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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.

Extreme Drills Part 4

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Here are just a few of the extreme, endurance and agility building drills that will help make you a better athlete. This is part 4 of the series with drills 10-12. More to come soon!

Extreme Drills #10: Weighted Squat

Weighted squats will workout your quadriceps and hamstrings much harder than just regular squats. Place weight on a dip belt around your waist. Step up onto boxes or benches spaced apart; one foot on each one. Arms can be extended forward for balance throughout the exercise. Squat down until your thighs are just past parallel to the floor. Extend your knees and hips until legs are straight. Return and repeat.

Extreme Drills #11: Vertical Jump

The vertical jump is all about lower-body explosion and power. The athlete stands flat-footed and they measure his reach. It is important to accurately measure the reach, because the differential between the reach and the flag the athlete touches is his vertical jump measurement.

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Extreme Drills #12: Russian Twists

Sit on the ground with your knees bent and your heels just off the floor. Holding a med ball at chest level, rotate left and touch the ball to the floor. Rotate right and touch the ball to the floor. Repeat in a controlled manner for specified reps. A strong core is key for increasing throwing velocity of QBs and also helps you better absorb bone-crunching hits from tackles.

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Happy 2016 Football Year from Fumble Pro!

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Happy new year to you all! May 2016 be your best year yet!

Here are the important NFL Dates to mark on your shiny new calendars!

January 3 – Seventeenth Week of Regular Season Games.

January 4 – Earliest permissible date for clubs to renegotiate or extend the rookie contract of a drafted rookie who was selected in any round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Any permissible renegotiated or extended player contract will not be considered a rookie contract, and will not be subject to the rules that limit rookie contracts. Option exercise period begins for Fifth-Year Option for First- Round Selections from the 2013 NFL Draft. To exercise the option, the club must give written notice to the player on or after January 4, 2016, but prior to May 3, 2016.

January 9 – Wild Card Playoffs.

January 10 -Wild Card Playoffs and Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that have byes in the Wild Card weekend may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of the Wild Card games.

January 16 – Divisional Playoffs.

January 17 – Divisional Playoffs and Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that won their Wild Card games may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of Divisional Playoff games.

January 18 – Deadline for college players that are underclassmen to apply for special eligibility. A list of players who are accepted into the NFL Draft will be transmitted to clubs on January 22.

January 23 – East-West Shrine Game, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida.

January 24 – AFC and NFC Championship Games.

January 30 – Senior Bowl, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama.

January 31 – NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii. An assistant coach, whose team is participating in the Super Bowl, who has previously interviewed for another club’s head coaching job may have a second interview with such club no later than the Sunday preceding the Super Bowl.

February 7 – Super Bowl 50, Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California.

February 22 – First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.

February 23-29 – Combine Timing and Testing, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.

March 7 – Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.

March 12-15 – Beginning at 12 noon, New York time, clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2015 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 15. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 15.

March 15 – The 2016 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time. The first day of the 2016 League Year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 15. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the League office during the period between 4:00 p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 15. Trading period for 2016 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2015 contracts.

March 20-23 – Annual League Meeting, Boca Raton, Florida.

April 4 – Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2015 regular season may begin off season workout programs.

April 18 – Clubs with returning head coaches may begin off season workout programs.

April 22 – Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets.

April 27 – Deadline for prior club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents.

April 28-30 – NFL Draft.

Science of Football Cleats

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The reason you slip while walking or running is a lack of friction with the ground under your feet.  Friction is the force that happens when two objects are rubbed together which gets you moving forward, backward, whatever direction you push. Cleats are designed to give a player more friction with the ground. There are two types of friction, static friction and kinetic friction.

Static friction is the force between two objects that are not moving relative to each other. This means in order to move you must be able to overcome the initial force. This is the force and friction a wide receiver must overcome when he breaks off the line. If the force trying to move the object is less than the force of the static friction, then the object trying to move will not be able to go anywhere.

Kinetic friction is the force between two surfaces that are moving relative to each other. Once an object has overcome static friction and is moving it then has kinetic friction acting on it resisting it’s motion. Cleats help football players maintain traction when kinetic friction is acting on them.

Traction is the friction between an object and the surface they are moving on. To increase traction you must maximize friction. If you apply more force to the surface you are moving on, you will increase the friction between you and the surface, this provides you with more traction.

Cleats are designed to increase the traction of a football player on the ground and protect the player from muscle injury. In the event that a player does slip, the cleats are designed to help protect the muscles in a player’s feet to help keep them from injury.

Why Vitamin D?

Vitamin D and Football Injuries

Vitamin D is known for its ties to muscle function and muscle performance. So of course it was an obvious choice for athletes to need. A new study has found that football (professional or non) players with lower levels in their diet were more likely to have an injury. In a small study of a single NFL team, researchers included vitamin D levels as part of the pre-season evaluation in 2010. Only 1/5 of the players had normal blood levels and 80% of the football team had blood levels below normal range. 30% had dangerously low levels. And African American players had lower average blood levels than Caucasian players. During the season the players who sustained muscle injuries were more likely to have lower levels. The mean of the 16 players who suffered a muscle injury the had a very low level of 20 ng/ml (normal is defined as 32 ng/ml).

Although muscle function and vitamin D were once thought to only be important in older persons, similar findings are being reported in all groups and now even elite professional athletes. Nutritionists often debate over the optimum level needed but most commonly recommended level is about 30 ng/ml. Current estimates state that Americans have a sub-optimal level of vitamin D.

Extreme Drills Part 3

Here are just a few of the extreme, endurance and agility building drills that will help make you a better athlete. This is part 3 of the series with drills 7-9. More to come soon!

Extreme Drills #7: Uphill Speed Ladder

Going uphill makes your muscles work harder than they would if you were just on a flat surface and you will get much more out of it. Start in front of the ladder at the bottom of a hill. Starting with your left foot, rapidly tap both feet in each rung of the ladder until you reach the top.

Extreme Drills #8: Chain Push-up

Assume push-up position with heavy chains positioned across your lower back. Do controlled push-ups for as many reps as possible. The chain not only adds more weight to the movement, it also forces you to engage your core muscles. As you push up, more and more of the chain lift off the ground, increasing the resistance.

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Extreme Drills #9: DB Swing

Don’t have a Kettle Bell? Use a DB. Squat down, lean forward at 45 degrees, thrust hips forward to swing up DB to forehead level and repeat.

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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.

Extreme Drills Part 2

Here are just a few of the extreme, endurance and agility building drills that will help make you a better athlete. This is part 2 of the series with drills 4-6. More to come soon!

Extreme Drills #4: Core Sled Pulls & Pushes

This movement will light your core, biceps, & back on fire! From a plank position pull the sled to you with one arm. Once you’ve completed this exercise, push the sled back, and start over with the other arm. Repeat 4 times each arm. Alright Hulk, If this is easy for you add some weight to the sled.

Extreme Drills #5: Tire Flips

Linebackers need a lot of explosive power to be able to drive into another linebacker and push him over. How do you prepare yourself for pushing a 250 pound person who has been training to take YOU down? You flip a 900 pound tire. Driving with your legs and pushing until it flips. Make sure you don’t lift with you biceps!

5-10-5 drillsExtreme Drills #6: Pro Agility Cone Drill or 5-10-5

Agility isn’t a natural ability, it is a trained. Agility is important on the field because without good agility it you are a sitting duck on the field. The 5-10-5 builds your agility by teaching you to accelerate, stop, change direction and repeat. How many can you do before your legs stop?

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Extreme Drills Part 1

Here are just a few of the extreme, endurance and agility building drills that will help make you a better athlete. This is part 1 of the series with drills 1-3. More to come soon!

Extreme Drills #1: Monkey Rolls

This is a staple of football conditioning that teaches players to forget their aversion to hitting the ground while building agility and stamina. That being said, they really suck for any amount of time. Three players form a unit, all laying on the ground. The middle player rolls toward one of the players on the side, who must jump up and over, continue rolling into the next guy, who jumps up and over, and the whole dreadful process is repeated until coach remembers to blow his whistle.

Extreme Drills #2: 50 40s

Alright, no big deal. Just run to the 40 yard line and back 25 times. Once you have made it to the 3rd set or so you might consider crunching the numbers and realize that is 2000 yards (little under 1.14 miles). There isn’t much left of you after sprinting that long.

Extreme Drills #3: Reverse Karaoke

extreme drills ladder drillSome people may have found this easy but for those of you who knew what it was like to trip over yourself in front of your team and coaches knew how demoralizing it was. This Ladder drill was used to get WRs and DBs to open up their hip and increase agility.

 

 

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.