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Just for Kicks

Tennis shoes.  Sneakers.  Athletic footwear.  Kicks.  Your fancy footwear has a lot of nick names, but have you ever stopped and wondered how those Jordans or Nikes landed on your growing feet?  No, we’re not talking about what country they were made in, but where did the idea of a shoe for athletes come from? It all started back in the 1800s during the Industrial Revolution!  Before then, every shoe was made by hand, but when assembly lines and new materials like rubber became available, shoes became a hot commodity.  Can you imagine going to the shoe store back then?  Today, you walk in and they ask if you want high tops, a running shoe, a walking shoe, or a…

St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Sure, we’re a few days early, but don’t forget to wear green this weekend or you’ll end up getting pinched!  These days, St. Patrick’s Day should be easy to remember considering “Going Green” is the new thing to do.  On this Irish holiday, why don’t you try your luck at a few Gaelic games?  These games are Irish sports under the Gaelic Athletic Association in…you guessed it…Ireland.  The two most popular sports are Gaelic football and hurling, but there are other games including handball, rounders, and road bowling. Gaelic football was first played in 1802 and is often called “caid” or “gah.”  Gather 29 of your closest friends and find a large rectangular patch of grass. …

National Nutrition Month

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics puts on an annual educational and informational campaign every March.  Every year about this time, The Academy dishes out loads of information on beneficial health tips, nutrition guides, healthy recipes, and the latest studies on the human body and our health.  When they started the tradition in 1973, the event was only a week long, but it was extended to a month as the country became more interested in nutrition and living healthy lifestyles.  You can visit http://www.eatright.org for more information, but if you don’t have time to surf their website, here’s a snapshot of what you’ll find.  We’ve listed some of our favorite finds from the various sections on the site!  Happy National…

Breaking the Rules

These blog entries don’t just magically appear!  We shuffle through piles of potential topics and research quite a few magazines, sports articles, and other relative publications to find what we feel is the perfect blog topic!  Every once in a while, we stumble across a blogger’s dream; we hit the jackpot!  Lucky for you, today is one of those days.  Today we’ve found 10 fitness rules that you can break!  Who doesn’t like being a rebel every once in a while?  Our friends at http://www.angrytrainerfitness.com wrote a pretty awesome blog entry a few days ago, and we’d figure we’d share it with you.  I can’t tell you how many times over the last twenty years I’ve had conversations with clients…

Hey Batter Batter

Here in the land of the free and the home of the brave we love our baseball.  We like to be taken out to the ball game and bought peanuts and cracker jacks, but according the Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 110,000 baseball (and softball) injuries were treated in U.S. emergency rooms a few years ago for children aged 5 to 14.  High school students make up the largest percentage of young adults who play the sport and are also the main ones striking out when it comes to injuries.  The American Academy of Pediatrics says enough is enough…three strikes and you’re out!  They’ve come up with some new guidelines for baseball and softball players in order to protect them…

Facebook Forever!

Facebook me! Tweetpic! YouTube it! Growing up in the Tech Generation gives us plenty of access to live out our lives on the internet.  With most high school students on Facebook and Twitter, just about all of us have heard the expressions “Facebook me” or “Tweetpic.”  We think nothing of tweeting, “At the mall with my favorite friend” or posting a picture of our new puppy on Facebook, but do you realize what you’re doing?  Everything you post on the internet is FOREVER! That picture of you looking all dolled up at homecoming will still be on the internet 30 years from now.  Thought you could erase that mean tweet you posted about a teacher?  Think again, kiddo.  Sure, these…

Forfeit or Fight

We’ve all heard the saying winners never quit and quitters never win, but is that always true?  Have you ever had to forfeit a game?  If not, would you ever forfeit a game?  One high school team down in Georgia recently had to face that question and might have changed our minds on the whole saying quitters never win. A Georgia high school boys’ basketball team decided to forfeit its playoff game against a rival to avoid a fight.  Back in October, Warren County High played a football game against Hancock Central High that ended in a serious fight leaving one coach needing major surgery after he was beat with a football helmet.  At the end of the season, the…

Cupid for MVP

Has Cupid shot you with his love arrow?  Maybe yes.  Maybe no, but no matter what you’re doing to celebrate this day of love, did you know it couldn’t happen without sports? Very few people realize that Cupid has to be one incredible jock to shoot so many arrows!  What’s his sport you ask?  Archery! Archery, which comes from the Latin word arcus, is the practice of shooting arrows from a bow.  Usually when we think of archery we think of Native Americans, but the oldest bows scientists have found to date were actually found in Denmark.  People or athletes who participate in archery are called archers or bowmen, but someone (like Cupid) who’s very good at archery is often…

Green Eggs and Ham

I do not like them Sam-I-am.  I do not like green eggs and ham!  We all know how Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham tale goes, but did you know there’s a long list of strange foods that are actually very good for you?  As athletes, we can’t always pig out on junk food.  We have to be cautious of what we pile on our plates because it can affect our performance in practice and when we compete.  Don’t worry, we’re not going to make you eat our green eggs and ham, but when you’re up for trying a new dish, think about one of these because they’re very good for you.  We like these foods oh yes we do. …

Super Bowl…It’s not just about Football

Every Monday, someone asks you “So, what’d you do this weekend?”  I’m sure someone has already asked you this famous start of the week question, but this Monday is different.  Who didn’t watch the Super Bowl yesterday?  It’s tradition! It’s the time when we throw on our favorite team’s jersey, whether they are playing or not and scream and yell at a television set.  We stuff our faces with Mom’s famous Bowl Bean Dip and Dad’s famous grilled burgers. But as any true red-blooded football fan knows, this past weekend was not just about football!  Of course we enjoyed watching the Giants and Patriots run around, tackling each other, and chasing after a small leather ball.  We also enjoyed Madonna’s…

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