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November 3, 2017 - Air Bud

One of the toughest things to do during sports practice sessions is to simulate real game situations. The amount of time players can workout in live game mode must be limited due to fatigue and injury concerns. That is why baseball and softball teams use pitching machines. This is why football teams have tackling dummies. 

Soccer goalies must practice blocking and saving dangerous balls on goal. However, if you want that practice to be realistic and not just a came of catch, there have to be impediments in the box just as there would be in a game. That means putting players at risk for collision as they both aggressively move toward the ball. It is a concussion waiting to happen. 

Until now. Another innovation from Soccer Innovations allows for realistic keeper training with no worry about injury. The cleverly-named BUD, (Blow-up Dummy) will be your new best friend. He stands 6' 3" and while his leaping ability is minimal, he will get in the way...safely. 

Fill BUD's base with water then use the pump that comes with him to inflate with air. BUD will stand tall in the box just like an attacker so that your goalie can work on defending set pieces and oncoming shots as he would in a real game. When BUD has done his job he quickly and easily deflates for easy storage. 

We all have those friends we know we can rely on. Who knew we'd come to love a big, yellow teammate? If you're a soccer coach, this guy will be your best BUD.

Source: Soccer Innovations

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