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 […]

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Fumble Pro featured in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Coaches pull strings to emphasize ball control ­ 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 […]

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Easy Way to Get a Free FumblePro T-shirt

All you have to do is submit a video (10 seconds or longer) of your team using the Fumble Pro or Fumble Pro Lite in a drill and we will send you a free “Hold On To Your Balls” t-shirt. […]

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Fumble Pro Lessens the Chances of Fumbling

Invention lessens chances of fumbling The Fumble Pro was recently featured in an article written by Cory Mull, CMull@News-Press.com, on News-Press.com. In the article he talked about the origins of the Fumble Pro as well as its proven potential to teach […]

What is Fumble Pro?

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 […]

 

Smaller NFL Shoulder Pads

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Have you noticed over the years that NFL shoulder pads have shrunk? This isn’t because of strange budget cuts, it is because of advancement in technology. The pads are now able to be smaller yet more protective. Over the past 15 years the pads have shrunk by 50%, which is much better than the 1980 pads that nearly engulfed the player’s head.

Players often skipped over leg and thigh pads but then the NFL made them a requirement. Technological breakthroughs in the plastic and the foam harnesses used allowed manufacturers to create lighter and smaller shoulder pads. The NFL stated that there has been no change in shoulder related injuries due to the smaller pads and the manufacturers stated that they have maintained the same commitment to safety.

Shoulder pads today weigh less than four pounds, compared to six to eight pounds 15 years ago and are thinner, flatter, more flexible and more resistant to becoming waterlogged with sweat.

 

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.

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.

 

 

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.

Pylon 7v7 Tournament in Cocoa Beach

Had a great time at the Pylon 7v7 tournament in Cocoa Beach on Valentine’s day! It was amazing to see such talent, speed and agility all in one place. There was some much action going on at once it was hard to keep up with it all. Thankfully Bleacher Report was there to video tape the action so I can recap later.

But I have to say my favorite part was when I was demonstrating the Fumble Pro to some coaches and Erika Imburgio from Pylon and I started to talk about how the Philadelphia Eagles use the Fumble Pro. I was giving a demonstration of one of the drills and said it was one Deuce Staley likes to run when I heard a voice behind me say “Yeah we do.” To my surprise R.J. Harvey of the Philadelphia Eagles was right behind me and heard the whole thing! Boy was I glad I wasn’t fibbing about anything I said about the Eagles!

Coach Harvey went on to tell me the Eagles use the Fumble Pro in practice everyday as part of their ball-security routine. First out come the weighted balls, then some resistance band training, and then the Fumble Pros!

I can’t tell you how much of an honor it was to hear that directly from someone within the Eagles organization.

We are very proud of the Fumble Pro, and extremely proud that after two years the Eagles are still enjoying the Fumble Pro as well!

 

What is Fumble Pro?

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!

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FUMBLE PRO SPRINT

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