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Skiing Superstar Lucas Braathen: The New Kid on the Block

Norwegian alpine skier Lucas Braathen is the one to watch this season. At just 20 years old, he has conquered his first World Cup victory in Soelden. While Braathen had an unconventional start to his skiing career – initially starting off playing football and starting skiing in his late teens – he has become somewhat of a rising star in the sport. He beat Swiss duo Marco Odermatt and Gino Caviezel to take out his first ever podium at a World Cup event.   “It’s a pretty good day,” Braathen told Austrian TV, “I knew that I was capable of a podium. First victory, first race of the season, it’s unbelievable.” His previous best result was coming fourth place at the slalom in Kitzbuehel in January, but he finally made it to the top in his 23rd event in a World Cup. “I went for it. I am not here for…

How to prevent an ACL injury

An ACL injury is a tear or sprain of the anterior cruciate ligament in your knee. These injuries commonly occur during sports that involve jumping, landing, and sudden stops or changes in direction. Soccer, basketball, football, and skiing are just some of the sports that involve this movement and often cause ACL injuries. Athletes generally feel a “pop” in the knee when an ACL injury occurs, causing swelling and pain that make it painful to bear weight. A tear of the ACL can prevent athletes from fully participating in their respective sport, and may require surgery to repair the tear.  Many athletes have had to deal with an ACL injury, often becoming a roadblock in their training and performance. Alpine skier Anders Fannemel, American football player Tom Brady and tennis player Maria Sharapova are just some athletes who have had ACL injuries to recover from.  Having an ACL injury isn’t…

UFC Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Legacy

UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is undoubtedly considered one of the greatest fighters in MMA history. He has the record for the longest reign as UFC Lightweight Champion, having held the title since April 2018. He has an undefeated record, with 29 wins and no losses – having one of the longest winning streaks in MMA history.  The announcement of his retirement this year surprised many but has allowed Khabib to retire on his own terms. “It was my last fight,” Nurmagomedov told media, after defeating Justin Gaethje in the main event of UFC 254. In July 2020, Khabib’s father, Adulmanap died at just age 57 due to coronavirus-related complications. He was incredibly close to his father, who was an inspiration in his personal and professional life and taught him everything he knew. “I don’t fight for the money. I fight for my legacy. I fight for history. I fight for…

How to analyze videos on Sprongo

Sprongo is an easy-to-use, integrated cloud platform for teams and athletes to share and analyze videos to help improve performance and technique. For a run-down on how to upload and analyze videos, follow the steps below. How to upload video First things first, you will need to upload videos onto your Sprongo dashboard to be able to analyze them. Go to your Sprongo dashboard and select ‘Videos’. Click ‘Editing and Uploading Video’. Select a playlist to add the video to or create a new playlist. Select the video you would like to upload. Set your download permission and privacy options. Tag users you would like to share the video with. Add keyword tags to make it easier to search for later. How to analyze videos Once your video is uploaded, it’s time to analyze it. Select the video you would like to analyze. Add comments to selected points of your…

Netflix’s The Playbook: Dawn Staley’s Coaching Rules for Sports

Netflix’s new docuseries The Playbook: A Coaches Rules for Life shares tips and experiences from some of the world’s greatest sports coaches. One of them is Dawn Staley – an American basketball Hall of Fame player and coach. She is a three-time Olympic gold medalist. Here are the coaching rules she lives by: 1. Bring your own ball Dawn grew up in Philadelphia, and at the time girls weren’t playing sports. So she would play with boys, most of the time with her brothers and their friends. What fueled her as a little girl was to get to play on the ‘big boy court’, where all her older brothers’ friends would play. Most of the time, they wouldn’t let her play. But Dawn was persistent, she would always turn up to the games, and bring her own basketball. One day, she was the only one who brought a basketball. So…

Netflix’s The Playbook: Doc Rivers’ Coaching Rules

Netflix’s new docuseries ‘The Playbook: A Coaches Rules for Life’ shares tips and coaching rules from some of the world’s greatest sports coaches. One of them is former NBA coach Doc Rivers. His deep passion for all things basketball started from a young age. He would say “I never go to practice. I go to play Basketball.” Here are his coaching rules for life. 1. Finish the race When asked what he wanted to become when he grew up, Doc answered ‘Pro Basketball Player’ without hesitation. His teacher told him to be more realistic and write a new goal. His dad agreed with the teacher, but added “..look it’s a great goal. Whatever goal you have, and right now it’s too early, but when you finally settle on one, just finish the race.” And that’s exactly what Doc Rivers did.  2. Don’t be a victim While growing up, his parents taught…

Netflix’s The Playbook: José Mourinho’s Coaching Rules

Netflix’s new docuseries The Playbook: A Coaches Rules for Life shares tips and coaching rules from some of the world’s greatest sports coaches. One of them is professional football manager José Mourinho. He is considered to be one of the greatest managers of all time. José has won 25 senior trophies during his time in charge of FC Porto, Inter Milan, Chelsea (over two spells), Real Madrid and Manchester United. Here are José Mourinho’s coaching rules for sports. 1. Understand your audience When forming his FC Porto team, the team was in a bad state. The team needed to be restructured to rebuild their strength and identity. José knew the audience in Porto needed a team that represented the values of their people. He began recruiting local boys who may not have had much experience, but had the drive and mentality of the people they were playing for. The new profile of the…

Netflix’s The Playbook: Coaching Rules from Patrick Mouratoglou

Netflix’s new docuseries The Playbook: A Coaches Rules for Life shares tips and experiences from some of the world’s greatest sports coaches. One of them is French tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou. He is famously known for being Serena Williams’ coach since 2012. Here are the coaching rules he lives by: 1. Your greatest weakness can become your biggest strength Patrick touches on his experience as a young child who had social anxiety. He was so afraid of talking to people that he would sit silently in class. But while he did this, he learnt how to read people’s emotions and body language. As he grew up to become a tennis coach, he used this skill to coach his athletes. He was able to get in the mind of the player and notice how they are feeling based on their movements and body language. His weakness became one his biggest strengths…

Netflix’s The Playbook: Jill Ellis’ Coaching Rules for Sports

Netflix’s new docuseries The Playbook: A Coaches Rules for Life shares tips and coaching rules from some of the world’s greatest sports coaches. One of them is Jill Ellis, the U.S. women’s national soccer team coach. She coached the team to win the World Cup in 2015 and 2019. Ellis had the unique opportunity of adopting the team when they were sitting at #1, and embracing the challenge of keeping them at the top of their game year after year. Here are Jill Ellis’ coaching rules for life: 1. Mountain tops are small and the air is thin Ellis told the team that “the top of the mountain is rented space, not one to dwell on”. She firmly believes in sharing your success and owning your failure. It’s important to know that success is not resting on your laurels, someone is always gunning for your spot. Don’t take advantage of…

Getting started with the Sprongo Video Analysis App

The Sprongo Video Analysis App allows coaches and teams to analyze video from anywhere, at anytime. It not only makes the video analysis process easier but also much more convenient.  The Sprongo app includes all video analysis features, including the ability to upload and record videos to the platform, share videos with your teams, and tools such as side-by-side analysis, slow motion, overlay comparison, and more. Here’s our guide to getting started on the Sprongo video analysis app. https://youtu.be/SWvYxlcwyW4 Create your account  If you’re new to Sprongo, it’s easy to create a new account or find and join your team within the app. You can either create a new team to share your videos within, or use your Sprongo account individually. Simply select the option that suits you best. Create a team on the Sprongo video analysis app Click ‘create team’. Type in the name of your team, and set…

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