Which Rugby Position Should You Play?

Rugby is the ultimate team sport, and if you’re willing to train hard and put in the effort on the pitch, there will be a position for you regardless of your size or shape. Each position requires different skills, which makes it flexible for someone who is looking to get involved.

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There are 15 players on the pitch: eight forwards who make up the scrum when required, and seven backs, who are spread out across the field. Physical characteristics might have a bearing on your choice of position, and age could also play a role. As you get older, the big hits tend to hurt more and recovery time is longer.

Age

When you’re starting out, you might not have a choice about where you play; it could be a case of learning the skills across the board. If you have a preference, say so, but it’s good to be flexible. You might find you play better in another position.

As you get older, you might find that you are labelled. Your natural physique will lend itself better to certain positions. For example, bigger, heavier players will tend to take forward positions, whilst faster, smaller players are backs. However, rules are there to be broken; a great player like Jonah Lomu at 1.96m might have been a contender for the back row, but if his coaches had been too rigid, the world would have missed out on one of the greatest wings ever.

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Size

There is no such thing as the “right” size for a particular position. Although forwards tend to be bigger, being significantly bigger than other front row players will unbalance the scrum and could be a disadvantage. Locks are generally tall to help them reach the lineout ball, but a shorter player who can jump like a salmon could be fantastic! Skills and attitude will generally be more important.

For a bit of fun, why not try out the Ruck quiz to give yourself a bit more to think about? Once you’ve discovered the best position to play, you can start training accordingly. If you need rugby drill inspiration, look online with experts like Sport Plan https://www.sportplan.net/drills/Rugby/ and make sure your training is as effective as possible.

The key is to enjoy whichever position you play. Eat well, exercise regularly, and you could have a long rugby career.…

Prevent Alzheimer’s – Play Scrabble

Playing Scrabble or other “thinking” board games is being shown by modern medical science to have many health benefits. No matter what your age, “brain sports” such as Scrabble have been proven to be of particular benefit for many aspects of human mental health.

At the simplest and most obvious end of the spectrum, the social aspects of Scrabble and other board games can be a preventative or even a treatment for loneliness, depression and social phobia.

At the other end of the spectrum, a study from the University of Southern California and published in the respected “Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences” shows that mentally stimulating recreational activities in early and middle adulthood is strongly associated with a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s Disease in later life.

A similar study by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging in 2002 studied 700 dementia-free people aged 65 and older for a period of 4.5 years. It compared the level of active cognitive activities regularly performed by the study participants, such as card games, checkers, crossword puzzles, reading books and visiting museums. The NIH reached a conclusion that those with the highest levels of cognitive activities in their lifestyle had a 47% reduced risk of future Alzheimer’s disease than those who had the least levels of cognitive activities in the lifestyles.

A 2008 study by the University of NSW published in the renown journal “Public Library of Science” adds that, in addition to Alzheimer’s Disease, the onset of other degenerative brain diseases such as Huntington’s and Parkinson’s Diseases can also be delayed or prevented with these forms of mental activity. It found that a brain region known as the hippocampus, known to shrink with age and particularly with these three degenerative brain diseases, has only half the rate of shrinkage in people engaged in active mental tasks as in those with low levels of mental stimulation.

The evidence suggests a “Use it or Lose it” basis to human cognitive health.

If it is too late for prevention, research from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center that has been published in the “Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry” still has some encouraging news. They have demonstrated that computer and internet based mentally stimulating activities such as games can play a useful role alongside medication in improving the cognitive function of Alzheimer’s patients. That is another plus for Scrabble, the various internet versions of which have grown the game into one of the most popular online today.

Irrespective of Alzheimer’s Disease or other form of dementia, cognitive decline is a very common phenomena as we advance in years. Medical research teaches us clearly that keeping one’s brain active with puzzles, games, study and similar means are an effective method of slowing the rate of age-related cognitive decline. Furthermore, the earlier in life one begins to regularly participate in such active brain games and pursuits, the longer it takes before any cognitive decline even begins.

The lesson is clear. Play Scrabble and other brain-games …

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,…