Author: Hugh Miles

A Word About Supplements

So, supplements… many of us take them and many of them have great uses. But I have something to say on this topic after seeing so many athletes lieterlly relying on supplementation.

Don’t believe the wild marketing claims from supplement companies.

When it comes to our sport and supplementation. Sure, there are things such as multivitamin benefits for lacrosse players but it’s important to apply the 80/20 rule. I think of it like this… These pills and powers will only make add something like 1% of improved performance, even less so if you don’t take care of yourself in other aspects of life.

Yes, supplements have their place in the sports industry. But they are supplements and just that! Their purpose is to supplement a healthy lifestyle and diet. They are not wonder drugs that will simply make you the best sports star in the world by just taking a pill. For example, there are some great supplements for aerobic endurance. And some of them work great and reducing lactic acid buildup.

Fat Burner Supplements

Fat burners and weight loss supplements are some of the worst for making wild claims. If you do a simple search, you will likely get bombarded with ads for all sorts of supplements such as Skald, PhenQ or Instant Knockout. Before making the decision to purchase any supplement, you should look at independent reviews and not the company marketing material. This Skald review is the kind of thing that I’m talking about.

What it comes down to is that these supplements can help. But their marketing can lead you to believe that they are almost magical. They are not! They only give you a very small benefit over exercise and a good diet. If you don’t train regularly and have a generally healthy lifestyle, then it is pointless to take them as the tiny benefit that you will get will be counteracted by a poor lifestyle.

Bluegrass Bats Swoop Into Southeast Lacrosse Tournament

The Bluegrass Bats are a Kentucky high school boys competitive travel team. In their inaugural season, the team has traveled to two fall tournaments capping a series of 16 games with an outstanding showing in South Carolina.

After sound performance against very skilled teams at the Elite 150 10-vs-10 Tournament in the mid-Atlantic crux of lacrosse–Maryland (pictures featured in this article), the Bats flew to Clinton, South Carolina to face teams in the Fall Foothills Face-Off at Presbyterian College on November 22 and 23. A caravan of parents followed the Bats for an exciting weekend of lacrosse.

The tournament began with the Bats facing the Orlando Possums U-19 team. Getting off to a slow start the Bats battled to stay with the possums ultimately losing 9-4. Only winning 5 of 13 face-offs the Bats spent most of the time on defense. Goals by Connors, Herner, Holbrook, and Brenzil were not enough. Groundball leaders Fackler and Simpson led the defense. The second game matched the Bats with the Jacksonville Fightin’ Possums. The Bats battled the road kill varmints the entire game, with a late goal by the rodents to win 4-3. Batcager Benz fended off numerous point blank shots by the opossums, ending with 9 saves. Goals by Smith, Valenti, and R. Riordan completed the scoring.

The third game on Saturday matched the Bats against the Spartans from Spartanburg. The angry Bats took out their frustration on the Spartans firing at will with 9 players scoring on 18 shots. Winning 8 of the 13 face-offs helped the Bats to a 14-1 win. Scorers were Murphy (3), Brenzil (3), Guerra (2), Connors, Purdie, Ward, Bright, and Holbrook; R. Riordan capped the game. The final game on Saturday matched the Bats against the Excel Storm. Feeling confident from their last win, the Bats met the speedy Storm. A solid defensive game and patient play by the offense found Connors scoring 4 times, often in double coverage. The crafty Murphy found the cage twice. Batcager Benz had an excellent game with 7 saves.

Sunday brought the Bats back with a matchup against the Jacksonville Possums again. Hoping to redeem themselves, the Bats played a strong defensive game led by B. Schmitt, Simpson, Glick, Murphey, and S. Schmitt. Midfielder Ward was injured and unable to play, and the offensive crew struggled–unable to score. Landis, Wesley, Bright, and Purdie provided solid performances in a 2-0 loss. In the second game of the day, the Bats matched up with Orlando again. Another defensive performance found the Bats struggling against Orlando’s transition game. Only winning one face-off, the Bats found themselves in transition defense much of the time. Penalties allowed too many man-down opportunities for the Bats to overcome.

Going into the playoffs, the 3rd seeded Bats met the number 1 seed. Winning the first game would lead the Bats to the championship. Who was the number one seed? …Orlando Possums, a team they had met twice earlier. Coaches Purdie, Johnson, and Shroeder pulled out the infamous secret weapon. The BAT WING! The crowd rose to their feet and the Road Kill fans went quiet. After the nerve tingling “FEAR the BAT” chant the Bats were ready to do battle. The crowd was on their feet with Bat parents simulating the Bat wing and Possum parents chewing on whatever possums chew on. The Bats jumped to an early lead and provided a strong defensive game plan. Pressuring the ball forced the Possums into numerous errors. A very physical game forced the referees to tell the players to be less aggressive. Crosses were flying in the air, powerful stick checks scared some of the Possums, Possum parents were trying to distract Bat players with sideline banter, and a few injuries occurred.

Hip Flexors – Take Care Of Them

One member of the team recently had an injury of their hip flexors. It’s very important to do thorough stretching before practice or a competitive match to prevent hip flexor strain.

Just how long it takes for the hip flexors to recover from injury depends on just how severe the damage is. A light hip flexor strain can take a couple of weeks to heal. Yet a serious strain can take six weeks or even more to heal, according to the American Journal of Medicine. Falling short to take time to recuperate and take the pressure off the hip flexor typically only results in an even worse injury as well as further discomfort at a later time.

You will recognize that it can contribute to major health issues like weight problems as well as osteoporosis. But did you know it likewise adds dramatically to back concerns, including reduced neck and back pain in yoga postures? Thankfully, you can use your yoga method to counter the effects of an inactive way of life, ease associated back pain, and established the phase for a secure technique of intermediate postures like backbends.

If left unstretched, shortened hip flexors impact the movement of the pelvis, which subsequently affects the position and also activity of the reduced back. Many muscular tissues across the front of the hip and also produce hip flexion, drawing the thigh and also trunk toward each various other, yet possibly one of the most essential is the iliopsoas. That’s why it’s so essential to make hip flexor stretches part of your day-to-day technique, especially after a long day of sitting. These postures will certainly allow you to take pleasure in a new feeling of room in your pelvis– and help protect you from compression and discomfort in your lower back.

For these reasons, we recommend these hip flexor exercises for runners. If you make it a habit to do this every day, you can do a great deal to avoid the reducing risk of injuring the hip flexors. This is a no-cost, basic activity that you and also every athlete ought to be doing. When it concerns fitness, I’ve been adding these stretched to training sessions so that they can not only help with this but also improve performance on the field.