Speaking generally an article about hockey should talk about tips, personalized experience and hockey in general. But this time the one that follows is certainly going to be out of the league.
Bordering on to absurdity, this might sound too awkward but the most common advice which even the known hockey teams like hockey team of Delhi as well follow which is to play and devote a good amount of time to alternate sports. Considered as one of the best improvement tricks, it certainly is one of the best and certain technique of bettering your hockey game and especially if you are a beginner.
This trick is sure to add balance and flexibility to your playing abilities, iterates a member of the hockey league of India. Most recommended by the professionals, it certainly has several valid and credible reasons attached to it.
Remember how you see various teams and players participating in alternate games even during the training and warming-up sessions. It is because of all the benefits attached to it that a majority of teams acquiesce to this serious advice and improving measure.
Here is why you should definitely look beyond your puck:
-Owing to that running and other physical movements, the players who play hockey build strong and firm calf muscles. However the other body parts are hardly in motion, which many a time makes the body rigid. Because the other body parts are out of action there isn’t any practical muscle movement which then increases the risk of wear and tear while affecting your stamina adversely.
Apart from this, when you take a break from the same work routine, you ought to sharpen and rejuvenate both your mind and body. A different and new perspective on field definitely aids you to work and play better with the winning strategy by your side, remarks a renowned player from the hockey team of Delhi.
Versatility surely is one of the rarest of the traits and when coupled with the right technique there shall be no looking back.
Here are some benefits of adopting an alternate sport:
-Having a second sport by your side, you are sure to have variations in the at times monotonous schedule.
-An early age connection with the game might just result to underdevelopment of various muscles. Playing two contrasting games while helping you taste the best of two worlds, certainly adds to your overall muscles development.
-Keeps the players away from overuse injuries. There is a higher probability that you are indulged in playing just a single game, you shall be exposed to the same kind of injuries over and over again. True those injuries are a part of a sports-person’s life but having time to recover from these is also imperative. Therefore an alternate sport buys you enough time to recover from these injuries, confirms a member of hockey league of India.
The world of skateboarding has often been stereotyped as being full of individuals that are into reggae music and that dress in dark clothing. Some even fear them as they believe skaters form gangs and take part in illegal activities. Therefore it is refreshing that there are professionals including Tony Hawk out there. He has definitely become an inspiration for the sport.
He has definitely taken the sport to new limits due to his speed, agility, and the difficulty involved with the various stunts he performs. Yet there is so much more to him than that for people to be impressed with.
Hawk loves the sport, and encourages others to take part in it. He has donated a large amount of money to help with the cost of skate parks and even to provide skateboards for kids that wouldn’t have them otherwise. He has also taken up huge causes to get people to give including 09/11 fundraisers and those for the victims of hurricane Katrina.
It is common to see him interacting with his fans, including the younger generations. They do see him as the leader of the world of skating, but they also relate to him as a person. He definitely has a passion for the sport, but he is also very charismatic. He can draw people to him instantly without even trying.
While we may look at Hawk out there and be amazed, we also take for granted all of the hard work he has put into achieving his goals. It is important to remember that he didn’t magically know all he does one day and be able to present it. Anyone with dreams and aspirations can appreciate all that he has done. While skill has plenty to do with it, so does the mindset.
You will see that Hawk is very patient and he is also very encouraging. He always has great things to say about his competition instead of cutting them down. He also isn’t letting the celebrity status go to his head. He knows that he has quite a following and he is always thankful of his fans out there. He has stayed true to who he is, and never lets the money or the fame get the best of him.
Anyone that plays video games has come across the various Tony Hawk skating games. They are designed to give a person realistic moves to perform as they skate around. A couple of years ago one mother wrote to Tony Hawk to express her disappointment. While she loved the games as did her kids, she also had a daughter very into the sport. They were disappointed that none of the skaters to choose from on these games were female. Hawk took that to heart, and the very next one that came out had a professional female that could be selected.
He has also created affordable and high quality skating shoes that are sold exclusively at Kohl’s. Don’t worry if you don’t have one locally though as you can shop their stores online. He has also donated thousands of pairs of them to kids that need shoes. He doesn’t make any money on that but wants to be sure kids out there have what they need.
Many other celebrities out there have the highest respect for Tony Hawk. They have found him to be a genuine individual with an exciting spirit. They also love the fact that the man is always willing to lend his support to worthwhile causes. He is a passionate skater but also a compassionate human being.
These days, the need of prescription sport glasses is on the rise. Prescription sport glasses are really important for sportsmen with vision problem. doing sporting without any precautions, such as sport goggles is a dangerous thing, if at the same time you are a athletic with severe vision problem, the chances of go to a extreme danger dramatically increase! Over 53000 sport-related eye injuries were caused simply by not equipped well. it is a really a big number, isn’t it？Now that prescription sport glasses are must-haves, we need to know how to opt for a good pair of prescription sport glasses.
Lenses lie most important in a pair of good prescription sport glasses. Qualified sport glasses should have 100 percent UV radiation protection as well as a good function in reflecting sun glare. In addition, since it is sport glasses, therefore, the lenses should be impact-resist. It should be firm enough to resist an unexpected strong hit! Therefore, you should concern more about the lenses while selecting prescription sport glasses.
Apart from lenses, frame also is important. Sweating is an inevitable process during sport. It is normal but if you are allergic to certain material, such as metal, you should give more consideration to the material of prescription sport glasses’ frames. Furthermore, the options of styles of prescription sport glasses are varying depending on which sport you are doing!
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Judo is a form of martial sport originated from Japan. It was created by Jigoro Kano with self-defence in mind; hence the name translates “Gentle Way”. The purpose of this sport is to restrain your opponent through a series of powerful and elegant throwing techniques and dynamic groundwork such as arm locks and strangles.
This sport has been widely advertised and introduced as a suitable self-defence art for women in America, the very first classes being for women only. Whether the Judo techniques inclined towards impairing movement rather than attacking were taken into consideration or the fact that Jigoro Kano was known to have been a thin sickly teenager was the reason why the Judo advertising campaigns were targeting women is not clear, but judo was considered for a long time a women only sport in the western countries. In the meantime however, this sport has become very popular among people of all ages and genders. In fact, Judo is a preferred sport for children because of its focus on character development and morality. Nowadays, you can take up judo in many parts of the world including Australia, as its popularity skyrocketed after becoming an official Olympic sport in 1964. If you wish to practice judo in Sydney, you will be pleased to learn that you will find a great number of reputable instructors ready to help you learn not only how to defend yourself, but also to gain self-confidence and strengthen your spirit.
Judo has always been an art of mystery, because of the easiness with which people get thrown to the ground, not to mention how fast they get up without showing any signs of injury. Considering the fact that falling is associated with injury, seeing someone fly in the air and fall to the ground only to jump up on their feet a second later is thrilling and amazing in many ways. While judo focuses on throwing techniques and ground work, falling is the first thing you learn during judo classes Sydney. People find this sport surprising and interesting because of its elegant, yet dynamic movements. Judo techniques are good for self-defence because of the sense of power you attain while training. You become capable of restraining someone with a larger build than yourself and this confidence shows.
The world outside is full of dangers and judo offers people the power and determination to win against all odds. This sport teaches you that you can always get up after falling down; that no matter how grim the situation and even when your feet and arms are locked you can always rely on your own strength to escape. Self-defence is not only about gaining the power to fight off your attacker; it is also about getting rid of the victim mentality. You will learn how to avoid getting cornered and how keep your calm during any kind of situation. Armed with what you have learned and the experience you attained during judo training, you can protect yourself and your family from harm more easily.
major joint (shoulder, hip,knee, ankle, wrist, elbow) through its associated movements. The hip can flex, extend, abduct, adduct, hyperextend, rotate internally and externally. If you try this with one side and compare it with the other, the moved side will feel warmer.
The motions warm up the synovial fluid in the joint…warm fluid has more volume than cold fluid, thus giving the joint more cushioning and easier range of motion.
*The extremely low viscosity of synovial fluid and relatively low velocities of movement involved in warming up movements over a few minutes will not produce any sufficient increase in fluid volume to increase the cushioning capabilities of the synovial fluid. Moreover, the tissues containing the synovial fluid will bulge to counter any small effects that might occur.
Another issue is that any warming up will also increase the temperature of the soft tissues surrounding and investing the joint, so that they will become more extensible and will further diminish the value of any increase in synovial volume which may take place.
The warming effect from exercise related increases in metabolic rate will be far larger than that produced by gentle movements of the joints. Interestingly, research has shown that intense iosmetric contractions of muscle can also significantly increase the temperature of the muscle complex, so that dynamic movement is not necessarily the only way of wwarming up the tissues. One could equally well warm up by doing strong isometric or quasi-isometric contractions at a few well-chosen joint angles in different directions in free space.
Of course, we do have to consider the neural components of warming up, as well, so it would be a bit simplistic to choose one limited method of “pre-action preparation” (I prefer a term like that to “warming up”, because “warming up” activities involve more than mere temperature raising of the soft tissues. In some respects, the term “warming up” is an unfortunate, misleading and simplistic one, because it has led far too many coaches and athletes to think in terms of the pre-exercise phase as one whose role is simply to “warm up” the tissues.
Among other tasks, the “pre-action preparatory phase” (PPP) is there to warm up tissues and to “prime” the nervous system. We are doing the PPP a grave disservice to think of it only as a “warming up” phase. In the case of animals stalking their prey or escaping predators, the neural aspect is of far greater importance and it is high time that athletes were also made more aware of this vital aspect of the PPP before a given event.
Lomu shines to crush English hearts (1995)
At the age of just 20, Jonah Lomu ran in four tries in a stellar display against England to help New Zealand through to the World Cup final. Just four minutes had elapsed before the youngster had crossed over for the first time, evading the challenge of Tony Underwood and Mike Catt to get the Kiwis up and running.
The pure pace and power on display left England with little chance, even if they did put in a spirited showing at times in Cape Town. As well as the brilliance of Lomu, this match is also remembered for Zinzan Brooke’s effortless boot through the sticks from range to cap a memorable afternoon for the eventual beaten finalists.
Wilkinson wins it for England at the death (2003)
Forget the top five greatest Rugby World Cup moments, this must rank up their in terms of the finest sporting occasions of all time. It was very much fairytale stuff in Sydney, as Jonny Wilkinson’s last-gasp effort separated England and Australia on the back of 100 pulsating minutes of action.
To be precise, 28 seconds remained on the clock when Wilkinson was handed the ball and delicately placed it between the sticks. It provided the most dramatic of conclusions to a fine contest, that had seen the sides locked at 17-17 at that exact moment. Millions watching on around the globe witnessed the Red Rose hold on for the remainder, becoming the first northern hemisphere team to win the world title in the process.
World Cup final 2007
Compared to 12 years earlier, when Francois Pienaar held aloft the William Webb Ellis trophy to such celebratory fanfare, the immediate aftermath of the 2007 final might have seemed a bit anti-climactic to neutrals, but it was hugely emotional to those of us who were at Stade de France.
All day the streets of Paris had been choked with white clad England supporters who had hurried across the Channel when they knew that England had made the final. Suddenly the whitewash they suffered at the hands of the Springboks earlier in the tournament seemed to have been forgotten – it was all about Jonny Wilkinson, how he was the king, and how England were going to retain the World Cup.
Unlike in the Pool game over a month before, the Springboks never ran away with it – it was a tight final, and although the Boks always seemed to be in control and were just keeping England at arms-length, England still had a chance of winning it right up until the last minutes. It was when those last minutes arrived that the count-down began among South African fans – five minutes, four minutes, three minutes….and then 30 seconds…and then the hugging down on the field between elated and emotional players and management and the hugging in the stands between supporters and, yes, even some of the South African media.
The then President of our country, Thabo Mbeki, made his way onto the field, and like Madiba had in 1995, he joined the team in their celebrations and got to hold the trophy as the mournful England supporters slunk away. It was one of those rare occasions as a rugby journalist when I was so choked with emotion that it was hard to start working, and the celebrations that started at the final whistle lasted long into the Paris night.
NEW ZEALAND 45 ENGLAND 29
England knew what was coming in the 1995 semi-final – but they were still powerless to stop the 20-year-old Jonah Lomu wreaking havoc. The first of Lomu’s four tries that day is still the best in World Cup history, as he brushed off Tony Underwood and left Will Carling in his wake, before running straight over Mike Catt to touch down in the corner.
It was sensational and made Lomu the first true superstar of the sport. Afterwards, England skipper Carling said: “He is a freak and the sooner he goes away, the better.”
Lomu would go on terrorising defences to the 1999 tournament, despite a debilitating kidney problem, but 1995 was when he was at his mesmeric best.
World Cup final 1995
For many the most memorable vignette from the opening game of the World Cup opening game in 1995 will be of Springbok left wing Pieter Hendricks wagging his finger in delight as he rounded David Campese for the first try of the tournament. It was a memorable moment, but for those who were there on that clear May day at Newlands nothing surpassed the emotion and passion that attended the crowd reaction to the arrival on the field of the great man himself, Nelson Mandela.
The country’s first democratically elected president had played a big role in securing the World Cup for South Africa and the drive towards the nation building that was such a big part of the tournament arguably started as he walked out onto the field to the echoing chants from the terraces – “Nelson, Nelson, Nelson, Nelson!!!”
It was indeed a heady and an emotional moment for all South Africans, as was the entire opening ceremony, which went off without a hitch and was a credit to the Rainbow Nation which it had as its theme. And oh yes, the Springboks played their part in making the day even more memorable – they came to the party in a big way by beating the reigning champions, Australia, and thus announcing themselves as challengers for the trophy as they embarked on the low road that coach Kitch Christie had spoken so much about.
In recent years a sizeable number of people have been of the opinion that taking part in competitive sport is not good for children. There have been many stories about schools banning sports days and not allowing children to be ‘winners’ or ‘losers’.
According to the Telegraph, however, the benefits of team sports far outweigh any potential downsides.
How do team sports affect young people?
Although some very physical sports, such as rugby, will always carry some risk of an injury, they also encourage a real sense of bravery in young people. The health benefits of regular exercise are invaluable, of course, and playing a team sport at school can help to set up healthy habits for life. Whatever the individual background of pupils, taking part in a team game such as rugby, football or hockey can foster a real sense of cooperation and respect for each other. These character-building aspects can have a really positive influence on a young person’s personality and the way in which they will tackle other challenges as they go through life.
The positive influence of a good coach
Some children may lack the helpful role models they need in their home environment and a strong and positive relationship with an influential adult such as a sports coach can be just what they need; in fact, according to the BBC, children’s experience of sport at school can affect their attitudes for the rest of their life. Hockey is a really popular example of a team sport that fosters all the right attitudes in those who play it. If you are a hockey coach, you may like to review field hockey training videos from sportplan.net
The positive attitudes that are often instilled in children by taking part in team games can make all the difference in the way in which they will approach adult roles later in life. This can be especially true for young people who do not come from the type of home that encourages these skills within the family.
There are various ways you can try to increase your height effectively. These methods involved a very simple method that everyone can do. What exactly these methods are? Through this article you will find some tips that I endorsed and recommend you to do it constantly day by day.
The first step or method is by choosing the right sport. There are kind of sports that required you to stretch or jump. Basketball is the most famous sport among those who wants to increase their height. If basketball is not your country favorite sport then you can try other sports such as volley ball. If you really want to increase your body height you just cant do the sport for only for a little time with a little energy. The best way is by let your body does all what it takes in doing it. For instance, if you must jump then jump as high as you can, it will do the trick in helping you gain new body height.
The next step is by taking a good healthy food. Try to consume whatever foods that contain high protein, vitamins, and minerals. Avoid a full carbohydrates food because it only will cause you bigger belly not taller body. Where you can find the resources of these substances? Eggs, fish, and milks are the best resources of protein. Taking those kinds of foods will support your body to have better shape and better body height not weight. Be creative, and ask questions to your teachers or parents regarding those kinds of foods and you can ask your mom to cook it for you day after day.
The last method is by taking HGH supplement. This kind of supplement will help you to have a new life growth hormones, and these hormones are responsible for the growth of your body height. If you choose this method then the first and second methods is optional since HGH supplement is already contain substances that you need to increase height.
These three methods are the best three methods that often recommended by doctors or specialist for their patient who would like to increase their body height and you can start today to do the methods that I discussed above.
Inside age which we are living there exists an unprecedented concentrate on finding and staying wholesome. As more and more exploration issues towards the impact of physical fitness and nutrition on our all round health and fitness, the findings become extra tricky to ignore. There may be no doubt that the food that we consume plus the actual physical action that we perform substantially influence our fat and our body’s all round health and longevity.
After you take a look at conditioning and nutrition and also the penalties of ignoring their relevance, it truly is not challenging to view how significant a function they play within our well being. First and foremost, it is crucial to understand how powerfully food plan can have an effect on us. All-Natural, entire food – which include refreshing vegetables, fruits, total grains, and lean proteins – give our bodies the vitamins that it must function successfully. We have energy once we consume right. And once we have vitality we burn up fat. Consuming adequately makes it possible for us to maintain a wholesome excess weight and retain undue tension off of our hearts; it also enables us to maintain our blood strain and cholesterol amounts inside nutritious range. Most importantly, great diet keeps our our bodies stocked with antioxidants that battle away from a range of illnesses such as cancer.
But diet does go it on your own; physical fitness and nutrition go hand in hand for attaining very good health and fitness. When we retain our our bodies lively through a constant training method, we’re including to our entire body’s capability to metabolize food and keep bodyweight along. Further, beneficial conditioning means strong and limber muscle tissue plus a powerful cardiovascular method. Physical exercise also lowers blood pressure and reduces pressure levels.
Mastering how you can pair health and nutrition for optimum health implies a commitment to a particular life-style. It is essential that you revamp your eating habits to remove fatty, higher-sodium, and processed food stuff and substitute it with clean, natural – and even organic – options. But don’t forget, health and fitness and diet do the job finest like a team. Implement a constant regime of actual physical exercise into your every day timetable together with cardiovascular function, stretching, fat coaching, and also yoga or Pilates.
When you certainly understand the significance of health and nutrition in your own existence, you might recognize how crucial these way of living adjustments are in order to are living a protracted and healthful lifestyle.
Fishing is a form of hunting which requires the catching of fish by means of hooks and or traps. The terminology does not limit itself to fish alone because it may also be linked with the act of catching other edible aquatic animals. The act of fishing goes back to ancient times and had its share of different styles and developments as new technologies and means were introduced. Fishing has also earned its reputation not only as a means for producing food but also as a recreational activity.
Fishing is said to have begun as a practice as early as 10,000 years ago. Evidence were seen in cave paintings that showed and depicted the act of fishing and near the area of the paintings were dug out bones of seafood consumed in large amounts. In those times when people lived a hunting-gathering lifestyle, fishing was one of the most essential acts of survival. Early settlements were usually found near bodies of water. As an option and as a necessity, fishing was another alternative to acquire food.
It was the Neolithic culture which made the basic forms of fishing spread through other parts of the world, aside from pottery and agriculture. The Egyptians were blessed with the river Nile. Paintings of these people in tomb scenes were innovative when it came to fishing. The use of buckets, nets, traps, harpoon lines and hooks were present during those times. Later on, metal hooks with herbs as baits came into the picture. It was also that during these times, the practice of clubbing to totally kill the captured fish started. The Romans and the Greeks also depicted some scenarios of fishing in the ancient times but it usually was connected with the lower status quo.
Through all the developments that fishing has undergone the basics have just been mixed with new forms of catching materials to make things more convenient for the fisherman. Materials such as spears, hooks and even electricity are being used to fish. Other forms like harpoons and explosives are illegal in some areas in the world. Harpooning is usually associated with the whale species. Whales these days have become scarce and are now considered as endangered. Groups of whale protectors have surfaced to protect the animals. Explosives, on the other hand causes damage to the area it hits. Not only does it kill a number of fishes in a single explosion but it also damages the habitat around the area, from the destruction of the corals to the sea bed itself.
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The art of kickboxing has been known in Asia for over 2,000 years. It became very popular in the United States in the early 1970’s. Kickboxing is considered to be a form of martial arts. It is very appealing to many individuals because it allows more contact kicks and punches than other forms of martial arts. Other moves include kick blocks, shadow boxing, sparring, and wood breaking. Due to the risk of injury, kickboxing has more safety rules for competition than other forms of martial arts.
Many people choose to take up the sport of kickboxing for their physical health rather than for competition. A kickboxing workout will get you in shape with the various moves and kicks involved. Your stamina will increase and you will get more flexible. It is also a great cardio workout. Kickboxing is a great sport for parents and children to do together.
It is a good idea to work into a kickboxing routine, especially if you are out of shape. Make sure you stretch properly before you start and do a cool down at the end of the workout. Since kickboxing is so intense, beginners can hurt themselves it the do too much too fast.
If you are interested in kickboxing as a sport or as a workout, you can choose from taking classes to buying tapes that allow you to do them in your home. Make sure which ever option that you decide is at your skill level. If you aren’t sure about a kickboxing class, ask the instructor if you can come in to observe one before committing to it. For the best experience in a kickboxing class, train under an instructor who has a black belt in some area of martial arts and who is also recognized as a fitness instructor. The more experienced your teacher, the more likely that you’ll be able to learn quickly.
The market scope of sport clothing in China in two thousand and five has been two hundred and five million yuan or also in all, it went up to thirty-two point billion yuan Renminbi in 2006 quickly, the growth rate at sport outfit has arrived at 26 percent the other year, more amazingly, sport clothing market share has surpassed one thousand and two hundred million yuan.
Faced with so large a market share of rapid growth, the talents is one large loophole which lies in development, particularly people who are engaged in researching and devising and the special eduction that is not impeccable in higher education, the designer explains, it is just on this conditions that Jordan sport limited liability company chooses to take on the important duty of leading sport brands, to hold the professional sport equipment design contest jointly with Chinese Clothing designer Association, which has been seven years up to now, it is said that most of the one hundred and fifty-two winners producing in the match can supply the position of sport brands designers quickly, in the meantime several players which has won the prizes would be demanded to leave in Jordan company limited by shares to assume the office of devisers right away, at present they have absolutely become the fatal force in the firm. When the great deviser talked about the market overall arrangement and rough situations of sport trademarks, he goes on emphasizing talking about the important factors of sport clothing devisal, which is from functional sport clothing design to professional sportswear scientific technology’s importance, his lecture is also along with the influence of temperature and wet conditions and biomechanics and substances on sport clothing in sport clothes devisal procedure, moreover, he specially warns these students that they must remember to keep their eyes open on a series of sports psychological need and the color distinctions of subjectivity and objectivity and the fashionable factor of sport clothing, and the like. The relaxing class has only continued for thirty minutes, however, the designer could finish answering to lots of students’ questions that they have come up with, next he particularly shows the functionality of a few sport clothing specimens which is with himself all the time. The one of students of listening who is in clothing academy in grade one has more feelings when she finishes the lesson, most of what we laid stress on about thinking of sport clothing devisal rested on many of superficial elements, such as outward design and color and fashionable nature, and so forth, after listening to the speech, we think that it perfects our some understanding on functions and lining quality and makes us consider the environmental factor of what we design entirely and synthetically. Another student is doing one research report that is specially aimed at domestic sport brands.
If you’re just hearing the term “sport psychology,” you may have many questions about what it is and how it can help you. Getting accurate information about sport psychology to help you better understand what sport psychologists do and what roles they have in athletics. These facts about sport psychology will give you a good understanding of basic information related to the field.
What is sport psychology?
Sport psychology is a field that involves the observation of behavior and how it affects sports performance. When a sport psychologist is working with an athlete, the athlete’s behaviors are observed and the sport psychology professional determines how those behaviors are impacting sports performance. Sport psychologists also work to determine how participation in sports affects the physical and emotional health of athletes. Achieving these basic objectives can help sport psychologists to form individual action plans for each of their clients.
How can a sport psychologist help athletes?
There are many ways in which a sport psychologist can help athletes.
Goal setting: Sport psychologists can work with athletes and help them to set small, attainable goals. Achieving these goals will help athletes to stay motivated and can also help with the achievement of larger goals.
Improving focus: Athletes can become distracted by many different things including spectators or the pressure to succeed. This loss of focus can impede their performance and make it difficult to win. Sport psychologists can help athletes to learn the skill of focusing and maintaining focus throughout competitions.
Dealing with pressure: Many athletes face intense pressure to perform well and carry their teams to victory. Dealing with this pressure can lead to a lot of stress, which can actually distract athletes from performing. Sport psychologists can help athletes learn to cope with pressure and use it as a positive motivator instead of a stressor.
Where do sport psychologists work?
Sport psychologists can work in many different settings and with a wide variety of people. Consultants can work with athletic teams or individual athletes so that performance is improved. Fitness clubs or the creators of fitness programs may hire sport psychologists to review their programs and make any needed changes. For example, someone creating a fitness program may need the input of a sport psychologist to be sure that the program is motivating enough for participants. Sport psychologists can also work as teachers or researchers. Sport psychology teachers may teach college courses or supervise students who want to learn this discipline. Researchers may work with specific groups of athletes to determine how their behavior affects sports performance or how sports affect children. This research can be used to develop sports programs and help athletes improve their performance.
Sport psychology is a valuable field of study that can impact the lives of many athletes. With the right sport psychologist, you can work on removing obstacles to success and improving focus and determination. This can help you become more successful on and off the playing field.
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“The afternoon of human life must also have a significance of its own and cannot be merely a pitiful appendage to life’s morning. The significance of the morning undoubtedly lies in the development of the individual…” (Carl Jung)
I’d like to start by thanking Richard for inviting me to write a guest blog – something I haven’t been asked to do, nor tried to do, previously. We’ll see how I get on!
I’m going discuss ideas around the motivations and barriers that teenagers and young adults face with regard to their participation in sport. Jung’s statement, above, may appear to focus upon the ‘older’ person however, there is one key thing to remember: the drop out from sport and physical activity is highest amongst adolescents, thus bringing “the afternoon of human life” further forward than we may like to think (at least from a sporting/physically active perspective).
Before discussing what barriers young adults face it seems reasonable to discuss why young people want to initially take part in sport and physical activity. The motives young adults and adults have to participate in sport may well be different from those of younger participants. Sports psychology research has concentrated on explaining motives for participation and adherence, looking at variables such as gender, age and culture. The contexts for previous research have tended to be specific sports codes, with the sample population typically being youth, adolescents and/or elite level sports people. However, there are some researchers who have suggested that research on the motivation of adult engagement in sport and physical activity has dramatically increased as the benefits of moderate, regular physical activity have become better recognised. Such research has tended to approach the matter from a health perspective, especially investigating peoples’ health related behaviour. Such approaches have created a sizeable gap within our knowledge of adult motivations to participate in sport and phsyical activity. For the sake of brevity, I wont go in to detail on the studies included in the writing of this piece, I have simply summarised the key findings.
There are multiple motives as to why adults take part in sport. The following are the broad motivating factors that adults (18 or 50) or older adults (50+) have cited as reasons why they take part in sport:
- Physical Fitness and Health
- Social Motives / Enjoyment / Relaxation / Appearance
- Personal Challenge
- Mastery Orientation / Weight Loss
- Sense of Achievement / Competition
- Medical Sanction
- More Energy
The categories above have been listed in sequential order as to the number of times they have been found within the research literature. However, it is important to note that many of the categories overlapped and had a direct interplay with each other.
Unsurprisingly, the picture of demotivation is as complex as its more positive counterpoint. The reasons offered by one particular study for dropping out and discontinuing participation in sport are equally as varied and include:
· It was no longer fun
· No longer interested in the activity
· I didn’t like the coach
· I want to participate in other activities
Critically, research has suggested that the majority of reasons for discontinuation are negative and are likely to have a significant impact on future participation decisions. It is estimated a significant proportion of children drop out of sport each year. Whilst some drop out of one sport and continue participating in an alternative, others discontinue participation completely. The literature suggests that adolescence is a period where discontinuation from sport and physical activity is at its peak. One particular study sampled youth sport participants and found that while over a quarter of children were participating in sport at 10 years of age, this dropped significantly to just over 3% at age 18 years of age. Females, in particular, indicate that negative physical and emotional experiences in sport led to their decision to discontinue participation. This parallels other research findings, suggesting females drop out of sport because it is too competitive and because they do not see themselves as competent. Similarly, males suggested that the competitive nature of participation led to their withdrawal (i.e. when they were unsuccessful).
Adolescents and young adults also describe transitions within education (and from education to employment) as having a negative impact on participation in sport. However, self-motivation, self-efficacy and self-concept are described as factors between those who maintain participation during such transitions and those who drop out and discontinue. For example, the young women in surveyed in an American study who ‘never participate’ suggested the transition to secondary school and beyond negatively impacted their participation as they had less time, less energy and their social groups had changed. Mention was also made that participants felt more self-conscious during this time which also lead to their discontinuation in sport. Conversely, while the young women who ‘always participate’ experienced similar transitional challenges, they acknowledged that their self-motivation and commitment to sport enabled them to successfully negotiate these key periods of development.
A national study categorised the barriers to preventing adults from taking more exercise into five main types:
Although time barriers appear to be important for both men and women, women are more likely to report emotional barriers to exercise (e.g. ‘I’m not the sporty type’). This is likely to be related to perceptions of competence where individuals avoid participation in activities because of self-presentational concerns. I feel this is a good time to direct you to the final blog entry I have been asked to write regarding the development of fundamental movement skills during childhood and adolescence – it will close some of the potential gaps developing at this point.
Predicting adult involvement in physical activity is an area which has received cursory research interest over the last 40 years or so. The dearth of literature associated with this area, an inconsistency of approach and theoretical foundation has left findings somewhat inconsistent and conflicting. Research, to date, has also tended to focus upon factors associated with participation in ‘team sports’, thus leaving individual participation in sport largely under researched.
The final point to make is that some of the research literature suggests physical activity habits developed in childhood and adolescence may be associated with physical activity levels in adulthood. These findings are somewhat conflicting and further investigation into this phenomenon is required. From the individuals’ perspective, understanding the reasons underlying continuation and discontinuation in sport and physical activity is critical and encompasses factors, such as skill competence and psychobehavioural factors, as well as social factors, such as motivational climate.
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People around you are going to work or school everyday, making money, having fun in the evenings, going to movies, playing board games in Saturday… They seem happy to live like that. But you need something more exciting, don’t you? You need something that will make you feel deeply and incredibly alive. You need an extreme sport!
Don’t be afraid of the word “extreme”. Most of the sports I am going to introduce you aren’t much more dangerous than driving a car in the city. It’s just our fear that makes the extreme sports look scary – they aren’t. But the emotions and fun that you can experience when practicing an extreme sport can’t be compared to anything else!
Let’s pick the right sport for you:
Mountain biking. Do you like to ride a bicycle? Do you love mountains? Just one “yes” is enough to consider mountain biking as an option. Mountain biking involves riding a bike on slopes, long rough roads and other rough terrain, off roading and so on. It’s a sport which will train your stamina and braveness especially if you enjoy descending on mountain paths.
If you think mountain biking might be for you, try riding outside of the big city to feel what is it like before buying expensive equipment. You will need a very good mountain bike, a helmet and body armour.
Snowboarding. If you like the snow and the winter, this is the sport for you. Snowboarding became very popular because it’s easier than skiing and many would say it’s far more exciting. Snowboarding will train your fast reactions, co-ordination, the strength of your feet and overall body condition.
If you want to start snowboarding, you need of course a good board, warm clothes, preferably special snowboarding equipment, glasses and helmet.
Make sure that there are mountains and snow near you. Snowboarding isn’t the best idea if you live in Hawaii
Scuba Diving. Are you an explorer? Do you want something exciting but don’t like high speeds or flying? Scuba diving is a great extreme sport that is at the same time calm and contemplative. Scuba diving involves diving in waters, underwater caves, reefs, old ships and so on. Be careful: although it doesn’t sound as dangerous as the other extreme sports, scuba diving also hides a lot of risks – decompression sickness, injures due to underwater stones, sea life dangers and so on.
The equipment for scuba diving may be more expensive than the equipment to many other sports and its excellent condition is vital for reducing the risks. If you consider becoming a scuba diver, you need to make sure there is a sea near you of course.
Paragliding. Ever dreamed to fly? I know owning an airplane or even taking a ride is expensive, but paragliding isn’t that much. And believe me, it can be far more exciting because the paraglider lets you feel just like a bird soaring in the sky. The speed of flying lets you watch wonderful sights and feel the air around you without losing your breath (except from excitement).
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Skydiving. If you like the idea of paragliding but want something even more dynamic, think about skydiving. It usually involves a parachute jump from an airplane and various duration of free fall (that means really high speed!). There are many types of skydiving, some of them are really extreme like the wingsuit base jumping for example.
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The expensive equipment in skydiving can be rent at the parachuting clubs so you can try few jumps without huge investments at the beginning.
Sports have been known to offer a lot of benefits to man, irregardless of whether the sport is done for leisure, fun, or competitive purposes. Thus, children are encouraged to engage in sports and other physical activities, as these are known to foster cognitive and physical development, which are also beneficial for their age. It is also believed that such activities also help to enhance their self-confidence and a belief they can be more successful in the future as they venture out to pursue their own career path.
But it is also natural for parents to worry about the health and safety of their children. Thus, the concept of modifying sports was innovated and is now becoming more popular as a safer option for children. In fact, it feels more like fun games while incorporating the benefits that sports has to offer them.
Tips for Modifying Sports
Modified sports offers a huge difference from the typical sports done by adults. Here is how they can be modified to make it a lot safer for the children to be involved in:
a) Reduce the size of the playing court or field.
b) Use smaller sized balls and pieces of equipment.
c) Change the rules to become more lenient due to skills limitation.
d) Reduce the amount of time spent on playing the game.
e) Add the amount of protective gears used.
f) Focus more on the game and fun aspect of it, instead of the competitive aspect of the sport.
Common Sports That Are Modified for Junior Athletes
Since the advent of modifying sports for children, there has been numerous sports that have been reduced in intensity level to make them an ideal choice for junior athletes. Some of the most popular sports currently in practice by junior athletes are cricket, golf, tee ball, soccer, netball and little athletics.
Because of the rising popularity for modified junior sports, there are also several pieces of sports equipment designed for children currently available for purchase. Parents should obtain the appropriate piece(s) of equipment as tailored to their child’s chosen sporting activity. This will increase the child’s safety during play.
Benefits of Modified Sports
If you want to get your child into sports (albeit the modified version), here are some of the reasons you should pursue it:
a) The modified version is as fun and exciting to play as the actual sport from which it was derived. Thus, children will still remain motivated to participate.
b) It is challenging enough for the younger participants, whilst increasing your child’s safety.
c) It offers a great avenue for skills development and facilitates the natural growth and progression of your child.
d) It inculcates the importance of sports and outdoor activities for your child, while eliminating the level of physical demand.
e) It offers an even playing field for children of all sizes, ages and skill level.