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The FUMBLE PRO is a training tool designed to improve ball security by teaching players to hold the ball in the most secure manner possible to reduce or eliminate fumbles. By using the FUMBLE PRO in drills, you can simulate […]
The FUMBLE PRO is a training tool designed to improve ball security by teaching players to hold the ball in the most secure manner possible to reduce or eliminate fumbles. By using the FUMBLE PRO in drills, you can simulate the same forces a player will experience in games in a way no other training tool can achieve. The Slap Handle creates a large impact force with just a simple flick of the wrist that is then transmitted to the ball. This allows the coach to generate MAXIMUM force on the ball without having to punch or hit the ball, or follow the player through the drill. You never miss when trying to knock the ball out of the player’s hand, or hit the player instead of the ball!
No other product on the market can generate the game-like impacts on the ball like the FUMBLE PRO!
If you are looking for something to be used in faster-paced drills, then check out the FUMBLE PRO SPRINT. The FUMBLE PRO SPRINT doesn’t generate as much force as the regular FUMBLE PRO, but it can be used with players running full speed, and most importantly, you can drop the handle with the FUMBLE PRO SPRINT and let the player run. Great for QB/RB exchange drills! Just as the ball changes hands you pull on the FUMBLE PRO SPRINT , and then drop the handle so the RB can hit the hole full speed. Create the ultimate ball security training strategy by using the Fumble Pro Sprint in conjunction with the original Fumble Pro!
The FUMBLE PRO should be used by ALL players to them the proper way to carry the ball. Every snap there are 22 players on the field that might end up with the ball in their hands!
Generates MAXIMUM force on the Football to teach proper technique through muscle memory
Easy to use at full speed. Run drills where one player runs full speed and another player follows with the handle so the players learn to hold the ball correctly even at full stride
Just a flick of the wrist is all it takes to generate huge forces. The Slap Handle does all the work, not your arm or shoulder
You can drop the SPRINT handle and let the players run. Makes it great for mesh drills becaue the RB can hit the hole full speed
Use it during all your agility bag, ladder, and cone drills
Generate forces on the ball from any angle, even pull the ball upward
Great for building game-practical strength to help players hold onto the ball
A football player must develop his body depending on the position he plays. He can be lean if he plays running back to guarantee his speed on the field or he can be muscular if he plays as a linemen if he wants to overpower his opponents easily. Football is a very physical and full-contact sport which is why you need to develop a body that will allow you to survive in this physically-demanding sport. You need to build a body that has strength, muscle and agility if you want to improve on this sport. If you have such kind of a body, you’ll be able to block players, struggle your way through your opponents and break tackles, all with ease. Developing the body is a crucial part of the development of an athlete not just in football but in any sport as well. You just don’t need to develop a body that’s perfectly suited for the sport you belong to but you need to also maintain it if you want your physical presence and performance to continue throughout your career.
Here’s how you can develop your body just like a football player:
- Do weight lifting at least four times a week. Many football players put a lot of emphasis into weight lifting, especially during off-season. This is the perfect time for a football player to increase their muscle mass as preparation for the upcoming season. You can try doing full-body lifts like bench press. Bench press uses multiple muscle groups in your body like your shoulders, back, arms and pectorals. You can also try doing deadlifts, jump squats, power cleans, and snatches to work out every muscle in your body. Just make sure to let your body recover for at least 24 hours before you do weight exercises again.
- Make use of plyometric exercises for developing your core strength and for more power. This is an important thing to do if you want to overpower your opponents. By developing your core muscles, you can increase your muscular power when you want to deliver tackles or to break them. You can do box jumps, skipping, bounding and long jumps. Just make sure to exaggerate all your movements when doing these exercises. For example, if you are doing skipping, make sure to drive your knee as high as you can.
- Perform sprinting and agility drills to improve your speed, agility and precision. To develop speed, you can set some cones at different distances and dash from the starting line to the cones and then back again. To develop agility, you can try using an agility ladder to practice your coordination. You can start by doing a simple in-and-out ladder drill and then work your way to an advanced maneuver that makes use of the spaces between the rungs and the outside of the ladder if you to make your reaction times faster.
- It’s also important that you give your body enough recovery time. Your muscles will not develop during your exercises. They will only develop when they get to have recovery time. Exercises will only break down your muscles but allowing your body to rest will make the muscles become stronger. Your body will become muscular as you give it enough time to recover. You should get plenty of rest aside from doing exercises. You must also avoid over training if you don’t want to get injured.
- Increase your protein intake. Your diet must be rich in protein if you want to develop your muscles. Protein is the essential fuel for the development of your muscles. Try to increase your protein take without having to limit yourself from other important food groups. Eating properly will ensure your physical fitness and your overall health as football player in the long run.
Muscle soreness is a common result of regular training especially overtraining for a particular sport. This is mainly due to the microscopic tears in the muscle fibers. The body should be allowed to rest for at least 48 hours before resuming any heavy physical activity, like participating in a game, to help avoid muscle soreness. However, the typical 48 hours of recovery is usually not met because of the game’s tight schedule. If you are feeling mild soreness or stiffness, this can still be relieved by doing some warm ups. Warm ups that can activate your muscles and get your blood circulation going will help reduce the tightness in your body. They can loosen up your muscles and prepare them for the physical activity that you are going to participate.
Here’s how to get rid of muscle soreness before going to a game:
- Make sure to warm up for about 30 minutes before a game starts. You have to begin your warm up routine very slowly and then increase the pace of your routine gradually as you feel the temperature of your body has risen up and your soreness begins to lessen. Don’t do any intense movements that may result to fatigue for your body.
- Do warm up exercises that matches with the movements of the sport you are playing. Doing warm up exercises that matches the movements of the sport you belong to will help in activating your muscle memory and in preparing you for the game. If for example, you are playing football, you can do some running or practice your passing routines.
- Be sure to start arming up with at least 10 minute of light cardio exercises. You can do light jogging or cycling if your sport relies primarily on your lower body. But if you full-body sports like basketball, you can use elliptical trainer the one with a moving arm handle. You can also try doing shadow boxing if you want to practice your hand-eye coordination.
- Make sure to perform static stretches for at least a few minutes after finishing your cardio exercises. Focus on the muscles that you feel some tightness and then stretch it slowly as to avoid over stretching it.
- Spend at least 5 minutes doing some movements in your sport without using any equipment. For example, baseball, you can practice your batting or pitching motion.
- Use the equipment you use in your sport for the remaining 10 minutes of your warm up routine.
Doing these exercises should be able to alleviate the soreness you feel before a game. By doing so, you’ll be able to play better and help reduce the risk of getting injuries.
Stretching before a game or a practice is necessary for every sport especially football. This helps in preparing the athlete to be physically ready. Before a football player can tackle his opponents, run the open length, or throw deep passes, he must first do some stretching exercises to make himself loose and to help reduce the risk of getting injured. Football stretching not only prepares an athlete’s body but it can also increase the physical ability of the athlete. It allows the muscles of the body to contract and relax very quickly which will in turn result to a better reaction time, increased muscular power and strength, increased force production, better blood circulation to the muscles and much improved metabolic reactions.
A football player must first loosen up by doing some stretching exercises. They must loosen up all of the major muscle groups in their bodies like the shoulders, back, hips and leg muscles. In NFL, football players are required to do some dynamic stretching before practice or a game. Football players need to loosen up their hips, backs, shoulders and leg muscles before engaging in practice or playing a game. Stretching will warm up the body and will loosen up the muscles so that you can use them through their maximum range of motion. The football stretching exercises that football players do, consists of sports-specific movements that will help prepare the body before a game or practice. Players are asked to perform exercises like the following:
- Walking Knee Hugs – for stretching the hips and glutes
- Walking Leg Pulls Behind the Back – for stretching the quads
- Pump Stretches – to loosen up the calves and the low back
- Spiderman Stretch – to stretch the groin and hips
- Inchworm Stretch – for stretching the hamstrings
Warming up must be done next after doing some football stretching exercises. There are some warm up exercises that can be also considered as a stretching exercise too. However, these exercises are mostly focused on increasing a player’s heart rate gradually. Football players can warm up through these following exercises:
- Simple Jogging
- Backwards Pedaling
- Butt Kick from 5-15 yards
- Lateral Bounds,
After doing warm up exercises, the next will be the so-called position drills. Position drills can also be considered as practice since they involved specific exercises for each of the position. For example, a running back can do exercises that will help them practice their steps and hand-offs. The same goes for the quarterback and receivers where they practice over their passing routes. Defensive linemen will practice with tackles and breaking free from blocks.
Football players are also required to do some static stretching after a game or practice. Static stretching is necessary for every football players because it allows them to cool down after a heavy physical activity and be able to relax.
Even though football is a very popular sport and is enjoyed by more than 400 million people around the globe, the sport still remains under scrutiny for the safety of its players. Critics have scrutinized the sport because of it being injury prone. There are a lot of injuries that players can get from this sport. One of the most common injuries among football players and possibly one of the most life-threatening injury that can happen in any sport, is concussions. NFL has already done a lot of countermeasures against concussions. The organization even started numerous research programs to find the best solution or countermeasure against concussions. As a result, a new helmet was developed with hopes that it will have the ability to solve one of the biggest problems that’s been scrutinizing the sport ever since. Named Zero1, this is one of NFL’s research programs and is geared to be the ultimate solution against concussions.
The helmet consists of multiple flexible layers. It is developed to greatly reduce the rotational and linear impact forces to help prevent concussions from happening. The helmet is developed in a way that utilizes its four flexible layers to work in perfect harmony with each other to provide the absolute protection against concussions.
The top layer, named the “Lode Shell” will be responsible for absorbing the impact by deforming a particular part of the helmet. You can consider it as a bumper in a fender bender. This same technology has long been implemented in the auto industry but this is the first time that this technology will debut in a football helmet.
The second layer, called the “Core Layer” is a considered to be a masterpiece of medicine, sport and engineering. The Core Layer, which utilizes a highly-engineered column like formations, that are capable of bending and buckling in all directions to lessen the linear and rotational forces.
Next to the Core Layer is the “Arch Shell.” The Arch Shell serves as the interior of the helmet which is designed to fit perfectly to a player’s aspect ratio (the relationship between the player’s head length and breadth).
The last layer, called the “Form Liner” is the final layer that is specially designed to work accordingly with the Arch Shell which will allow the helmet to fit perfectly to a player’s head and to conform to the head topography, making sure that the pressure will be distributed all over the head equally. Aside from the layers that makes up Zero1, the helmet also boasts its Axis Fit System which is the one responsible for keeping everything together.
Zero1 is developed in a plain and simple way but with utmost perfection in mind to assure a better protection against concussions. As of now, the helmet is still going through various tests, most especially the concussion protection tests. Zero1 has to gain a five-star score before it can be approved to be used by the players. But even a helmet with a five-star rating cannot be completely considered as concussion-proof, because as long as players who play in contact sports they are still exposed to head injuries.
Always tell your kids to warm up and cool down.
Warm-ups and cool-downs should be a regular part of your child’s routine, regardless of the sport he or she participates in. Let your child know the importance and benefits they can get from stretching and light jogging. Doing warm-ups will help minimize the risk of muscle strains or soft tissue injuries. You must let your kids to do warm-ups before playing so they can become loose and feel flexible. Warming up also makes your kid’s body ready for the extra stress.
Protection from heat.
Kids are prone to dehydration and heat sickness especially for those who are engaged in outdoor sports. Kids must always wear sunscreen as protection from heat. They must also eat properly so they can have enough fuel for their bodies and must be hydrated water or sports drinks that are good for their age.
Must have a proper equipment.
Kids must always a protective equipment during their sports activities. This will ensure their safety as they compete and engage in various sporting activities. However, most child athletic programs don’t have enough protective equipment. Not all athletic clubs are capable of giving each kid proper equipment. If you know that your kid belongs to a sport, make sure that you can provide all the necessary protective gear the child needs. Important safety gears usually include helmets, mouth guards, goggles, padding, supportive shoes, and safety harnesses.
Teach your kid the proper techniques.
You have to teach the proper techniques of the sport they belong to. This is usually the coach’s job but you can’t rely completely on volunteer coaches of child athletic programs because they may not experts in child coaching techniques. You can teach your kid the basic sports skills and techniques so that they can play better. Teaching them the basics will help reduce the risk of injuries since they know how to play the sport properly. You should also teach your kid to be a good sport, winning or losing.
Kids are recommended to go through cross-training programs like stretching balancing drills, weight training and jumping to help reduce the risk of injuries. Cross-training programs aims to develop the strength and endurance of the heart and lungs of the kids especially if they are into sports like soccer, tennis, basketball, and football.
Neuromuscular training is extremely recommended for child athletes to help reduce the risk of ACL injuries. The training will involve the proper jumping and landing that will strengthen the legs and decrease the amount of impact on the knees. If your kid plays for football, soccer and basketball, it is more important that you teach them neuromuscular training.
You have to think about the safety of your kids as they turn to sports. By doing so, you can help a better athletic career for him/her in the future. By promoting the sports safety of your kids, you can prevent any injury to happen to them which might affect their athletic career in the future.
American football is among the most played and watched sports by many people of all of ages in U.S. As a result, the number of people getting injured because of playing football is also huge. There are a lot of sports injuries related to football that can happen to anyone who is playing football. Some of them can be easily prevented since they are very common while others are serious.
Here are some of the most common sports injuries that can happen in football.
A common overuse injury is the overall back pain. Back pains can result from over training. Rest is also an important part in an athlete’s life. You have to give your body enough time to rest and must not over train. Football players usually suffers from back pains and knee pains because they constantly train their bodies without taking enough time to rest.
This is the most common injury in American football. Concussions usually happen because of a traumatic impact. If you feel headache, drowsiness, dizziness, loss of balance, blurry vision, nausea, numbness or have a difficult time concentrating, then it’s most likely that you have a concussion. Concussions can become a serious injury if you don’t give it proper treatment.
Heat injuries are common in many American football training camps. Since most training camps usually happen during summer, athletes who undergo intense physical training will suffer from cramping due to sweating too much. Heat injuries can also lead to heat stroke or heat exhaustion, it can also lead to death if they are not treated immediately.
Knee injuries are also common in American football. Knee injuries can affect the athletic career of a football player if they are left untreated. These injuries tend to happen in football players because of the constant strain to their knees due to cutting motions and the surfaces they played on. Ankles sprains and shoulder injuries are also common in football too, particularly for the offensive and defensive linemen.
To help prevent the common sports injuries mentioned above, you may want to try to follow the tips below.
- Make sure that you perform warm-up exercises before you play and cool-down routines after playing.
- Do stretching and strength training on a consistent basis to help develop more muscle strength which is important in football.
- Be sure to hydrate your body especially if you have intense training methods to help minimize cramps and to maintain your health.
- Make sure that you always stay active with the sport by doing some simple exercises during summer break to help you become prepared when you return to the sport in the fall.
- Always wear safety gears such as mouth guard, pads, and helmet.
- Don’t tackle somebody with the use of your helmet.
- You must have a proper pre-season health and wellness evaluation.
- Speak with your team’s athletic trainer or a professional about any injury concerns or injury prevention strategies.
As an athlete you need to have a physically fit body for optimal performance in your sporting activities. Weight training exercises will help you get a physically fit body while getting power, speed, size and durability.
This is an exercise that is sure to eliminate all the useless fats in your body. Just make sure that you start doing the required 10 reps and master it before you start doing more.
Barbell Bench Press
This exercise will push you to the limit. It’s an exercise that will require you to your arms, chest, and shoulders on a consistent manner. And the more you use your arms, chest and shoulders the more calories you can burn.
One of the best ways to get rid of your body fats is to push yourself to the limit. Barbell lunge is a good form of exercise that will push your body to the limit. Do 12-15 lunges for each of your leg and try pushing your quadriceps, hamstrings and glutes beyond their limitations. It might hurt a lot but doing this exercise will definitely boost your metabolism rate to another level.
Bent Over Rows
Rowing is effective for burning all the fats in your body since it requires you to use all the muscles in your body.
This is a simple exercise that will keep your heart rate going while burning your body fats at the same time.
Bastards as it name suggests is a brutal form of exercise that leave your body completely exhausted while you are in the gym. It may exhaust you every time you do it but its body fat burning ability is undeniable. You are sure to burn fats from all over your body since it requires you to use your legs, shoulders, abs, arms, and chest all at the same time.
This exercise will require you to use a lot of your energy and a lot of muscle groups just to pull it off. This is also far effective in burning calories than its counterpart, leg press.
Clean and Press
This is an exercise that optimizes your hormone levels to get rid of the body fats.
This simple exercise will only require focus and determination to pull it off. It all depends on how far are you willing to use your arms, shoulders, chest and lats at the same time. It’s a good form exercise which requires you to use multiple muscle groups to burn calories.
Barbell Roll Outs
This is an intense and brutal exercise that is sure to keep your body fats melting.
Barbell Bulgarian Split Squat
This is a good exercise for stabilizing your muscles in your lower body and for burning fats. In fact, it’s one of the fastest way to burn fats in your lower body.
Mouthguards are available in 3 major types and they are:
These are available in many drugstores and sporting goods stores. They come ready to wear and is the cheapest among the three. They are not expensive, they are one the ones with the worst fitting. They are also less comfortable and are not really guaranteed to provide protection. They are usually made from rubber or polyvinyl and have the tendency to gag sometimes. You will have a difficulty speaking and breathing with these mouthguards. They will require you to always close your jaw so that you can hold them in their place. In short, they are not ideal for athletes.
There are two main types of mouth-formed mouthguards namely shell liner and boil-and-bite. Shell liner is lined with rubber or acrylic gel that will mold to your teeth and will set accordingly so that it can maintain its shape. While the boil-and-bite is made from thermoplastic. As the name suggests, it is first boiled and then fitted according to the contours of the teeth with the use of the fingers, tongue, lips and biting pressure. You can always try to refit it by boiling it in water again and then fit it accordingly to the contours of your teeth, if it doesn’t fit or is not comfortable in your first try.
You can purchase both types of mouth-formed mouthguards online, local sporting goods, and drug stores. Even though they are better than the stock mouthguards overall, they still don’t fair very well when it comes to the protection and fitting that the custom-fitted mouthguards can provide.
These are the most expensive type of mouthguards. They may be expensive but the level of comfort and protection they can provide are far better than the first two types mentioned above. They are made from a cast that will precisely fit to your teeth. The dentist will first make an impression of your teeth and then use the impression to create your custom-fitted mouthguard.
They are made to cover both your upper and lower teeth. They can also serve as a cushion for your teeth against blows to the chin or falls.
You should first go to your dentist before you choose a mouthguard. Your dentist may be able to provide you with a customized mouthguard that is specific for your sport or activity.
A mouthguard (also known as mouth protector or mouth piece) is a flexible custom fitted device that is worn over the teeth to help protect it from potential damage from athletic sports or various recreational activities. Mouth guards are more important for those people who are wearing braces or for those people who just want to protect their teeth from any potential trauma.
Mouth guards will help protect your teeth from damages due to blows or physical contact. They can also serve as a protection from any soft tissue damage.
Here are some good characteristics of an ideal mouth guard:
- It should allow you to speak clearly and will not interfere with your breathing.
- Can stay firmly in its place during action especially in athletic sports.
- Can provide high level of comfort and must fit really well with your teeth.
- Must be durable and easy to maintain.
- Must be tasteless, odorless, resilient and resistant to tear.
In general, mouthguards can only cover the upper teeth. But for those people who are into sports or who wears braces or other dental appliances should wear a mouthguard that can also cover their lower teeth.
Who Should Use a Mouthguard?
Many major sports leagues are now requiring the use of mouthguards for their athletes. Sports with high risk of physical contacts like football, ice hockey, basketball, lacrosse, field hockey, rugby, soccer, boxing, and wrestling requires its players to use mouth guards.
The American Dental Association also recommends people to use mouth guards who are into surfing, skiing, skateboarding, acrobatics, skydiving, volleyball, martial arts, weightlifting and other activities that has a high potential for physical contacts.
You can also try talking to your dentist or orthodontist for a more professional advice when it comes to choosing a mouthguard. Your dentist should be able to help you in choosing a mouthguard that will provide you the best protection for your teeth.
Benefits of Using a Mouthguard
Mouth guard serves as an important precaution for all athletes regardless of their age and abilities. It helps in protecting an athlete from a potential broken tooth, tooth loss or bone damage. They can also protect you from serious injuries such as cerebral hemorrhage, concussion, jaw fracture and neck injuries.
You need to be smart in choosing your mouth guard. Not all mouth guards are the same. They vary according to the level of comfort and protection they can provide as well with their price.
Here’s what you have to look for in the right pair of running shoes you are going to buy:
The shoes should fit snugly in your heels. To know that the shoes will fit snugly into your heels, wear it first without lacing up and see if you can slide your feet out. There might be some heel movement but it will not be a problem once you are going to run. You have to make sure that the shoes will feet comfortably in your heels because any uncomfortable feeling will be amplified once you start running with it.
The shoe should fit snugly and feel secure in your instep. You need figure out if the shoe you are testing feels tight. If the shoe feels tight for you, try using a different method of lacing it up to remove its tightness before you consider testing another shoe.
A good running shoe will allow you to move your foot side-to-side without having to cross over the edge of the inside sole of the shoe. Try another shoe, if the one you’re testing on makes you feel that your little toe is already sitting on the edge of the shoe or if you feel uncomfortable with your toes while wearing the shoe.
You have to make sure that the shoe will have enough space at the end of the shoe to avoid feet swell. Foot swelling usually happens when you are wearing a very tight shoe especially if you went for a long run. A good running shoe will give you enough space to wiggle your toes up and down.
You should also test the flexibility of a running shoe. To do this, just hold the heel and press its tip into the floor. A good running shoe should bend easily and crease accordingly to your foot flexes. Running shoes that doesn’t have an aligned flex point may result to plantar fasciitis or arch pain. Also, a running shoe without enough flexibility can result to an Achilles-tendon or calf strain.
Last, but not the least, is to identify the feel of a running shoe. You need to figure out if the shoe is capable of matching with the contours and movements of your feet. To do this, you need to test it out by doing a quick jog. You will only know what you feel about the shoes once you try it out.