Aussies Abroad: Alexandra Johansson

Posted: October 2, 2013 in Recruiting USA Scholarships
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Over the next few months as part of Bring It On Sports recruiting services, we will be highlighting Aussie players who are currently playing college football in the United States. Our goal is to double this number each year by sending the best young gridiron players this country has to offer to play college football on a scholarship! Enjoy this blog series….maybe someday soon we will be doing a feature on you!

Alexandra Johansson:

Alexandra Johansson

Alexandra is a tennis player from Sydney who is currently playing tennis and attending school at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She is currently in her 3rd season and competes in both singles and doubles. As a freshman she went 13-8 in singles matches, mostly in the top flight. In her most impressive win, she defeated the top player from No. 1 Barry in three sets, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 (4/14). Before attending NSU, she played four years of tennis at Menai High School in Sydney, Australia.

Achievements:

  • An All-American singles player in her first collegiate season
  • Earned First-Team All-SSC honors

School Sports Spotlight: Baseball

Posted: October 1, 2013 in School Sports Programs
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Bring It On Sports teaches many activities and sports, all with the goals of physical education in mind. We thought that we should spotlight, each week, a different sport or activity that we currently offer our schools so that you could get a better idea of the skills and outcomes that we strive to provide through teaching it. This week we will focus on Baseball.

Baseball:

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Baseball is a game played on a diamond-shaped field where players hit a ball with a bat and run bases in order to score runs. The game can be played by two teams of at least 9 players, or adapted for smaller numbers so that there are 9 players fielding and the remaining players hitting to score points for themselves. Baseball can be adapted in order to appeal to a much broader group of kids and ensures that kids of all ages and abilities can have some success hitting and fielding the ball.

Skills And Objectives:

  • Throwing And Catching
  • Hitting A Ball
  • Hand-Eye Coordination
  • Running
  • Game Sense
  • Teamwork

Baseball for physical education can be adapted for different age levels by changing the size of the field, the type of pitch (fast-pitch, underhand) or eliminating the pitch and using a tee instead. This ability to change aspects of the game for different levels makes Baseball a great game for physical education. To book Bring it on Sports for your school please contact us.

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Standing Long Jump Test – A History

Posted: September 30, 2013 in Recruiting USA Scholarships
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The standing broad jump has been a cornerstone of physical fitness testing for more than a hundred years. The standing long jump (or standing broad jump) is used to assess leg power in athletes.

History:

The standing long jump used to be an Olympic track and field event. From 1900 – 1912 this was an Olympic event. After it was removed from the Olympics, it became one of the standard tests used by various organisations and sports to test and assess leg power in the athlete. The test is performed by standing with feet slightly apart. The athlete will jump as far as possible, with that leaping distance being measured as the result of the test.

The longest standing long jump ever measured was 3.71 meters by Norwegian Arne Tvervaag. Norway is the only country that still holds a national championship in the standing long jump.

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The standing long jump is also one of the events at the NFL combine, as well as the physical fitness test that officer cadets must complete at the Royal Military College of Canada and the United States Air Force Academy. In the Brazilian police forces, a minimum performance in a standing long jump test is required to join the Federal Police and the Federal Highway Police.

A standing long jump is often used as a functional test to assess leg power, but the test may underestimate the athlete’s true potential if the athlete does not use the best possible technique. The selection of takeoff angle is one of the most important technique variables. (From Brunel University)

Measure your standing long  jump at our next Talent Identification Combine in October.  To book your place click here:  http://www.bringitonsports.com.au/recruiting/talent-identification-combine/

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Why You Should Stretch Out After Working Out

Posted: September 27, 2013 in Sports Science & Nutrition
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Stretching after working out is a highly recommended practice. The benefits of stretching before a workout are often discussed, emphasizing its role in injury prevention. When you stretch after a workout, you benefit from both physiological and psychological effects.

Physical Benefits of Stretching after Working Out

When you work out, lactic acid builds up in your muscles. This often leads to muscle soreness and fatigue. Stretching after a workout helps to reduce muscle fatigue. When you stretch after a workout, your muscles are warm and you benefit from increased blood circulation. Stretching will help your muscles to recover faster from a tough workout. Muscle soreness is one of the reasons that many people skip exercising. When you stretch, the likelihood is much higher that you will proceed with your next workout and prevent future injury.

Psychological Benefits of Stretching after Working Out

When you stretch after working out, your mind has a chance to tune into how your body is feeling. Ensure you breathe through the stretch paying attention to any aches and pains in your body. Stretching is known to calm the nerves and relax the mind as the mind-body connection is important for relaxation and stress relief.  Stretching in the cool down portion of your workout is a very healthy practice for both the body and the mind.

Seven Proper Stretching Techniques

Posted: September 25, 2013 in Sports Science & Nutrition
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Always warm up first. To improve range of motion and avoid injury, you do need to stretch, but don’t ever do it when muscles are cold, always start with some mild aerobic warm-ups to get blood to the tissue before doing any stretching

Studies recommend brisk walking or slow jogging for about five minutes, rather than stretching before exercise. Warming up increases blood flow, which increases the temperature in the muscle, which makes the collagen fibers more elastic like a rubber band,

After warming up, do dynamic (not static) stretches. Dynamic stretching means slow, controlled movements rather than remaining still and holding a stretch. They may include simple movements like arm circles and hip rotations, flowing movements as in yoga, or walking or jogging exercises like those mentioned below. While studies have not clearly proven this, increasing numbers of experts agree that dynamic stretching is the best stretching routine before a workout or competition. Proper technique is key.

Studies recommend three all-purpose dynamic stretches for your lower body:

  • Goose-step march: Slowly lift your leg straight out in front of you, alternating as you walk with your normal stride length. While others may think you’re doing a Monty Python skit, it is an effective hamstring stretch.
  • Knee lifts: As you’re jogging or walking, bring knees up toward your chest. For a variation, as your right knee comes up, twist the lifted leg gently to the left and your upper body gently to the right for a spinal twist. Repeat on each side as you jog or walk .
  • Butt-kick: As you jog or walk, bend one knee and lift it behind you as if you were trying to kick yourself in the butt. It’s not punishment; it stretches the quadriceps.

Do several repetitions of 30 seconds each at your own pace. The point is to do the movements in a controlled way. Stop if you get tired so you still have energy for your workout.

Consider yoga. If you’re familiar with yoga basics, you can use those moves as dynamic stretches before, say, a run or a long bike ride. Try two minutes of sun salutations to stretch multiple parts of the body. Or make downward-facing dog dynamic by pedaling your feel or lifting alternate legs.

Improving your flexibility allows you to put your body in good ergonomic alignment. Yoga can help you combine flexibility and strength, breathe properly, reduce head, neck, and back pain, and put the body back in balance.

After your workout or competition, then do static stretches. Too many people do static stretching before and then nothing after. “That’s the most common mistake. This is where you’ll lengthen muscles and improve your flexibility. Hold static stretches for about 30 seconds.

Learn warm-ups and stretches particular to your sport. New research shows it’s a good move to learn stretching routines customized for your sport and to help prevent the injuries most common to it.

Never stretch to the point of pain. Forget the phrase “no pain, no gain”. You do not want pain when you’re doing dynamic stretching. It should be gentle to start and then progress. When you’re doing your static stretching afterward, you should go to the point of slight discomfort and intensity to improve your flexibility. But if you’re making a face, your muscle is contracting to protect itself, which is counterproductive.

Stretch to De-stress. These are stressed-out times –  your mind affects your body, and your body affects your mind but stretching can help.  During times of emotional stress, the muscles in your body contract. This is an adaptive response to acute stress, as it fortifies your ‘body armor’ so that in times of danger your muscles help to protect you (similar to your bodies reaction if you were to be hit).  In times of chronic stress, these same mechanisms that have evolved to protect us can create problems — chronically tensed muscles, especially those in the back and neck, predispose to chronic pain or injury. Stress management techniques in conjunction with gentle stretching of chronically tensed muscles provide relaxation to the mind as well as the body.