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3PhaseFootball is everything Triple Option

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The whole reason the Fumble Pro was invented can be traced back to the Triple Option. Co-founder Matt Hall was the B-back in a triple option offense at the Naval Academy, but he suffered from a fumbling problem. As you can imagine, fumbling was not tolerated and it hurt Matt’s career. So when Matt started coaching he was determined that his players wouldn’t suffer the same fate. He partnered with an aerospace engineer and together they invented the Fumble Pro.

So when 3PhaseFootball reached out to us and said they wanted to partner with us we were ecstatic! 3PhaseFootball are the ambassadors for the Triple Option. They provide the perfect way for coaches from all over the country to share thoughts and ideas on the Triple Option. They even hold a weekly chat called “Mesh Point Monday”.

The opportunity to help improve ball security for teams running the triple option is something that is very near and dear to Matt’s heart, so we really look forward to working with 3PhaseFootball and participating in Mesh Point Monday (#meshpoint).

Check out www.3phasefootball.net, and follow them on Twitter @3phasefootball so you too can learn more about the greatest offense in football!

Sports Safety for Your Kids

Sports Safety for Your Kids

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.

Cross-training programs.

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.

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.

Common Football Injuries

Common American Football Sports Injuries

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.

Overuse Injuries

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.

Concussions

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

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.

Traumatic Injuries

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.

Weight Training Exercises

Weight Training Exercises for Athletes

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.

Deadlift

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.

Barbell Lunge

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.

Sit-Ups

This is a simple exercise that will keep your heart rate going while burning your body fats at the same time.

Bastards

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.

Barbell Squats

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.

Push ups

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.

Fumble Pro used by Carson Wentz on Gruden’s QB Camp

Fumble Pro used by Carson Wentz on Gruden's QB Camp

Last year at the Texas High School Coaches Association, I had the pleasure of meeting someone who works for the Fire Football Coaches Association (FFCA). The FFCA is a company that Super Bowl XXXVII Winning, Jon Gruden started after getting fired from Tampa Bay. It started out as a place fired football coaches could go and stay sharp by studying football. It has grown into a company dedicated to giving back to the game, with a specific emphasis on high school athletic programs.

Jon Gruden and Jimmy Smith from Fumble Pro

Super Bowl XXXVII Winning Coach Jon Gruden and Jimmy Smith from Fumble Pro

Well it turns out the person I met thought Gruden might want to use the Fumble Pro and the Fumble Pro Lite on his TV show Gruden’s QB Camp. So several months later I had the even greater pleasure of visiting Tampa and meeting Jon Gruden himself.

The first thing you notice when you walk into his office is the Chucky doll wearing a headset in the reception area. I guess he really does like the nickname! Then after a few minutes I was led back to meet Jon in person. As we got to a darkened room I saw Jon huddled over game film dissecting plays in a state of total concentration. After a minute or so he noticed we were there and he gave me a genuinely warm welcome. Well before I could say more than a sentence he literally turned to the white board and started diagramming a drill he wanted to run on his show (probably called Spider 2 Y Banana drill!) It was surreal. Here I am in a film room with Jon Gruden drawing plays on a white board and I have only know him less than 60 seconds!

It was finally time to show him the Fumble Pro, and I am very happy to say he loved it! He started thinking of ways to use the Fumble Pro right away! We decided that I would make some Fumble Pro Lites with the FFCA logo on them so he could use them on his TV show Gruden’s QB Camp. We even talked about something he could strike the QBs with that wouldn’t hurt them and we came up with pool noodles. Well, I am sure you have seen the clips of him chasing Wentz around with pool noodles, so I guess he liked the idea!

After that he was back to work and I was off to the Nike Coach of the Year Clinic in Orlando, but not before he gave me my very own Spider 2 Y Banana shirt.

Oh, and one last thing, he did use the Fumble Pro Lite on his TV show Gruden’s QB Camp with Carson Wentz! Carson Wentz is the number 2 overall NFL Draft pick! He wants Wentz to become a two-handed monster like Carson Palmer, and the Fumble Pro Lite is just the tool to make that happen!

Fumble Pro featured in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette

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Coaches pull strings to emphasize ball control

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1999 Air Force Academy graduate, Jermal Singelton, doesn’t want to give the Fumble Pro credit for its effectiveness because a Naval Academy invented it. In this article written by Tom Murphy from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette you will learn about how the Arkansas Razorbacks used Fumble Pro products to teach their players ball security and reduce their fumbles! To read the full article click here.

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Fitness Supplements: What Can You Gain From Them

Fitness Supplements: What Can You Gain From Them

Supplements are a product of the medical technologies and advancements we now have today, they are also the most sought solutions for health and wellness. They have ingredients that will improve your workout performance and the composition of your body.

Learn more about the benefits of using supplements below:

  • They can help you fill in the nutritional gaps in your diet.
  • They can give you energy boost which is good for all your training and workout sessions.
  • It can assist you in reducing your weight depending on how you use it.
  • Promotes the build-up and development of your muscles.
  • They also improve your muscle mass and more bone strength.
  • They are also good for the recovery of your muscles and in preventing any tear or body pains.
  • It also helps in keeping you away from the bad effects of exercise acidosis.
  • Some athletic supplements can also aid in the biosynthesis of glutathione in the body.
  • These supplements also help your focus and other brain functions.
  • They also contribute to reducing the fatigue in your body.
  • They give you a good feeling for your body, extra alertness, and energy to get you going throughout your training and workout sessions.
  • They are easy to carry around and are not that expensive.

You have to remember though that supplements will only work if you know how to use them correctly. You also have to know what these supplements can do for you. In choosing the kind of supplements you are going to use, it’s important that you choose a supplement that will be helpful to your goal or case. It’s easy to get confused with the number of supplements available on the market today. But don’t think for a second that all of them will work for you. There are also some products out there that are said to be helpful but in reality, they can’t do a single thing.

Choosing the right supplement is important if you don’t want your hard-earned money to go to waste. Be smart in choosing which one suits and works for you.

There are also some supplements that can expose you to various side effects or complications. If you are experiencing any side effect from your supplement, it’s better if you stop using it or switch to another one. You can ask advice from your personal trainer as to which supplement he/she recommends. You can also go to your doctor if you want to know how to deal with the side effects.

Just be cautious in using your supplements. Know how to use them correctly and I’m sure that good results will show up eventually. But of course, you don’t have to rely on supplements only. You also have to work out and maintain a balanced diet if you want to achieve your fitness goals!

Fitness Tips: How to Motivate Yourself

Fitness Tips: How to Motivate Yourself

They say that you to need to have motivation for you to achieve your fitness goals. But how about you? Do you already have something to motivate yourself? It’s easy to quit in any endeavor if you don’t have anything or anyone to motivate you, right? You don’t need anybody to motivate you when you can just have yourself to motivate you!

Look at Yourself in Front of the Mirror

Look in front of the mirror and try taking your shirt off. Ask yourself if you like what you see right now. Try asking yourself these questions too:

  • Is this me?
  • Is it still possible to change how do I look?
  • Do I want my look to change for the better?

If so, then you should get started with your fitness training programs right away!

Smile to Lighten Your Mood and the Surrounding Atmosphere.

You must smile to lighten your mood. Your training and workouts may be exhausting, but you must always learn to smile in these circumstances. It promotes a good atmosphere around you. It’s also much easier to accomplish your fitness goals when you are happy.

Learn to Focus.

You have to learn to focus and concentrate on your training and workouts. If you want to achieve your fitness goals that much, then you must direct all your attention to your goal. Picture yourself once you achieved your goals and how much happiness it will bring to you. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted by anything that will prevent you from achieving your goal. It’s only when you focus on your goals that you’ll be able to achieve them.

Act Immediately.

You’ll never get to achieve your fitness goals if you don’t get yourself moving. So make sure that you do it right away. It’s never too late to change your body the way you wanted it to be.

Stick to Your Routines.

You have to stick with your routines for all your training and workout sessions. Whatever your fitness goals are, it will all come down to your discipline and patience. Results may not appear right away but don’t allow yourself to be disappointed with it, just continue with your routines. It takes time before you can the see results of your training and workouts. They will eventually show up themselves unless of course if you stopped doing exercises.

Changing your physique for the better requires motivation. I hope that the tips above will help you motivated as you continue to achieve your fitness goals because all the hard work, effort and time you’ve put into this endeavor will only be for your sake, in the end.

The Benefits of Weight Training

The Benefits of Weight Training

Weight training is more than just feeling good and looking great. It offers a lot of advantages to everyone who tries it. The benefits of weight training are just too great to ignore especially if you’re an athlete. Here are the top benefits you can gain from weight training if you know to do it properly:

It keeps your overall weight in check. 

Weight training helps you to burn more calories thus giving you control over your weight. The more weight training you do, the more calories you can burn.

Increases your bone density. 

It has been proven that weight training significantly reduces the risk of you having osteoporosis by the time you get old because it increases your bone density.

Helps you in preventing injuries. 

Weight training will keep you from suffering from injuries. If you get to strengthen your muscles, you can reduce your chances of suffering from life-related injuries which could affect the quality of your life. It also allows you to recover faster from your injuries if you happen to endure them.

Improves your performance. 

Weight training does help you to improve your performance regardless of the sport you belong. Athletes who wish to improve their performance and transform their game to a whole new level will have to do a lot of weight training.

Feel great and look good at the same time. 

There is no other satisfaction better than the feeling of finishing a great workout. Yes, it may be painful, but if you weigh the positive effects of weight training especially in the long run will make you realize that everything is worth it. You will the increase of power from your muscles and bones eventually as you continue working out. Being strong will have a positive effect on your posture and will also give you a good feeling. And  if you do it correctly, I am sure your confidence and self-esteem will also increase. In short, weight training will make you feel good about your life as it promotes positive vibe and atmosphere around you.

With these benefits that are so compelling, I can’t see a reason why would an individual neglect weight training especially if he/she is an athlete. You just have to give in more effort and time if you really want to see results. Weight training not only increases your overall strength but it also promotes good overall health. By doing weight training 3-5 times a week, you’ll see significant changes in your body and health in no time. Try to engage yourself in weight training if you want to feel good and look great at the same time. Heck, it might be also helpful in your goal of impressing the women. You just have to work hard and be patient with it because in the end, you’ll be the one to enjoy the benefits of being an Adonis!

Best Stretches Before Football Practice

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Stretching gets the body ready for the workout you are about to start. Stretching is most important before starting football practice. Not stretching can lead to injury. Here are the best stretches to do 10 reps of before you start practicing!

  • Walking Knee Hugs: This will stretch your hips and glutes. Get on your toes for each hug to stretch your calf muscles and help improve your balance.
  • Dynamic Lunge with Rotation: This will stretch and open up your hips and increase t-spine mobility. This stretch will help increase mobility for better sprinting and reduces injuries. This will also keep your t-spine from locking up, when it locks up and cannot rotate correctly your lower back will rotate instead which could cause injury.
  • Inverted Hamstring: This stretch activates your glutes and warms up your hamstrings.
  • Hip Rotations: This stretch keeps your legs and hips stable.
  • Lateral Lunges: This stretch activates the gluteus medius or the “side butt.” Commonly overlooked, when this muscle is weak knee injury is more likely.
  • Backward Skips: Engages your glutes. Important for sprinting power and reduces the rick of a hamstring injury. You can also swing your arms back loosely to increase mobility in the shoulders.
  • Inchworms: Activates and stretches the core, abs, back and hips for sprinting. The key is to keep your back and hips straight, never let your hips sway. Not a fun drill but well worth it for sprinters. It will maintain a tight core that will keep a sprinter from losing energy while running.
  • A-Runs: To increase range of motion while sprinting. You can also do the Carioca for more lateral movements.
  • Backward Lunge Reach and Twist: Keeps the quads and the muscle in the front of the hip that goes to the abdomen stretched. This also increases hip, shoulder and T-spine mobility.
  • Backpedal: Helps engage the glutes and works athletic stance. Very important for linebackers and defensive backs.