Sports http://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term/1168/all en GRID at the Garden: My Thoughts on a New Sport http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/grid-at-the-garden-my-thoughts-on-a-new-sport <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports/grid-at-the-garden-my-thoughts-on-a-new-sport" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201408/10507082102046615924825662255194392095208352o.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">If you dig competitive exercise, are into local throwdowns, or watch to the CrossFit Games, the new GRID league is more than worth your time. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">For two hours between 7:00pm and 9:00pm on Tuesday August 19, 2014, the stars aligned to cause an event that itself caused ripple effects across time and space:<strong> the new fitness league, <a href="https://www.npgl.com/" target="_blank">GRID</a>, premiered at Madison Square Garden.</strong> For those two hours, idiots and ice buckets ceased to fill my Facebook newsfeed, and Williamsburg ceased to be the world&#39;s capital of absurd tattoos.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/grid-at-the-garden-my-thoughts-on-a-new-sport" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle crossfit crossfit games national pro fitness league npgl Sports Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:15:00 +0000 23516 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-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201407/screenshot2014-07-25at13246pm.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></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><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-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201407/shutterstock198333005.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></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><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-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201406/shutterstock199666388.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></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><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-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20140530/shutterstock171914738copy.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></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><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-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20140513/square.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></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><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/repeated-sprint-ability-in-youth-athletes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports/repeated-sprint-ability-in-youth-athletes" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20140510/shutterstock94729456.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></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><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/repeated-sprint-ability-in-youth-athletes" 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/bodyweight-training-program-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/bodyweight-training-program-benefits-youth-soccer-players" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20140428/shutterstock80550457.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></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><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/bodyweight-training-program-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 Football Linemen More Susceptible to Heat Illness http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/football-linemen-more-susceptible-to-heat-illness <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports/football-linemen-more-susceptible-to-heat-illness" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20140323/shutterstock159541223.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Between 1960 and 2009, 123 high school football players died from heat-related illness. A new study suggests the risks are highest for linemen. </div></div></div><p><strong>Between 1960 and 2009, 123 high school football players died from an illness resulting from excessive heat.</strong><strong> </strong>According to a <a href="http://journals.lww.com/nsca-jscr/Abstract/publishahead/Maximum_heat_loss_potential_is_lower_in_football.97452.aspx" target="_blank">study this month in the <em>Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research</em></a>, linemen have demonstrated significantly elevated core temperatures compared to their non-linemen counterparts and may be at a higher risk for heat-induced illness.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/football-linemen-more-susceptible-to-heat-illness" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle football heat stroke Sports Tue, 25 Mar 2014 08:00:00 +0000 14271 at http://breakingmuscle.com Study Sheds Light on the Best Indicators of Fatigue in Baseball Pitchers http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/study-sheds-light-on-the-best-indicators-of-fatigue-in-baseball-pitchers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports/study-sheds-light-on-the-best-indicators-of-fatigue-in-baseball-pitchers" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20140314/shutterstock87071516.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Knowing when an athlete has reached his or her limit is a key element of coaching. A new study examined the best ways to determine fatigue in baseball pitchers. </div></div></div><p><strong>When training or competing it&rsquo;s a good idea for athletes and coaches to monitor fatigue.</strong> One problem with doing so is that some kinds of fatigue aren&rsquo;t easy to detect, especially amongst younger athletes. To shed light on this issue, researchers conducted a <a href="http://journals.lww.com/nsca-jscr/Abstract/publishahead/Indicators_of_Throwing_Arm_Fatigue_in_Elite.97485.aspx" target="_blank">study published recently in the <em>Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research</em></a> that looks at ways you might not have thought of to monitor fatigue.</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/study-sheds-light-on-the-best-indicators-of-fatigue-in-baseball-pitchers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> baseball breakingmuscle fatigue Sports Mon, 17 Mar 2014 08:00:00 +0000 13656 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Reliability of the NFL-225 Bench Press Test http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/the-reliability-of-the-nfl-225-bench-press-test <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports/the-reliability-of-the-nfl-225-bench-press-test" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20140305/shutterstock85108498.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">New research confirmed the NFL-225 test is a reliable indicator of strength and endurance in football players. </div></div></div><p><strong>Whenever a test is used to assess performance, we should question its reliability.</strong> The popular NFL-225 test, which consists of doing max bench press reps with 225lbs, is no exception. Researchers performed a <a href="http://journals.lww.com/nsca-jscr/Abstract/publishahead/Reliability_and_Smallest_Worthwhile_Difference_of.97477.aspx">study published this month in the<em> Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research</em></a> to make sure the test was dependable.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/the-reliability-of-the-nfl-225-bench-press-test" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle football NFL Sports Wed, 05 Mar 2014 09:00:00 +0000 12846 at http://breakingmuscle.com Sochi Winter Olympics 2014: Is it Okay to Switch Citizenship Just for a Gold Medal? http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/sochi-winter-olympics-2014-is-it-okay-to-switch-citizenship-just-for-a-gold-medal <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports/sochi-winter-olympics-2014-is-it-okay-to-switch-citizenship-just-for-a-gold-medal" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20140303/square.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">People change citizenship all the time. But when it comes to the Olympics, is it okay for someone to leave their country for no other reason than to have a better chance at winning gold medals? </div></div></div><p>I am a sucker for the Winter Olympics. I am an avid <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/strength-and-conditioning-components-for-elite-snowboarders" target="_blank">snowboarder</a> myself, and I love to watch the ski and snowboard events. So now that the winter Olympics are over, what was the biggest thing I noticed at Sochi? <strong>I noticed many individuals not competing for their country of birth or even ethnic origin</strong>. Most of these athletes had only recently (within two to five years) received their citizenship in the country they represented.</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/sochi-winter-olympics-2014-is-it-okay-to-switch-citizenship-just-for-a-gold-medal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle citizenship international sports Olympics winning Sports Tue, 04 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 12736 at http://breakingmuscle.com How to Strengthen the Abductors and Adductors for Hockey http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/how-to-strengthen-the-abductors-and-adductors-for-hockey <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports/how-to-strengthen-the-abductors-and-adductors-for-hockey" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20140226/shutterstock174642977.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">I am going to teach you how to locate weaknesses that lead to overuse injuries. These issues can be addressed easily by training muscle groups responsible for maintaining hip stability. </div></div></div><h2 class="rtecenter"> <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/workout-of-the-day/program/3853-sport-specific-workouts-hockey" target="_blank"><strong>Click Here to Try Our Free Hockey Workouts</strong></a></h2> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/how-to-strengthen-the-abductors-and-adductors-for-hockey" target="_blank">read more</a></p> abductors adductors breakingmuscle hockey injury prevention Sports Thu, 27 Feb 2014 23:00:00 +0000 12471 at http://breakingmuscle.com Don't Be Shy: Grunting Improves Performance in Tennis Players http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/dont-be-shy-grunting-improves-performance-in-tennis-players <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports/dont-be-shy-grunting-improves-performance-in-tennis-players" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20140221/shutterstock94723897.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">If you've ever watched a tennis match, you know the players make a lot of noise. A new study asks whether grunting is actually helpful, or just a waste of energy. </div></div></div><p><strong>Grunting in tennis is a well known phenomenon. </strong>Its supporters cite it to be a natural expression of force that improves athleticism. However, once grunting gets to an extreme level, like a full-blown scream, it has been called unappealing, distracting, and <a href="http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1323089-tennis-screamers-asarenka-and-sharapova-keep-winning-unfairly-at-2012-us-open" target="_blank">even unfair</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/dont-be-shy-grunting-improves-performance-in-tennis-players" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle competitive sports tennis Sports Mon, 24 Feb 2014 09:00:00 +0000 12106 at http://breakingmuscle.com Plyometric Exercises Improve Athleticism in Youth Soccer Players http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/plyometric-exercises-improve-athleticism-in-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/plyometric-exercises-improve-athleticism-in-youth-soccer-players" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20140217/shutterstock647631.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></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 found adding plyometrics into an adolescent soccer program improved the players' performance in general physical fitness assessments. </div></div></div><p><strong>Plyometrics is a valuable training tool for many athletes.</strong> The performing-enhancing effects of plyometric exercises are widely accepted, as is the inclusion of plyos in strength and conditioning programs.</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports/plyometric-exercises-improve-athleticism-in-youth-soccer-players" target="_blank">read more</a></p> adolescent sports breakingmuscle soccer sport specific Sports Thu, 20 Feb 2014 09:00:00 +0000 11766 at http://breakingmuscle.com