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According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, popular sporting activities for nearly all ages rack up an impressive number of treated injuries and hospitalizations throughout the year.
We examine national injury estimates from a CPSC survey of more than 90 hospitals to find out which sports are the most dangerous.
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High school athletes have always debated which sport is the toughest and most dangerous. The bigger issue, however is safety. As more and more athletes are getting into year-round sports, and competing at higher levels, there is growing concern for the safety of high school athletes and the long term effects that injuries have both on and off the field.
The following graphic takes a look at which sports are the most dangerous, if boys or girls are getting hurt more, and how much time is being lost for recovery.
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Congratulations to Brittney Reese, Team USA athlete who just won the Gold Medal sporting KT Tape at the IAAF World Track & Field Championships in Daegu, Korea! Reese won the Long Jump event in just one jump!
Read on for an excerpt on Reeses success by Jorg Wenig for the IAAF in Daegu, Korea:
With a 'One Jump Show Brittney Reese took the world title in Daegu. But this unique womens Long Jump victory at the World Championships was of course not planned.
I have never won a competition with just one valid jump, said the 24 year-old American from Gulfport, Mississippi, who had five invalid attempts during the competition after her initial 6.82m leap. Reese won the first gold medal for the USA at the World Championships and she successfully defended her title from Berlin 2009.
What she had planned was to start with a good jump.
It was my goal to open with a good jump so that the others would have to try to catch me. 6.82 was okay, but I really thought that seven metres would be necessary for the gold medal, because it was a very strong competition.
Asked about her feelings in the final round when both Olga Kucherenko of Russia and Latvian Ineta Radevica came close with their furthest jumps, which on the video screens looked as if they would have been further than 6.82m, she replied: Every moment I thought that one of the others would jump seven metres and that I would have had to improve. It did not happen, no one jumped further, but it was close.
In the history of the womens Long Jump finals at the World Championships there were a couple of athletes who had won with three valid jumps and only one with two: That was Jackie Joyner-Kersee, who took the gold medal 20 years ago. On the mens side however there once was a parallel to Reese: In 2005 Dwight Phillips won in Helsinki with only his initial attempt valid.
But there is another parallel to Joyner-Kersee: only Reese and Joyner-Kersee (1987 and 1991) have ever defended a world title in the womens Long Jump. Fittingly when asked about a hero she looked up to she answered: Oh yes there is one athlete: Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Actually, she added, they are in contact regularly.
We phone each other from time to time and she motivates me, telling me I am the best. Probably I will very soon receive a congratulation text message from her.
Reese's first sport was basketball and only turned to athletics in 2003. It was a bit a coincidence that her talent for the Long Jump was discovered. The coach of her basketball team at school asked the girls to do Long Jump and he was promising a Coke for the best one. That Coke went to Reese.
It was then her mother, Carla Young, who convinced her that she should turn to athletics instead of basketball.
I have to thank her that she did so. But you should of course always listen to your mother, said Reese, whose family home in Gulfport at the Mexican Gulf was partially destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Her mother and siblings were evacuated in time so they escaped injury and Reese was away at the time, studying at the University of Mississippi. So she was not immediately affected, but could not get home for some time.
This spring she finished her exams in English. So she had more time to prepare for the World Championships than before. This season however it did not make a difference. But for the future it should help.
My weakness is my landing. We are working on this since I started long jumping and it improves from year to year. But it can still be improved. I think every one has got some weakness and the Long Jump is not only run and jump it is not that simple.
Generally Reese, who is coached by Joe Walker and has a High Jump best of 1.88 m, is looking more for wins than for distance. Naturally the next big goal of the reigning World indoor champion will be the London Olympic Games in 2012.
I have got three World Championship medals so now my goal is to win an Olympic gold.
She had made her international break through in 2008, when she competed at the Olympics in Beijing, which were her first international championships. In China she had the best qualifying jump for the final with 6.87m. But in the final she could not quite match this and finished fifth with 6.76m.
If you can win major events the distance will come with it, said Reese, who had taken the US Championships this summer with a personal best of 7.19m. Generally she expects that there will be more seven metre jumps in the near future
To read the entire article, visit the IAAF Athletics website.
The world is watching as Derek Jeters time on the DL comes to a close this week- will his calf injury be healed enough for him to return to play? Having been sidelined for 15 days because of a Grade I Calf Strain, were hoping Jeter knows to use the KT Tape Calf Strain application to tape up his calf before hitting the field again this week!
Are you training, playing with, or coaching your own team of future Derek Jeters? Here are a few simple exercises for getting you and your team quickly back into playing shape from Baseball Training Secrets, provided by Jon Doyle for Active.com:
Every year coaches and athletes are faced with the same problem. For whatever reason (work, camp, pure laziness) athletes show up out of shape at the beginning of every season, especially after the summer.
Here is the exact program I use to get athletes in shape FAST. It has a high carryover to sports and will not cause overuse injuries! The following four exercises are to be done in circuit fashion.
I'm sure everyone knows how to do these. The biggest piece of advice is to make sure you are making wide arches with your arms and taking your hands from your sides and touch above your head.
Stand with one foot 6-8 inches in front of other foot on balls of your feet. Simply shuffle back and forth switching places of feet. Be sure movement is generated from hips. Hands are on hips and posture is perfect with eyes looking forward.
Start by jumping straight up with arms extended. Come down to a squat position, on your toes and hands on ground on front of feet. Then kick legs back into start of a pushup position. Now bring those legs back to the squat position and from there jump up again with arms extended overhead. That is one rep!
Start in push-up position with arms straight. One knee is bent and up near elbow and one leg is outstretched. Alternate "climbing" legs back and forth with speed. Ensure feet and knees always point straight ahead.
The idea is to do all four exercises for 30 seconds each. You're not trying to go very fast on these. You always want to be in a state where your focus is on breathing properly. You want to always keep your feet moving, but control your heart rate. That's important because when you're competing you want your heart rate to be as low as it possibly can. That's going to allow you not to get clouded in your decision-making
To read the entire article by Jon Doyle, visit Active.com.
Looking for a way to keep your arm strong all season long? Active.com is also featuring a series of shoulder workouts from Todd Durkin of Fitness Quest 10 using the TRX that are ideal for keeping baseball players strong and flexible. And dont forget your KT Tape shoulder applications for injury prevention during these workouts!
Running can be a lot like driving. Accidents happen all the time to runners and many of them are often preventable. Here are five helpful reminders to abide by to make your run safer and more enjoyable.
Avoid awkward and potentially injury-causing running collisions with these simple tips. Accidents do happen, though, and if you should find yourself with a rolled ankle or strained calf, look to KT Tape for your pain relief. Our flexible cotton athletic tape moves with you so you can get back out on the road running.
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Of course you know that KT Tape can reduce your muscle pain after a tough workout, but here at KT Tape we always like to see what else is out there in terms of non-traditional remedies. Now, scientists at the University of Georgia have proven that the a daily dose of ginger can ease the aches and pains suffered after heavy exercise.
Participants in the featured study consumed capsules containing two grams of either raw or heat-treated ginger or a placebo for 11 consecutive days.
"On the eighth day they performed 18 extensions of elbow flexors with a heavy weight to induce moderate muscle injury to the arm. Arm function, inflammation and pain were assessed prior to and for three days after the exercise," the article says.
The end result? Study participants consuming ginger experienced a 25 percent decrease in exercise-related pain.
Cricket is not a game you can play while drinking tea. This sport requires extensive training and mental focus. The following excerpt from Netfit, a British based site dedicated to health and fitness, highlights the necessary elements required by those participating in the game.
Along with building a good base of strength and fitness, the skills of the game should be worked on, ideally as a team in order to produce a higher level of combined skills, as cricket is a sport that is played in two forms, batting and fielding.
Batsman aim to stay at the crease for as long as possible, sometimes for periods of over 4 hours. In order to occupy this position, a good bats man most be able to stay focused, have good ball / eye skills, and have the strengths and fitness to make each shot played count.
The power will come from having a strong core, abdominal mid-section and the ability to generate explosive upper body actions, however with that said, using the kinetic energy of the ball as it speeds towards you, only requires a slight change in direction in order to score 4 runs - unfortunately this skill has only be given to a few class bats man.
Fielders need the ability to sustain a concentrated effort for a 6 hour plus period without fatigue, in sometimes very warm conditions. There bodies most be capable of explosive bursts at any given time - such as racing for a ball, jumping for a catch.
Aim to keep your body moving whilst on the pitch, walking and stretching the muscles whenever possible. Keep your mind busy by visualizing exactly what you will do when the ball comes towards you.
When you have a sport that requires explosive bursts, there is going to be soreness, muscle tears and strained tendons. At KT Tape, we have the quintessential product that addresses these inherent discomforts. KT Tape is highly effective at providing pain relief, stability & support, & faster recovery for injured or sore muscles and joints-without sacrificing comfort or freedom of movement.
Now that the sun is consistently warming the peaks, I would say it's time to begin moving from the hike planning phase to the get out and go phase. The snow continues to melt and the buds are breaking through. Get out into the back country early this year and consider this: The better your gear, the more comfortable your experience will be. This applies to hiking boots, backpacks and of course breathable clothing. But this season, consider adding a new element to your hiking package: Trekking poles.
In my early twenties while hiking through Glacier National Park, I would quietly snicker at those using hiking poles. I simply didn't understand them. But I have since learned that when you hike with poles, you are distributing weight and shock over four limbs instead of two. People who use hiking poles discover an almost immediate benefit to their knees, especially on downhill terrain, according to Mats Lundkvist of thebackpacker.com
Hiking poles or staffs help us to reduce weight on our feet and legs. The modern design of the hiking pole distributes the weight evenly on the whole body instead of legs. According to one estimate poles can reduce 15% of weight from your legs by spreading it on the arms and other parts of body. As they act like your legs so they also bear some of the weight. Especially when you are climbing on a steep hill, the poles bear much weight than in normal walking so the percentage of weight may rise even further.
When you take the leap and get hiking poles, you are doing yourself a favor, not just for your knees but for your overall safety in the back country as you maneuver through early runoff, unstable scree or wildlife on the trail. It's good to be versatile.
Here at KT Tape, we know the meaning of versatility. Kinesiology Therapeutic tape is used for a myriad of reasons in addition to drug free pain relief, including correcting body mechanics, creating biofeedback and increasing circulation & lymphatic drainage. When I hit the trail this weekend, I'm going to be outfitted with poles and using KT Tape...join me!
Ladies and Gentleman, Start your Engines!
The KT Tape Team will be at the KT Tape booth at the Mini-Marathon Expo to offer free taping demonstrations and advice to athletes. Every year, over 40,000 visitors make their way to the expo to check out over 80 booths and exhibitors.
The 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Expo will be held Thursday, May 6 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Indianan Convention Center, Halls D &E at 100 S. Capitol Ave.
Because KT Tape can be worn for up to five days per application, Indianapolis Marathon runners who stop by the KT Tape Booth can get taped up for race day at the expo! KT Tape is used by athletes to treat common sports injuries such as runners knee, shin splints, IT Band pain, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and quad or hamstring strain. It is the only solution that will provide pain relief and support before, during, and after the racewithout restricting motion. At the Expo, the KT Tape team will be available to answer questions, demo product taping methods, and introduce Indianapolis to this revolution in pain relief and performance enhancement.