The Sports Archives – 4 Ways To Enjoy Sports Hobbies After An Injury

An injury can be debilitating. It’s even worse when the injury forces you to drop your usual workout program for a while. Whether you’re an enthusiastic gym goer or a professional athlete, there’s no way around it: An injury sucks. But it’s not the end of your love story with sports. Just because you can’t go back to hitting the ball or the road, right now, doesn’t mean that you can’t do any physical activity at all… or that you can’t satisfy your interest for sports in any other way. Here are four ways to make the most of your recovery time without losing your connection with sports.

Broken ankle

Keep it friendly during your recovery

If the injury is not too handicapping, you can probably still take part to some friendly sports matches between friends – assuming that you pick friends who wouldn’t normally share your fitness level. You can still enjoy competition and a good game between friends if you take things easy. Badminton is a good way to keep moving without pushing yourself too much, so it’s a brilliant choice to play with a friend. If this is too much, or too painful for now, maybe you’ll enjoy a game of football. If you remember your classics, Joey and Chandler used to adore their foosball table, and you can have a great time with it too. Also, here’s a hint to make it work: Keep your ducks and chicks away from the foosball table, they don’t go well together!

Keep yourself informed

At the beginning of your recovery journey, you may find that you can’t move much, especially if it’s been a rather serious injury. Be patient; you’ll gain your mobility and your strength back. In the meantime, you can still down with a nice cup of coffee and enjoy the latest football articles online. It’s not quite like playing, for now, but it’s still great to keep in touch with your favorite sports. Don’t worry if you’re not a football fan. There are plenty of specialist resources dedicated to the latest news for basketball, cycling, running and much more.

Be zen and learn to take time

You can find it difficult to train while you recover from an injury, but there’s one thing that you can do to maintain your muscle mass: Yoga. Yoga can provide significant healing advantages, as it creates a new relationship with your body. Suddenly you are in a position where you listen to your body, and you understand its needs and its potential at a deeper level. Using yoga as a stretching routine will help you to keep your muscles active without straining them or making the injury worse. But more importantly, it will make it easier for you to go back to your previous performance after the recovery period.

Yoga

Coach someone

Some injuries are too terrible for you to go back to your old self. Sometimes, while you can still perform, you’ll never gain back the strength you’ve lost. But your experience and your knowledge can be useful to someone else. If you can’t practice anymore, maybe you can coach. Naturally, you’ll need to prove your worth, but it’s about knowledge and not physical abilities. So you can become a great coach for an athlete or at a school even after an injury.

Your love of sports never disappears, even after an injury. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to keep yourself active, involved and engaged without risking further health backlash.

 

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The Sports Archives – England Women’s Cricket Players In Life Changing Tournament Win

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England’s nine run victory over India at Lords in the Women’s World Cup final last weekend was a fantastic achievement for the side and will herald a brand new shiny era for the sport in terms of global audience and television audiences. For the members of the team itself it will be a life changing moment, with their names forever etched in the memory of those who love the sport of cricket. As women’s sports continue to increase in popularity this victory could mean an increase in marketing potential for the sport, but also a chance for the individual members of the squad to take advantage financially.

The prize money itself (£512,000) was split between the 15-member squad equally, and those on central contracts worth around £50,000 and the added bonuses and match fees, the World Cup Victory ensures that there is a pretty significant increase in their annual income. When you throw in the sponsorship and advertising potential, especially for the stars of the side, and you can start to see how the Women’s game could become much more attractive to the everyday sports fan, encouraging young girls to enter the sport as it not only offers a fun way to stay fit and healthy, but also offers a real chance of making a career at the top-level.

As it currently stands the Men’s side of the game receives the majority of the money from sponsorship and advertising coming into the ECB, with the test players enjoying significantly larger sums of money in terms of bat sponsorship and advertising, than their female counterparts. The success of the Women’s World Cup won’t change that overnight, but when you put it alongside Johanna Konta reaching the semi-finals of Wimbledon in the same month and all of a sudden you have elite level female athlete’s for young British girls to be inspired by, and it could be a watershed moment in terms of perception and future potential.

The ECB have already put in place a series of pathways in recent years to help boost the women’s game in England and Wales. Currently there is the All Stars programme designed to nurture participation in the sport, women’s softball festivals and the Chance to Shine charitable initiative. This watershed moment in cricket, the success of Konta in international level tennis and the continued success of the women’s England football team as they play in Euro2017 with a real chance of winning the tournament, should help female participation in sport across the board. From 2020 Women’s cricket will be on free-to-air TV, further advancing the cause.

Anya Shrubsole, one of the stars of England’s win against India, predicts the victory will transform the state of the women’s game in the country. She said after the sell-out victory at Lord’s, with a further 100 million people watching on television world-wide, that “The final was a really fitting tribute to the whole tournament, which has been brilliant from start to finish. We obviously set out to win, but we also want to inspire women and girls to play cricket and hopefully our win, and the way we have played, has done that.”

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The Sports Archives – How To Build Muscles Like A Pro

A few years ago, there were a lot of advertisements for quick-fix muscle-building products. They often came with a cartoon picture of a skinny guy getting sand kicked in his face by a muscle-bound hunk. No guessing who the girl in the scantily clad bikini preferred!

Of course, those adverts were scams, designed to reduce your pocket mass rather than gain weight in your muscles. However, there are achievable ways to bulk up your muscles, and despite what Popeye will tell you, it’s not all about eating spinach. So, while we can’t guarantee you will end up looking like muscle-building icon Arnie, we can still help you create a few extra ripples in your shirt.

Take steroids

There are all kinds of steroids for sale, but they aren’t all safe (or legal). For starters, they should only be taken as a supplement to your weight-building program, so do your research. Only buy muscle builders from reputable websites, as you want to make sure you are only ingesting products that are good for you. You need to go for anabolic steroids, as they will produce more protein to increase muscle size and enhance your testosterone. However, there are side effects, such as mood swings and acne, so don’t abuse them.

Eat more protein

Protein is essential for muscle growth, so you should look for any food products containing this strength-enhancing nutrient. Experts say you should measure the amount of protein you eat by your body weight, so somebody weighing 150-pounds should eat 150 grams of protein each day. Foods you should aim for include meat, cheese, eggs, and peanuts. There are also protein bars and drinks available so that you can top yourself up as part of your healthy diet.

Exercise

You won’t build up your muscles if you’re sat on the couch all day watching Netflix, no matter how many times you watch Pumping Iron. Whether you head to the gym or embark in a workout in your living room, work on the large muscle groups first, such as in your chest and legs. Lifting weights are an essential part of your exercise plan if you want to increase your muscles, so have a look at this workout routine which will give you some good ideas. However, you should also complement the weightlifting programme by strengthening your muscles, so go for a run or a swim regularly to build up your leg muscles, and push-ups for your arms.

Beginners should pace themselves, as you are liable to tear your muscles if you haven’t used them for a while. Whether you are a newbie or not, it is still important to take a break. Only lift weights every other day, as your muscles only grow when you are resting, not during the workout itself.

You will be hungry after a workout, but make it a habit to eat foods containing protein and carbohydrates. You will undo all your hard work if you resort to junk food, so make sure you maintain a healthy diet as part of your muscle-building program.

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The Sports Archives – Cricket Australia Prepared To Go To Arbitration Over Pay Dispute

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As the bitter pay dispute involving the Australian test sides and their federation continues to rumble on, Cricket Australia (CA) has insisted that it will look to independent arbitration sooner rather than later if the players continue to refuse to reach an agreement. For months there has been a blockage in talks as the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) has refused to agree to a dismantling of a fixed-revenue-sharing payment system to players that is currently the norm.

James Sutherland, the Chief Executive of Cricket Australia, has said that he hopes there will be a resolution within days but that it would have to be taken to an independent umpire if no agreement can be reached. He said “We believe now is the time for the game to get on, to get played, preparation for tours and the season ahead to happen. We encourage the ACA and the players to take up that challenge and hopefully arbitration is not required.”

For arbitration to take place both sides must agree that this is the correct course of action, so even this attempt to break the negotiations stalemate might be fraught with difficulties. If arbitration does take place Cricket Australia have stated that they would offer contracts to players on a short-term basis until the finer details of the new agreements are put together.

Tours of Sub-Continent In Danger

With 230 male and female cricketers out of contract in Australia since July 1 2017, without pay, it is a dangerous time for cricket in the country. Around 70 players had contracts that extended beyond that point and have continued to be paid, but on the whole the two-Test series in Bangladesh, the Test series in India and the ever-popular Ashes series against England that begins in November this year, are all in danger of being scrapped if an agreement cannot be found between the warring factions. Already there has been a withdrawal of Australia A touring South Africa due to the pay dispute.

A Benefit to Grassroots Cricket?

One of the reasons Cricket Australia wants to shake up the pay structure, it says, is to enhance the flow of money to grassroots cricket in the country. It is widely accepted on both sides of the pay divide that the sport needs greater investment in order to compete against the wealthier sports in the country, ensuring that Junior cricket can grow and flourish. The ACA have put forward a peace plan that includes $30m to flow into the community level of cricket, but now the disagreement is over the finer details of the plan.

Throughout the disagreement and standoff over pay the international teams have continued to show great respect to the sport, offering certain concessions in order to get back out on the field and play. The men’s team has continued to train in Darwin, preparing for the upcoming tours that are in danger of being cancelled, and all players have shown their love and passion for the jersey in a range of social media posts and statements.

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The Sports Archives – Angling For Success: Become A Better Fisherman (Or Woman)

Deep Sea Fishing

The sport of fishing is perhaps one of the most primal, yet least discussed sports in the whole of popular culture. Nothing quite compares to the thrill of catching a giant bass or pike and comparing it to all-time records.

Many laymen think that fishing is all about luck, but experienced professionals will tell you that it’s anything but. To become a better fisherman, you need to make sure that you’re following best practice.

Use A Data-Driven Approach

Today’s sports are coming to rely increasingly on the use of data. Football and tennis coaches regularly use data to help their athletes and sports stars perform better on the pitch or court and attack their opponents’ weaknesses. Can anglers do the same?

The answer is “yes.” One of the best ways to up your game is to keep a journal. In the journal, you should record when you caught your biggest fish and the conditions that prevailed when you did. Was it a windy day? Was it a cold day? What time of year was it? What were the geographical features of the local area? All these details are essential for helping you to consistently repeat your biggest catches.

Also, remember to record the conditions on occasions when you didn’t catch any fish at all. Create a database of all your catches and try to correlate the chances of catching a fish with the types of conditions on the water.

Work Your Bait Properly

In order to catch fish, you need to work your fishing rod properly. That means having a good cast and properly attaching the bait. If you don’t cast your line far enough or into the right spots (or if you don’t properly attach your bait to your line), then fish won’t see your line as an enticing proposition, and they won’t bite. Bait needs to be prepared properly and needs to be appropriate to the waters you’re fishing in.

Learn All You Can

There’s a lot to learn about fishing, just as there is in any sport. But the more you learn, the more successful you can be. Try reading the books of some of the great anglers of the past. Find out what it was that they did to achieve success in the sport and try to emulate them. Look for parallels between the fishing scenarios they describe and the ones that you’ve experienced and try to build on their strategies.

Cover More Water

Fishing at Sunset

Sometimes fish aren’t biting because they’re not there. If that’s the case, then you need to cover more water to find higher concentrations. Many of the top fishermen in the world cover dozens of miles in a single day if they sense that fish simply aren’t in the water. It almost goes without saying, but relocating your boat to areas with more fish increases the chances that at least one of them will bite.

Prepare For Poor Weather

Finally, don’t forget to take all the equipment you need for a long day on the lake, including wet weather gear.

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The Sports Archives – Talking Points from This Year’s Wimbledon

Wimbledon has been and gone for another year. Roger Federer made history by winning Wimbledon for the eighth time, without losing a single set in the process. Spain’s Garbiñe Muguruza picked up her first Wimbledon title, after a nail biting first set, she made light work of Venus Williams in the second set, winning it 6-0. But, what other talking points can we take from the two-week event?

Centre Court has a new darling

The British public found themselves cheering on an unexpected treasure. While everyone expected Andy Murray to give fans the most excitement, it was Johanna Konta who ended up being the number one hope. British fans have been crying out for a star female tennis player for many years, and there may finally be someone who is ready to fit the bill.

We are still waiting for the next gen to make a statement

There is some really exciting talent in tennis at the moment, such as Nick Kyrgios, Dominic Thiem, and Alexander Zverev. However, it seems they have a long way to go before bridging the gap between the young talent and the big four.

We are rewinding the clock

It feels like we have gone back to the future. Of course, Federer’s record eighth win was incredible at the age of 35-years-old. But, what about the amazing Venus Williams? She made the women’s final and played some of the best tennis she has ever played at the age of 37. And, it is even more impressive when you consider the fact that she has had an autoimmune disease to contend with.

Wimbledon always brings the drama

Gilles Muller v Rafael Nadal has to be one of the most dramatic tennis matches we have watched in a long time. Muller won the match by winning the final set 15-13. After four hours and 48 minutes, it felt like both players should have progressed to the next stage.

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic need to take a leap out of Federer’s book

Both Djokovic and Murray missed out on the semi-finals due to injury. While Novak retired during the match, Andy made it to through to the end, albeit he was defeated. It was clear that Britain’s number one hope was struggling with his hip. It could be time for both players to have a rest. After all, it worked wonders for Roger Federer.

Tennis is thriving at the moment

If there is one thing we can all agree on, it is that tennis is well and truly thriving at the moment. Wimbledon may have been missing Serena Williams, and there may have been too many injuries, but there were still some incredible matches and moments. If you missed out on Wimbledon, don’t miss out on tennis action over the coming year. Tickets for the Aus Open are available, and the good news is that this is when Serena is targeting her return, so you should be able to see all of the top tennis stars.

Hopefully, you have enjoyed reliving the fun and thrills of Wimbledon. From nail-biting chess matches to the simply stunning, it had everything. We can’t wait for the next one!

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The Sports Archives – 4 Reasons You Should be Cycling to Work

Cyclists at Hyde Park corner roundabout in London

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Sometimes it can seem like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to take up a new sport. However there is one form of exercise that will not only save you time and boost your fitness but can be done when you would normally be sitting on a bus, train or in a car. That is the mighty commute. Here are our top reasons why everyone should be cycling to work.

Extra Brownie Points With Your Boss

Cycling to work has been proven to improve productivity, motivation and employees ability to deal with stress. A new scientific study has revealed that employees that exercise before work, or in their lunch breaks, significantly improved the way they dealt with their work management, it increased their motivation and they were able to deal much more comfortably with the day-to-day stresses of work life.

This study also revealed that employees that cycled to and from work didn’t get ill as much as other staff who were not getting daily exercise and they also didn’t need to take as many breaks and were able to finish work on time. Proving that cycling keeps both bosses and staff happy.

Doing Your Bit for the Environment

One point that we can’t ignore, when it comes to cycling to work, is the effect that it has on the environment. Not only are you producing zero emissions but you are contributing to a much more efficient society. Cyclists travel up to three times faster than pedestrians and also faster than most cars, when it comes to rush hour traffic. Cars have been found to travel an average speed of 7 mph in peak hour, city centre traffic, whereas cyclists travel up to 15 mph. Bicycles and hybrid bicycles take up less parking space and use up just 5% of the materials and energy needed to make a car.

If you have been wondering for a while what is a hybrid bike, then now is the time to really put some research in. Not only will a hybrid bike get you safely to and from work but it will also double up nicely as a countryside bike, which can take on tougher terrain for outdoor sports fanatics.

Heart Health

We all know that regular exercise can have a dramatic effect on the health of our hearts. However it has now been revealed that regular cycling can drastically reduce your chances of heart disease, by up to 50%. According to recent medical studies, approximately 10,000 fatal heart attacks could be avoided, every year, if people invested in daily exercise, like cycling to and from work.

Reduce Pollution Intake

Surprisingly it has been found that people who commute to work on their bike actually breathe in less pollution than people who drive or use public transport. The Imperial College of London has recently revealed that drivers and passengers in buses and taxis actually inhale a much higher level of pollution than cyclists.

Taxi passengers and bus passengers are said to inhale the most amount of pollution, up to 100,000 ultra fine particles, with drivers of cars inhaling up to 40,000 and cyclists and pedestrians only inhaling up to 8,000 particles. So that debunks the popular myth that cyclists are breathing in more fumes than anyone else in the city, proving that cycling is now proven to be the healthiest and easiest way to get around any city or town.

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