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Quick Tips On Finding The Perfect Pool Volleyball Net

Water volleyball is a game which is able to combine the excitement of volleyball and the refreshment of swimming pools. A recreational volleyball game in the water could be an excellent supplement for a group to enjoy a fun activity. Purchasing pool volleyball net devices could be exciting for players at the recreational, beginner or competitive playing abilities. When you are searching for water volleyball nets, think about the advantages and disadvantages to choose the best one on the market.

When it comes to recreational volleyball players, the net sets which float within the water will be simple to set-up, transportable and cost-effective. Styles vary from basic blow up water volleyball nets to even more rigid and resilient nets with PVC piping.

Some of the features for the blow up nets might incorporate:

  • One-piece construction which could be deflated or inflated
  • Grommets at the end of the poles in order to add anchor loads for stability
  • Low-cost inflatable water volley ball
  • Some of the features for the floating nets designed with structured casings can include:
  • Very hard plastic or perhaps PVS piping
  • Polyfoam floats to enable floating in the water
  • Anchor weights for stability
  • Strong and durable nets placed tight on poles

The inflatable volleyball nets might be softer and more secure while in rough water than the sets having PVC or hard plastic piping. But, these inflatable sets tend to be considered more like a tool for swimming pool rather than for competitive volleyball.

To get more flexibility in the pool, select a game sets which offers the ability to transform into an additional water sport activity. A combination of water net sets could support volleyball, basketball or badminton games in swimming pools.

In addition, pool volleyball net might be accompanied with numerous accessories and toys. Game accessories may well consist of inflatable volleyballs, birdies and badminton rackets. Additional water toys like inflatable or very soft Nerf balls could easily be utilized with a volleyball net set to enjoy additional water sport activities in a pool.

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Off-Ice Hockey Training Part 1 – Developing an Effective Off-Ice Dynamic Warm-Up

Hockey is the greatest sport on earth. Finally recognizing this, the number of youth hockey programs in the U.S. continues to grow rapidly. Characterized by rapid high-intensity movements, high velocities, and full-speed collisions, it’s not hard to see why off-ice training would be advantageous. With injuries such as “groin” pulls, hip flexor strains, sports hernias, and shoulder separations plaguing the sport, it’s not hard to see why off-ice training is a NECESSITY.

Whether or not to train for hockey is not a question. It’s a no brainer. Hockey players that train excel and dominate. Players that don’t fall behind and are at an increased risk of injury. Almost all coaches and players recognize that much. The question I receive the most is, “Where do I start?” That’s the right question to ask and the question I’d like to address. In this article series, I’m going to walk you step-by-step through the process of creating an effective off-ice training program.

Where to Start

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Without a doubt, the best place to start is by adding a dynamic warm-up before every training session (off-ice AND on-ice sessions) and game. Trash the old jog around the rink and stretch as a team routine. Despite popular belief, stretching before high intensity activity doesn’t decrease injury risk. In fact, research suggests that it actually INCREASES the risk of injury! Believe it or not, stretching before high-intensity activity also leads to decreases in speed, agility, balance, and muscular strength and power. The jog and stretch may warm-up the body a bit, but it does nothing to increase functional range of motion around the joints you use during training or playing hockey. It simply isn’t effective in preparing the body for what is to come. The solution: dynamic warm-ups.

Things to Consider

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A dynamic warm-up is a series of exercises designed to increase body temperature, blood flow, joint range of motion, and neural drive to the working muscles. Sound better than decreased performance and an increased risk of injury? When putting together a dynamic warm-up, you’ll want to consider these things:

1) Skating takes the knees and hips through a full range of motion in all directions (flexion and extension, abduction and adduction, internal and external rotation).

2) Stickhandling and shooting take the shoulders through a full range of motion

3) Hockey involves both linear, lateral, and diagonal movements

4) Hockey is a high-intensity, high-velocity sport

5) The hip musculature and scapular stabilizers (muscles around the shoulder) are important problem areas to address to decrease injury risk

6) Core training should be performed during the warm-up, ensuring that athletes put maximum effort into it and that the appropriate muscles are activated for the training to follow.

7) The dynamic warm-up should last around 10 minutes

Taking these 7 things into consideration, let’s take a look at a basic program I’ve used with high school and college players in the past.

Every one of these exercises should be performed for about 15 yards.

1) Walking Knee Hug with High-Knee Hold

2) Walking Lunge with Overhead Reach

3) Inchworm

4) Walking Inverted Reach

5) Diagonal Walking Lunge

6) Butt Kickers

7) High Knees

8) Side Shuffle RIght

9) Side Shuffle Left

10) Carioca Right (Quick feet emphasis)

11) Carioca Left (Quick feet emphasis)

12) Carioca Right (Long stride emphasis)

13) Carioca Left (Long stride emphasis)

14) Straight-Legged March

15) 50% Sprint from Push-Up Start

16) Back Pedal

17) 75% Sprint from Push-Up Start

18) Back Pedal

Let’s take a look at how this warm-up addresses all the things I mentioned earlier.

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1 & 2) The knees, hips, and shoulders are taken through a full range of motion throughout this warm-up (notably in the lunging, cariocas, and inchworm).

3) Forward, backward, side-to-side, and diagonal movements are all incorporated.

4) The warm-up involves higher intensity movements and increases in speed.

5) The psoas, a hip flexor commonly problematic in hockey players, is isolated and activated during the walking knee hug with high knee hold as you’ll hold the knee against your chest, then let it go, holding it using your hip flexors as high as possible for a second before moving into the next step. The other muscles around the hip are activated through the side shuffling and cariocas. Lastly, the scapular stabilizers and other muscles around the shoulder are activated during the inchworm.

6) When performed correctly, inchworms should effectively warm-up the abdominal musculature, and the walking inverted reach should activate the glutes. While this is far from sufficient core work, it’s a good starting point.

7) Lastly, this program can easily be performed within 10 minutes.

Wrapping Up

There are an infinite number of dynamic warm-up exercises you can perform. While I prefer moving warm-ups, it’s entirely possible (and sometimes better in the beginning) to sufficiently warm-up an entire team using stationary (not progressing over a distance) movements. Performing a dynamic warm-up before practices and games will save you valuable ice time as you won’t have to spend as much time on the ice warming up. Follow the guidelines in this article to design your own warm-ups and/or use the sample warm-up I’ve provided before every training session, practice, and game and you’ll be making the first step towards improved performance

Stay tuned for part two of this series, where I’ll go into why most of the core training incorporated into off-ice training programs does nothing to improve performance, and show you the most effective functional core training for hockey players.

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Maintain Your Ice Hockey Equipment

When someone thinks about caring ice skates, the process is not at all time consuming. In fact this whole process requires a lot of concentration and attention. If someone gives a little proper care to their ice skates, they can last for a longer period of time. If you just by chance miss your maintenance program, then so called expensive pair of ice skates can actually get ruined within a period of seven to fourteen days itself.

When off the ice but still wearing skates, always and without fail wear plastic or rubber skate guards over ice skate blades. Skate guards protect the blades from hard surfaces and grit that can very quickly ruin a well-sharpened blade. Keep skate guards at the edge of the ice and place them on your skate blades even if you only plan to be off the ice for a few steps.

It is very important to note that when you are not wearing skates, it is advised that one should never leave the skate guard on the blades. One must understand that the guards are used only for walking purpose and left only for a small period of time. They have the capability that they trap moisture when the skates are near the ice.

Since they get consistently exposed to moisture when people use them for skating, it is very important they are maintained carefully and even proper maintenance is taken too. When the skate blade starts rusting, they further move into a territory where they can’t be repaired. Prevention is the only way through which you can save your skates.

Experts are of the opinion that these Skate blades are dried after they have been used. If they are dried manually, after skating, they can surely achieve the results. The best way of saving your skates is that you make use of very absorbent golf size cloth towels. These towels have the capability that they wipe down all the moisture from the metal plate, from the blades, and possibly even from the boot. It is very vital that the special particular attention is paid to the metal parts of the skate. One should never think that they can leave the skates for later wipedown, it is next to impossible to later clean.

When it becomes visible that there is no presence of moisture on the skates, then one can possibly cover the blades with the help of blade cover made out of fabric. It is advised that one should always avoid using plastic or even rubber guards for storage purpose. These materials are not at all successful in removing the moisture from the skates and in fact trap further moisture from atmosphere. This way, your skates will rust pre maturely. When you prefer to buy quality skate cover, they have an absorbent lining that absorbs almost all moisture and also takes away moisture from the blades as well. They will also provide cushions to the skates when you carry them in the skate bag.

When you are not using ice skates or when at home, make sure that they are not stored in travel bag. It is advised that they remain in the best state when they are removed from bag. It is also better that you loosen the laces and pull the tongue out so that the drying process takes place quickly. One can also lay the skates in a dry towel so that the drying takes place uninterrupted. It is best when they are air dried in a place where there is immense sun light. But, it is very important to know that they are as far as from the heat sources.

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Improve Ice Hockey Speed – Off-Ice Tips and Advice

The Road to Speed
It’s not an easy road by any means. Like anything else, if you want something, you will have to work for it; it will not just be simply handed to you. Many people have this misconception that there is a program out there that can make you into an all-star over night. Sorry to burst those bubbles, but there is no such thing.

The Ingredients
There are three main ingredients to improving your hockey speed:

  1. Strength – Power in your legs will give you a stronger stride and ultimately make you a faster skater.
  2. Technique – Without proper technique, you will never be able to use your strength to its full potential.
  3. Motivation – without motivation and dedication, you will never be able to improve either of the above categories.

Applying These Methods
It is important that you stay focused on the goal you have at hand. If it is speed you are looking for, make sure you take all the right steps to achieve that goal. You need to stay committed and honest with your off-ice programs if you are going to see any signs of success.

When doing an off-ice program, hockey players should focus on the aspect of plyometrics. Plyometrics are the exercise of choice for almost every hockey player because of the benefits it can bring to the individual. This form of exercise will emphasize explosive power and target the muscles that hockey players use when making a stride on the ice.

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