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A Great Sports Camp for Kids

A Great Sports Camp for Kids

How about a great sports camp that your kids will LOVE! It’s great fun that builds your child’s sportsmanship, athletic skills, and confidence under the enthusiastic guidance of vetted, experienced, and dedicated professionals.

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With a staff/child ratio of only 1:8 and a flexible curriculum designed to meet your child’s specific needs, interests, and abilities, everyone is guaranteed to win. Camp offers a camp t-shirt, a cook-out and prizes on Games/Awards Day, an Art Program, day trips, extended camp hours and much more.

What is the purpose of sports and in particular youth sports?

First some data about organized sports. According to the NCAA, only a small percentage of students will participate in organized sports; the highest rate, 30-40%, being in elementary school. In middle school, the figure is around 15-20% and by high school, participation drops to 10%, with only 4% playing at the varsity level. Only ¼ of 1% of all students play an organized sport in college. In other words, on a nationwide basis, many kids do not play on a competitive sports team.

We know sports offer much more than organized competition. Exercise is a key ingredient in overall health, no matter what age you are. Sports and team participation are not only excellent ways for kids to get that physical activity they need, it also gives them a chance to develop important skills that they will use throughout their lives. Our philosophy is to use athletics as a vehicle to promote a healthy, well-adjusted lifestyle. We achieve this by taking the focus away from competition/winning, and create a non-competitive environment where sports are for fun, fitness, recreation, stress release and become an important tool for learning to work and get along with others.

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We have amazing staff

We take particular pride in the quality of our amazing staff. Our excellent reputation is, to a large extent, based on the high caliber of camp instructors. Nearly 50% of our staff of 50 counselors employed last summer were composed of teaching professionals averaging 9 years of experience. We have fully vetted and checked out every one of our staff, from the counselors to the volunteers that help out. By using the best public criminal records lookup available, we did a background check on each person so that our campers and parents have nothing to worry about.

The average age of our staff members was 32. The rest of our staff consisted of high school and college students, many of whom were former campers themselves! That the majority of our staff are camp veterans, either as campers, instructors or both, means they are committed to our philosophy of fun and fitness through individual advancement.

Our incredible staff will direct your child’s energy and enthusiasm through a multifaceted sports program, allowing him/her to develop athletic skills based on individual interests, talent and level of ability. Developing athletic skills means taking risks and making mistakes. By taking the emphasis away from winning we aim to create an environment that affords kids the opportunity to try new things and feel okay about making some mistakes. By trying new things they can discover which sport or activity they like the best and excel in. Once a child has identified a sport they love, they will work intensely to improve because it no longer seems like a chore – it’s fun!

This is especially true of those campers who are currently involved in or plan to become involved in competitive, organized sports. Commitment to their sport of choice is critical to skill development. Through basic instruction in a variety of sports followed by scrimmages and team activities each child can advance at their own pace, developing their confidence and skill level while enjoying the positive aspects of sports such as fun, camaraderie, and fitness.

Workout Difficulty vs. Workout Effectiveness

Workout Difficulty vs. Workout Effectiveness

How difficult a workout is to complete is not directly proportional to how effective the workout was.

Working to exhaustion and waking up the next morning sore doesn’t necessarily mean what you accomplished at the gym was worth it. Fatigue or exhaustion is always a way people evaluate how effective their workout was. This is not the best way to know how productive you or your strength coach was.

Now if you are a fighter conditioning for an intense 5 round fight, when you finish your workout, you should be holding your shorts, looking for oxygen, and thanking God there is no more to do. However, if you are performing a dynamic lower body workout, you probably won’t even flirt with being completely out of energy. Actually, it is kind of the opposite. If the program is effective and well designed, it will fire your neuromuscular system and actually can make you feel better as you go through your workout.

We often joke at the gym during difficult workouts when we see athletes puking. This is usually followed by someone asking me why I didn’t give all the clients a workout hard enough to make them puke. I promise everyone reading this article, making you puke while you are at the gym wouldn’t even rank in my top 50 most difficult things to accomplish list.

What I am there to do is get you stronger, faster, more flexible, and in better shape. That is the hard part. (Probably should note here that throwing-up puts your body in a catabolic state, so it is actually one of things you want to avoid more than anything while you workout.)

Ok, let’s briefly talk about being sore. There is no connection about being sore to strength gains, mass gains, or anything of that nature. Now you will be sore from a workout from time to time, especially if you have recently taken time off. But think of soreness as an unfortunate side effect of good hard training, and not as a goal of every workout. A leg compression machine for athletes will help eliminate some of that soreness when the legs have had a hard workout.

Any coach can make you tired and exhausted. It takes a good coach to get you faster, stronger, leaner, more flexible, and more athletic.

The Treatment of Hamstring Injuries

The Treatment of Hamstring Injuries

In our combined experience the number one injury suffered by football players is hamstring injuries. There are a number of reasons why football players suffer hamstring injuries. Here are the top 3 reasons.

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Muscle weakness

Askling et al (2003) evaluated whether a preseason strength training program for the hamstrings- emphasizing eccentric overloading – could affect the occurrence and severity of hamstring injuries during the subsequent football season. Thirty elite Swedish footballers were divided into two groups; one group performed additional specific hamstring training, whereas the other did not. Eccentric overloading of the hamstrings 1-2 times a week for 10 weeks, resulted in significantly less hamstring injuries and significant increases in strength and speed in these players.

CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE: hamstring strengthening exercises reduces hamstring injuries.

Sherry and Best (2004) found a rehabilitation program consisting of progressive agility and trunk stabilization exercises (planks, side bridging and bridging) was more effective than a program emphasizing isolated hamstring stretching and strengthening (prone knee bends and TB hip extensions) in promoting return to sports and preventing injury recurrence in athletes suffering an acute hamstring strain. However, the strengthening program was quite poor in design and would not offer significant overload to strengthen the hamstrings.

CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE: hamstring strengthening exercises should be combined with trunk stabilization exercises.

Muscle tightness

Muscle tightness is frequently postulated as an intrinsic risk factor for muscle injury. To investigate this, Witvrouw et al (2003) measured the flexibility of the hamstring, quads, adductor and calf muscles of 146 Belgian footballers prior to the start of the season. These players had no history of muscle injury in the lower extremities in the previous 2 years. Players with a hamstring or quadriceps muscle injury were found to have significantly lower flexibility in these muscles before their injury compared with the uninjured group.

CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE: hamstring and quadriceps flexibility testing can identify players at risk of developing hamstring and quadriceps muscle injuries.

Many college and professional sports teams recognize the benefit of compression therapy, especially for preventing and healing injuries to the legs. Regular use of compression recovery boots in the training room is often required, so that players stay healthy and don’t miss playing time because of injury.

Neural tightness

Turl and George (1998) investigated the presence of adverse neural tension (slump test) and hamstring flexibility (using the active knee extension in lying test) in 14 male Rugby Union players with a history of grade 1 repetitive hamstring strain. Comparison was made to an injury-free matched control group. Results indicated that 57% of the group with repetitive hamstring strain had positive slump tests, suggesting the presence of adverse neural tension. None of the control group had a positive slump test. There were also no differences in flexibility between groups or between those demonstrating a positive or negative slump test.

CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE: neural tightness plays a role in hamstring re-injury and needs to be addressed in the rehabilitation program.

If you are an athlete that suffers hamstring injuries book to see an expert sports physiotherapist or personal trainer today to get your problem resolved.

Massage for Sports Injuries

Massage for Sports Injuries

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Many articles have been written on the subject of sports massage therapy. The post is somewhat different because it will cover the impact of new soft tissue techniques and how they apply to sports players. New research and soft tissue therapy techniques are coming out all of the time, so read the information below carefully and remember what to ask for when searching for a sports therapist.

If you frequently experience chronic muscle pain, do some research on trigger point therapy or find somebody that is experienced with neuromuscular therapy. Little knots known as trigger points can be found in muscles that are tight and painful. These trigger points can refer pain to different parts of the body. You can learn more about these techniques with a simple online search or head on down to your local library.

Sports players often need a more vigorous massage then other people as they have a lot of lactic acid and micro adhesions in their muscles. A tough massage helps drain the muscles of lactate and begins the recovery process of the muscles which will need to heal after strenuous exercise. It is therefore important to find a masseuse that is tough enough with their hands to effectively massage your muscles. It can also be extremely beneficial to buy a muscle recovery machine to use at home.

The benefits of sports massage therapy is covered in various other places on the internet, yet the benefits can be experienced first hand if you can find a decent masseuse who’s used to working with athletes. Use these tips to find a great therapist and you can have a massage therapy session booked by the end of the week. Use these suggestions to narrow the options down to a handful of practitioners and then give them a go until you find the one that you like.

Fitness Tips for Team Sports

Fitness Tips for Team Sports

When you play on a sports team, you need to make sure that you are in good shape. If not, you could end up letting your teammates down. If you want to have a chance to play on a regular basis, you need to take steps to maintain a high level of physical fitness.

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Just going to practice on a regular basis is usually not enough to stay in shape. You also need to make sure that you spend time exercising on your own. At practice, the goal is usually to improve your skills and work on plays, not to maintain your endurance or strength.

Focus on both strength and stamina during your workouts. If you neglect one area at the expense of the other, you will end up unbalanced. This means doing both strength training and cardio work so that you can be in great shape.

Work out a good schedule for doing strength training on one day, and cardio training on another, so that you can focus fully on either one. At least 2 days a week of each should be enough to not just maintain being in good shape, but also to continue to make improvements.

However, it is also important not to push yourself too hard too fast. Doing so will increase the risk of a sports injury, which means that you will not be able to play at all. Pay attention to what your body tells you, and lower the intensity of your workouts if you need to.

Sore muscles need time to recover, and utilizing the best leg muscle recovery machine is smart because it can certainly speed up the process. That’s why they are so popular among sports teams and individual athletes, no matter what level they are.

Having a good trainer will help you determine when to push harder and when to back off. Until an athlete gets to the point of knowing their body very well, utilizing the experience of a trainer or coach helps to get the most out of a workout.

Do not do too much in the days leading up to a game, either. You do not want to wear yourself out by working too hard so that you do not have anything left for the game. You need to make sure that you are ready to play at a high level throughout the contest.

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Again, a trainer or coach is best utilized for this. Because of their experience and ability to be objective about an athlete’s level of energy, an athlete can be confident in being at the highest level of preparedness before a game or competition.

Give your body time to rest and recover after a game. Do not just jump right back into intense workouts. Give yourself some sore muscle recovery time and take a day or two off before you start working out again. This way, you can make sure that you are always ready to give it your all during a game.

The Obesity Time Bomb

The Obesity Time Bomb

With the nation getting ever fatter and the burden this will have on our health and economy, the government and health care professionals alike are urging us to lose weight and become more active. But there are so many different diet books and weight loss programs on the market and so much conflicting information in the press that it can sometimes be quite confusing about what to do. Then there are only selfie posting personal trainers and fitness competitors on Facebook posting completely unrealistic things to do to lose weight and get in shape, such as eat chicken and broccoli eight times a day and train twice a day. 99% of us simply can’t do that.

From an evolution perspective humans are designed to be lean, muscular and highly active. Just look at animals in their natural environment where there is no human interaction – you very rarely see overweight animals (apart from those that store fat before hibernation) and you never see obese animals. At a time where our economic future looks bleak we need to realize that it is no longer acceptable to let ourselves become overweight or obese.

Nor is it acceptable to put the responsibility of our health care on to others such as the government and the National Health Service (NHS). We need to take responsibility for the decisions we make in our lives including the decisions that affect our health. Of course there are genetic and environmental factors that contribute to our body shape and our health – but no one gets obese just from having “bad” genes. People only get overweight or obese from what they choose to eat on a daily basis and from lack of exercise.

You can take a big step towards improving your health, wellness and body shape by joining our fitness class or reviewing turbulence training workouts in your own time; however exercise alone will not get you the results you desire. You have to combine exercise with healthy eating.

Just as you need to train hard (intensity) and you need to do it often (consistency) – you also need to eat well and do it consistently. But, it doesn’t need to be chicken and broccoli eight times a day. You just need to implement a few healthy options, such as get your five a day, eat a healthy amount of protein, and cut out all the starchy and junk carbs. This little bit of advice will go a long way.