December 1, 2017 - Brain Cramp

We've all heard of electrolytes and most of us vaguely know that they are meant to replace things the body loses during strenuous excercise. But instead of just trusting the latest product you've seen on television to take care of you, maybe you'd rather rely on real science. 

The Pickle Juice Company has a funny name but a serious solution to the cramping athletes often endure when active. Since we didn't do the research, we'll tell you the story in their words:

The Pckle Juice Company is a leading sports beverage company that has transformed the way muscle cramping is treated by creating the first natural, purpose-built isotonic sports beverage on the market, which features revolutionary neural inhibitor qualities in the formula. The beverage is called Pickle Juice® which is original and made with all natural ingredients. While it is widely believed that muscle cramps result from an electrolyte imbalance, the phenomenon is proven to be neurological, not physical. TPJC’s 100% natural formula engages the same neurological receptors in the brain that causes cramps, prevents those neurons from firing and combats muscle cramps faster than anything else currently available. This scientific and multi-factor approach prevents muscle cramps in as fast as 60 seconds, quicker than anything else on the market today.

Translation? It works better than other sports drinks. Any then why not just drink the leftover liquid from your Vlasic Pickle jar? Because this  differs significantly from pickle brine (the stuff in the jar) in that it’s designed specifically to combat muscle cramps at the neurological source and contains added electrolytes and vitamins. Each product formula contains dual filtered water, vinegar, salt, natural dill flavor, potassium, zinc, vitamin C, vitamin E – without any sugar, gluten, caffeine, or artificial color or flavor.

They sent us some to try and while it doesn't taste like those sugary sports drinks you think of, what good to you think all that sugar does? That's right, none...for you anyway. But it's great for the companies that use it to hook consumers on their sugary beverage. My son had a tight hamstring and drank a bottle of Pickle Juice before going to take batting practice. By the time he got to the cage the leg felt 100%.

There's a reason many MLB, NBA and other pro teams use the stuff. It works. Even if you're not a fan of pickles, we know you like muscle cramps even less. 

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November 17, 2017 - All the Momentum

If you want a professional-quality soccer ball without the FIFA price, look no further than the new Momentum from Soccer Innovations. As with everything Soccer Innovations puts out, you get much more than your value for the money. 

The Momentum is hand-stitched and top quality polyurethane, which is what the most expensive balls use. It's modern design and excellent response and feel mean it will be loved for match play or practice. 

A FIFA level match soccer ball and it's anti water absorption make the Momentum pro a long lasting quality soccer ball at a very affordable price. 

Soccer Innovations keeps churning out winner after winner, because that's what they do. And the more of their products you use in your training, the more winning you'll do as well. 

Source: Soccer Innovations

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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

October 20, 2017 - Smell it to Believe It

Do you believe in magic? The folks at PowerOE do and you may soon too. They call their odor eliminating sprays and cleanser "magic" and for good reason. 

First, no harsh chemicals. Their secret ingredient is thymol, nature’s defender and an environmentally safe alternative to bleach. Their sprays don't hide smells with strong perfumes and fragrances, rather they work like a magnet capturing and neutralizing the odor molecules, leaving the air and surfaces clean and clear.

Next, oh those wonderful scents. They scent, um, sent us a sample of Eucalyptus Mint, Lavender, Pine, Lemongrass Tea-Tree to try out and it was like Christmas morning for the olfactory senses. They work on anything you can think of that smells bad, but if you're like us, you'll like them so much you may just go around spraying them places that don't stink.

So what's the sports application? Smelly gear and bags, of course. My daughter, the soccer player, now has the best smelling bag and locker on the team. Only problem is she is going to need a refill soon because all of her teammates are borrowing it. She says the locker room doesn't smell like sweaty girls anymore. 

The cleanser can be used in lieu of any ordinary household cleanser. It does as good a job but leaves behind a sweet aroma instead of something caustic and offensive. 

So is PowerOE magic? We don't know. We only know it works. But don't take our word for it. Smelling is believing. 

Source: PowerOE 

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October 13, 2017 - Pole Position

The folks at Bison want you to play. Play soccer, basketball, volleyball...a host of sports. But they also want you to be safe. One of the products they offer that keep us out of harm's way is their Outdoor Safe Stuff Pole Padding. It's one of those things you don't see around that much, but once you know it exists you can't understand why they aren't everywhere. 

When I coached rec basketball we ran our practices outdoors at the typical school playground courts. I can't tell you how many times I cringed and held my breath as a kid drove to the lane, found contact with another player, and both hurtled toward the metal pole holding up the goal. Luckily I don't remember anyone ever really going hard into it. But how many times has it likely happened over the years? 

This soft, padded pole protector would definitely cushion that blow. Add to the fact that they'll make them up in your school colors and emboss a nickname or other verbiage and they elevate themselves to give the playground a "cool" factor that fosters school spirit. Concerned that you don't have a way to secure your playground at night? No problem. They easily install and uninstall with velcro so at the end of the school day it would take only a few minutes to remove them and store for the next morning. 

Aside from the potential liability issues these could head off, isn't it worth a few dollars and minutes each day to make sure that kids aren't injured while trying to have fun? Think about it. Because just like with all their products, Bison already has. 

Source: Bison

Posted on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 02:38PM by Registered CommenterSports Product Review in , , , | CommentsPost a Comment | References1 Reference | EmailEmail