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Sports Physiology

Refining and perfecting motor skills, developing visual precision, and improving mental sharpness are just a few of the many achievements happening in the young, growing body that contribute significantly to your youngster’s enjoyable and successful reality sports experience. Think about shaking up a soft drink can and not opening the top—there is so much rapid change just waiting to happen in these kids. Sometimes they can sense that they are close to gaining a new skill and they just about burst trying.

Suddenly it happens, and they cheer not only with excitement, but relief. Hopefully you can see that each stage of development varies in the length of time it takes to gain accomplishment with a certain skill and also in the completeness of skills actually developed. Some youth will acquire a skill fairly quickly, while others take longer. Some youth will develop a certain skill very well, while others struggle. That’s why certain kids gravitate toward certain activities—the beauty of the variability of human beings.

Think back to your childhood for a moment. Did you excel at catching and hitting baseballs, or were you hand-eye challenged and avoided that type of activity altogether? Did you throw well, or did you hate dodgeball in PE class when you had to display your lack of ability in front of the whole class? Ah, now you remember. You may see that mirror image in your child, or you may be wondering how on earth he inherited abilities you do not have.

Even with this variability among children of skills for exercise and sports, it is important to allow each child to individually maximize each skill level in his own time before moving on to the next. Each child is unique and should not be pushed faster than the time required to refine a skill needed to acquire a future skill.  Remember not to become impatient and rob your young one of the chance to gain a particular skill that he has been working on so diligently. Sure, your child can occasionally be trying more advanced parts of a sport, but he should not be rushed to get there before the current skills are mastered.

When we were kids in school, next year’s classes were usually built on knowledge from the previous year. Taking calculus before algebra and geometry would not have made as much sense (although for a non–math wizard like me, I am not sure if calculus would have made sense at any time). It is the same with acquiring the different advancing levels of sports techniques, movements, strategies, and training. One step at a time. One throw at a time. One serve at a time. One jump at a time. One kick at a time.

Motor, visual, and mental skills, along with physical growth, only make up part of the overall picture. They are each contributing parts that all fit together. Have you ever searched for that missing piece that allows you to start to assemble the next large chunk of a complicated puzzle? Advancing maturation of the body and brain allow your child to benefit from advancing physical growth.

Sure, these physical changes of growth are obvious. No one is blind to the fact that when friends get your holiday picture this year, Johnny is 6 inches taller than last year’s picture (which is still on their refrigerator). They usually double-check to make sure you did not skip a year. Girls change shape and start looking at boys; boys start to shave, get more muscles, and look at girls.

These physical changes certainly have an effect on their abilities to perform against their opponents as they become stronger, faster, and more skilled. Just growing, however, is not the only answer in the game of sports Jeopardy. Another crucial factor that goes through a process of development is the more invisible chemical realm—physiology, in fancy medical terms.

Aerobic exercise for beginners

 Aerobic training strengthens the heart and lungs and improves muscle function. One goal of aerobic training is to enhance sports performance and to improve training response. The following is information from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) about aerobic training exercises.

What are aerobic training exercises?

Aerobic training exercises are any activities that raise heart rate and make breathing somewhat harder. The activity you are doing must be constant and continuous. Examples of aerobic activities are

  • Walking or hiking
  • Jogging or running
  • Biking
  • Swimming
  • Rowing
  • In-line skating
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Exercising on a stair-climber or elliptical machine

Other activities, when done in a constant and continuous way, can be aerobic, such as tennis, racquetball, squash, and the martial arts. Weight training, however, is not aerobic because it is done in short bursts of a few minutes at a time.

How does aerobic training improve endurance?

Aerobic training increases the rate at which oxygen inhaled is passed on from the lungs and heart to the bloodstream to be used by the muscles. Aerobically fit athletes can exercise longer and harder before feeling tired. During exercise they have a slower heart rate, slower breathing rate, less muscle fatigue, and more energy. After exercise, recovery happens more quickly. Aerobic fitness can be measured in a laboratory setting while exercising on a treadmill or bicycle. This is called maximal oxygen uptake or VO2 max.

How often and how long should athletes train?

To achieve a training response, athletes should exercise 3 to 5 times per week for at least 20 to 60 minutes. Fitness level can be improved with as little as 10 minutes of exercise if done 2 to 3 times per day. If the goal is also to lose body fat, athletes should exercise for at least 30 to 60 minutes. Athletes who are not fit will need to start with lesser amounts of exercise. They can slowly add more time as their endurance improves. Increasing the level of exercise at about 10% per week is a good goal to prevent overuse injury.

Cross-training can help reduce the risk of overuse injuries. This is done by alternating different kinds of activities. To avoid putting too much stress on the body and help prevent injuries, it is wise to alternate high-impact activities, like running, with low-impact exercises, like walking, cycling, and swimming.

How hard should athletes train?

Training at low to moderate intensity levels is enough to improve endurance. In general, this level of intensity is more enjoyable and less likely to lead to injuries than high-intensity training.

However, aerobic training programs should be designed to match each athlete’s fitness level. There are 3 ways to measure aerobic training intensity.

1. The “talk test.” During a workout, athletes should be able to say a few words comfortably, catch their breath, and resume talking. If it is difficult to say a few words, then athletes should probably slow down. If athletes can talk easily without getting out of breath, then they are probably not training hard enough.

2. Heart rate. Aerobic training occurs when heart rate during exercise is between 60% to 90% of maximal heart rate. Athletes can figure out their maximal heart rate by subtracting their age from 220.

3. Level of difficulty. Athletes can determine how hard the exercise feels on a scale of 1 to 10 using the Borg Scale of perceived exertion. The ideal range for aerobic training is between 2 to 7.

Other factors affecting aerobic training response

  • Baseline fitness level. The more unfit athletes are, the greater the training response. However, as athletes become more fit, it will take higher levels of training to improve further.
  • Genetics. Genetics play a large role in an athlete’s natural fitness level as well as how much he will improve as a result of training.
  • Growth. As children grow, they are able to respond more to aerobic training. However, before puberty, the aerobic training response is much less than during and after puberty. This is why aerobic training is of limited value for improving endurance in young children. Activities should focus more on other goals, such as skill development and fun.

Largest and Best Football Stadium in the world

Football, which was first played by the peasants and poor of England, now attracts million dollar sponsorship from businesses across the world. The game, which initially did not find any existence among the riches, has now become the game of the masses. People from different places across the world are not only interested in watching the game, but also are keen to participate in it. As a large number of people have taken interest in this sport, you can find multiple football clubs across the globe today. With the increasing popularity of the sports, many national teams have taken to this game. This, in turn, has fueled the need for proper grounds and infrastructure to practice the game. And that is the reason, you can find hundreds of football arenas in different parts of the world. If you are a football fan, and want to gather more knowledge about this sport, you can check out the list of top ten football stadiums. Selecting the top ten football stadiums is tricky as every arena has some specialty of its own.

1. Soccer City, Johannesburg, South Africa

FNB stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, popularly known as the Soccer City, was selected as the venue for the FIFA World Cup, opening ceremony. The largest stadium of the country and the continent has the holding capacity of about 94,700 people. Though football fans will remember this stadium for the World Cup matches, it has a deeper history. During Nelson Mandela’s first visit to Johannesburg after his release from jail, this ground was selected for his speech.

2. Estadio do Maracana, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Estadio de Maracana stadium in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil hosted the final match of FIFA World Cup 1950. The stadium, inaugurated for the 1950 World Cup, did not prove to be lucky for the home team, and they lost the final match against Uruguay. The stadium will be renovated for the 2014 FIFA World Cup matches, and is expected to host a crowd nearing 75,000.

3. International Stadium Yokohama, Japan

The International Stadium in Yokohama, Japan hosted 2002 FIFA World Cup’s matches for the first three rounds. This stadium is expected to be popular among the Brazilian fans as their team won 2002 World Cup in this stadium. With 72,327 seats, this stadium boasts of providing more seating capacity than any other stadium in Japan.

Security When Playing Softball

Despite the name, a softball is not soft. A softball is about twelve inches in circumference – three inches larger than a baseball. Thousands of children in the United States are treated in emergency rooms for baseball and softball-related injuries. Softball injuries to the head are involved more than any other part of the body.

The following safety tips are designed to help children play safe and prevent injury on the baseball or softball fields.

Softball Equipment Safety:

Children should use always use proper safety gear when playing. This equipment includes catcher’s gear, athletic supporters and cups, protective eyewear, and proper footware (which may include cleats). Good quality, double-eared helmets should be worn to protect the ear and temple region against ball impact. Catchers should also wear a helmet with full face and throat protection.

Breakaway/quick release bases should be used instead of standard stationary bases to reduce the impact forces generated from of a sliding player.

Protective screening should be used to protect players in dugouts and on benches, and the playing fields and facilities should be well-maintained. The playing field and facilities should be free of garbage and debris, and there should be no sinkholes, stumps or rocks in the infield or outfield. Fences, walls and posts should be padded to help prevent injury if players run in to them when attempting to catch a ball.

All equipment should be inspected regularly to make sure it is in good condition.

Playing The Game:

Children should be taught how to play softball correctly, and they should play with other children of the same skill level, physical maturity and weight. Players should be taught to perform proper streaching and strenghtening techniques before playing.

Players should wear sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or higher. The sunscreen also should be sweat and water-resistant and reapplied every two to three hours.

The coach should be made away of the player’s medical conditions. A child should not play if he or she is experiencing persistent pain, a loss of motion, or any other abnormalities.

All players need to be kept hydrated. Water should be made available before, during and after all games and practices. Water is best, but sports drinks and juices can be decent alternatives. Avoid caffinated drinks, as caffine is a diuretic, which acts to dehydrate the body.

Learn Skateboarding For a Beginner

Some people scoff at skateboarding, thinking, “Really, how tough can it be? Is there more than just standing? Is it true the board does all the work?” When you’re just starting, you may be thinking these questions. If you don’t already know, you’ll discover very quickly that there’s more to skating than merely standing on a moving board. You’ll need some skill, and you’ll need to practice to get it.

How much practice is needed?
A lot of practice will be needed. Hold-off on attempting the advanced tricks though, it’s important to work on the fundamentals first. Next up, some really important things you’ll want to know if you’re new to skateboarding.

It’ll take a bit of practice to discover the best foot in front and back. It really does not matter which hand you are, left or right. But it is important to know which leg is your dominant or stronger leg. So try and visualize how you go about approaching things. Think back – when you kick a ball, which side do you do it with? Which leg do you normally begin with when you go up some stairs? Which leg/foot do you always use to catch yourself if you ever start to fall? The foot/leg you use will go to the back of the skateboard. It’s not about which direction you prefer to face, and it’s much more about which leg is strongest.

What kind of skateboard should I get?
Start with an inexpensive but very durable skateboard. High quality, beautiful skateboards can be outrageously expensive. They’re so pricey you won’t want to get them dirty! That’s the reasoning behind getting a cheaper board for beginners. These are typically thicker boards on sturdier wheels. These boards will be able to take the pounding and abuse the beginner skater will give it. ABEC skateboards are the way to go because they’re more newbie friendly.

Stopping is actually pretty complicated. In the beginning, it might be better to just drag a foot to slow down. Or you can practice taking small steps with one of your feet to slow you down–think of it as a reverse push off. What this does is take small steps in the reverse direction.

This isn’t great for your feet but it should do the trick. When you’re better, you can stop yourself quite smoothly by dragging the tail-end of the board. Oh, and if you’re going fast, tail grinding is not recommended.

There’s much more to skateboarding than simply riding on a flat board. Believe it or not, skateboards are a legitimate way to travel and they provide you with hours of entertainment. You’ll learn better and faster if you’ll only open up your mind to learning skateboarding as a skill.

Top Down Golf Launches Brand New Golfing Resource

(Eugene, OR)— Top Down Golf recently announced the launch of their brand new online golfing resource. The new website is on a mission to help both golfing enthusiasts and competitors get ahead of their competition by making an investment in the right gear and learning how to properly use that gear. For those looking to make improvements to their game right away, the new Top Down Golf website is live at topdowngolf.com

“When it comes to the game of golf, there is no doubt that there’s a strong sense of community among those who love to play. No matter their skill level, every player knows that having the right gear and using it in the right way can make or break their game. Fortunately, we’ve built an online resource to help golfers ensure that they’re able to get their hands on the right stuff. We realize that golfing gear is an investment, and the reviews and advice we provide at Top Down Golf gives players the assurance that they’re spending their money in the wisest possible way,” said Benjamin, a spokesperson for Top Down Golf.

At www.topdowngolf.com, visitors will find a number of in-depth reviews and guides designed specifically to help them choose the best gear for their needs. These guides cover everything from bags to clubs to balls, grips, rangefinders, and even push carts. Each buying guide provides a bit of education and advice on how to best use that particular piece of equipment as well as recommendations on where players can find the item online for the best price.

Benjamin went on to say, “It has been said that golf is a science to be studied for a lifetime. We know that we’ll never exhaust every bit of knowledge about our beloved game, but we are excited for the opportunity to keep finding ways to improve. As we gain new knowledge and insights on the best products and techniques, we’ll be sharing them with those in our Top Down Golf community so that we can all get better together.”

About Top Down Golf:

Top Down Golf is the ultimate online resource to help golfing enthusiasts and competitors alike to zoom in on their game. The site provides a plethora of in-depth buying and playing guides on every golfing topic imaginable, from the top-rated golfing bags of the year to choosing the best ball for individual golfers. With their help and advice, those in the golfing community will have what they need to take their skills to the next level.

Cute Feet Shown from an Exhausting Tour de France Cyclist Race

The Tour de France is a grueling race to say the least. This year’s edition features 198 riders taking on a 21-stage route totaling 3,540 kilometers (or 2,200 miles) over 21 days. According to CNN, that includes 23 mountain climbs with only two days of rest for the competitors over the three weeks they’re on the move.

If that doesn’t quite put into perspective how physically demanding the race is, though, Polish cyclist Pawel Poljanski shared a picture on Instagram on Tuesday of the toll the opening 18 days of competition has taken on his legs. Not only were both of them badly sunburned – it’s hovering around a high of 80 degrees in France right now – the way the veins in his legs were bulging made many on the internet pretty concerned about his wellbeing.

“After sixteen stages I think my legs look little tired,” Poljanski wrote.

As Dr. Bradley Launikonis from the University of Queensland in Australia explained to ABC, elite cyclists will have as much as 40 liters of blood flowing their muscles every minute they’re exercising. For the untrained athlete, Launikonis explained, that number would likely be around 20 liters of blood per minute. Seeing as the cyclist’s blood is pushed around their legs for long periods of time throughout the day, it’s no wonder why high volumes of blood are still present in their legs when they’re rested.

It’s not necessarily unhealthy, either. Head of trainer education at Third Space Luke Worthington told HuffPost that the bulging veins in his legs are “just an indication of how lean Poljanski is and also how much blood has been pumped to the working muscles.” “

Most lean athletes will appear to be this vascular,” Worthington continued. “It’s made to look more excessive by the amount of muscle mass he carries in his quads.”

Does that make it any less gross? Of course not. But at least we now know there’s no reason to be concerned about Poljanski’s health, which means we can go back to appreciating how difficult it must be to get in good enough shape to compete in the Tour de France.

Best Resources For Options

The conventional hard shell kayaks were quite expensive and more so, they add concerns of portability and storage as well. This is completely different with regards to modern day kayaks especially the inflatable models, which are specially designed in keeping the space constraints in mind. Nevertheless, they don’t hurt your budget as well.

If you are the kind of person who seeks thrill and adventurous, then you certain know the real importance of having the right gear. It not only guarantees that you will have an exciting and wonderful experience but this can additionally keep you safe all the time. As you are searching for inflatable kayak for sale, it can include doing comparisons of different models and makes. And in this article, you are going to learn some of these things.

As for the style of inflatable kayak, the most ideal for you will depend on the condition you’ll be using it more often as well as your level of comfort. There are styles for kayaks which include sit on top, sit in and self bailing.

Sit on top – the seat here is a bit raise, which care primarily created for recreational purposes. It is best suited for whitewater, lakes as well as rivers that do not get much water turbulence. Beginners may also buy sit on top kayaks as it is very easy to control and maneuver plus the fact that there is less learning curve.

Sit in – actually, the seating area here is a hollow cockpit that is enclosed on all the sides so the time you sit in, you’ll feel a snug fit. These are designed mainly for conditions that see lots of currents and waves and winds and for competitive performances too.

Self bailing – this inflatable boat has tiny holes in its design to be able to allow water that entered the kayak accidentally to drain out. It is perfect for whitewater situations but not calm waters since it might soon fill up the kayak.

It’ll largely depend on the trips you’re going to take when talking about buying a solo or tandem kayak. For example, single seater is the perfect choice you have when making solo trips but if you travel in groups, then a tandem will probably do better. As a matter of fact, there’s a convertible that is doubling up for tandem and solo but this comes for a higher price.

Needless to say, the best inflatable kayak is going to cost you more compared to basic and standard models as it has more features that you’ll need plus the fact that they are made from quality materials and very durable.

Short Course Includes Basics about the League

Definitely, the end of EPL will be interesting. This is because it is not a season for the Cinderella story. The case is different this year and no surprises like last year’s Their performance in the Champions league were awesome; reaching the quarterfinals. It was great performance since giants such as Manchester City and Arsenal failed to make any mark. Representing the blue side of London, Chelsea has been on top of the table since October last year. No one can bet against them to win the league this season.

With the winner almost certain, focus on the remaining matches shifts to those who will make it in the top four. The prize to finish in the top four is playing in the elite championship in Europe next season. Already Chelsea and Tottenham are sure of clinching two positions. Four teams have to battle it out for the two remaining slots. The arrival of Antonio Conte revitalized the rugged Chelsea. The new coach cam with new systems and formations. Discipline was missing during Jose Mourinho’s fateful last season at Stamford Bridge. After losing to Arsenal in the first leg, things changed at Chelsea.

Tottenham season has many features such as fast-paced football, ability to score many goals and use of counter attacks. So far, they are sure of Champions League football. Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal have t sharpen their tools to secure the two slots. They retain equal weights to get the two slots. Sixth and Europa football is gone with Everton.

Comparatively, the route for Liverpool to navigate is easy. They have three matches to go and are favorable games. The only threat is that competitors have games in hand. A third last is a guarantee for Manchester City if they win the last two games in hand and the other three. Wins in their remaining matches will assure them of the third spot.

Manchester United has the biggest hurdle to skip. It is at crossroads. They have secured their spot in the Europa League Final. A win in Stockholm guarantees Champions League Football. The team wants this. It is also the shortest path for the team. With Tottenham one of the opponents to face, Jose Mourinho is likely to prioritize the Europa League trophy.

Arsenal’s case is laughable. Wenger has been there and has seen it all in EPL. It is difficult to understand why newcomers such as Conte come and dominate him. Arsene Wenger beat Mourinho in a competitive match for the first time. Wenger has never failed to qualify for Champions since joining Arsenal. For the first time in the history of EPL, the top four finish is more challenging.

Some People Think That a Good Idea Is a Choice

You will always get to find that there can be lots of hobbies which people can have, hunting being amongst them, this will mean that, you have to know of the places in which you can go for hunting or even how it is that you can get to conduct hunting properly, this will get to ascertain that, you can know of the best means in which you will always get to maintain safety at all times and also all that would be needed of you.

For someone who might be hunting for the first time, you will find that it will always get to work better when you do know of all that you would need, which will ascertain that you will be able to know of all that would work best, this will also ascertain that you can know how it is that you will get to handle the rifle, meaning that, you will know of all that would end up working best at all times.

Whenever you will be going hunting, some of the things which you will have to do will be making certain that you can know of all that would work best, this will get to be a better means of which you can know of all that you would require, furthermore, you will find that you will have a better means in which you will get to be assuaged.

On the other hand, you will find that you also will need to know of how you should aim, meaning that, you will be able to become good at hunting and also that in the long run, you will be able to shoot something all by yourself, through being able to be keen and making certain that you will get to know of all that would be needed or even how it is that you will get to aim properly.

More so, you do find that it would be better getting to know the hunting laws within your area, this will determine whether you can know if it is legal thus getting to proceed, this should be something which you have to keep an eye on thus being able to ascertain that you will be on the right side of the law, furthermore, you will find that you will get to know of all that you would need.

Likewise, you will find that at times, it will be better getting to look at a shooting range, this will ascertain that you can familiarise yourself with the guns thus being able to ascertain that all of which you do get to do will work in your favour, furthermore, you will find that it would be better making certain that you will know how it is that you can move with your prey while still being able to target.