The Sports Archives – Sports Injuries – How To Prevent Them!

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If you play sports, you may have injuries pop up here and there. When you get an injury, depending on how bad it is, you may be out of the game for weeks, sometimes even months and that’s never fun. Here, we are going to give you some information on sports injuries and give you some tips on preventing them from ever happening.

Factors for Sports Injuries

Let’s first start by looking at some causative factors for these injuries.

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Injury History
  • Body Size
  • Muscle Strength
  • Skill Level
  • Fitness Level
  • Environment
  • Equipment
  • Psychological State
  • Conditioning Errors
  • Type of Activity

Exactly what is injury prevention?

By changing the individual behavior, the equipment, environment, injuries can be preventable. Here are some methods you can start using in order to prevent injuries from happening.

Warm Up

Before you start your game, you need to do some warm ups. So many people skip the warm ups, thinking they’re not needed, skipping the warm up isn’t a good idea. The reason behind warm ups is to raise the body temperature. When you warm up before actually playing, you will be increasing blood flow to muscles, enhancing the muscles mechanical efficiency, enhancing your cardiovascular capability and enhancing the mental concentration for your sport. You see, there is a reason your instructor always told you to do those warm up exercises before you go out and play.

Don’t Forget to Stretch

Believe it or not, stretching is important. Before you start playing, stretch! Here’s the basics to stretching – warm up prior to stretching, stretch slowly and gently, stretch before and after sports, stretch to the point of tension but do not cause pain.

Walk/Run on the Appropriate Surface

To prevent sports injury from occurring, you must walk/run on the appropriate surface. When you are walking and running, your body is subjected to high-repetitive forces, which will increase the susceptibility to injury. Softer surfaces actually reduce the chances of sports injuries.

Stay Hydrated

When you’re playing sports, you must drink plenty of water. By drinking water, you will have more energy and it will help stabilize your core body temperature. Not to mention the fact that water will help keep your muscles hydrated and prevent them from cramping.

Protective Gear

There is a reason protective gear exists – it is there to prevent injuries. Goggles, mouth guards, padding and shin guards are recommended for the relevant sporting activities. Before you get on your bike, the field or the court, make sure your gear is on.

If it Hurts, Stop

Most of all, if it hurts, stop – do not push yourself. As soon as you start to feel pain, stop playing. So many athletes ignore this fact and end up having to take a break from sports.

There are ways you can prevent sports injuries, you can find injury prevention tips specific to your sport by reading a sports therapy blog. Sometimes, accidents do happen and when it does, you should go to a doctor right away.

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This post was supplied by Mark Stubbles, Mark once suffered horribly back spasms as a result of an injury he sustained in the gym.

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More to Throwing a Ball than Meets the Eye: Baseball Injuries
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The Sports Archives – Hunting Deer: 5 Guidelines

White-tailed deer

Hunting whitetail deer is a cherished pastime that is often passed down from generation to generation. It is a way to create family bonds while also providing a recreational activity that gets the family off the couch and into nature.

Hunting also instills a sense of appreciation within the hunter. Living within the land connects you to the environment around you.

However, there are always new hunters. They have not been groomed by a parental figure in terms of how to hunt. For new hunters out there, as well as beginners, there are guidelines that should be followed in order to hunt successfully.

Patience is a Virtue

Patience is a virtue is an expression applicable to a lot of different situations. When it comes to hunting, it is incredibly applicable. As a hunter, having patience is of utmost importance. You will never see a hunter successfully take down a prized buck by charging into the forest guns blazing.

Successful hunters are those who let the game come to them. Stealth is key as you walk quietly and strategically to the spot that you want to post up. The best strategy is to sit down and wait for your target to come to you. You’ll either want to set up a tree stand or use a large truck as a sort of chair for yourself. Sit quietly and pay attention to your surroundings.

Although it is not ideal for your face, you’ll want to sit in a position where the wind is in your face. The reason for this is scent. Beginners do not have as much experience masking their scent so it is important to have the wind blow towards you, instead of away from you and towards a deer.

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The Sports Archives – History of the Six Nations Rugby Tournament

The locations of the Six Nations.

The locations of the Six Nations.

The Six Nations – currently known as the RBS Six Nations – is one of the biggest international rugby events of the year. This annual tournament features six national sides: England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Italy and France.

It takes place early in the year, and the 2015 tournament will start on February 6 with the last matches held on March 21.

The Home Nations Championship

The tournament started off as the Home Nations Championship in 1883, when it featured England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. It then became the Five Nations Championship in 1910 when France joined, and this lasted until 1931.

From 1932 to 1939 it reverted to the Home Nations Championship, and after the war the Five Nations Championship began again. This carried on until 1999, and the following year the 6 Nations rugby tournament was born with the addition of Italy.

Results over the years

Since the Home Nations Championship began, England and Wales have been the most successful teams, both winning 26 titles. In recent times, Scotland and Italy have been the least successful, with neither managing to win the 6 Nations since the first tournament was held in 2000.

When a team wins every match, they win the Grand Slam. England has won the most Grand Slams with 12, followed by:

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The Sports Archives – Ways to Show Support for Your Team at a Sporting Event

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Heading to see the game? Lucky you! Certainly nothing quite beats the atmosphere that surrounds going to a game in the flesh, as opposed to watching it at home on the big screen. However, the best part of going to a football, baseball or basketball game is the chance to show your team how much you are rooting for them. Even if it is something not quite as grandiose, such as your child’s peewee soccer game, the extra show of support for your team can help give that extra push towards victory. So here’s some example ways to show support for your team at a sporting event.

Come Up With a Chant or Song

For those feeling creative, there are fewer ways more suitable to show support for your team than to come up with a victory chant or song to help spur the players on. Admittedly this tactic is only truly helpful if there’s enough people to make it carry, so make sure you have friends with you to make it work. One person chanting on his own probably won’t be heard over the roar of other spectators.  However, once it gets going, you’ll soon see a marked difference in how hard your team starts to play.

If you are really good at it, you may well find your victory chant or song being taken up by other supporters as well.

Bring Drinks and Snacks for the Team

Sure, this is a bit of a Mom thing to do. However, you’d be surprised what bringing in snacks or buying a round of drinks at the bar for a team can do for their morale. If nothing else, it shows that their fans really do think about them and regards them as people, not as sporting machines. Likewise, something sugary like cookies can help keep the team energised while juice can help keep them hydrated.

So not only does it improve morale, but it is very practical too!

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The Sports Archives – My Most Exciting White Water Rafting Trip!

ZanskarAs an avid athlete I have participated in a number of sports. Some of my fondest memories revolve around holidays and vacations that were planned with the sole purpose of participating in some type of sporting activity. Indeed I think I was born with sneakers or flippers on.

Beginnings

I loved to swim, run, bike, and explore, and although these activities continue to be a part of life, I found a passion for water sports as a young teenager. At first I preferred canoeing, and as a Canadian, there were copious lakes and rivers to prospect. After a number of canoe trips, someone introduced me to kayaking, which I thought of as an Olympic sport and way beyond my skills. Nevertheless, I took a few lessons and eventually maneuvered my way through white water. In the meantime, I also became a zealous windsurfer and a competitive rower, but there was still a part of my adventurous side that I could not satiate.

Exploring

My first experience with white water rafting was on the Madawaska River in Ontario, Canada, affectionately known as the “Mad”. Popular with canoers, kayakers, and rafters for spring and early summer Class II/Class III runs, the lower Mad has plenty of outfitters and put in/take out locations.

Arkansas River White Water Rafting

Family Time

It took a move to Florida and the birth of my son to spur me on to greater challenges. After a few family friendly tours on the famous Suwannee River and the Withlacoochee River, my son became old enough to try something bigger. Furthermore, he was well on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout. Therefore, off we went to New Hampshire. After one week of rock climbing, horseback riding, hiking, white water rafting and kayaking on Class II and III, and a spill or two, he was hooked.

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The Sports Archives – Data and Football (Soccer) – The Unlikely Marriage!

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20 years ago you would face being laughed out of the room if you suggested using data to help improve your game in football. However this unlikely marriage of a game of passion with a realm of statistics has been enabled by a digital revolution, that has brought logic and relevance to the latter. With sophisticated sports analysis software making sense of the numbers, every level of this sporting world is able to utilise historical and current data to improve performance and make informed decisions.

A Football Field of Facts and Figures

Data can and is collected on pretty much every aspect of this complex sport. From club level information of league tables and goals scored, to individual statistic on each player, once upon a time it would have taken an experienced analyst to decipher all of this information.

And why is it so essential? Knowing who’s played which games, which players are performing well and which ones need improvement, tracking physical fitness and monitoring the overall performance of the club enables identification of both strong and weak points. By doing so, areas for improvement can quickly be addressed, supported by evidence rather than trial and error. As a result, the whole organisation can move forward with a confident strategy for sporting success.

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The Sports Archives – The Top Surfing Destinations In The World!

  1. The North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

Your limit.  This is the home to many surfing professionals so don’t get carried away with your abilities as a surfer if you’re still relatively new to the sport.

The North Shore of Oahu offers a seven-mile stretch of perhaps the very best waves in the world.  Between Ka’ena Point and Kahuku Point are breaks such as the Banzai Pipeline, Sunset Beach and Waimea Bay.  The surfing pros hit town during the winter season and the place really comes alive with surfing’s prestigious Triple Crown contest, being held here annually in December.

  1. Bali, Indonesia

Can get crowded in peak season and certain spots like Uluwatu can be dangerous if you’re and inexperienced surfer.

Bali is a paradise for surfers and the surrounding islands have some great surfing beaches too.  Keramas beach is a popular spot for advanced surfers – it has an excellent reefbreak and offers constant waves and a big swell.  While Kuta beach is favored by those new to surfing with tamer conditions.

  1. The Gold Coast, Australia

This is a busy spot for surfing; there’s 500,000 plus locals vying for waves – and that’s not counting visiting surfers.

The Gold Coast boasts 57 kilometers of pristine coastline that’s home to some of the best surf breaks in the world – like the Superbank that stretches from Snapper Heads to Greenmount and Burleigh Point – probably the world’s best right-hand point break.

  1. Hossegor, France

The language – if you don’t speak French, you may not get as welcoming a vibe as others who do.

This surfing spot has been dubbed the “surfing capital of Europe” and people come from miles around to watch the pros ride tubes here.  Winters can be cold here and can provide some dangerous surfing conditions with massive storm swells slamming the beaches on a weekly basis.

  1. Easter Cape, South Africa

Cold Water and heavy waves to be expected.

South Africa’s coastline is defined by a series of points and bays and it has loads to offer surfers.  In particular, Jeffreys Bay is a top destination and boasts long fast barrels, magna tubes, and even super tubes.

  1. Sligo, Ireland

Cold water and harsh weather conditions.

Ireland, known among surfers as “Europe’s cold-water Indonesia”, has become a mecca for surfers over the past 10 years, boasting big waves and beautiful surroundings.  Of course, you will have to come prepared for the harsh weather conditions and expect rain – plenty of it – but if you’re truly passionate about surfing, you’ll appreciate what the Emerald Eye and especially Sligo, has to offer.

Read more about these destinations and what the experts say on the below infographic brought to you by Total Surfing Fitness.

Total Surfing Fitness IG August final

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