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Fun Baseball Drills

Baseball is a fun game, but your players may consider practice drills, designed to teach them the fundamentals of the game through repetition, boring and tedious. As a coach, however, you have the power to design drills creatively to make them more enjoyable for your players. Young players love competition, so you can turn normally […]

Does Running Up & Down Stairs Help Lose Belly Fat?

If you can remember ever having to run stairs during high school football or track practice, you know that it¡¯s no joke. It¡¯s a tough, intense workout that exercises nearly every muscle in your body. Even though it doesn¡¯t directly target the abdominal muscles, running stairs can help you burn belly fat, and fast. It¡¯s […]

Are Short Legs Better in Swimming?

If you are considered average height or short for your age and gender, you may be disappointed to learn that your body type puts you at a disadvantage in swimming. Athletic performances, including swimming, are influenced by a number of factors. Natural athletic ability and your fitness level play a major role in how well […]

Smart Shopping for Hamstring Compression Wraps

If you are recovering from a hamstring injury but wish to remain active in your sport, a hamstring compression wrap may be just what you are looking for. A hamstring compression wrap is a short, adjustable band that fits snugly around the mid thigh. It is designed to provide support to the hamstrings following an […]

What Are the Duties of Football Coaches?

Head football coaches are often stereotyped as simple taskmasters, but in reality, their jobs are anything but simple. In addition to running games, head football coaches must deal with players, assistants and team or school officials, all while providing a face for the team. While coaches manage their teams in different ways, there are some […]

What Is a Football Made Of?

Footballs have been made out of a variety of materials over the years, including bladders, hides, rubber, paint, leather and string. According to Timothy Gay in “Football Physics: The Science of the Game,” the shape of the ball is a prolate spheroid. This flattened sphere shape not only makes for erratic bounces and encourages fumbles, […]

Facts About Soccer in France

Soccer in France is known as football and the national league is one of the most successful international teams in the world. The sport gained popularity in the country after the first World War. Soldiers played the game in the trenches during extended periods of downtime. They spread the game after returning home from the […]

Normal Weightlifting for a 14-Year-Old

As a 14-year-old, you’re probably eager to begin weightlifting and to watch your muscles develop. But don’t jump into a lifting program just yet — proceed very carefully. Your body continues to develop and mature well into your teen years, and you need to protect your bones, muscles and cartilage from potential injuries. A normal […]

What Is the Crown of a Football Field?

A properly designed grass football field does not lie perfectly flat. The surface of the field often arcs a foot or more from the sidelines to the midfield to allow excess water to drain off. Without a crown, as the raised area is called, a grass football field can become a soupy, dangerous mess. When […]

Golf Drills to Stop Flipping Your Wrists

Flipping your wrists through the impact area in your golf swing produces inconsistent contact and leads to fat shots, thin shots and high, weak hits. Essentially, flipping means your lead wrist — the left wrist for right-handed golfers — breaks down, allowing the clubhead to pass your hands before impact. When that happens, you lose […]

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