How Personal Electronic Devices Are Used in Sports

Technology has always benefited the sports that it is involved in, and this can easily be seen at major sporting events with large scoreboards or some type of electronic timer. Technology has also been used to create better golf clubs or light weight tennis rackets, but when personal electronic devices started to be produced in mass quantities in the 1990s some sports equipment manufacturers began to worry. They thought that this new technology would keep people indoors and hence would not purchase their sporting products. This fear was largely unfounded and with the cost of most electronic devices falling, it is the perfect time for companies to take advantage of this new technology. The biggest piece of technology that is becoming common in outdoor sports such as running or bicycling is global positioning systems.

GPS is quickly becoming the standard for navigation while bikers, runners or even kayakers are out in wilderness or even in the city. GPS systems can now be linked to Google maps so that a jogger can look at the device on their arm and be told where to turn in order to reach their destination. Previously this technology was generally used in cars but more and more it is becoming more popular for sporting purposes. The overall market for sporting equipment is on the rise and companies that do not take advantage of the new technology will fall behind. Nike has placed an electronic in one of their shoes that records the mileage that the runner has run. Then this mileage is put on a social networking site and users can chat with each other about their runs, how far they have run, where they like to run et cetera. These social networking sites have become very popular in many different areas of sports. Technology has become such a force that the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association is hosting a three-day conference on the subject starting Tuesday. Speakers are to include executives from Google and Nike. It is no surprise sporting has benefited from technology and consumers can assume that technology will continue to be integrated into their sport to make it more enjoyable.…

10 Funny Sports

Human beings have been taking part in sports for centuries. Whereas many sports attract a following because of the competition, the excitement and the thrill they have, there are a number that draw crowds because of their eccentric or out of the ordinary nature. Sometimes, such sports being odd is not deliberate but circumstantial because of the differences between cultures. In other words, a certain sport may appear peculiar to one person but is completely normal in the culture where it originates from.

The following is a list of 10 of the funniest sports in the world.

1) The Annual Man versus Horse Marathon

This is a race where a man competes against a horse. The sport was started in 1980 by following an argument between two men on whether or not a man can run faster than a horse if both were to compete in a cross country race. The race is usually held in Llanwrtyd town in Wales.

2) Wife carrying

Wife carrying races were first introduced in Finland but have now become common in other parts of the world such as Michigan, Wisconsin, Morono and Sonkajarui. In this event, the male competitors run through an obstacle track while they carry their wives or girlfriends. If you are going to win this race, you need technique. Most couples will go for the classic piggyback as well as the fire man’s lift where the wife interlocks her legs over her husband’s shoulders while she is carried in an upside down position. The reward for winning the race varies but the most amusing is the Sonkajarui race where the winner walks away with beer that weighs the same as his wife.

3) Toe wrestling

This sport was started in the year 1976 at Derbyshire pub in the UK. Similar to arm wrestling, for you to win you must find a way of forcing your opponent’s foot to the ground while your toes are locked together.

4) Bog snorkelling

A trench filled with water is cut through a peat bog. The competitors must swim in the trench wearing snorkels and flippers. The competitors only use their flippers to swim and compete against each other. You are not allowed to use any other traditional swimming techniques.

5) Chess Boxing

This sport is aimed at testing the competitor’s intelligence and strength. There are eleven rounds that alternate between boxing and chess competitions. The first round is chess, which is played for four minutes, followed by a two minute boxing round. This sport has an umbrella body known as the world chess boxing organization which manages international tournaments.

6) Cheese rolling

Amusing to watch, this is a fairly straightforward competition where competitors race after a round piece of cheese that is rolled from the top of a hill. The goal is to catch the rolling cheese. Of course this never happens given that the cheese gets a head start and that it hits speeds of up to 112Km/h.

7) The world beard and moustache …

The Principle of Variance For Conditioning Team Sport Athletes

The principle of variance at first glance may seem counter-intuitive when it comes to conditioning athletes. However, team sport athletes encounter wide and varied stimuli within the context of competition in their sport. When you actually analyse the nature of these sports and the needs of the athletes, it makes perfect sense not to implement segmented training strategies.

Conventional training suggests that an athlete performs separate sessions for strength, power, speed and endurance. This is usually conducted within the confines of a set programme with progression. Makes sense right? Well sort of. Athletes need this specific training, however they need to apply it under circumstances they might encounter within their chosen sport. This is more specific to this type of athlete than a programme.

So what is variance?

Variance means continuous variation of the training stimulus from one session to the next. This can be seen in training methodologies such as CrossFit and our own Personal Evolution methods. Each and every workout is different from the last. It is not often you will encounter the exact same workout within a short period of time.

Now this sort of training may seem somewhat random and a hit-and-miss approach, but not if it’s applied intelligently. You wouldn’t just go out and get team sport athletes doing random, irrelevant drills and exercises. The training still needs to utilise the energy systems and movement patterns that are applicable to their sport. Soccer players need to run a lot, so the varied training sessions will include strength and conditioning, but it will also include a lot of running in an endless combination of drills. A rugby player tackles, jumps, gets tackled, drives scrums etc. This athlete needs a lot of strength, speed and power workouts.

So how do you apply variance in an athletes conditioning programme?

  • First of all identify the movement patterns they need to develop and the energy systems constantly used within the context of competition.
  • Begin creating workouts that utilise these patterns in a constantly varied fashion. One day you might be doing Olympic lifts for high reps, the next might be a timed workout with four or five different exercises performed continuously at high intensity, the next day could be maximum dead-lifts using single reps.
  • Begin with a build-up phase, don’t just jump straight in. This sort of training can be potent and may result in injury if the athlete is not prepared.
  • Have each athlete record their results in a note book. This goes for timed workouts, loads lifted etc. They can then track their performance over time.

Remember, intensity is the primary variable to aim for here. Intensity is what controls the adaptations that take place, more so than frequency, type and duration.

Variance is king, apply it intelligently, track progress and train as hard as possible. This will result in athletes being prepared for anything and everything.

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Developing Soccer Speed – 5 Ways to Use Hills to Run Faster

Using hills to run faster will work if you do it properly. If you go about hill running for conditioning you may end up with overuse injuries. Less is better than more. Any type of hill running should be completed after your warm up and before your soccer training. Hill training should not be done at the end of training when you are tired!

Ideally you want the hill at a 45 degree angle and you need five to ten yards. Remember less is better than more.

Here is the progression of exercises:

1) Crawl up the hill for five to ten yards -do this five times and each time increase the speed.

2) Walk up the hill for five to ten yards with a forward lean from the ankles – five times

3) Walk up the hill for five to ten yards with a lean from the ankle with a partner giving you some resistance by holding you at the waist or using a beach towel around your waist

4) Run up the hill with your partner giving you some resistance. Focus on driving the leg into the ground. Rest for 30 seconds to a minute and repeat.

5) Run up the hill for 5 to 10 yards as fast as you can. Rest for 45 seconds to a minute then repeat.

If you have a partner you can switch up in between runs for exercises 3 and 4.

After the exercise do some light foot work with the ball for recovery and preparation for the day’s soccer training.

These exercises force you to drive the leg into the ground by using your glutei muscles.

This exercise may be put into your training once or twice a week with a 48-72 hour break in between. These are specific strength drills for developing soccer speed.…

Vintage Westinghouse Electric Golf Carts

The predecessor to Westinghouse is the Marketeer Company. A brief history is in order to properly account the history of Westinghouse and their electric golf cart.

Merle Williams started the Marketeer Company in the midst of WWII, when gas rationing wan in effect. He designed and developed a compact electric vehicle for his wife. As other saw his marvelous creation they called for more and so the company was born. It was not until 1951 that he developed the first electric vehicle designed specifically for playing golf. Peggy and Merle sold Marketeer to Westinghouse in 1965.

Westinghouse continued to build electric golf carts and other electric vehicles till the they sold the business to Nordskog Industries in 1978. The most popular Westinghouse electric golf cart is probably the four wheel 436 series

Today’s current economic situation is not that different that the times of William Merle, we are in the middle of fighting a war, gas may not be rationed but it is getting so expensive that the average man can’t afford it. And the current hot phrase, is to “go green”. And everyone is singing the praise of going electric. You would think it was a new concept .The truth is that there is nothing really “new” about electric vehicles at all. They have gone by the wayside with the advent of gas powered machinery, lost like the Stanley Steamer, electric carts where discarded from a very long time, but they are making a come back. And in fact in small, but growing circle, they never really left.

Many vintage Westinghouse golf carts are still available and there are quite a few collectors, enthusiasts and admirers, still today. Following is a comprehensive list of a few supplier of vintage electric golf carts and their parts and service.

Fairway Golf Carts in Palm Harbor, Florida USA.

Jerico Enterprises in Montrose Minnesota.USA

Kenfield Golf Cars Austin Texas USA

Vintage Golf Cart Parts Port Townsend Washington USA

New England Golf Cars Seekonk Massachusetts USA

Fairway Golf Car Corp Medford New York USA

Kenfield Golf Cars Austin Texas USA

Golf Carts Of Texas Kemah Texas USA

Vintage Golf Cart Parts Port Townsend Washington USA

Carts Plus (division of AutoPlace) Kelowna British Columbia Canada

There are also a good many classified available on line and the prices found range $600.00 to $1,200.00 and up depending on year and condition.

There are also a few clubs and newsletters that allow vintage Westinghouse electric golf cart enthusiasts to connect and share stories, ideas, trade parts and more. Most electric batteries contain 8 volts and last about eight hours on a full charge. A great economical way to get around and a wonderful collector’s item as well.…

Your Guide to Choosing College Football Helmets

So you wanted to join your college football team? Well, more than just thinking of the qualifying games, there's another consideration which you just have to think of. You also need a college football helmet to get you through the game. Skills in terms of playing the football game are of course, essential. But come on now, you would not audition for the qualifiers in the first place if you do not know any better when it comes to how great you can actually play the game. Point is, skills are important. But you will never get far with skills alone.

Football is one of the most dangerous sports to play. With all of the literal and figuratively hard-hitting action that happens on field, nobody can predict which way the ball will roll. This is deliberately why football players get donned with so many gears that they can hardly be recognized beneath it. And you better trust that all of these gears are worn with major good reasons, especially college football helmets. Your head is the most important thing in the game and should be protected the best you can. So to be able to do so, it all starts with choosing which of the college football helmets will really fit you in all aspects.

The first thing you need to consider when choosing among the numerous college football helmets is the brand. Most helmets are considered safe and worth every penny because of the brand which launched them. You need to remember that college football helmets are made by specific companies only. Even if you happen to find other football helmets made by a company which is known for producing motorcycle helmets, that's not enough reason to buy the brand's football helmet. You will do better to choose among the college football helmets of known brands specifically in the sport itself. This will ensure that the helmet is designed for the conditions of the sport. As good as a motorcycle helmet is in terms of safety, no football player can possibly move around with ease while donning on one.

And since you're off to choosing the right brand among college football helmets, you should also check out the features each of these helmets have. Note that these companies do not just stop with producing their line of college football helmets. They continuously conduct researches to make sure that their products are kept up to par and that new scientific findings will be able to back up their actual product. Studies are being done in every sport to help players better themselves at it and as this is so, football helmet brands will certainly pick up on such results and make improvements and new developments here and there.

Lastly, try on the helmet before you wear it. While it's great that you probably get a football helmet as a gift, it's actually more recommended that you buy it yourself instead. College football helmets are made in precision according to different …

How To Put on a Successful Youth Football Camp

Football Camps For Youth Football Players

We do a one day camp in June or July. We have done week long and three day camps but now just do one day camps. Our goals for these pre-season camps are just to get a peek at what we have talent wise, get the kids to understand how they are to interact with the coaching staff and to have fun. We have an entire month to prepare for our first game, we can get any conditioning we need during regular football practice.

Conditioning this far out from the first practice and for such a short duration is counterproductive to what we are trying to accomplish during the camp. We feel very strongly that with the very narrowly defined football practice priorities we adhere to, we can get our evaluations, base skills and schemes put in during the one month of football practices prior to that first game. We found much of what the kids learned in these football camps was forgotten once we started in August and often the kids were playing different positions, once the teams were optimized. We don’t put in any of our football plays or playbook in during these camps.

We found anything longer than 2 hours in one day was counterproductive, even for the older kids. We rarely got much out of the kids once we hit that 2 hour brick wall,especially if it was hot. We don’t go over 1 ½ hours for the kids under age 8.

We always bring in at least one NFL player in to do a little talk at the end of the Football Camp. We have also called the Nebraska Cornhuskers and got players to attend from their FCA group, most University teams are happy to accommodate you, all you have to do is ask. The NFL guys can often get NFL money to pay for caps, t-shirts and food, every time we invited a local NFL guy they did this for us. All they ask you to do is to organize the camp, get the kids there and do a press release to get the media there.

Our format has changed quite a bit, but this is the one we use now:

Group Dynamic Warm Ups

Group Stance and Starts/Cadence

Mini Group Fun Competitions/Evaluations: This is where we do all of our fun team evaluation

games/drills detailed starting on page 69 of the book. This gets the kids pumped up and enthused about being at your camp and playing for your team and tells us what we have and where most of the kids will play.

Skill Development Stations (No conditioning or frappy agility drills)

Team Hawaiian Rules Football- On page 80 of the book.

When finished with the clinic the kids understand how they are required to interact with the coaches. As coaches we have a real good idea of the athleticism of our team in general and where 80-90% of our starters will be playing. The kids …

How to Survive Your First Kick Boxing Class

The most important part of all exercise of course is being prepared. The best way to prepare for your first class is to dress appropriately. You will certainly want to be in loose fitting clothing and comfortable footwear. Try and avoid the big bulky clothing such as hoodies because they will make you far too hot. Plus the pull strings for the hood will swing wildly and hit you in the face. I recommend a simple T-shirt and shorts that are not too short) or some simple sweat pants. Be sure the shorts of pants of choice have enough room to stretch as you raise your legs to the side or the front.

The other things you will want to consider are food and water. Be sure you have a water bottle with you so you can stay hydrated. While you won’t really need food during class, the high level of muscle use in a kick boxing class can take some people by surprise who are used to more traditional cardio. So stay away form that steak and potato dinner right before class to avoid cramping. If you eat a couple of hours before class, keep the foods light and moderate in protein. Something like a granola bar or some fruit usually fits the bill. Other people have good energy and stamina with the classic PB&J sandwich.

Finally, remember to have fun. Leave your ego at the door and simply relax. Too many people will walk into their kick boxing class trying to be the next Chuck Norris. This usually brings about an excessive amount of power in your technique which often leads to injury (for yourself or your partner if you are working with someone) and fatigue. Remember that everyone knows you are new and no one expects you to be perfect or even to know what you are doing. So it’s always okay to make mistakes and look like you are new to kicking and punching. Everyone in that class started out exactly where you are, so they understand. So go easy, have fun and keep the ego in check. You will have much more fun if you simply play around with the techniques rather than try and impress everyone and yourself.

Extra tips:

o Also be sure to arrive early to class to say hi to the instructor and introduce yourself. This will make you feel like less of a stranger and the instructor will feel more comfortable helping you when they know a little bit about you.

Be fit and live free,…

How to Plan a Breakfast with Santa Event

During the holidays, many schools, churches and groups plan a holiday Breakfast with Santa fundraiser. In fact, this is one of the simplest and most fun fundraisers you can host.

Step 1. Select a Charity

The first thing you’ll need is a charity to receive the funds. To me, the best charities to benefit would be related to children – at least during the holidays. Is there a children’s hospital in your town? Or a mission that helps families?

Of course, Toys for Tots is another charity to consider. Rather than requiring an entry fee, have each participant bring a new toy to donate.

Step 2. Location & Time

Now you can begin to plan a date and time. Contact local churches and your city offices to see if you can use their facilities for the event. If one place says “no” keep asking. You will probably need to sign a contract that states you will follow the rules of the building and will clean up after the event. Secure the facility as soon as you can in advance on the event.

Step 3. Find Volunteers

Now that you’ve reserved a place and you have your date, it’s time to call in the troops. You’ll need lots of resources (people and supplies). Hopefully, by asking around, you’ll be able to find ways to get plenty of both for free.

Some places to contact are:

Local Military (If you have a base nearby.), High School Sports Clubs, Colleges and Universities, Local Businesses, Stores, Restaurants, Girl and Boy Scouts, Churches, Schools, and Moms Clubs.

Of course you need a Santa. Ask around and you’ll find someone willing to recruit a family member.

Step 4. Determine Entertainment & Activities

Of course the main attraction will be Santa and the pancakes. However, if you have a large turnout (and, hopefully you will) you’ll want to have other activities planned to entertain the children while they are waiting for their turn with Santa.

Set up a coloring or craft table for the kids. Games are also fun. Alter games you know and put a Christmas twist on them – like pin the nose on Santa.

Set up a storytelling area. All you’ll need is a quiet area, some good Christmas books, and comfy cushions.

Plan photos with Santa. Find a local photographer. Allow the photographer to display a sign for publicity and ask her to donate a percentage of sales to your organization. Oftentimes photographers are happy for the opportunity.

And, of course, Face Painting is a must have.

Step 5. Get the Word out About Your Breakfast with Santa Fundraiser

Now, get the word out so your event is a huge success!

Provide flyers at all the following locations:

Bookstores, Elementary Schools, Grocery Stores, Libraries, Preschools and Daycares.

Also, contact local newspaper, radio stations, and free family publications. Give the news something positive to report about.

That’s all there is to it. From there, just enjoy your event, knowing you’re doing something wonderful and …

Indian Sports Scenario in 2010

Indians have a big sporting history in some sports such as cricket and hockey. However apart from a small select group there has been a lack of interest for other sports in the country. However lots of people have shown great interest in the traditional sports such as wrestling and kabaddi. Some other sports like martial arts have been played traditionally in some parts of India such as Kerala. The lack of interest in sports other than cricket and hockey was quite disturbing for most people even though India continued to produce world champion sportsmen such as Vishwanthan Anand in chess and Geet Sethi in billiards to name a few. Apart from these players Narain Karthikeyan has also been around for some time now in Formula 1 car racing.

Cricket is easily the most dominant sport in India. Its controlling body called BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) is one of the richest sporting bodies in world and has developed many top notch cricketing facilities in the country. The Indian cricket team is ranked numero uno in test cricket and number two in one day cricket at the moment. So obviously cricket is very much alive and kicking in this part of the world. In comparison hockey has seen many ups and downs since its golden era in 1950s and 1960s. Mostly downs unfortunately. There have been frequent comparisons made between cricket and hockey and their popularity. But cricket has dominated hockey for the most part.

The scenario of other sports in India is improving though, with India finishing second in recently concluded Commonwealth Games ahead of England and Canada. Apart from this achievement, Indian tennis and badminton players such as Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupati, Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza in tennis and
Saina Nehwal in badminton have done the country proud.

One sporting achievement all Indians are most proud of is Abhinav Bindra winning a gold medal in 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. This was the first time an Indian won gold medal in Olympics in an individual event. This Punjabi won the 10 meter Air Rifle event at the 2008 Olympics. However India’s greatest sporting achievement in Olympics remains the 8 gold medals in field hockey.

The traditional Indian sports such as kho-kho, kabaddi and kite flying have enjoyed great popularity in urban as well as rural sections of India. These sports require little infrastructure and as a result have thrived in the onslaught of cricket. I was tempted to list the great sporting achievements of cricketers here but that is not the object of writing this article. Everyone is aware of cricketing achievements. But the concern is about the condition of other sports in India. It has been voiced many times all over the country. Things are looking better however with Indian athletes beginning to perform at world level. It makes me feel proud. What about you?

Lack of proper facilities has been considered as the main reason for lack of performance of Indian sportsmen. This …