Follow Through

Follow Through

Fotolia_65427066_Subscription_Monthly_MWhen an athlete is performs a throw or a kick, the follow through is an important part of the skill. The same goes for shooting a basketball or swinging a racket, a bat, a club, or a hockey stick,. If an athlete doesn’t follow through, it forces them to hold back the force of their throwing, kicking, shooting, or swinging motion. Not following through completely can even cause muscles to be injured when trying to bring a high velocity motion to an abrupt stop. Continue reading Follow Through

Overcoming Giants

Fotolia_18615437_Subscription_Monthly_MIn 1982, the University of Virginia basketball team had a 7’4” center named Ralph Sampson who was a three time college player of the year. Sampson wasn’t just another super tall klutzy basketball player, he was highly skilled and possessed great agility. Virginia was the top ranked college basketball team in the country at the time. Somehow, they were scheduled to play Chaminade College, a small college in Hawaii that was unranked nationally and virtually unknown in mainstream basketball circles. Continue reading Overcoming Giants

Impossible?

The 7-10 Split

 One of the most dreaded things a bowler can face is a split, and the most dreaded split for most bowlers is the seven-ten split. The seven-ten split leaves a huge gap or a split between the two backrow pins that is located farthest apart. One pin is on the far right, the other is on the far left. It’s nearly impossible to pick up this spare and the only true hope of picking it up is for good fortune to be on your side. Continue reading Impossible?

We Wrestle

Wrestling is Tough

wrestlingOf all of the sports that I have ever participated in, wrestling was the toughest, and that was merely wrestling during PE. I’m sure that wrestling on a school team is even more demanding. There is really no break in wrestling during a round; it’s total exertion throughout each period and it seems that every muscle in your body is involved. Not only is a lot of effort involved, you can get banged up and end up in some excruciating body positions. Continue reading We Wrestle

A Bad Bounce

Fotolia_54097426_Subscription_Monthly_MThere times in baseball when a fielder seems to be perfectly positioned to pick up a ground ball, but the ball hits a bump on the ground and unexpectedly takes off in a crazy direction. This is referred to as a bad bounce. Experienced players know that this is always a possibility, but sometimes it happens so fast that it can still catch them off guard. The best way to prepare for a bad bounce is threefold: First a player must learn obtain a good ready position that allows him to adjust quickly to whatever the ball does. Second, they must keep their eye on the ball. Third, they must practice fielding ground balls over and over again until quick reflexes and quick hands are developed to quickly compensate for that can quickly adapt to a bad bounce. Continue reading A Bad Bounce

Wasted Motion

Wasted Motion

110 high hurdlesAs a young kid, my original concept of hurdling was to get as high over the hurdle as possible. This concept was quickly corrected in middle school as the coaches told us that good hurdlers stayed as low to a hurdle as possible without knocking it over. Why stay so low to the hurdle? Because the fastest way to run somewhere is to run on an even plane. Bouncing up and down is wasted motion because an up and down motion increases the distance that is traveled in comparison to moving in a flat straight line. Continue reading Wasted Motion

Impulse, Momentum, Motion

Power, Momentum and Motion

uneven parallel barsIn sports, there are two basic ways to produce power. The first is to use muscular strength to push and pull, the second is the effective use of momentum and motion. A highly skilled gymnast can do all kinds of maneuvers that take a lot of power, but they make it look easy because they know how to combine an initial impulse of power with the effective use of momentum and motion. Continue reading Impulse, Momentum, Motion