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Different Types of Shoes for Runners

Whether you are an Olympic athlete or just a regular jogger, happy feet can make all the difference. For runners, selecting the right running shoes is extremely important; you’re going to spend most of your time in them, so you want something you really like and that fits you best. In addition to a comfortable ride, shoes can play a major role in keeping you running strong.

Here are different types of shoes for different types of runner’s feet.

  • Neutral shoes: They can work for mild pronators, but are best for neutral
    runners or people who supinate. Shoes provide some shock absorption and some medial (arch-side) support.
  • Stability shoes: Great for runners who exhibit mild to moderate over pronation. They often include a firm “post” to support the arch side of each midsole, an area exceedingly impacted by over pronation.
  • Motion control shoes: Best for runners who have moderate to severe over pronation, they offer features such as stiffer heels or a design built on straighter lasts to counter over pronation.
  • Barefoot shoes: Soles offer the bare minimum in protection from potential threats on the ground. Many have no cushion in the heel pad and a very thin layer. All barefoot shoes have a “zero drop” from heel to toe. (“Drop” is the difference between the height of the heel and the height of the toe.)
  • Minimalist shoes: These feature extremely lightweight construction, little to no arch support and a heel drop of about 4–8mm to encourage a natural running motion and a mid foot strike, yet still offer cushioning and flex. Minimalist shoes should last you around 300 to 400 miles.

The Origin of Pro Football

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On November 12, 1892 the origin of professional football began. It was the day that the Allegheny Athletic Association football team defeated the Pittsburgh Athletic Club. No one knew at the time that the this game would have such a big impact on football. The game itself was not a big event it was that one of the players, William (Pudge) Heffelfinger, was openly paid $500 to play the game. This marked the first professional football player in history. This means professional football began over 100 years ago with no indication of the popularity the sport would have in the future.

At the time the Pittsburgh Athletic Club believed that something illegal was afoot but had no evidence that the Allegheny Athletic Association had abandoned the standard practices by actually paying players to play. Verification of this didn’t become public for another 80 years when the Pro Football Hall of Fame got a document of expenses from the Allegheny Athletic Association that had clearly listed “game performance bonus to W. Heffelfinger for playing (cash) $500.” While it was possible for other players to have been paid before 1892, the AAA expense sheet provides the first irrefutable evidence of an out-and-out cash payment. This expense sheet is commonly referred to as the birth certificate of professional football.

Magnets in Helmets?

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Magnets in Helmets Might Make Football Safer

A new football helmet design with a radical idea could possibly prevent concussions during helmet to helmet impacts by using magnets. The idea behind it is that each helmet would be equipped with a magnet. During a head to the head collision they would repel from each other and slow the impact force before contact. Tests are being conducted with rare-earth element neodymium magnets from China, which are the most powerful commercially available magnet. These can repel up to 100lbs of force when repelling from the opposite pole and weigh a third of a pound (compared to the 3.5 to 5 pound helmets). While these safety feature would add to existing ones it also would add $50 to $100 in price. If the magnets make it through field tests, they could theoretically reduce the relative risk of concussions by up to 80 percent without changing the appearance or intensity of the game. See the full story here.

NCAA Concussion Study

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Concussions Get More Attention

The NCAA and the Department of Defense released an info-graphic which summarizes their newest study on concussions. After the release of the new film Concussion with Will Smith playing as the concussion researcher Dr.Bennet Omalu there has been a renewed interest in degenerative brain damage caused by repeated concussions.  The new study found that football isn’t the sport with the most concussions! The following list are incidents per 10,000 events, practices, games, etc.

  • Wrestling: 10.9
  • Men’s ice hockey: 7.9
  • Women’s ice hockey: 7.5
  • Football: 6.7
  • Women’s soccer: 6.3

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Happy Holidays from Fumble Pro!

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Happy Holidays to all you football fanatics out there!

Football Spiral

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How does a football spiral?

Well gravity is the key. But first, when a good quarterback throws a football it can spin 600 times a minute, that is as fast as a CD player. Another interesting fact about the spiral of a football is that when a right handed quarterback throws the football it actually looks different from a left handed one. The reason for that is what scientists call gyroscopic torque. Gyroscopes will move on their own when pushed and the same thing happens to footballs. When a football is thrown and it spirals, gravity brings its nose downward so the football moves on it’s own in another direction. Because of this, when a right handed quarterback throws the football will slightly bend to the right and slightly to the left when a left handed quarterback throws it. This can make all the difference in a touchdown pass or a missed opportunity.

6a00d8354c5ff669e2016763879315970b-800wiA patent issued in 2012 for a regulation football that has weighed strips for better spiral. On the outside, the new football is indistinguishable from an ordinary football. But on the inside, it has a series of weighted strips that extend around the middle. Together, the strips form a generally ring-shaped weight around the middle, stabilizing the football in flight by acting somewhat like a gyroscope.

Awesome Football Stadium Technology

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Stadiums today are packed with not only thousands of people but lots of interesting, amazing and innovative tech. From the gigantic scoreboards and moving roofs to ordering food without missing the game there is a lot to talk about when it comes to football stadiums and their recent technological advances.

Super Scoreboard

If you didn’t already know that everything is bigger in Texas then it is time to compare your favorite team’s scoreboard to the Houston Texan’s board. In 2009, the Cowboy’s revealed their gigantic 53 foot tall and 277 foot wide (Boeing 787 Dreamliner wingspan is 197 foot) resulting in 14,500 square feet of sweet sweet display.

Waiter in your pocket

No fan wants to miss a touchdown or amazing play while you are out getting nachos. College and NFL stadiums now have mobile apps that allow you to order food from your seat. The high-rollers in the high-value seats can have the food delivered to them, while the rest of us still gotta go pick it up at a designated place. But hey, they still beats walking over, waiting, waiting some more, ordering, waiting again and finally getting elbowed and partially dropping some of it on your way back. Some stadiums will even text you when it is ready so you can get back to the game quickly.

The Cardinal’s Rolling Field

The NFL Cardinal’s field featured real green grass but retractable glass ceilings don’t let in enough light for the grass to grow healthy and strong. So one day someone decided well “we could just move the stadium over between games.” The playing field sits in a tray of about  2 acres, 39 inches deep with grass and irrigation/drainage rolls. This tray sits on a 16-rail track with 546 steel wheels that can slide out an opening on the south side of the stadium putting the grass out in the sun to grow. It takes about 75 minutes for this process to happen moving at 1/8 mph.

Colts got it covered

The most impressive retractable roof resides in Indianapolis Lucas Oil Stadium where the Colts play. The roof was the first of it’s kind to open sideline-to-sideline. When open the Colts play under a 176,400 square foot opening. It takes 10 minutes for 132 electric motors to run 16 cable drums to rotate and pull the two 6 million pound, 760 foot long covers.

Top Supplements for Football Players

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Football is a demanding sport no matter what level you are playing at. Be sure to get the proper supplements to take your game to the next level!

Protein Powder – Protein is the building blocks of your muscles. If you don’t get enough of it you won’t build any muscle. Although plenty of expensive brands of protein are available, plain whey protein concentrate or isolate will do just fine.

Fish Oil – Fish oil will help to lubricate your joints and combat injuries, swelling, and inflammation.

Green Supplements – If you don’t have a balanced diet with enough vegetables you are just creating an up hill battle for yourself. If you lack these nutrients, you’ll have a harder time building muscle and making it through games without tiring or cramping. Add a green food supplement to your diet so you are able to consume a few vegetable servings at a time with a liquid, a powder or a pill.

Creatine – Increase strength and size by stimulating muscle growth with creatine; however, it should be taken during the off-season, particularly if you seem to be stuck at your current strength and size levels. Some experts don’t recommend creatine to young athletes, so be sure to consult your doctor and trainer.

Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA)– By taking BCAAs during or after your training session, you give your muscles the exact amino acids they need quicker to grow because BCAAs are the building blocks of muscle growth.

Caffeine– You can get caffeine from tea or coffee and it is a great way to get you a quick jolt and allow you to get the most out of your workout.

Vitamin D- This vitamin from the sun plays a huge role in helping the body absorb calcium, which keeps your bones strong. It also helps keep your immune system functioning optimally so you can spend more time on the field and less in bed sick.

Coconut Oil– If you are too busy with classes to get the needed calories for your training you can add a tablespoon of coconut oil to meals is a great way to get more calories. Coconut oil is a Medium Chain Triglyceride (MCT), making it a healthy fat source that the body can easily use for energy.

Multi-Probiotic- These have millions of the microorganisms found in the stomach and intestinal lining. Although it may sound gross, these microorganisms can really help your body break down food and absorb nutrients making sure all the food you have been eating is actually working for you.

Water– The body is made up of 70% H2O, and your muscles hold the majority of that. When you are dehydrated, all the strength and power you worked so hard to build won’t be available to your body. Drink half your body weight in ounces each day. Example: if you’re 170lbs, drink at least 85 ounces of water a day.

Innovation for the Sports Fans

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Going to a stadium, getting a hot dog, and viewing your favorite team play right in front of your eyes in real time is about a close to the game as the average fan can get. Sports teams have always looked for a new innovative way to bring sports fans even closer in the stadiums.

Sports teams in Kansas City are using a new app to give fans a new experience in the stadium. Sporting Innovations has created this app to allow sports fans to sign in to their personal profiles, get second to second news bulletins and highlights, allow them to upload photos that could be selected to be shown on the stadium screens! The app started as a just an idea to give all the fans in a stadium WiFi access so they could share their experience easily with their friends who maybe couldn’t make it to the games. The app is currently available, check it out for yourself!

Ways 3D Technology is Shaping Sports

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In the United States, the four major sports (football, basketball, baseball, and hockey) bring in billions of dollars in revenue each year. This money comes from ticket and merchandise sales, TV contracts, and advertising. To keep the revenue moving forward, sports team owners and league organizers are always looking for ways to improve the experience for fans and athletes. 3D technology has changed nearly everything we know about sports. From equipment and medicine to broadcasting, we should thank 3D tech for almost every way we enjoy our favorite sports today.

Additive Manufacturing

Most commonly known as 3D printing, this process uses synthetic materials to automatically construct nearly any shape the human mind can think up. The process got it’s nickname because the machine that creates looks like a home office printer on steroids, it even moves like one and creates objects out of seemingly nothing. There are countless uses for additive manufacturing, but sports manufacturing is making an impact by creating custom equipment for an athlete. This gives them a personal edge by using a product that is tailored to their specific needs or size or anything. Professional runner Jack Bolas was the first to wear 3D printed shoes at the New Balance Games in New York. Jack Bolas wore a pair of shoes that had custom insoles 3D printed for him.

Medicine

3D technology has changes how we diagnose sports injuries. In the past we relied on X-rays and MRIs to see what was going on inside an athlete’s muscles and joints. Now 3D imaging gives doctors more insight into how injuries occur and better ways to treat them. 3D technology is also helping doctors actually create the materials needed to help athletes recover from injuries after surgery (additive manufacturing strikes again). Doctors can even print 3D bones and cartilage pieces to replace damaged ones after an injury.

Broadcasting

Some of the most basic luxuries in sports broadcasting are thanks to 3D technology. The yellow first down line in televised NFL games was a huge technological marvel in 1998. Today, special 3D cameras record games and send them to stereoscopic 3D televisions giving them the most immersive experience ever. It isn’t just football though, Major league baseball can track strike zones and pitches in real time, something we previously left up to the umpire in the past.

Video Games

Not many would argue that video game depictions of sports are real sports, but there are video game competitions known as e-sports that many would argue IS a sport. in 2014, more than 70 million people world wide tuned into e-sports, making it more popular than some of the biggest sports in the United States. With video game technology advancing rapidly gamers are getting a more immersive experience and it is all thanks to 3D technology.