Junior Sports

  1. Highs and lows of cannabis in sport

    Highs and lows of cannabis in sport
    If you imagine a drowsy and relaxed cannabis-smoker, then you’re probably not thinking of a pro athlete. Your stereotype is partly true, but moderate dosage and willpower can overcome some side effects - especially for the personality type which becomes keen athletes. This is how some turn cannabis into a sports advantage: Muscle relaxation is amazing to avoid cramps in...
  2. Olympics 2020 - sport is the bet which always pays off

    Olympics 2020 - sport is the bet which always pays off
    Tokyo 2020 - these super humans have endured the hardest training sessions, made the ultimate sacrifices, and gone through dizzying highs and lows.  A lot more people will place 10th or 20th than on the podium. Some had to pull out weeks before because of injury. How do you know if this huge career or lifestyle gamble will pay off...
  3. Are e-sports legit?

    Are  e-sports legit?
    Defining what’s a sport can be tinged with superiority and favouritism! Wait billiard? Is that even a sport? What about darts? Or e-sports? Or car races? Or hunting? They very often don’t look very athletic. So, why are so many people addicted to it, training day and night to excel?  A classic approach is how “well-established” the sport is, and...
  4. Come back better - injury prevention drills

    Come back better - injury prevention drills
    Dancing is classified as an art and not a sport, but make no mistake:  Great athleticism is required! From ballet to breakdance you can express yourself wordlessly, but you will undergo movements which are at the very limit of the human range of motion. If you do this for hours a day your chances of injury soar. Since dance is...
  5. Come back better – injury prevention drills

    Come back better – injury prevention drills
    If you’re a martial arts fiend, you are trained to react to external threats without conscious thinking. Karate, taekwondo and judo aim to unify body and mind. Add in MMA, and you have four full contact fighting sports where, loosely speaking, you win by disabling your opponent …  For example, the reported injury rate in judo is an astounding 79...
  6. Come back better - injury prevention drills

    Come back better - injury prevention drills
    Swimming is a phenomenal all-rounded activity which helps you develop stamina, strength and agility.   It is a tough endeavour for your metabolism: cooling down is a nightmare, as sweat doesn’t work in water; warming up requires a huge amount of energy if the water is really cold. Plus, water creates a lot more resistance than air. Propelling through it is...
  7. Best Ski Fitness Drills for Beginners

    Best Ski Fitness Drills for Beginners
    Keen skiers normally can't wait for their kids to hit the slopes! Fact is, this is an expensive commitment. Unless you have an amazing mountain home, there won't be many chances to practice either. Finally, the subzero temperatures: Sessions might have to be short even with the best apparel. You don't have the luxury of long warm evenings! Ski instruction...
  8. Best Ski Prep Exercises for Ski Season

    Best Ski Prep Exercises for Ski Season
    Deep snow, vast spaces, great views…. and costly tickets and kit. Normally you have long breaks between skiing sessions, or maybe only one week’s skiing a year. Here are some science based strength and conditioning drills for grass or tarmac that will help you keep and improve your ability to ski.  A little science first Alpine skiing is what it...
  9. Come back better – injury prevention drills

    Come back better – injury prevention drills
    American football (we’ll just call it football from now) and rugby have different sets of rules, different strategies and different fan-bases. But they share origins going back a couple of hundred years, with the British game brought to the US by immigrants.  Both rugby and football require an unrivalled mix of strength and stamina, combined with an almost superhuman grit...
  10. Come back better – injury prevention drills

    Come back better – injury prevention drills
      Volleyball was born on the East coast as a contact-free, lower intensity alternative to the newly rising US sport basketball. American soldiers spread it to Europe during WW1. The most well-known variation is beach volleyball, which originated in Hawaii about two decades after the original game. It found a lot of success during the 1930s as a very inexpensive...
  11. Come back better – injury prevention drills

    Come back better – injury prevention drills
    Tennis is a (mostly) solo sport which tests your body and mind severely. The pace of each rally is pure adrenaline and can last for entire minutes! That requires immense fitness as well as total focus. Plus, there is no way to know in advance how long a match will last, forcing strategy and pacing to adjust in real time...
  12. Come back better – injury prevention drills

    Come back better – injury prevention drills
    Field hockey is one of the oldest team sports still played, with a heritage dating back more than 4000 years! All you need is a small sized ball, some sticks and an open space. Add some friends to play with, and you have a buzzing game that will enhance your reflexes, team building ability and cardiovascular fitness.* Field hockey does...
  13. Come back better – injury prevention drills

    Come back better – injury prevention drills
    Soccer is undeniably catchy, doesn’t require much kit and has pretty straightforward rules, characteristics which make it a very inclusive sport for every background. No matter who you are or where you come from, you can become great at soccer! Those are reasons soccer is the most widespread sport in the world, by both number of fans and by people...
  14. Come back better - injury prevention drills

    Come back better - injury prevention drills
    Basketball is turbulent and great fun, it fuses skills, tactics and instinct. If you’re unable to train with your team right now, I bet you’re frustrated! I’ve got pro tips to ensure you use your forced rest period to come back a better player. It’s easy to focus on the positives of this all-action sport, and the boosts it gives...
  15. Junior Watersports Dos & Don’ts

    Junior Watersports Dos & Don’ts
    Sailing and paddle-sports instructors often focus on making the dinghy, canoe or kayak a happy environment by throwing balls around. Kids familiarise themselves with the roll of the vessel and the movement of currents through simple games. Learn on land If your child has had a go at any other sports where balance is key, then they’re already well equipped...

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