Defensive Basketball Techniques

Let’s begin by looking at the man-to-man defensive techniques. One of the first determinations is the dominant hand of your opponent; either right-handed or left-handed. This is the shooting hand, and it determines how you guard your man and obstructing the shooting path. The next determination is which foot is the pivot foot. This can change with possessions and determines the drive side tendency, frequently to the non-pivot foot side. Another tell is the hand position on the ball. Shooting hand behind the ball indicates preparing for a shot. Hands to the side of the ball indicate preparing to pass. Hand on the upper part of the ball indicates preparing to dribble and which hand indicates going left or right.

Another indicator is dribble patterns. Players who dribble between the legs or behind the back do so in repeated patterns prior to shooting or driving to the basket. Knowing that … Read the rest

How to Improve Serve

  1. Strengthen your core muscles (and not just your six pack muscles, but all of the muscles that make up the core.)
  2. Strengthen your shoulder muscles and this includes the rotator cuff muscles as well.
  3. Strengthen your posterior chair, Ie: your glutes hamstrings and lower back.

Lets start with number one.

Your core muscles are involved in just about everything you do, so by strengthening these muscles you’ll be improving your whole game.

Most people only focus on the six-pack muscles however this is a mistake as the core is made up of rectus abdominis, external oblique, transversus abdominis, and the internal oblique.

In this article how to improve your serve in three easy steps I’m going to talk about the transverses abdominis because most people do not have sufficient strength in this area.

The transverses abdominis is responsible for helping to support the spine and fortunately is very easy to … Read the rest

Basic Badminton Rules

The 15 game rally format is still the preferred format played in badminton. When not in tournament, it is still okay to follow this format and not the official one. Listed are the basic badminton rules for a 15 point game.

A team should win two out of three matches to win the game. Basic badminton rules say that men should work more for the game because they have to complete the whole of 15 points while the women just need the 11 points to win the match. In men’s match: When the score ties to 14-all, the side that scored 14 first shall have the choice either continue playing to 15 or to set the badminton game to 17 points.

In women’s match: When the score ties to 10-all, the side that scored ten first shall have the choice either continue playing to 11 or to set the badminton … Read the rest

Bow Stabilizer

A stabilizer serves two main functions. The first is to hold the bow steady and more stable, hence its name. From this comes a secondary advantage with using a stabilizer and this is that it reduces hand shock and vibration. I’ll explain why this is important in just a moment.

Firstly we should examine what a stabilizer is made of so we can understand how it works. In the past they were metal tubes. Metal is a rather heavy material and although you want to add some weight, because this is what keeps the bow stable, you don’t want to make it too heavy. So these days the body of the stabilizer is made from carbon or AMS plastics. Carbon is ideal because it is a durable, lightweight material that is also rigid enough to perform properly.

A dampening device allows the stabilizer to perform its second function, that of … Read the rest

Swimming Techniques Improve Triathlon

In order to improve their swimming times, athletes competing in a Triathlon should focus on their vessel shaping. Usually a triathlete will focus on increasing their propulsion through the water, giving their body alignment little or no thought.

Studies show that proper technique can increase swim time up to 50% faster. Bill Boomer, swim coach for University of Rochester in New York, believes that vessel shaping, a term he coined, has more impact on a swimmer’s time than hand movement.

To reduce drag, swimmers must be consciously aware of what their body is doing when they’re in the water. Reduce and then eliminate any actions that aren’t required to propel you forward. Baselining your swim technique is impossible to do yourself. You must either have a friend watch you swim or tape you while you swim so that you can see what you’re doing when you swim as well.

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How to Treat Blisters

Draining any blister is an activity that should be done very carefully and cleanly. The best time to do this is right after a bath or shower, while your skin is still clean, soft and moist. Prepare for the lancing by sterilizing a pin or needle under a flame or in rubbing alcohol and then get some clean tissue paper ready. Sit down in a well lit area and situate yourself so that you can comfortably access the blister with both hands. Using the pin or needle, slowly and carefully penetrate the skin over the blister, use your best judgement to determine when the tip has made it into the bubble and then remove it, apply gentile pressure around the blister and inspect it for drainage. If there is none, try again. Repeat this process in solwly and carefully until you penetrate the blister and a clear liquid begins to … Read the rest

Surfing Etiquette


The surfer closest to the peak of the wave has the right of way. Also the surfer furthest out or first to his feet has the right to be on the wave. In all of these cases other surfers will have to let the wave pass. Learn these ‘rules’ and act accordingly.


Dropping in is the act of stealing someone’s wave described at point 1. By doing it you will create a dangerous situation for you and the other surfers. Collision might occur, bones and boards can break. It is a bad idea and everyone will be annoyed.


Do not paddle straight to the line up where the waves are breaking and people are surfing. It is wiser and safer to paddle through a channel where there are less chances of a run in. If you see a surfer coming towards … Read the rest

Basketball And Points

Basically you have to score more points than your opponents while trying to stop your opponents from scoring in the other basket. You score two points for a successful throw or three points if the throw is from behind the three throw arc. The measurement from the basket to the arc is 6.25 metres in international games but in NBA games this increases to 7.24 metres. At any point during the game a team can make up to seven substitutions but only when play is stopped.

The match is played in four quarters each lasting 10 minutes internationally and 12 minutes for NBA. At half time 15 minutes are aloud for a break and 2 minutes for the other breaks. Basketball has quite a large fan base because of its action and sometimes heated arguments on court adds to the excitement.

The person with the ball on court can not … Read the rest

Starting Off Running on the Right Foot

Starting out in running should be simple, stress-free and fun. It is a time to enjoy yourself, not to weigh yourself down with expectations and unlikely goals. In fact, I believe the reason so many runners don’t keep up their running after the first few attempts is because they fail to make it the release valve it should be, and let it become yet another stress in our already stressful lives. Once it becomes a duty or a drudge you’re just around the corner from giving up – another broken New Year’s resolution to haunt you year after year!

So, how about this for advice: if you’re doing a run but you’re out of breath and you’re honestly not enjoying it… well just stop. Walk for a while or just sit on the grass. Enjoy the scenery, watch the other runners, listen to the birds (or the cars). Maybe do

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Triathlon Swimming

  • Hand entry – If your head is at 12 o’clock, your hands should enter the pool at 1 and 11. This helps prevent “cross over” which basically makes you swim like a snake back and forth through the water. You lose a lot of energy constantly trying to keep going straight. This also prevents over-rotation of the shoulder and hips which can also bleed power from your stroke.
  • Hand glide position – This is where you start your pull. You want to make sure you hand reaches to the pool wall and glides for a moment at head depth before you start your pull. This lets you get every last bit of forward momentum before starting your pull and lets you get some “glide time” for a second or two on each stroke – that way you are fresh when you get out of the water.
  • Kick – You want
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