Once-Ever

Once-Ever

long jumpNo one could believe it. Bob Beamon jumped 29 feet, 2 inches in the long jump. Of all of the world records in the history of track and field, it is doubtful that there has ever been a world record like Bob Beamon’s world record long jump. What made it so unusual was that the previous world was 27 feet 4 inches. Bob Beamon broke the world record by almost two feet. Astonishing! Continue reading Once-Ever

The Importance of Knowledge

Shocked

Discus man While I was attending college, I had to take a class in track and field.  My instructor appeared to be in his sixties or seventies. He looked rather thin and frail, but he had a lot of knowledge about track and field. One day he told us we were going to learn how to throw the discus. He picked up a discus and I thought to myself, “Oh no, it looks like he’s actually going to demonstrate this, how can this frail old man possibly throw a discus?” But he explained to us that you don’t try to muscle a discus throw. The term he used was you, “sail it.” By this he simply meant that you use technique, motion, momentum, and aerodynamics as the basis for a good discus throw. Continue reading The Importance of Knowledge

Not Impossible

Things That Were Once Thought To Be Impossible

not impssibleIt was once thought that it was impossible for a human being to run under a four minute mile. While it’s still considered a great feat for anyone to break a four minute mile, it has been done numerous times by Olympians and world class runners. There are even some high school kids who have broken the four minute barrier in the mile as the current high school record is 3 minutes and 53 seconds.   Continue reading Not Impossible

The Power of Confidence

An Average Player Becomes Great

confidenceOne of my favorite after school activities when I was growing up was to go to the local park and play football with the other kids from my neighborhood.  On one occasion, one of the kids named Rick showed up with his dad. Since his dad was an excellent athlete who happened to be great at passing a football, we urged him to play all time quarterback for both teams. Rick’s dad had never played with us before, so he didn’t have any preconceived ideas about who was supposed to be a good player and who wasn’t. Early on in the game, he threw a pass to one of the kids named David. David caught the ball and followed it up with a pretty nice run. Continue reading The Power of Confidence

The Power of Mentoring

The Power of Fathers

father and sonWhat do Pete Maravich, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Mike Bibby, and Peyton and Eli Manning all have in common? Of course they are all considered great athletes, but one of the reasons for that is that they each had a father who either coached them at some point in life, or served as a role model as an outstanding professional athlete. I know a lot of people would say that each of these athletes succeeded because they inherited the natural athletic abilities of their fathers, but I believe there is more to it than that. I believe that their fathers had a powerful influence on them as teachers and mentors who could help them to succeed. Continue reading The Power of Mentoring

Poor in Spirit; Rich in Grace

“Blessed are the poor in Spirit for they shall inherit the kingdom of God.” Matthew 5:3

dejected basketball playerAlmost every high caliber athlete has had a moment of truth early on. They went out a played and struggled to be as good as possible, but at some moment in time, it didn’t matter how hard they tried, they couldn’t perform up to the level of play that they desired. It didn’t feel good and it motivated them to work harder n order to improve.  Continue reading Poor in Spirit; Rich in Grace

Repetition and Practice

A Talented Player

Fotolia_54278746_Subscription_Monthly_MOne of the mega-talents in the NBA is Kyrie Erving. He turned pro when he was 19 years old and won the rookie of the year award. He’s also an NBA all-star and won the Most Valuable Player Award at the 2014 All-Star game. Being an excellent 3 point shooter, Kyrie has compete in the 3 point shoot-out during the All-Star week and won the competition in 2013. Needless to say he’s good. Continue reading Repetition and Practice

Practicing What You Know

Learning Sports Skills, a Matter of Practice

practice makes perfectI remember reading a book called I am Third by Gale Sayers, but that’s the only book about sports I remember reading in Elementary school. I really didn’t like reading that much in Elementary school as I preferred to spend my time playing; especially playing sports. I loved throwing. I worked at it until I could throw like the older kids who were good throwers. I also loved kicking, especially punting a football. By sixth grade, the majority of my punts were spirals that usually traveled a pretty good distance for a sixth grader. Another skill I couldn’t get enough of was batting. I loved to hit baseballs. Continue reading Practicing What You Know

The Importance of Using Good Form

The Benefits of Weight Training

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One of my favorite ways to workout in order to improve my fitness is to train with weights. When you mention weight training, a lot of people immediately picture a bunch of big huge guys who are straining and groaning under heavy weights that they are struggling to lift, but there is no rule that weight lifting must be done in this manner. While it’s true that weight training can be used to develop strength and bigger muscles, it can also be used in specific ways to improve many fitness qualities such as aerobic fitness, endurance, weight loss, better flexibility and mobility, speed and quickness, jumping ability, sports performance, and rehabilitation and corrective exercises for posture and muscle imbalances.

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