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What is superb about the Energy Balance Shop company bracelets is that the Energy Shop is so openly honest about their product which is truly refreshing. They do no make any claims about heightened energy or better balance, it has been reported after wearing these bracelets but this company makes no such claim. There must be something to it though, as the English Premier League saw it necessary to ban these bracelets.
The Energy Balance Bracelets are unique in that they do not look drab, they are made of 100% medical grade silicone and set with two negative ion holograms which are known to increase mental health, power and stamina as well as strengthen the body's immune system. Some might even find them rather funky. They are highly fashionable, if you do not believe in the positive effect, one thing is for certain, they will certainly do you no harm.
They come in an array of really great colors. These colors can match your teams colors or just be representative of you. Either way, this product would make a fine medium scale gift for any sport or fashion lover.
If you want to capture the performance of your players as a coach then this is the perfect product for you. This piece of sporting equipment is the ultimate when it comes to capturing the vital data on the performance of a player. It is great for multi-sports. It is fantastic for tracking the data of tennis players, soccer players, basketball players, rugby players, football players and handball players. It collects data on the top speed of a player. It can tell you what your burst speed is and it can tell you your total distance covered in a game or practice session.
There is a slight catch to this incredible product. In order for you to efficiently capture the data of a player during training or during a match, you need to have miCoach compatible adidas shoes. You also will need to download the miCoach multi-sport app. The Speed_Cell itself comes with a lace clip for easy and comfortable on shoe positioning. The onboard memory is quite incredible and can store all measurement data for up to 7-8 hours of activity.
The technology is compatible with Bluetooth Smart Ready iPhones, which means that you will need Bluetooth 4.0 or higher in order for this product to work.
However, once you do get it working, the results are quite incredible. As a coach or player, you can quickly identify particular strengths or weaknesses. This means that you can hone in and master the skills where you may be lacking and exult in the skills and further perfect the skills that you already have. It is made from high quality components and boasts top of the line technology. If you take your sporting code seriously then you would seriously want to get a piece of this adidas incredible training product.
Eighteen months ago we did a review of Pro Ice, a product we loved so much it made our 2012 Product of the Year list. With four athletic kids who are always getting dinged up, we use it in our personal lives all the time.
What makes Pro Ice so special and unique is that there is no water melting, no mess; all of the cold comes from the dozens of small pockets nestled inside a cozy, comfortable, compression wrap that maintains a constant temperature and creates a more thorough, longer-lasting cold experience.
When my soccer-playing daughter came up hobbling from a bad ankle, I noticed that the larger wraps we had did not fit perfectly around her foot. The good folks at Pro Ice wanted us to fall in love with the product all over again so they kindly sent not only ankle wraps (pictured), but another full cooler with wraps to take care of backs, knees, elbows – you name it. She loves the ankle ice and uses it if she's having pain, but also therapeutically after practices and games, even if it doesn't hurt.
What I don't understand is why every high school and college doesn't have these cooler packs on hand for each sport. My son just finished his high school baseball season. On their team and, on nearly every high school and travel team anywhere, whenever a kid at bat jumps out of the way of a pitched ball instead of “taking one for the team," the guys in the dugout yell out with derisive humor, “We got ice.”
Well, no they didn't. There was no cooler of ice in the dugout. What this means is that if someone were to twist an ankle, get hit by a ball, anything that would call for immediate ice treatment, there was nothing available. I guess in an emergency they could try to trek to the school, find a container and an ice machine and lug it back, but that never happened. And pitchers? Shouldn't all of them ice their arms after every outing? Our pitchers didn't have access.
All a team would need is a Pro Ice Cooler, two or three of their pitchers shoulder wraps and 2-3 of the basic wraps that work on elbows, knees, backs, and even rap around those ribs that get plunked by a fastball. Simply put it in a freezer a few hours before a game and then bring it to the field each game and practice. No need to waste gallons of water, lug a huge cooler filled with heavy, wet ice. Pro Ice is the obvious solution not only for baseball but for football, soccer, lacrosse, - you name it.
We love spreading the Pro Ice gospel, because we love the product. If you're skeptical, just start with one of their wraps. Stick it in the freezer for a few hours then take it out and wrap it around what hurts. You'll be sold within minutes of feeling that cooling relief.
Source: Pro Ice
So the news came recently that the most storied college football program in history, The University of Notre Dame, was switching its playing surface from natural grass to synthetic turf. Purists were and are outraged at the seeming loss of tradition. But times change. And listening to Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick explain the reasoning, it makes some sense:
“The reality is that in two of the last three seasons since we moved Commencement to the Stadium, we have been unable to produce an acceptable playing surface," Swarbrick said. “That, combined with the likely impacts of future construction at the Stadium, led me to conclude that we would continue to struggle to maintain a grass field that meets the expectations of our student-athletes and fans as it relates to appearance, performance and safety.
"Synthetic turf will assist our game preparation because our team will be able to play and practice on the same surface. We will also be able to utilize the Notre Dame Stadium field for practices on home football Fridays and other occasions, whereas that is currently unrealistic.”
We don't know who will be putting this new turf in, but the folks at On Deck Sports seem to have it wired. The offer Carpet-Like Colored Turf (did you know Boise State has a trademark on the color blue?), grass-like colored turf, strength and conditioning grass-like turf, agility training turf, soccer turf, and turf for baseball, golf, indoor facilities, Park & Rec/Phys Ed departments, softball and more. But they don't stop there, also providing full indoor facility design including rubber flooring, sports netting as well as goals, barrier nets, training aids, cages.
On Deck Sports works with organizations at all levels from professional teams to youth leagues. When you decide to put away the mower, fertilizer and sprinklers they'll be ready for you, once you've weeded everybody else out.
Source: On Deck Sports
The coolest thing about doing the reviews we do is learning about new products and their unique qualities. Often, something that might not seem to have much significance at first glance turns out to have tremendous value and usefulness. Our latest such experience comes courtesy of Dynamic Tape.
We've seen athletes wearing it and, frankly thought it was probably more of a gimmick than anything with true medical benefit. We didn't see how putting a strip of tape vertically down a thigh or across a shoulder could provide any type of benefit other than one that was psychological. Now we understand.
Dynamic Tape is designed to be like a spring, acting as an external muscle. The tape creates a bungee effect, helping muscles spring back from exertion to reduce stress on tendons. Using dynamic tape can not only ease the pain of existing injuries, it can prevent them as well.
Conventional tape gives support, but restricts movement. Therefore, for instance, if one were to apply a strip of ordinary athletic tape from the back of the shoulder, down over the elbow, and to the wrist, the arm would not be able to bend. Thus, someone with tennis elbow who wanted support would be unable to swing a racquet. But Dynamic Tape flexes with movement, stretches as needed, thus creating support, not inhibition. Oh, and did we mention, its cool-looking?
My soccer daughter sometimes experiences ankle pain after long tournaments. All of my baseball-playing sons have had tendonitis in their throwing arms at various times in their careers. We understand that the best cure is rest, but that isn't always possible. Now I know that there is something out there to give them the support they need when shutting it down isn't an option. Maybe playing through pain isn't the only choice. In fact, perhaps with a little preventative taping, they won't need to feel the pain in the first place.
Source: Dynamic Tape