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27.03.2018
Category: 2014
Written by: Nick Jack
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We all know that getting older is something we cannot change or avoid. We know that time will come when we just cannot move as fast as we did in our youth, and for some it may be in their 30's that they begin to feel some changes. But for most of us, it will be in our 40's that we notice many things that we just cannot do as easily as before. This is also why you rarely see professional sports people continue to play in their 40's and when they do, they are not the same formidable force they were in their previous years. Many of us who competed in sports all our life will have experienced a lot of wear and tear on muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons and the little aches and pains we bounced back from quickly, now seem to take a lot longer to recover from. Even how our body metabolizes and digests food changes in our 40's. Now this doesn't mean you need to give up, or avoid exercise, you just need to be aware of the necessary changes to your training and diet to accommodate the changes to your body. You can still achieve incredible results in your training, you just need to be a lot smarter in how you go about it. This article we show you how.

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12.03.2018
Category: 2014
Written by: Nick Jack
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What often separates good athletes from great athletes in field and court sports is the ability to change direction explosively fast. At the highest level, the skills are pretty close to as good as it gets, the only way to go from being good to great is to find that "one thing" that no body else has. And in sports if you can change direction in a split second and seem to maintain or even increase speed, it gives you a huge advantage over your opponent. In tennis it gives you extra time to get to the next shot and control the point, in basketball it allows you to evade your defender and get open for a layup or jump shot. But how do some people learn this better than others? Is it just natural ability? Or is it a skill that can be learned? Well, just like skills of hitting a forehand in tennis or shooting a three point shot in basketball the art of change of direction is a skill that can be learned. And just like learning the skills of the game, the earlier you do this the better for it becomes a permanent patter of movement. Unfortunately this is not something that is taught well, if at all, which is a real shame to those who do not have a natural ability to move like this. Even worse is the potential danger that awaits from not learning the perfect technique of cutting and change of direction. This article we are going to explain why ALL kids must be taught the ability to change direction if they play sports and exactly how to do it.

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15.02.2018
Category: 2014
Written by: Nick Jack
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Injury in sport has and always a risk that any athlete both professional or amateur take the minute they cross the line to participate. The risk of putting your body on the line in difficult situations and awkward positions and pushing your body to the limits will sometimes come at a cost. And in collision sports like football, rugby and even basketball the stakes are even higher. But of all the injuries that are sustained in sports the ACL rupture or tear would be right up there as the worst. This particular injury is a season ending injury and even a career ending injury for some! And with females the chances of this injury occurring are a staggering 5-8 times higher than males in sports like soccer, basketball and more recently in Australia in Women's AFL. As opposed to collision injuries that are purely wrong place at the wrong time, up to 70% of ACL injuries are non-contact injuries, meaning they were caused from a poor cutting move or pivot or landing poorly from a jump. This is not bad luck but something that could have been avoided if a correct training program was employed early enough that addressed the bio-mechanical warnings of this upcoming injury. Unfortunately far too many sporting clubs, trainers and therapists are in the dark ages as to how to assess and manage female athletes. This article we are going to share with you the seven reasons females are more at risk with ACL injury, and some of our methods used in rehabilitation programs we have run for over 13 years so you can be prepared and avoid ruining a great sporting career.

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