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Category Archives: Sports

Effective Basketball Training Aids

Shooting

Oversized basketball – is usually 3 inches larger in diameter than your regular basketball. This is designed to improve your accuracy in shooting.

Board-less hoop – is designed to improve your shooting accuracy by making shoots without depending on the board.

Rebounding device – helps you to practice your shooting without rebounding the ball after every shot.

Shooting straps – is attached to your shooting hand to assist you in maintaining the right form while taking a shot, make the right follow through, and improve your one-handed release.

Dribbling

Dribbling aid – is designed to help you use your fingertips in dribbling (and not your palm). It also helps improving your passing and shooting skills.

Basketball goggles – are designed to keep your head up while dribbling your ball. The goggles block your lower vision so that you practice on not looking at the ball.

Speed

Speed parachute – uses the principle of a parachute that provides resistance during sprint. This is used when you are running which helps you improve your speed as you are being held back by the parachute. Speed parachutes are also used by sprinters and football players.

Agility ladders – helps you develop eye-foot coordination, foot quickness, and versatility. You can use your regular ladder to achieve the same result.

Vertical jump

Jump boxes – help you improve your jumping ability and overall strength. These boxes vary in height which you can use to strengthen your leg muscles.

Weight belt – increases your strength, at the same time, improves your vertical jump – helpful during rebounding and taking perimeter shots. Also available are weights worn on the ankles.

Jump soles – are training aids that are attached to your own shoes during practice and training which helps you improve your leg strength and jumping ability.

Stamina

Jump ropes – are the most basic and probably the cheapest basketball training aids you can have. And they are effective too. Jump ropes improve your heart. Jump ropes also improve your calf and leg muscles. For better workout results, try weighted jump ropes.

 

Improve Your Game with This Basketball Tips and Tricks

1. Don’t be a slacker both in practice and the actual game.

Some people never get to score or perform well during the activity e.g. practice or the game, because they slack off. Whether you’re just practicing, having fun with friends, or participating in a real match, you have to see to it that you don’t slack off. If you wish to contribute greatly to good team performance and if you want to up your own stats, do your best and take the play seriously. This is what differentiates good basket ball players from the bad or weak ones.

2. Muscle stretching routines are important.

Before you play hoops, you have to S-T-R-E-T-C-H, in other words, you have to warm up. If you’ve been a gym goer, for sure, you know for a fact that before going on those machines, you have to engage in stretching. This is the same with basketball or any other sport or physical activity – you have to stretch those muscles first in preparation for ‘what they’ll experience’. A good stretch can improve your game, believe it or not. Stretching is also included in basketball tips and tricks because it will helps in preventing muscle sprain, injury, and the like.

3. The right nutrients are also needed by basket ball players.

Whether or not you play hoops, of course, good nutrition is important. As a b-ball player, it is a must that you have enough protein in your body, as protein promotes optimal muscle performance. As we all know, we use muscles in any sport, most especially basket-ball. You can eat one or two protein bars prior to the game, or make sure to include lean meat in your regular diet. Remember to also eat vegetables and fruits to balance out the nutrients your body receives. A balanced diet can actually improve your game as it can give you more strength, power, and energy both physically and mentally.

Other basketball tips and tricks that basket ball players have to follow, specifically those that focuses on actual skills of the sport include: dribbling with your fingertips, and not the palm of your hand; not dribbling too long (you have to make a pass as soon as you notice that a colleague is unguarded); shooting with knees that are slightly bent; properly balancing your body while shooting; among others.

Basketball History

Basketball was originally invented by Canadian coach named Dr James Naismith. He was asked to create an activity to entertain trainees the YMCA Training College during winter.

Inspiration for the game came from a childhood game called ‘duck on a rock’ which was played by throwing a rock at another rock on top of which was an object.

The first basketball game was played in 1892 played with a soccer ball and two peach baskets suspended from walls of YMCA gym. After ten years, the open ended basket was designed. YMCA in Springfield Massachusetts is the home if basketball and was through it that basketball spread across the US.

In 1929, the ball was redesigned to give it more ounce than a soccer ball. It was also made lighter and bigger. National Basketball Association was formed in 1949 when the Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League were merged.

The most famous team in the history of basketball is the one that does not compete, the team called Harlem Globetrotters is a showcase team which entertain spectators with their skills.

College basketball really attracted the most interest in the middle of 20th century and made it possible for pro-basketball to develop into franchise it is today.

Basketball had become very popular after World War II and the FIBA World Championship was created in 1950. It was originally created with 10 national teams grew to 26 in 2009 and is expected to grow further. Argentina won the World Championship and USA finally won the coveted trophy in 2002.

Korfball and Netball are derived from Basketball although the rules are changed in case of male and female or mixed teams.

 

Types of Modern Kayak

1. Sea kayak : these are designed to accommodate one or two paddlers. These are more maneuverable and have extreme stability and cargo capacity. Sea kayak has further subtypes that include:

– Strip-built- that is more close to rigid fiberglass boat but very light in comparison to it.

– Sit-on-top- these are used for fishing, diving and can usually accommodate 1-2 but also come have models that can accommodate 3-4 people. Normally, the seat of this kayak is above the water level, so the center of gravity is higher. In order to compensate, the width is increased for the same length of a traditional kayak.

2. Skin-on-frame- the design, technique, material and construction of these kayaks is more similar to traditional kayaks. These are the lightest among all and are being used in Greenland by Inuit people for hunting.

3. Recreational – these are built for paddlers interested in photography, a peaceful paddle in a lake, or fishing. These have larger cockpit and wider beam for stability reasons. The capacity of cargo is limited, and the length is less than 12 feet.

4. Whitewater kayak : are highly maneuverable and are made of rigid material like polyethylene. The length of these kayaks is small (6-10 feet) in comparison to others. Small boats are maneuverable but slow. Whitewater kayaks do not require inherent speed, as they move down with the current. In kayak rodeo competition, whitewater paddlers use rapids features to do tricks while they are in one place on the river.

5. Surf kayak : also known as surf skis, are narrow and long kayaks for surf zone rescue and surf breaking waves. Surf kayaking uses kayaks similar to whitewater kayak design. The only difference is that they have a planing hull. Surf kayaks can be 12 feet long to increase the planing speed on wave and to have good paddling speed for catching waves. A variation to closed cockpit surf kayak design is open cockpit (Waveski) design.

6. Racing kayak : these are designed for speed. To achieve stability, the paddler requires subsatntial skill, as the hull is extremely narrow. These kayaks have subtypes of flat water and slalom kayak.

7. Multi type kayaks : these include inflatable and pedal kayaks.

– Inflatable kayak-these can be easily stored and transported. They are made of polyurethane, PVC, or hypalon. You can inflate them with hand, foot, or electric pump. They are highly portable, stable, easy to master, and are slower than traditional boats.

– Pedal kayak- is a special type of boat using pedals allowing the paddler to propel the vessel with underwater flippers instead of a paddle.

 

What Does River Rafting Classification Mean?

If you have heard a few times about the classification of the river rafting for different rivers and wondered what they were, here are a few explanations, which will be of help:

Class I – This indicates that the river does not have dangerous rapids and beginners may venture on it with confidence. If you are a beginner and/or are not very familiar with the waters try a river rafting adventure on this type of river at first.

Class II – This classification indicates some fast rapids and channels which will require basic skill to be able to sail through them safely; only pick a river rafting adventure through these waters after you have practiced a few times in Class I waters.

Class III – This classification indicates some difficult currents and white waters through which one will not make it easily without previous experience in such waters. If you have never been through a Class III river rafting and still would like to try it out, do not proceed without an experienced guide.

Class IV – When rafting is given this classifications waters are expected to have both high torrents and relaxing stretches, which will require some expertise to handle successfully. Choose a river rafting adventure in these waters only if you have previous rafting experience.

Class V – The Class V river rafting waters are to be tackled only by an expert in river rafting; the currents will be high as well as the difficult to maneuver through the channels. This type of river rafting adventure will provide a thrilling experience.

Class VI – These types of waters are only advised for the masters in rafting and those who are addicted to real life thrills. The waters are dangerous and will not forgive anyone who makes the slightest mistake.

A river rafting adventure can be as fun or as relaxing as you choose – start slow and you will get to the high, dangerous waters in no time; rafting is addictive of that I am positive, the more you practice the more you want.

Guide to Build a Raft

# First, a location has to be chosen for building where there is calm water suitable enough for launching a raft. A miniature continental shelf will be ideal and once finished it will be easier to board the raft.

# Plenty of suitable logs have to be gathered. They should be a size of nearly 8 feet depending on the weight of boarding persons and the supplies. Two slightly curved ones which will act as stabilizers are also needed.

# After gathering the logs, several strong sticks are required. Ropes are not needed for holding it all together because the sticks are to be laid down crosswise to the logs. If they are laid perpendicularly to the logs, then it will be impossible to sit. Another stick has to be gathered which is longer and thicker than the rest for using it as a paddle.

# Everything has to be put together now; logs should be arranged in a way so they will not roll out. The logs can be placed in the water for testing them. Two most unbalanced logs have to be found that will be used as crosspieces to hold the raft together.

The sticks have to be laid that were gathered perpendicular to the logs. A perfect point of balance has to be found out so one stick can be tried to place by putting the weight on it. If the logs are not pushed down evenly, then correct the stick’s location until the best one is found. Once it is located, the rest of the sticks have to be laid down on either side of the first.

# Finally, it is ready. Stand above the raft with a leg on either side and slowly sit until most of your weight is on the raft. The paddle should be made ready. If the raft is balanced, pull your legs up and get comfortable. Slowly push it off from the shore.

 

Way to Caring a Pool

It is very important that you take good care of your swimming pool, naturally you should make sure that the water are safe, and match the level of maintenance to the level of usage, since there is little chance you could predict your pool use it is recommended that you do this regularly. You will want to test the swimming pool water in the evening. Check the water before you add any kind of chemicals to the pool’s water. Once tested you should also test the water in the morning, before anyone uses the pool – so you know that the water quality is good for the days activities. A PH level of 7.5 is probably best, that is considered to be the ideal level for swimming pool water.

Test the swimming pool water according to usage, if you use the pool every few days there is no reason for daily checks, just before you intend on using it. At some seasons the swimming pool is used more than at other seasons so make sure you adjust your pool cleaning and maintenance to the seasons and your pool usage. Make sure you check the pool in advance to ensure a safe and enjoyable pool. Check signs of poor water quality, in general swimming pool water should be clear and bleu, anything that is not blue and clear is a cause for concern and you should simply take a close look at the water to make sure there is no algae growth or cloudiness.

Pay attention to the weather, different weather conditions have a significant effect on the water quality and the pool cleanness. The weather conditions effect the swimming pool water quality too, strong sun reduces amounts of chlorine and rainy seasons may increase water lever or introduce parasites to the pool. You should consider checking the water at the return flow of water to the pool, check and add any chemicals to ensure that there is effective mixing with filtered water. Regularly clean the pool surfaces including the waterline to ensure that build up of sun-oils, body fats, algae, airborne pollution and other dirt is not left to build up. Pool surround paving slabs should be cleaned with a strong Chlorine solution, brushed away from the pool.

While pool cleaning and pool maintenance is something that seems to be simple and not complicated it is highly recommended that you study the manufactures instructions, and that you consult the manual whenever faced with problems, you can also call and ask the company for advice or consult a local swimming pool maintenance professional. Chemical agents need to be mixed with the pool’s water, it is strongly recommended that you read instructions carefully and make sure you mix the right amounts, be careful and use caution when dealing with chemicals, use gloves and do not inhale fumes. The pool cleaning products and chemicals should be kept away from the reach of children always, and when disposed off it should be done by a responsible adult.

If you follow all the instructions and common sense there is no reason that you will not enjoy a nice and clean swimming pool at all seasons, it is always better to know that its highly maintained and cleaned when you jump into the cool water of your swimming pool.

Avoid smoking or lighting fire close to chemicals, and keep the chemicals in a safe location, as far as possible from barbeque grills, fireplaces etc. after handling pool cleaning products wash hands thoroughly.

Swimming Pool Cleaners Advice – If chemicals get into any contact with skin or inhaled, call a poison center, and make sure you can provide all the details of the chemicals used (find the container and keep it with you). To ensure that your pool water are clean run these tests on a daily basis, PH and Chlorine levels using a test kit. Ensure pH is within the 7.2 – 7.6 range. The pool filter should run at least 8 to 10 hours per day (24 hours per day is best). Set your pool timer or remember to run the pool manually if you don’t have a timer. If you are not running your pool 24 hours per day, it is best to have it running during the daylight hours (instead of night).Make sure your skimmer baskets are empty and clear of leaves or other debris. Chlorine must be added to the pool daily by dissolving chlorine tablets in the skimmers once per week or use an automatic chlorinator. Make sure the unit is full and that the dial is set to a level that gives you a good daily chlorine reading depending on how long you run your system. Swimming Pool Cleaners.

 

Tips to Breathe Underwater

1. Build on stamina

Stamina is improved by proper body conditioning. This is important to last underwater for a longer time. The best way to build stamina is by doing exercises. Few exercise routines available to almost everyone are running and brisk walking. Sports such as soccer, basketball or tennis can accelerate endurance. Exercise maintains proper functioning of body organs and promotes healthy blood circulation.

2. Relax

It is easier to breathe longer underwater when you relax. Everything else will follow when you are confident that everything is under your control. Before swimming for shorter or longer distances, it is recommended to go in and out of the water. ‘Bobbing’ is the name given to this activity. It allows you to concentrate on your breathing and preparing you for a swim. Small breaths can be inhaled from the air above water and breathe everything out when you go underwater. Keep getting some air and this process should be repeated until you can control your breathing.

3. Avoid ‘apnea’

The time duration for which your breath is held underwater can be made lengthy by taking multiple exhalations greater than one can usually do. This lowers the level of carbon dioxide in the blood. Low carbon dioxide level may cause someone to stop breathing leading to a condition called ‘apnea’. This can cause you to pass out underwater. Having a companion will be better to make sure that you can be helped if such condition arises.

There are more ways of breathing underwater. Scuba diving requires breathing equipment for the diver where a tank containing compressed air paired with a mouthpiece allows air to flow freely from the tank to the lungs. Another way to breathing underwater is through snorkeling gear. This gear may only be used on water surfaces closer to the air above the water.

Underwater breathing is an important part of being skillful in swimming. It helps the swimmer to last longer in the water. The above mentioned underwater breathing tips will also help in building your lungs and muscles.

 

Swim Training Styles

Some swimmers might need to be retrained before they are ready for swimming at the competitive level. The swimmer might have been lax during the winter and might not have swum at all. The lazy daze of summer might have caused the swimmer to be lax in all manners of training and the swimmer will have to get used to fast starts and regain the competitive edge that they exhibited the year before. Some swimmers lose interest in swimming competitively and will need a persuasive coach to get them back on the team.

Some swimmers need to develop more strength in the upper portion of their bodies because they will be tasked to perform strenuous swimming strokes such as the breaststroke, butterfly, or backstroke during swimming meet styled competitions. The swimmer will perform these swimming strokes during various parts of the day, and each race will require a longer distance than the last.

A coach might approach this type of swimming with training that concentrates on building upper body strength. The coach might require that the swimmer perform each swimming stroke for up to twenty minutes, and during that time, the swimmer will have to test their endurance by doing lap after lap until they have completed the required time limit.

The coach might also require that the swimmer hold on to floatation devices while they kick their legs to propel them around the pool. This training style will help the swimmer to build up strength in the muscles that are in the legs. The legs will be used to perform the kicking motion that is used on all of the swimming strokes that are required in swim meets.

The swimmer with the best strength and muscle condition is more likely to win the race they are in and a good coach will know this. Some coaches might seem to have strange styles of training used for swimming in competitive sports but the physical results of that training will be recognized when the swimmer starts winning races instead of coming in second all of the time.

There are certain training styles that are almost mandatory because without them, the swimmer will not know how to start a race. A swimmer might be tasked with diving from cinder blocks that are at the deep end of a pool several times an hour until they perfect each dive. A swimmer must dive deep enough to submerge all parts of the body but not to the point where time is taken away from swimming to the other end of the pool.

Tandem vs Free Fall On Your First Skydive

There are two common methods for taking on your very first dive: tandem jumping or accelerated free fall. In a tandem jump, you share a harness with an experienced skydiving instructor who has total control of the fall and landing. In an accelerated free fall, instructors help to guide you during your time in the air, but you are in your own harness, open your own parachute, and control your own landing. Each of these methods has some advantages and some disadvantages, and deciding which one is right for you depends largely on what you think your future as a skydiver will be.

Tandem jumping can be less frightening than an accelerated free fall, and many people opt to start out with a tandem jump in order to get a taste of what skydiving is like without having the responsibility of controlling any portion of their fall. Often, people who only plan to skydive once choose to take a tandem jump because it allows them to relax and enjoy the ride while their jumping partner worries about the altitude, the parachute, and the landing. This gives you the opportunity to experience the thrill of skydiving while knowing that your safety is in very capable hands.

In an accelerated free fall, you exit the plane with two instructors, one on either side of you, who maintain a grip on your harness for the duration of the fall, controlling your speed, helping you improve your position, and assisting you with stability. When you reach four thousand feet above the ground, you open your own parachute and pilot yourself down to the landing target. An accelerated free fall costs more than a tandem jump because it requires two guides instead of one, but unlike the tandem jump it can count as the first leg of your training course towards eventual certification. This makes it a good option as a first jump for people who are serious about continuing with their skydiving training.