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!

Cycling Is So Fun

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I remember when I was young, I had a fascination for bicycles and felt a surge of satisfaction and excitement when I used to go for cycling with my friend. We were not good at antics but used to get highly thrilled whenever either one of us tried a fancy swerve or a jump and then coming to a screeching halt. It is a sport, which keeps you fit and sturdy and full of energy. There was a time when we tried our stint at moonlit cycling in the hills and the experience was simply exhilarating. It’s something which all of you should try some time or the other.

Cycling is a sport, which may not be as popular as basketball, cricket, or tennis, but it has a charm of its own. When you watch the riders’ head bent in concentration and their feet tirelessly pedaling, you do feel a rush of adrenaline in your blood. The excitement is intense as you watch your favorite sportsman trying to swerve and beat his or her opponent. It is not only a challenging but a tough sport as well. Tough, because it requires immense stamina and concentration and nerve to go on cycling and pedaling at a consistent speed at a stretch.

If you follow cycling events closely, then make sure that you follow up the latest cycling events coming up such as world track cycling in Mallorca, world mountain bike championships, and world road cycling. You can get the information about the events’ schedule time and channels for the events on the BBC website.

Save on Gas and Get Valuable Exercise by Cycling

Saving money and staying in shape rarely go hand-in-hand. Health clubs often charge exorbitant rates, and eating healthy has never been more expensive. Fortunately, there’s a cheap and fun way to get exercise; cycling. Even if you haven’t been on a bike in ages, it’s as easy as, well, riding a bike.

Bikes aren’t just for kids, either. A 2004 study by the CMI found that the most reliable way to get to work was by riding a bicycle. How often do you see bike back-ups on the local sidewalk? Probably not as often as you see yourself stuck in traffic, stressing whether you’ll make it to work on time or not. Speaking of stress, exercise is one of the most efficient ways to relieve stress. Cycling allows you to pump blood through your body while getting fresh air, which relaxes your body and makes you a less-stressed individual.

Not only is cycling great for your body, it’s great for your wallet as well. The maintenance for a bicycle pales in comparison to that of a bicycle. The average cost per mile to drive a car is up to 54.1 cents, while the average cost of a bicycle in the U.S. is $385. If you drive just ten miles to work each day, you spend an average of $235 to get to-and-from work each month. If you had bought bicycle instead, it would have paid for itself in about a month and a half. Of course, it would probably be wise to invest in a helmet (~$50) and a nice backpack (~$50), but all of the equipment you need to start biking would pay for itself within two months. What if you live in an area where the climate only allows you to bike 5 months out of the year? Well, during those five months you would save over $1000 dollars, and burn about 500 calories a day on your way to work!

Rebecca Rows To Cycling

Rebecca Romero.

Who is she, and how did she row to cycling celebration?
It’s a great goal achievement story…

I like watching the Olympics, especially the sports where we do well(!), so was eagerly watching the rowing at the Athens Games of 2004.
We have a good tradition in rowing, remember Sir Steve Redgrave’s 5 Golds at 5 Different Olympics?

Well, one of Britain’s rowing medallists in 2004 was Rebecca Romero.
She won a silver.

Impressive?
Well, yes I think so.

A silver tends to get lost in the huge amounts of medals given out, but as far as I’m concerned, *any* Olympic Medal is worthy of note.

After winning silver though, she became disillusioned with the way the sport was run in this country, so gave it up, and after a period of reflection, decided to take up track cycling.

In early 2006 she sorted herself a practice at a track, you know those big banked ovals, and had her first self-confessed ‘wobble’ around the track.

A year later, early 2007, and she won silver at the World Championships!
She is now on course to be in the shake up for an Olympic Medal in 2008 in China!

Wow!

Obviously it’s rare for someone to win a medal in 2 sports, and it often tends to be runners transferring their skills to the bobsleigh, but it’s even rarer in the Summer Olympics, and if Rebecca manages it, she will be only the 2nd woman ever to do it!

As someone who loves both goal achievement and the Olympics, I can only wish her well and watch her progress keenly.

Her achievements have come about through setting goals, finding out how to get there, and putting in lots and lots of hard work.
Not rocket science, just effective.

So, next time you want to get something done, think of Rebecca Romero rowing to cycling celebration!

Cycling in Texas

Austin, Texas, has always boasted a highly active populace, and is often listed among the nation’s healthiest and most active cities. Cycling plays a huge role in this fitness-focused city, with an abundance of resources available to cyclists of every age and experience level. Austin’s unique landscape and close proximity to the rolling Texas hill country make it uniquely suited to both mountain biking and road biking alike, and enthusiasts of both sports flock to the city as a result.

Road biking is an extremely popular sport in Austin. Hundreds of cyclists pedal their way through Austin and its surrounding areas, taking in the scenery and the challenging, rolling hills that run for miles upon miles. Highway 360, which runs in a semicircle west of the city, is one of the most popular routes for road bikers, with its picturesque views, wide shoulders and bike lanes, and seemingly endless rolling hills. Within the city itself, there are a wide variety of beautiful, challenging road ways and routes that are dotted daily with road bikers. Mount Bonnel, located in the southwest central Austin, is a popular destination for cyclists and hikers alike, with stunning views, winding roads and steep climbs.

South Austin’s Veloway is another haven for road bikers (a paved loop several miles long that’s off limit to cars and runners); it offers unobstructed, safe riding, making it an ideal place for beginners to practice and families with young children to ride safely. Hundreds of Austin cyclists flock to the Veloway each weekend, and it’s often used as a starting point for group rides, classes and other cycling events.

Mountain bikers don’t have to look far to find a wealth of great riding throughout the city and its surrounding areas. The Greenbelt, which runs right through the middle of south-central Austin, boasts extensive networks of trails in all degrees of difficulty, from highly technical, professional-grade trails to simpler dirt tracks, perfect for an evening joyride, or even a nice hike. On the north side of town, Walnut Creek Park is another excellent option for mountain bikers of all skill levels. Miles upon miles of wooded trails weave their way through the park, with a variety of routes and skill levels.

Less than an hour outside of Austin, you’ll find Muleshoe State Park, another mountain biker’s haven. Muleshoe is home to a beautiful seven-mile loop of rocky climbs, narrow switchbacks, and steep descents. The shaded landscape is visually stunning, with deer bounding through the trees and dramatic cliffs edging along the trails. Another out-of-town cycling option is Milton Reimer’s Ranch county park. Though less shaded than Muleshoe park, Reimer’s offers just as much technicality, with miles of single track, treacherous rock gardens, and beautiful views of Texas savannah.

Regardless of your experience level, time allotment or desired degree of difficulty, Austin, Texas, and its surrounding areas offer an endless range of options when it comes to cycling. It’s no wonder, then, that Austin is home to one of the nation’s largest and most active cycling communities. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful evening road ride or an epic mountain biking adventure, you don’t have to look far to find it in Austin.

Cycling Holidays Up and Down the Adriatic Coast

Every year, increases the number of holiday makers, introduced to the fun and delight of discovering the wonderful Italian Adriatic Coast landscapes, by bicycle.

A cycling holiday in Italy is so much more than a pedal promenade.

It is simply the best way to explore Italy, its natural reserves, its middle age castles and villages, its countryside.

Undiscovered destination far from crowded places, traffic and noisy cities.

Cycling holidays is a way to enjoy the sights and experiences of beautiful Italian valleys in a leisurely, enjoyable and comfortable way.

Cyclists of all abilities can look forward to an unforgettable holiday. The perfect choice for family and friends, an unforgettable experience to share, chatting and laughing all together. An opportunity to spend time with your family and friends.

From teenagers to tag along youngsters or toddlers in baby seats, this is a holiday that whole families can enjoy together.

Fresh air, exercise, great fun and plenty of excuses to pause for a while – whether for a cool dip in the river, a doze in the sun, an appetising lunch at local tavern or an hour or two exploring a castle.

The best way to plan a cycling holiday is to find out a cycling holiday hotel. Those hotels are specialised in cycling tourists accommodation.

They have been selected for their excellent facilities, friendly welcome and exceptional standards.

Quite simply a cycling holiday gives you a real sense of achievement and independence but with the reassurance of knowing hotel staff is always there to provide support along the way.

Service and smiles! If you need anything – just ask the host.

You can choose your own daily route or follow existing mapped cycling routes.

You can choose the seaside or the countryside.

You can ask for a tour guide and have a nice day, up and down the streets of the eldest European Republic, San Marino.

For those cyclists looking for a physical challenge, they can ride some of the legendary routes of cycling history, while they enjoy the scenery, the sites and tasting flavours of Italy: Riccione Bike Hotels Cycling Holidays are unmissable.

Wherever you go you can enjoy excellent food and wine, there gastronomy will be a part of your holiday. Generous buffet breakfasts at the hotel will set you up for the day and your host will be happy to recommend restaurants or taverns for leisurely lunches and memorable dinners.

Friendly, helpful, reliable but unobtrusive, Riccione Bike staff are there to make sure, that everything runs smoothly throughout your holiday.

Relieving Stress Through Sport Cycling

Stress is a part of everyday life and a certain amount of stress can usually be dealt with pretty effectively. However, when it builds to the point that it is seemingly ever present, steps need to be taken to significantly reduce the effects it has on the body. We live in a very fast-paced world and there seems to be less and less time for relaxing and just letting our minds rest. All that takes a toll on our mental outlook and our health in general. The results include headaches, stomach ailments, sleep problems and deteriorating well being.

Since we cannot eliminate stress from our lives we need to find a way to better deal with it and to treat the symptoms before they become incapacitating. Perhaps one of the best stress relievers is physical activity.
It does not matter whether you put on your cycling jersey and head out for a stimulating ride or lace up a pair of boxing gloves to take out your tension on a punching bag or any of dozens of other outlets. Just the act of releasing energy in a healthy way and allowing your mind to steer away from whatever conflicts you are experiencing is helpful and healing.

The controlled breathing that we strive for when we are involved in a sporting activity is also a stress reliever. In addition, when we physically work our bodies strenuously we often reap the benefit of an endorphin rush which gives us a feeling of overall well-being. Cylists often experience this feeling and that is likely one of the things that keep them riding many long miles. That temporary feeling is very therapeutic and tends to crowd out any tension that we might have been experiencing previously. Participating in physical activity on a regular basis is a great way to balance the negative effects of building stress.

Besides reducing the stress levels in our bodies, physical activity also tones our muscles, increases our endurance, burns calories and provides us with a feeling of accomplishment. One does not have to be a trained athlete to participate in sports. There is a very long list of activities that can provide the kind of benefits that will improve life and on that list there is something for everyone. Finding what works best for you and making it a part of your daily routine will certainly improve not only your stress levels but also the overall quality of your life.