Older Female Athletes Need to Value Training to Play Sports

ALL female athletes – not just elite athletes – need to value training to play sports.

Researchers have shown there are many benefits for every female athlete – these are just some of the most important:

1. Minimize the risk of injury,*

2. Stabilize and strengthen the lower body, and

3. Minimize the risk of osteoarthritis (OA); this will affect 70% of all females that suffer knee injuries within 12 years of the injury as compared to injured males who may, or may not have an OA challenge within 20 years,

Let’s say you are thinking that injuries and sports HAPPEN!! AGREED!! However, did you know that the trained female athlete will bounce back more quickly than an untrained athlete?

Further, even though females play sports for far more social reasons than males – many want to be quicker, stronger, and generate more power – sport-specific training is the only way to optimize this for all athletes. Now, the teen female athlete has many challenges listed under “Differences between female and male athletes” on my website. One challenge – absence of a neuromuscular spurt at puberty – is attracting much attention from researchers.

Also, it is now known that my BNP Training (balance, neuromuscular control, and proprioception) not only helps every athlete develop a solid kinetic chain; it will help minimize the risk for OA.

Couple BNP Training with safe and age-appropriate guidelines and every athlete will benefit from a stronger foundation. Volunteer coaches, parents, guardians, and the adolescent (teen) female athletes need to find time in their busy schedules to make certain the female athlete’s core and joints (also the upper body for overhead sports) are ready to develop the required skills for each sport.

Historically, male athletes have trained to play sports and female athletes have just played their sports. There is compelling research from independent researchers that provide valued insight into why training to play sports is very important for all female athletes; e.g., a link between the central nervous system and fatigue in females has been identified recently. I am hoping in the next decade we will see female athletes embrace training to play sports and the current too high injury rate causing 40,000+ ACL surgeries (just in USA) and up to 250,000 female sports related knee injuries annually, will lower over time.

Call me old school, but the future Moms do not need an OA challenge in their late twenties or early thirties. Youth sports, et al has to understand that pro athletes take off time to rejuvenate their body and their mind; then, they begin training for their next season. Now, youth sports is on a 10 – 11 month cycle between club and varsity sports through high school. Doctors know this year-round sports cycle with youth, who have open growth plates, is a primary cause of the too high rate of lower body injury.

Since no one wants to see any athlete idled by injury, it is time to reign in what has led to this too high injury rate and listen to healthcare professionals. Common sense says that healthcare professionals are committed to helping all athletes stay healthy. Let’s listen to them. An orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Geier says he is asked why he wants to see the injury rate go down, since he and his colleagues would benefit from more procedures. He says: “it’s the right thing to do.”

* There are no training programs that can guarantee injury will not occur during training or playing sports.

Benefits and Sport Cycling

It is a fun activity that is enjoyed by all ages and gives nothing but benefits to the people involved in this activity. It is also a highly competitive international sport. Cycling is mainly of three types; on-road, off-road and BMX or stunt cycling. There are different kinds of bikes to cater to each type of cycling.

No matter what type of cycling you opt for it will provide nothing but benefits.

Health benefits:

· It is an effective way to work out and reduce fat. A small amount of cycling can boost metabolism and help shed calories.

· It helps lower blood pressure levels.

· It provides protection from diabetes and strokes.

· It strengthens muscles.

· It improves co-ordination and is the ideal activity for children and the elderly for this purpose. The elderly who have been cycling for a long time have reduced chances of hip fracture.

· Since it promotes overall fitness people who cycle feel more energy in their daily activities.

Other benefits:

· During rush hour it can be the fastest mode of transport.

· It is obviously the most environment friendly mode of commuting especially over small distances. It has no contribution towards air pollution and noise pollution.

· It takes up minimum space while parking.

· It is good for your wallet since there is no parking cost, tax or fuel consumption. Maintenance cost is also the least among all forms of transport. If maintained well a good cycle can last years.

· Even while manufacturing it uses considerably less energy than that required to produce a car.

· It does no harm to the cyclist or to the others on the road compared to the thousands that cars kill in a year.

While cycling you must also ensure that the clothes you are wearing are designed such that it keeps you cool and dry; also remember while cycling in summer that you might get caught in surprise showers so be prepared.

Cycling Again And Make A Break For Freedom

For many of cycling is a totally alien sport, cycling is something that we did when we were children to get away from the pressures of our parents and experience the freedom of being miles and miles away from home with no one to tell us what to do. But as we get older we lose the feeling of needing freedom and instead chose to be rooted to the spot and spend our time moving between our place of work and our homes. But for many of us deep down inside we still crave a small amount of freedom, a chance to break away from the realities and pressures of our work and to a degree our home life. So why not look to cycling to satisfy this urge?

When we were children we all wanted a new bike, there was not a year that went by without at least either one of our friends or us getting a sparkling new bike, those were indeed exciting days. Today for many of us the nearest we come to cycling is catching the odd glimpse of the Tour De France or the Giro d’Italia on our television screen or a lycra clad cyclist out for a ride early on a Sunday morning.

The tyres that you rode on your bike were always a hot topic. The tyre of choice was always the Maxxis Ignitor. The Maxxis Ignitor was a rugged, go anywhere tyre that lasted forever and would do any task asked of it. The Maxxis Ignitor was certainly the tyre that the cool kids rode back in the day.

So what is to stop you digging out that old bike that you bought five years ago and left in the shed to go all rusty? Why not make a break for a little freedom and try to once more enjoy the freedom that cycling afforded you when you were a child? If you have a family there is nothing to stop you from taking the whole crew out for a ride once or twice a week and reveling on two wheels.

If you think that cycling is going to be the way forward for you then there are a few things that you can do to make to make the experience a little easier for yourself. Make sure that you and your complete family are kitted out properly for starters. Those Lycra clad Sunday riders know a thing or two about comfort, hence why they wear what they do. Cycling shorts have a soft padded seat sown into them to them make the ride a little more comfortable as well as minimizing the aches and pains of the post ride. These shorts will not totally alleviate any tender spots totally but they will go quite a way to helping you to potentially get back on the bike within two to three days. Any aches and pains that you feel in the seat area do pass with time when your body gets used to the feeling of sitting on a saddle for any length of time.

There are a few different types of cycling shorts available on the market, some with a synthetic padding in and some with the more traditional chamois leather padding. Both are as good as each other but the newer synthetic ones are easier to keep clean as they are machine washable and the chamois ones have to be washed by hand and then have a cream applied to them to keep the chamois supple.

So now is the perfect time to make that decision to make a break for it and get that bike out of the shed or garage and re-live the feeling of having the wind rushing through your hair and the freedom of the open road that you last felt when you were a child.

Profit From The Most Drugged Up Sport

Now, it may be controversial to say that this is the most drugged up sport in the world, because let’s face it, there are *countless* sports that have drug problems.

This sport in particular has more than its’ share, and since it’s in the full flow as I write, it seemed worth pointing out ways to (legally!) make money from it…

The sport I’m talking about is cycling – in the news at the moment as the 94th Tour de France started this weekend with stages in England, the first time the Tour has been to my country in 13 years.

In fact the race came near my house, walking distance in fact, and I did briefly consider going to watch.

However, here’s why I didn’t…

Firstly, 200 cyclists going by at 20 mph doesn’t last that long, so it hardly seems worth the effort, and secondly I’m not a huge fan of cycling.

It seems to me that however much the legs, heart and lungs can be built up, there needs to be a certain natural make up of the body to even take part.
When you add to this the number of massive drug scandals that have hit cycling, and it’s not a sport at the top of my list.

I do enjoy making money from the sport though, and here are 3 ways to do it.

The first way is to be an affiliate.
This works by you sending web traffic to various cycling sites, and they give you commission on any sales made.
This works very well for equipment sites with a sport like cycling.

The advantage is that you don’t have to set up a website at all if you don’t want to, in fact the whole operation can be run cost free.
The downside is that you are competing with all the other affiliates!

The second method is to have your own site.
Obviously here you get to keep all the profits, but the downside is that you do have to set up and maintain your site, and will probably have to invest upfront in stock.

That reason alone is enough to put me off that idea.

The 3rd method is the one I use…

It’s to provide information.
Sports fans, and the cycling fans are no exception, are ravenous for information, and with the internet technology of today, it’s possible to provide this information at little cost, if not totally free – you don’t even need to create the information yourself!

You also get to keep all the profits, and the mark up potential is huge.

So, to sum up, cycling may be the most drugged up sport in the world, but that doesn’t stop it being a market you can profit from!