Sports Training & Nutrition Resources (11)

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Inside the Golfer's Mind by Bob Rotella
According to Jack Nicklaus, golf is 80% mental, 10% ability and 10% luck. While not everyone agrees with this statement, there is some truth to it. Golf is a mind game, and if a golfer is to succeed, then he must get his mind into gear. In this article, sports psychologist Dr. Bob Rotella lists down ten things a golfer must do to perform optimally. These tips include playing to be great, loving the challenges that come during the game, fully believing in oneself, being decisive and committed, visualizing where one wants the ball to go, and being fully present in the game.

How to Maintain Energy While Endurance Cycling
This article on AZCentral.com can help any athlete maintain energy while in sports activity, specifically, it concerns endurance cycling, where even the days leading up to your ride are important. Proper hydration and nutrition is vital to keep energy at optimum levels, it says. To improve your energy level, this article recommends drinking plenty of water and eating nutritious, low-carbohydrate high-energy foods before and after the ride. Pedaling in circles, as well as shifting into gears that let you keep your legs moving, and avoid running out of breath are a few suggestions. On ride day, start early in the morning and drink at least 16 ounces of water or sports drink every 20 miles or every hour while riding. It's also recommended to have something to eat every 25 miles, such as a banana, energy bar or pastry. And don't stop for more than five minutes.

Sports Nutrition Questions and Answers
This website is a useful guide with practical, specific sports nutrition questions and answers. Questions include inquiries about drinking milk pre-game, timing eating pre-game, DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), vegetarian athletes, taking ginseng to increase energy, staying awake, increasing energy and other sports training nutrition topics.

Ten Healthiest Sports According to Forbes Magazine
Being engage in sports can make fit and healthy. But if you prefer simply being healthy, check this list of ten healthiest sports according to Forbes Magazine. These sports were rated after consulting with fitness experts–coaches, personal trainers, competitors and exercise physiologists. According to the magazine, the four basic physiological components of fitness are rated on 1-5 scale, with 5 being excellent, 4 being darn good, 3 being good, 2 being not bad and 1 being nothing special. On top of the list is squash, followed by rowing, rock climbing, swimming, and cross-country skiing. The remaining five are: basketball, cycling, running, modern pentathlon, and boxing.

Yoga for Sports Performance
In the past, yoga was considered as something that was only for a select few; nowadays, it is widely practiced, in many health clubs and fitness centers. Yoga has become increasingly popular because of its many benefits. It increases concentration, enhances flexibility, and improves balance, which is why it is also used by training professionals as an effective training tool for athletes. In this article, fitness professional and yoga practitioner Sue Hollingshead explains the importance of yoga in sports performance, lists down the eight limbs of yoga, describes the different yoga styles, and offers some yoga poses specifically used for various common sports.

BelievePerform - The UK's Leading Sports Psychology Website
BelievePerform is a website that was put together by Adam Morris, a visionary who aims to bring the world to understand sports psychology and to use the insights they learn from the website to be top performers not just in sports but in other endeavors as well. The website is composed of more than160 sports psychology experts, coaches and undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students. Visitors to the site are given access to various sports psychology news, articles, podcasts and video interviews. Topics of articles include education, coaching, performance, and well-being. The site also has a dedicated section introducing the members of their team and a section where coaches can pay for and download an infographic on motivating students.

Heart Rate Monitors for Endurance Training
Every athlete should have a heart rate monitor to help them achieve their best training results. Heart rate monitors (HRMs) revolutionized the endurance sport coaching business. HRMS are responsible for a new accuracy and specificity in coach/athlete communications that's not possible by simply describing workouts in terms of RPE (relative perceived exertion) or 'feel,' according to this article, which can help an athlete find their targeted heart rate. The monitor simply keeps track of numbers, indicating whether a triathlete needs to push harder, maintain speed and strength or slow down.

 

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