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      Inspiration
    W. Oregon Sara Tucholsky first HR - ultimate sportsmanship



    ESPN STORY


    HERE IS A SHORT FILM BY RON SHELTON FOR LIBERTY MUTUAL'S The Responsibility Project TITLED
    THE HOME RUN


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      Posted by admin on Sunday, July 09 @ 20:05:31 EDT (40 reads)
     

    Yoga Pose of the Day: Boat Pose
      Fitness LINK TO SOURCE ARTICLE FROM EVERYDAY HEALTH

    By Mandy Ingber

    Boat Pose (Navasana)

    Benefits: Strengthens your abdominal muscles, and your sense of self and willpower. Builds up your core strength.

    Sit up with the soles of your feet flat on the floor. Hook your hands behind your hamstrings and lean back slowly until you are balancing up on your sit bones. Lift your feet off of the ground and, with bent knees, raise your feet up, so they are aligned with your knees. Press your lower back in and extend your chest up to the sky. Release your hands from behind your hamstrings and reach your arms out in front of you, palms facing together. Make sure you keep pressing your shoulders down, pressing your lower back in and extending your heart up. Hold the pose for 5 breaths. Advanced practitioners can extend their legs straight, making a “V” shape.

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      Posted by admin on Wednesday, February 22 @ 12:24:25 EST (126 reads)
     

    BRAVR™
      Inspiration SOURCE



    Positive Performance

    By Lindsey Wilson



    Developed by the professionals at Positive Performance, the BRAVR™ Method is an easy, five-minute, five-step solution to getting athletes in the right mental space to achieve top performance. The five steps create the BRAVR™ acronym: Breathe, Release, Affirmation, Visualization, and Reset word.


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      Posted by admin on Wednesday, February 22 @ 10:32:21 EST (78 reads)
     

    Why you MUST definitely pay attention to your strength and conditioning
      Fitness
    SOURCE

    Softball Performance



    By Marc Dagenais, MHK, CSCS, ChPC Softball's Top Strength & Conditioning Coach


    You will...

    (1) Pitch faster and throw harder
    (2) Swing the bat harder and hit the ball further
    (3) Steal more bases
    (4) Get better jumps off the bases
    (5) Explode out of the batter's box
    (6) Run down more balls in the field
    (7) Reach, stretch and get more of those "oh-so-close" balls
    (8) React faster
    (9) Have more stamina for long games and tournaments
    (10) Stay healthy and avoid injuries
    (11) Tolerate heat better and perform when it's really hot
    (12) Practice longer without being tired or losing your focus
    (13) Be much more consistent and have less "ups and downs"
    (14) Get it faster when learning or refining a skill because of increased body awareness
    (15) Be much more confident and feel stronger
    (16) Be mentally tougher
    (17) Get more extra bases when running
    (18) Develop an athletic body
    (19) Recover faster between innings and games
    (20) Be more dominant in all aspects of the game

    Don't you think it's time to be much more serious about your conditioning and train like the best players in the world do?

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      Posted by admin on Tuesday, February 21 @ 07:49:09 EST (91 reads)
     

    The #1 Most "Controversial" Legal Drug In Softball
      Nutrition
    SOURCE an email from Ben Baker with

    American Coaching Academy



    Hey Coach,

    Last year a team of professional nutrition specialists at the U.S. Olympic Committee went on a mission to separate fact from fiction.

    They focused on some of the most important topics in sports nutrition and peak performance.

    One drug in particular got a lot of attention...

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      Posted by admin on Monday, February 13 @ 13:57:05 EST (92 reads)
     

    Say Good-Bye to Your Love Handles
      Fitness LINK TO SOURCE ARTICLE

    If you're not in love with your muffin top, use this easy guide to amp up your cardio to burn those fat pockets and sculpt the muscles that lie beneath.

    FROM EVERYDAY HEALTH

    By Madeline R. Vann, MPH Medically Reviewed by Niya Jones, MD, MPH

    They’re called cutesy names such as muffin tops and love handles, but let’s face it, no one loves the roll of flab that pops over the waistband of your jeans and ruins the sleek line of fitness clothes, clingy sweaters, and tailored shirts.

    “Love handles are one of the most common reasons people exercise and hire a personal trainer,” observes certified trainer Jason Keigher CSCS, CPT, who works with clients in New York City. It’s often after an ab workout consisting of thousands of crunches that frustration finally leads people to get help from a fitness pro.

    “Most people think that doing crunches will get rid of love handles, but they are misinformed,” Keigher says. When done properly, crunches do tone muscles, but the problem is, love handles don’t contain an ounce of muscle. They're fat, and to burn fat you need a healthy diet and a rigorous cardiovascular program, he explains.

    Work your body correctly, and you will certainly see results, says Sylvia Nasser, a certified personal trainer on Long Island, N.Y. Read on to learn how to trim the fat.

    Getting Rid of Love Handles: Your Strategy

    Nasser recommends...

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      Posted by admin on Sunday, February 12 @ 17:16:34 EST (104 reads)
     

    6 Superfoods You Should Be Eating Today… And Why
      Nutrition LINK TO SOURCE ARTICLE
    FROM EVERYDAY HEALTH BY contributor Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN


    By Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN

    Although I’m a bit obsessed with following trends, basically I’m a traditional gal. When it comes to choosing powerhouse foods to feed my family, I’m not looking for something that will be hot on the plate today and passé tomorrow; I want foods I can count on every day. Many health professionals have their own lists of the foods they believe to have the most healing powers, and if you put each list side-by-side, some foods would even overlap. For the most part, there are certain foods that truly stand out from the rest.

    Those are the foods that are superfoods; healthy picks that are packed with...

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      Posted by admin on Sunday, February 12 @ 16:27:25 EST (98 reads)
     

    6 Fantastic Health Benefits of Apples
      Health LINK TO SOURCE ARTICLE
    FROM EVERYDAY HEALTH BY AUTHOR BARBARA H SEEBER


    By Barbara H. Seeber

    Sweet but with a lemony finish. Crisp, tangy to the point of tartness. Spicy and fragrant. No, we’re not discussing the merits of fine wines. We’re talking apples!

    October is National Apple Month, the time to celebrate the glory of the fruit, as the nation has been doing since 1904 when National Apple Week was born. In 1996, October became National Apple Month.

    Domesticated some four thousand years ago in the fruity forests of what is now Kazakhstan, apples became a part of the human diet a long time ago. With flavors shaped by their respective climates — the shorter the growing season the tarter the fruit — apples have been grown across the United States for centuries. But not until the last few decades, starting in the 1980s, have apple breeders offered such a variety and explosion of flavors: Fuji, Gala, Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, SweeTango, and many more. Remember when there were only a few like Red Delicious or Golden Delicious or McIntosh to be found in grocery stores?

    But the history and diversity of apples is not the only thing to celebrate. Apples also can be credited with...

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      Posted by admin on Sunday, February 12 @ 12:00:31 EST (122 reads)
     

    CORE WORKOUT
      Fitness A great softball players needs a strong group of core muscles. These muscles are used in every aspect of the game for a player. The core muscles are the muscle in and around the belly button.

    The following video is a simple 10 minute series of core exercises. Do them every day until there seems to be no challenge from them. Once you reach that point, you still need to keep focus on your core muscles but with different exercises and more of an every other day routine.

    Enjoy 10 Min Abs Workout -- At Home Abdominal and Oblique Exercises


    For more suggested Strength and Conditioning videos click here

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      Posted by admin on Sunday, January 29 @ 12:50:23 EST (100 reads)
     

    Should We Screen for Heart Disease Before Athletics?
      Health SOURCE
    Everyday Health By T. Jared Bunch, MD Published Sep 30, 2014



    Sudden deaths among young people who complete in athletics are terrible and tragic events. In the October 2014 issue of the journal JACC, many of the world experts in this area released a consensus statement to provide guidelines on when to screen for heart disease, in order to avoid this tragedy.

    Fortunately, such events are rare. However, they are devastating and are often covered broadly in the news. Unfortunately, sudden death can occur at any time and often without warning even after years of athletic participation. As a parent of children participating in sports, these news reports occur too often and touch me on a personal level. I suspect they do most who read them.

    I have had the pleasure of knowing Danny Berger. Danny came from a family of parents and siblings who all played college athletics. He grew up as an exceptional athlete and excelled at basketball. At over six feet six inches tall, he was highly recruited to play college basketball. He played at the collegiate level for two years and improved yearly in all phases of the game. He entered his junior year with anticipation to contribute significantly to a Utah State University (USU) basketball team that perennially wins over 20 games a year.

    Then the unspeakable happened.......

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      Posted by admin on Sunday, July 24 @ 11:54:35 EDT (324 reads)
     

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