Sports http://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term/1168/%2A en The Dying Breed of Natural Athletes http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/the-dying-breed-of-natural-athletes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports/the-dying-breed-of-natural-athletes" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn6.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201606/gordiehoweheadline.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">The passing of Gordie Howe and Muhammad Ali represents the end of an era in professional sports. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>Earlier this year, I wrote about the passing of <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/a-champion-through-adversity-the-late-great-tommy-kono" target="_blank">weightlifting great Tommy Kono</a>.&nbsp;<strong>Recently, we saw the passing of two more of the greatest athletes in sports.</strong> The first was boxing&rsquo;s Muhammad Ali who <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LSewbS5eQI" target="_blank">called himself &ldquo;The Greatest,&rdquo;</a> and quite likely was. The second was <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordie_Howe" target="_blank">&ldquo;Mr.</a></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/the-dying-breed-of-natural-athletes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> boxing breakingmuscle hockey weightlifitng Sports Thu, 23 Jun 2016 09:00:00 +0000 165731 at http://breakingmuscle.com Another One Bites the Dust: U.S. Weightlifting Residency Program Closes http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/another-one-bites-the-dust-us-weightlifting-residency-program-closes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports/another-one-bites-the-dust-us-weightlifting-residency-program-closes" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201606/usolympictrainingcenter.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Top American lifters will be forced to find a new program as of September 30, 2016. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>USA Weightlifting <a href="http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Weightlifting/Features/2016/June/17/USA-Weightlifting-Statement" target="_blank">released an official statement last week</a> confirming the USOC&rsquo;s decision to close the USAW residency program at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. <strong>Many high-profile American weightlifters, including all three&nbsp; of the female athletes going to Rio, had active residencies at the Center</strong>. They will all be forced to find a new program from September 30, 2016.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/another-one-bites-the-dust-us-weightlifting-residency-program-closes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle olympic weightlifitng Olympics Trending Sports Wed, 22 Jun 2016 22:00:00 +0000 165771 at http://breakingmuscle.com From Minors to Majors: How to Get Scouted in Baseball http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/from-minors-to-majors-how-to-get-scouted-in-baseball <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports/from-minors-to-majors-how-to-get-scouted-in-baseball" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201512/baseballsuccess.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Dream of playing in the big leagues? Learn one of the most important skills: standing out in the crowd. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>For ambitious young baseball players, exposure is the name of the game.</strong> Fresh, young talent comes out of the woodwork each year. To make it to the next level, players need to gain the attention of college coaches and professional scouts. Here&rsquo;s how you can stand out in a crowd of first-rounders, bonus babies, and potential phenoms.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/from-minors-to-majors-how-to-get-scouted-in-baseball" target="_blank">read more</a></p> athletes baseball breakingmuscle professional sports scout success Sports Sat, 05 Dec 2015 15:00:00 +0000 161601 at http://breakingmuscle.com A Baseball Player's Guide to Off-season Success http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/a-baseball-players-guide-to-off-season-success <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports/a-baseball-players-guide-to-off-season-success" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201511/pitcher3.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">These five steps will return you to the field as a stronger player, both mentally and physically. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>For many young baseball players, <strong>the off-season is a time filled with little direction.</strong> It&rsquo;s unfortunate that this lack of structure can be detrimental to the athlete&rsquo;s progress from year to year, since rest is so important.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The struggle lies mainly in understanding how to adapt training methods to improve strengths and weaknesses that surfaced during the season. <strong>These steps will help you optimize the off-season </strong>so you can improve performance and enter the new season with confidence.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/a-baseball-players-guide-to-off-season-success" target="_blank">read more</a></p> baseball breakingmuscle offseason rest and recovery Sports Mon, 09 Nov 2015 14:00:00 +0000 161001 at http://breakingmuscle.com 5 Ways Coaches Can Make Our World Better http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/5-ways-coaches-can-make-our-world-better-0 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports/5-ways-coaches-can-make-our-world-better-0" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn3.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201510/alexferguson.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">If we want a guidepost for the often turbulent world of sports, we can go to some of the greatest coaches of modern society. Here are five of their lessons. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>In 2015 the world of sport was shaken by many societal challenges.</strong> The ongoing tragedy of exploitation and deaths of workers in construction of stadiums in Qatar, plus the <a href="http://www.news8000.com/sports/fifa-corruption-scandal-what-you-need-to-know/33241058" target="_blank">corruption scandal enveloping FIFA</a> are disgusting flaws on both ends of the social spectrum. The cover-ups in the IAAF drugs scandal also represent blatant dishonesty.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/5-ways-coaches-can-make-our-world-better-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle coaching community competitive sports philosophy strength teamwork Sports Fri, 09 Oct 2015 09:00:00 +0000 155711 at http://breakingmuscle.com Tommy John and Baseball: America's Favorite Elbow Surgery http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/tommy-john-and-baseball-americas-favorite-elbow-surgery <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports/tommy-john-and-baseball-americas-favorite-elbow-surgery" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201509/elbowheader.png" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">It is critical that youth pitchers, parents, and coaches educate themselves well on the consequences of electing the Tommy John surgery. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>America&rsquo;s favorite pastime beckons hundreds of thousands of young players each year to chase the dream of pitching in a Major League stadium. </strong>Unfortunately, the odds of making it to the big show are stacked against these young masses, and with each year play becomes increasingly competitive.</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/tommy-john-and-baseball-americas-favorite-elbow-surgery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle elbow injury injury recovery surgery youth athletes Sports Sat, 19 Sep 2015 14:00:00 +0000 155266 at http://breakingmuscle.com Research Reveals Training Habits of Champion Skiers http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/research-reveals-training-habits-of-champion-skiers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports/research-reveals-training-habits-of-champion-skiers" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn3.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201409/shutterstock73165222.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">A recent study followed world-class elite endurance athletes to find out more about how they trained. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>If you&rsquo;ve ever wondered how an Olympic gold medalist or world champion trains, you&rsquo;re in luck</strong>. A recent <a href="http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.01 " target="_blank">study in PLOS ONE</a> followed a collection of world-class elite endurance athletes to find out what their training year looked like. The researchers also wanted to see if the athletes followed the standard recommendations for preparing for competition.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/research-reveals-training-habits-of-champion-skiers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle champion elite athletes practice skiing Sports Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:00:00 +0000 25036 at http://breakingmuscle.com Sports Drinks Show Minimal Effect on Tennis Players http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/sports-drinks-show-minimal-effect-on-tennis-players <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports/sports-drinks-show-minimal-effect-on-tennis-players" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201409/shutterstock640249.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">You would think sports drinks would aid performance in a two-hour tennis match, but they seemed to have little impact. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">Sports drinks are used to improve performance in pretty much every sport, but this practice has been called into doubt in recent years<strong>. In a </strong><a href="http://www.jissn.com/content/11/1/46" target="_blank"><strong>study in the <em>Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition</em></strong></a><strong>, researchers examined the effects of sports drinks on tennis players to find answers. </strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/sports-drinks-show-minimal-effect-on-tennis-players" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle sports drinks tennis Sports Tue, 09 Sep 2014 09:00:00 +0000 24356 at http://breakingmuscle.com A New Approach to Fitness for Golfers: 12-Week Workout Program http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/a-new-approach-to-fitness-for-golfers-12-week-workout-program <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports/a-new-approach-to-fitness-for-golfers-12-week-workout-program" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201407/screenshot2014-07-25at13246pm.png" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">I have designed these golf workouts to provide a new approach to your golf training that integrates conditioning, strength, and screening. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><h2 class="rtecenter"> <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sport-specific/sport-specific-in-season-golf-week-1" target="_blank"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>Click Here to Get Started With the Golf Fitness Program!</strong></span></a></h2> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/a-new-approach-to-fitness-for-golfers-12-week-workout-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle golf sport specific workouts Sports Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:00:00 +0000 22411 at http://breakingmuscle.com Creatine Works for Soccer Players, Too http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/creatine-works-for-soccer-players-too <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports/creatine-works-for-soccer-players-too" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn4.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201407/shutterstock198333005.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Creatine is known for its benefits for weight lifting, but how does it affect performance on the soccer field? </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">Creatine <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/nutrition/how-creatine-improves-atp-synthesis-for-both-brain-and-body" target="_blank">affects the production of ATP</a>, which is the body&#39;s main energy source, so it also benefits power and strength. <strong>Soccer requires repeated sprints, jumps, and kicks, each involving a lot of power that could be benefited by creatine use.</strong></span></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/creatine-works-for-soccer-players-too" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle creatine soccer Sports Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 21816 at http://breakingmuscle.com 3 Reasons Americans Should Love Soccer and 3 Reasons They Don't http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/3-reasons-americans-should-love-soccer-and-3-reasons-they-dont <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports/3-reasons-americans-should-love-soccer-and-3-reasons-they-dont" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn3.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201406/shutterstock199666388.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Major League Soccer is becoming more popular in the United States, but it faces an uphill battle in winning over the hearts of Americans. Here's why. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Unless you&rsquo;ve been living under a rock, you&rsquo;ve most certainly noticed that it&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.fifa.com/" target="_blank">World Cup </a>time.</strong> To some Americans the World Cup is cause for celebration, while to others it&rsquo;s rather annoying or perhaps a trifle baffling.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/3-reasons-americans-should-love-soccer-and-3-reasons-they-dont" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle competitive sports football soccer world cup Sports Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:00:00 +0000 20611 at http://breakingmuscle.com Could Head Trauma Bring an End to Football? http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/could-head-trauma-bring-an-end-to-football <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports/could-head-trauma-bring-an-end-to-football" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn4.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/20140530/shutterstock171914738copy.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Nothing can bring down the NFL. Nothing except a lack of players to fill the shoes of the current ones. Would you let your kid play football? </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Like many Americans these days, my favorite sport to watch is football. </strong>The warriors of the gridiron only seem to <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/football-players-are-getting-bigger-and-bigger" target="_blank">get bigger, faster, and stronger</a>, and the game more athletic and exciting as a result. Football is by far the most popular sport in the country and it seems incomprehensible that anything could stop the juggernaut that is the <a href="http://www.nfl.com/" target="_blank">National Football League</a> (NFL).</span></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/could-head-trauma-bring-an-end-to-football" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle concussion football head injury Sports Mon, 02 Jun 2014 19:00:00 +0000 19401 at http://breakingmuscle.com How to Improve Your Golf Game and End Lower Back Pain http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/how-to-improve-your-golf-game-and-end-lower-back-pain <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports/how-to-improve-your-golf-game-and-end-lower-back-pain" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn6.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/20140513/square.png" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">If you’re excluding lower back muscles in the gym, you are putting yourself at a considerable disadvantage as an athlete. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">Mention of &ldquo;the core&rdquo; has most athletes think of the stomach muscles or abs. <strong>What is typically overlooked is the back</strong>. If you&rsquo;re excluding <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/strong-foundations-building-and-maintaining-strong-low-back" target="_blank">lower back muscles</a> in the gym, you are putting yourself at a considerable disadvantage as an athlete - and your golf game is probably suffering, as well.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/how-to-improve-your-golf-game-and-end-lower-back-pain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle core golf low back spine Sports Wed, 14 May 2014 20:00:00 +0000 17951 at http://breakingmuscle.com Age, Endurance, and Explosive Power Improve Repeated Sprint Ability http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/age-endurance-and-explosive-power-improve-repeated-sprint-ability <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports/age-endurance-and-explosive-power-improve-repeated-sprint-ability" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/20140510/shutterstock94729456.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">A new study asks what athletic qualities can help sprint ability. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>The development of repeated sprint ability in youth athletes is a long-standing practice that seems to be on the rise.</strong>&nbsp;In a <a href="http://journals.lww.com/nsca-jscr/Fulltext/2014/04000/Development_of_Repeated_Sprint_Ability_in_Talented.8.aspx" target="_blank">study published in the </a><em><a href="http://journals.lww.com/nsca-jscr/Fulltext/2014/04000/Development_of_Repeated_Sprint_Ability_in_Talented.8.aspx" target="_blank">Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research</a>, </em><span style="font-size:18px;">researchers asked what athle</span></span></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/age-endurance-and-explosive-power-improve-repeated-sprint-ability" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle youth athletes Sports Tue, 13 May 2014 08:00:00 +0000 17826 at http://breakingmuscle.com Contrast Training Benefits Youth Soccer Players http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/contrast-training-benefits-youth-soccer-players <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports/contrast-training-benefits-youth-soccer-players" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn4.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/20140428/shutterstock80550457.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Youth athletes may benefit from adding a simple bodyweight program to their training, says a new study. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">Many athletes and coaches believe that skill work alone will create the best athlete. <strong>However, despite a slow change in the opposite direction, some coaches are stuck in their ways and perhaps need more convincing. </strong>In a recent <a href="http://journals.lww.com/nsca-jscr/Abstract/publishahead/Effects_of_A_Contrast_Training_Program_Without.97435.aspx" target="_blank">study in the <em>Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research</em></a>, young soccer players traded off some of their practice time for exercise to see what would happen.</span></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/contrast-training-benefits-youth-soccer-players" target="_blank">read more</a></p> adolescent sports breakingmuscle cross training sport specific Sports Tue, 29 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 16841 at http://breakingmuscle.com