Have you ever thought about the expression, "riding a bike"? You "ride" a horse, surfers ride on a weve, but unless you're going downhill, you don't really ride a bike. You push the petals, you drive the sproket and chain, but it's work. Even the phrase "bicycle tire," sounds exhausting. Before you think we're the laziest people on earth, we're saying this tongue-and-cheek. Yes, "riding" a bike is fun but when you're facing an uphill climb and/or not particularly in the mood for an intense workout, it can also be a chore.
For people who want to cycle but occassionally would like to take a break, we bring you Rubbee. What does this ingenious contraption do? It quickly attaches to the seat post and can be adjusted to "rub" the "rubber" of your back tire to turn the wheel and motorize your ride, (notice, no quotations). Battery-operated, it charges fully in about two hours and will propel you up to around 16 MPH.
The Rubbee is perfect for people who may wish to cycle to work but have a lot of hills or too much distance to pedal the entire way. Families may be more apt to take bicycle outings if they know that children can become motorized if they become weary. The ironic thing about the inventions is that, while it appears to be created so that someone can avoid the effort involved with getting on a bike, the reality is it may actually encourage more people to go for a spin. They know they can venture out on their own as far as they want and not have the worry. They can always get a ride home.
If you've watched or played much basketball, you've seen someone do something that, anywhere else, would be looked at with disgust. But for some reason, on the hardwood, players do it all the time and no one bats an eye. I'm talking about the practice of spitting on or licking one's hands, then wiping the spit on the soles of the shoes to improve traction. We don't have to go into the sanitary problems this causes or just the “ick” factor alone. And fortunately, enlightened basketball players with an extra $15 won't have to do it any more either. Thanks to Mission Athlete Care.
Their Court Grip traction enhancer is cleaner and more effective than – OK we'll say it again – spit. It comes in an ergonomic bottle with a convenient applicator that slides the Court Grip formula onto the bottom of the shoe quickly and easily. The solution utilizes nanotechnology. What is that, you ask? The traction-enhancing additive is absorbed by microbeads which secrete the formula on a time-released basis to deliver better grip on dusty and dirty floor surfaces for up to fifteen minutes of play. This leads to better, more explosive moves and fewer injuries due to slippage.
That explanation may seem like a mouthful. But the bottom line is it works better and isn't nasty. And it sure does beat trying to come up with a different mouthful every time you walk out onto the court.
Source: Mission Athlete Care
None of us think of ourselves as the worst sports parent, or even a bad one. “That” terrible sports parent is the one foaming at the mouth, screaming at the officials, berating the volunteer coaches and pulling his kid off the team in anger. None of us are like that guy.
But have you ever considered that poor sports parenting might be more subtle? There may be little things you're doing without even realizing them that are undermining your child's confidence and eroding his desire to play. The evidence is clear: Seventy percent of kids drop out of athletics by age 13. Most of us with children in sports have the best intentions, but we don't always have the best tools to react to the stress that goes along with our kids' participation.
Fortunately, John O'Sullivan has written what can best be described as an owners manual for parents of young athletes. In, Changing the Game, The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High-Performing Athletes and Giving Youth Sports Back to Our Kids, he discusses how the single greatest factor affecting a youngster's performance is their state of mind and what you can do to avoid damaging their delicate equilibrium.
Read the chapters on the Seven C's, (Common Sense, Conditions, Communication, Control, Competence, Confidence and Caring), and see if you don't come away with a better understanding of how to empower your children. And anyone with kids, even if they don't play sports, should take the section on Gratitude to heart.
O'Sullivan has a very clear mission. To take youth sports back from the obsessive, win-at-all-costs, private lessons every off-day, thousands-of-dollars-in-equipment-and-travel-to-get-ahead mentality gripping so many of us today, and bring back fun, healthy competition and enjoyment. He doesn't preach – but he will teach you how to take a more positive approach. And those of us who feel we have nothing to learn, quite possibly are “that” parent.
Source: Changing the Game
Nothing's worse than picking up a new ball and going to bounce or kick it, only to find it's semi-flat. If we discover that a leak is the cause of the problem our spriits instantly match the state of the spheroid, that is to say, deflated.
But quicker than saying, "Take two of these and call me in the morning," you can be back at play with a carefree heart and bouncing ball, thanks to the folks at Unique Sports and the Ball Doctor. Simply pump the syringe's magic medicine inside and bounce it a few times to get it distributed. You'll be amazed to find the leak is sealed and the expense of a replacement averted.
We've used the Ball Doctor many times on flattened basketballs, soccer balls and footballs and it's never let us down. It is super affordable and effective, just like all products offered by Unique Sports. Check them out for all of your needs in tennis, baseball, basketball, fooball, golf and more. You'll probably find something there that's just what the doctor ordered.
Source: Unique Sports
As the football season gets into official swing, there is one question that is going to perturb people that follow the game avidly. Is enough being done to protect players from concussion? This is not only a question for professionals, but across the board.
Concussion Mitigation Technologies is a company that has invested much time and effort to produce a helmet that reacts with intelligence to prevent concussions. It is arguably the safest football helmet on the planet.
The Smart Helmet is essentially a helmet with mini air bags. The air bags are operated by computer technologies. The technology is patented and will revolutionize the industry in terms of preventing concussions. While the prime target market is football, this helmet is revolutionary across the board.
The research and data collection that has gone into collecting the base for which the technology this helmet is built on is extraordinary. There is no product like it.
The beauty of the product is that it is scientifically driven and provides a real time solution to a very obvious problem.
Each helmet has a micro computer that essentially distributes cushioning for impact when necessary. These helmets may be slightly higher priced but it is a tiny price to pay when you consider the problem they fix.
The Smart Helmet is a product of Concussion Mitigation Technologies and may be the standard bearer for all future helmets, whether for military combat or regular Sunday football.