation, it may be time to seek additional professional help.

Get Psychological Help

Though your physical injuries may be obvious, many victims do not realize the impact a traumatic event can have on your mental status. The NCAA states that a “psychological response to injury can trigger or unmask serious mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, disordered eating, and substance use or abuse.” Talk to a psychologist about your feelings, and discuss any changes you or others have noticed in your personality. Read the rest of this entry →

The 10 Most Effective Fitness Trends in 2015 3

Posted on May 29, 2015 by Theresa Oesterreich

Top of the Charts

There are many different types and intensity levels of training and sports fitness.

There are many different types and intensity levels of training and sports fitness.

1. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
Shooting up to number one in this years fitness popularity chart is (HIIT). Olympian Sebastian Coe used this technique effectively during training in the 1970′s and it suits the fast running pace of life today. Got 30 to 40 seconds to spare? Have a hard sprint then slow down with 15-20 seconds of strolling.

2. Functional Training
Coming in at number two is Functional Training.
Developed from exercises used to rehabilitate patients after injury or Stroke, this method is very good at improving muscles and movement that we use in our everyday lives.

3. Older Adult Training
Climbing slowly into number three position is the Older Adult Training.
Among the ‘aging population’ there is increasing demand for low impact cardio conditioning workout. All levels of ability can enjoy safe and effective exercises to improve physique and mental well-being.

4. Personal Trainer
Working out with your own certified professional expert is very trendy. Having a bespoke fitness plan with individualized coaching is recognized as an effective way to achieve fitness training objectives.

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How to Train Like a Professional Athlete 49

Posted on December 10, 2014 by Scott Huntington

Wouldn’t it be great to get as fit as a professional athlete?

Believe it or not, it’s not impossible to build the body of your dreams. Sure, athletes get paid to stay in shape – their job is essentially to work out. You, on the other hand, might find yourself sitting on your hindquarters all day long, staring at a computer screen.

Maybe you feel as though your girth is like the universe – infinite, mesmerizing and constantly expanding.  That’s OK: We’ve all been there before.

The good news is that by doing some research and figuring out a routine that works best for you, you’re taking the right steps to begin sculpting the body of your dreams. It’s easier than you think.

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Get a Full Night’s Sleep

You might be tempted to try and burn the candle at both ends, but in the long run, this kind of behavior will certainly come back to bite you.

On days when you plan on working out, be sure to get eight to 10 hours of rest beforehand. Sleep helps you recharge your batteries and heal your muscles.

Eat Well-Balanced, Filling Meals

The food you eat gives you the fuel you need to take your exercise regimens to the next level. The best athletes in the world are very conscious of what they’re eating. Read the rest of this entry →

The Future of Fitness 5

Posted on August 08, 2013 by Daniel Lofthouse
Events like the Tough Mudder help fitness buffs get back to the basics.

Events like the Tough Mudder help fitness buffs get back to the basics.

Fitness technology is unarguably developing at an exciting pace: Mobile phones, such as the Samsung S4 are able to provide a holistic record of your sleeping patterns, daily exercise output, heart rate and more. Garmin watches can track how fast and how far you run. Of course, the gym remains the place that harnesses the latest of technology all under one roof.

Yet, alongside the penchant for virtual personal trainers and hyperreal fabrics, there exists a demand for more classic, tried and tested approaches to exercise. This might be a reflection of the fact that technology, with its obvious advantages, remains potentially unreliable. Moreover, the latest technology advancements can be alienating, or simply distracting from the enjoyment of recreational exercise. The appeal of this informed ‘back to basics’ approach is evident in the continual revival of fitness classes. Classes such as circuit training, spinning, bootcamp and dance have increased in popularity due to a demand for creative, rather than innovative, exercise options. Similarly, traditional endurance events, such as the Tough Mudder challenge reflect this desire for fuss- free programs that guarantee results. Read the rest of this entry →

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      Blair-OriolesMore than 40 years before current stalwart Adam Jones first patrolled centerfield for the Baltimore Orioles, the Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month roamed the field with grace while also providing the Orioles with timely hitting for more than a decade.

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