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Biomechanics: What is it and why is it so important in sport?

You may have heard about the use of biomechanics in sport, but do you know what it is and how it’s used? We’re here to give you a run down of why biomechanics is so important in sport. What is biomechanics? Biomechanics is the study and science of movement of a living body. From your muscles and bones to your tendons and ligaments – it analyses how different body parts work together to produce movement.  It generally applies engineering principles, physics and other forms of analysis to learn the capabilities and limits of the human body.   There are four main elements of biomechanics: Kinematics – the science of describing motions.  Dynamics – the study of systems that are in motion with acceleration deceleration Kinetics – the study of actions of forces that produce or change motions Statics – the study of systems that are in equilibrium, either at rest or…

4 free platforms to help you coach and train virtually

With COVID-19 still an ongoing issue for many countries around the world, we’ve all had to adapt to living with lockdown restrictions, social distancing, as well as learning and working virtually. The same goes for sports training during the pandemic. To help you coach your athletes virtually, we’ve found 4 free virtual coaching platforms that will keep you connected with your teams.  Zoom Zoom has become a popular platform this year. It offers simplified video conferencing and messaging and currently has a free option that allows you to host up to 100 participants with a 40-minute time limit. For more advanced features, they do have affordable paid options for unlimited group meetings. They have a number of collaboration tools such as screen share and co-annotations for a more interactive training session. There are filters, reactions, polls, hand raising, and music or video sharing that make meetings more fun and engaging. Skype You…

How to coach safely during COVID-19

Coaching, training and sports has had to adapt to the new environment of COVID-19. While the pandemic is far from over, clubs are starting to re-open again with restricted measures in place to keep our athletes, coaches and communities safe. Here are a few tips on how to coach safely during COVID-19: 1. Use virtual platforms where possible One of the best ways to protect yourself and your team is to coach virtually. Using platforms like Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts (and there’s plenty more!) are a great way to connect with your athletes without face-to-face interactions. Depending on your sport, it may be difficult to train virtually, however, it could be a good time to focus on analysing technique and performance. The Sprongo AI Video Analysis Platform allows for automated angle analysis of movement to help you review athlete performance in detail. Simply get your athlete’s to video themselves playing their sport,…

CDC COVID-19 Sport Guidelines: What You Need to Know

The current COVID-19 situation has forced us all to rethink how we work, train, and coach safely. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released a set of COVID-19 sport guidelines to help protect our athletes and communities from the spread of the virus. For easy reference, we’ve broken down the COVID-19 sport guidelines you should follow. 1.  Assess the risk Each sport may have different degrees of risk. For instance, sports that require closer physical interaction with others or sharing of equipment will have a higher risk of spread, while individual sports may have a lower degree of risk. There are a few things to consider when assessing the risk of your sport: Physical closeness of players, and the length of time that players are close to each other or to staff. Amount of necessary touching of shared equipment and gear (e.g., protective gear, balls, bats, racquets, mats,…

The History and Evolution of Volleyball

Volleyball is actually the 5th most popular sport, and the second most popular team sport in the world, with over 900 Million fans around the globe. It’s also a fairly recent sport, developed at Springfield Massachusetts in 1895 by YMCA instructor William G. Morgan. The sport, originally named ‘mintonette’, borrowed ideas from a number of sports including basketball, tennis, handball and baseball. The following year, professor Alfred Halstead proposed changing the name to ‘volleyball’ after observing the volleying nature of the game. The sport became very popular, very quickly, being played by both men and women around the country at various colleges, playgrounds and even throughout the armed forces.

The evolution of competitive swimming

Swimming is something most of us take for granted. For most of us, it’s something we learn to do at a young age to stop our lungs from filling up with water if you were to accidentally fall into a river. Prior to the 19th century, people would have thought you were crazy thinking of swimming as a sport in the same vein as football or tennis. Now swimming is one of the most popular participation sports in the world.

Basketball and how a 30 year old gym teacher invented one of the most popular sports in the world

Unlike most other sports that have roots that date back thousands of years, basketball is a fairly recent sport and there is no ambiguity as to when and how it was created. In Springfield Massachusetts, December 1891, 30 year old YMCA gym teacher James Naismith invented the game as a way to keep peoples fitness levels up during the incredibly cold Boston winters. To create the game, he used a wooden peach basket, a 10-foot pole and a soccer ball. In 1891, the first ever basketball game was played between Naismith’s students, with a final score of 1-0.

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