Five Tips to Prevent Soccer Injuries

Soccer injuries do happen. This sport is a highly physical one that getting injured can sometimes be plainly unavoidable. Nonetheless, this unpleasant consequence is not just confined to the soccer sport. Everyone recognizes that there is always some form of risk for injury no matter what sport you participate in. The best thing a soccer player can do is to avoid these injuries from happening, or perhaps, lessen its number. The following are five tips to prevent soccer injuries.

1. Get in shape. Don’t just participate in any game out of a whim. Soccer is physically demanding sport and your body needs to be in good overall shape in order to meet its demands. If you are not prepared physically, injuries will likely happen. It is essential that you delve into aerobic exercise, strength training and flexibility exercises before the start of the soccer season. Preparing your body right before each game is also important. You should take time to do warm up and stretches because cold muscles are prone to injury. After your training, don’t forget to cool down and stretch to reduce muscle soreness.

2. Use appropriate equipment. Soccer players must always wear appropriate protective gear and equipment. Shin guards should be worn to provide protection to your lower legs. It is really important to wear shoes that fit properly. Ill-fitting footwear can contribute to injuries related to the ankle and knee. You should also choose the right shoes that match the surface you are playing on. When playing on wet soccer field with high grass, use shoes with screw-in cleats to provide more traction for you. Molded cleats may be used on natural or synthetic grass field with short to medium grass.

3. Make sure that the playing surface is safe. Avoid playing on soccer fields where you can obviously see holes on the surface. Check out the area for debris and other things which might cause you to trip. Soccer goals should be padded to avoid severe head injuries when you collide to the post. Never hang or crawl under the goal as many injuries and deaths happened because it tipped over.

4. Pay attention to the weather. If it is hot outside, take frequent water breaks. If it is cold, wear thicker clothing, gloves and hats. If there are thunderstorms, get inside the building and cease your soccer game or practice.

5. Take regular breaks from soccer. Lots of soccer players think that training year-round and focusing on soccer will help them excel in this sport. Although you may become a proficient player doing this routine, your body, however, runs the risk of serious overuse injury. Give your body a rest and try playing other sports that requires a different skill development. Limit also the number of teams you are playing with during one soccer season so you don’t suffer the pain of overuse injury.

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Top 3 Rookie Cards of the 1954-55 Topps NHL Set

1954-55 marked the first ever NHL hockey card series from Topps. Three significant, albeit working class, rookie cards came out of that set. Combined, the three played 2,915 regular season games in the National Hockey League. Two had played junior hockey together with the Barrie Flyers of the OHA. The same two would start their NHL careers with the Boston Bruins. One would be awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy as NHL rookie of the year while two of the three would go on to win the Lady Byng Trophy once in their careers.

Doug Mohns

The number 18 card in the 1954-55 Topps set is the rookie card of Doug Mohns. Mohns played his rookie year with the Bruins in 1953-54 after playing junior for the Barrie Flyers. The defenseman was an immediate success with 27 points while playing all of Boston's 70 regular season games.

Doug played in the National Hockey League from 1953-54 to 1974-75 with the Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota North Stars, Atlanta Flames and Washington Capitals. He played 1,390 regular season games. During the 2013-14 season, Teemu Selanne will pass Mohns on the list of players with the most games played, pushing Doug to the 36th position.

As a pre-Bobby Orr era defenseman, Doug's numbers are very good. He scored 248 goals and assisted on 462 for 710 points. Over 94 playoff games, he added 50 points. However, despite the high number of playoffs games, Mohns was never a Stanley Cup champion. Some say that the missing championship was the one thing keeping Doug from being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. It may be the one thing in the vintage hockey cards world that keeps the value of his rookie card at a still respectable $ 125, book value.

Camille Henry

Camille 'The Eel' started his NHL career off with a bang in 1953-54. He scored 24 goals and totaled 39 points over 66 games with the New York Rangers to earn the Calder Memorial Trophy. The Camille Henry rookie card appears as number 32 in the 1954-55 Topps set and has a book value of around $ 80.

Despite his rookie success, Henry found himself playing just 21 games in 1954-55 before being sent down to the American Hockey League to play for the Quebec Aces. Camille then played all of 1955-56 with the Providence Reds in the AHL before making his way way back up to the Rangers midway through the next season.

Henry played in the NHL from 1953-54 to 1969-70 with the Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks and St.. Louis Blues. He was teams with Doug Mohns in Chicago for the last half of the 1964-65 season. Like Mohns, Camille never won a Stanley Cup championship. However, he was awarded the Lady Byng Trophy as the league's most gentlemanly player in 1957-58.

Over his career, Camille played 727 regular season games. He scored 279 goals and assisted on 249 for 528 points. In the Stanley Cup playoffs, Henry appeared in 47 games and added 18 points.

Don McKenney

Despite number 35 in the 1954-55 Topps set being the rookie card of Don McKenney, he played the full 1953-54 season in the AHL with the Hershey Bears. Another product of the Barrie Flyers, McKenney did become a regular with the Bruins in 1954-55. He played in the NHL until the end of the 1967-68 season with the Bruins, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings and St. Paul. Louis Blues.

Don played in 798 regular season NHL games, scoring 237 goals and assisting on 345 for 582 points. He played 58 more games in the Stanley Cup playoffs, adding 47 points. McKenney was a member of the Maple Leafs in 1963-64 with Toronto winning their third consecutive Stanley Cup championship.

Like Camille Henry, McKenney was a one time winner of the Lady Byng Trophy, taking home the hardware in 1959-60 as a member of the Bruins. His rookie card is valued the same as Henry's, as well.

1954-55 Topps

The 1954-55 Topps set was the first NHL collection for the long-time baseball card producer. A common card from that set is valued at $ 40. There are 60 hockey cards in the collection with the book value for a complete set at $ 4,500. The most valuable card belongs to Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings.

How Often is the World Cup of Soccer Held?

The World Cup is soccer’s biggest stage – it is the championship of the most widely played sport in the all of the world. The talk, preparation and qualifying for each incarnation of the World Cup tournament seems to be going on all the time – but the final of soccer’s biggest tournament only take place during a one month period every four years.

Many fans, clubs and organizations argue that the World Cup tournament itself, as well as the sport of soccer would benefit greatly from increasing the frequency of soccer’s world championship tournament. Some present very valid points and cite that other major sporting events that hold tournaments on an international level are capable of organizing those tournaments once every year.

There is no doubt that the World Cup’s allure wouldn’t be hurt by holding the tournament every three or even every two years. It would probably increase soccer’s international popularity and would certainly do well to increase the tournaments revenue potential – holding the tournament every two years would, in effect, double the amount of revenue created by the biggest international sports tournament. Reducing the number of years between World Cup tournaments would most likely also allow the qualifying team’s players to be more recognizable to fans – the players would be in front of the fans and on a big stage potentially twice as many times during their careers. This could potentially make fans feel more connected and attached to the players on the World Cup teams and possibly even cause an increase in the amount of people who tune in to watch the World Cup finals.

Why Every Four Years?

World Cup purists argue that every four years is ideal for the tournament and it is relatively unlikely that any change in World Cup frequency will actually occur – at least within the near future. It does take quite a bit of preparation to get ready for a month long tournament which draws in teams from more than thirty countries and fans from probably more nations than that.

The host country is voted on and selected long before the tournament will actually be held and the lengths to which the organizers go to ensure that everything is not just prepared, but perfect for each World Cup tournament are truly exhaustive. Other major sports tournaments may host players and fans from all over the world but few, if any can match the sheer magnitude of the World Cup tournament.

More than 200 countries will vie for a spot in the final phase of the World Cup tournament in 2010 to be held in South Africa, and of those more than 200, only thirty one teams will make the cut to appear in the World Cup (the South African team receives an automatic bye to compete as the host nation, making the total team count an even thirty two.) Many believe that trying to cram all of the qualifying and all of the necessary preparation into a shorter time period would hurt the quality and the overall success of the tournament – and that could very well be true.

The only other sporting events that are truly comparable (even bigger than the World Cup), are the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, which are both also held once every four years due to all of the preparation of the destination and the athletes who are to be involved.

Holding the tournament only once every four years only adds to the majesty of the World Cup and contributes to the sheer desire and determination of the many teams involved to first make the cut to the finals and then compete for the prestigious title of World Cup Champion.

1983 – The Road of Kapil's Devils to a World Cup

No! I am not going to bore you with a story every child in India can tell you. I want to ponder a little on the Indian cricketing fortunes before the actual win. I watched an interview of Imran Khan recently and he said that India's win of 1983 was a higher achievement than his team's (Pakistan) 1992 victory in Australia. The simple reason he cave was that the quality of opposition in 1983 was higher. This Khan is not someone who will praise an Indian achievement easily. This should give you some idea about the magnitude of this achievement. And how important this man Kapildev was to Indian cricket!

The way Indian cricket developed since the British Raj will give you an idea that they were basically docile cricketers who played on docile wickets against strong and aggressive opponents. The test record of India around independence is terrible and I believe they played not to win but to not lose too badly. I think Pataudi Jr with a positive head to head record was the first captain that sort of instilled a fighting spirit in the team and a desire to win. Not to say that there were no aggressive players in the Indian team. In fact, India's first captain was CK Naidu who was a big guy and a big hitter. He flayed the MCC team in an innings of 153 in 2 hours that people still remember. He hit 11 sixes in the innings. He must have scared the living daylights out of the MCC bowlers. But winning in cricket consistently is not just about one man's heroics. Those were different times and probably it was a different scenario. The transition of Indian cricket team continued with Sunil Gavaskar who despite not aggressive by nature was an excellent thinker of the game and took the Indian cricket forward with quality batsmanship and captainship.

In came Kapildev in 1979 and a world-class aggressive bounce bowler and all-rounder arrived giving India the aggressive edge that it lacked. India played in the 1975 world cup but the only match they won was against East Africa. The next match they won was in 1978. Of course, there was not much one-day cricket played those days. This was followed by another terrible world cup in 1979 where they failed to win a single match. But slowly with the support initially from Karsan Ghavari and Roger Binny onto Madanlal, Sandhu and Mohinder Amarnath Kapil found pace bowling partners. Not life threatening quick bowlers but accurate and they could swing the ball. Now in the 1983 world cup team, except Sandhu all these bowlers were all all-rounders; this was another plus. Kapil himself had several qualities. Apart from being a world-class all-rounder, he was a great motivator. And that unbelievable hitting ability which can be matched only with Vivian Richards from his generation I think. Different batsmen mind you and Kapil was less reliable as a batsman than Viv but, when he came off, very very effective indeed. This man, out of nowhere, when everyone was ridiculing the Indians, installed a belief in the team that they could win. And they actually started winning matches in the Prudential Cup 1983. That innings against Zimbabwe and the catch of Viv Richards in the final tells you that this man was awesome and was game to the possibility of a world cup win when mere mortals would have given up .

He was supported wholeheartedly by the team in 1983. Boy, if the opponents had stepped into the Indian dressing rooms and, understood the good old Hindi, they would have realized who was going to win. The press and the opponents just kept thinking Indian victories on the road to finals were a fluke. Just about everyone in the team contributed to the team cause in one way or the other. This world cup win came against sides that were really great such as West Indies and Australia. Other good teams such as Pakistan, England put their claim forward but there was no stopping the Kapil's devils.

Like after every great victory the team had a lean period and Kapil lost captaincy as well. But the great man kept performing either with the bat or with the ball and sometimes both. There was a term for him in Indian cricket called "Dada" cricketer meaning he was like a big brother of the team. He could win matches from hapless situations just with his cricketing abilities alone. The way Kapil played his game, free of care and with just the goal in mind bought the team together to give the country its greatest sporting triumph for till date!

IPL 2018: Top 3 Players to Watch Out for on the Rajasthan Royals

Post the IPL 2018 auctions, the franchises have a new look to the team with many new faces coming up and some old veteran players to represent their local franchise. With the 11th edition of Indian Premier League to start off in April, team Circle of Cricket gets down to list the key players from Rajasthan Royals squad who can make a difference with their performance this year.

The team which won the inaugural edition of Indian Premier League under the captaincy of Shane Warne is making their way back after two years of suspension. From the start of the tournament, Rajasthan Royals are said to have unknown talent hidden in them. Royals of Rajasthan had a very decent IPL 2018 auction building their team around Steven Smith. Manoj Badale’s blue army will definitely have some firework this season with many match winners in the team.

Rajasthan will get full support from their fans as they have Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur as their home ground for the coming season.

Steven Smith

Smith who led Rising Pune Supergiant in the nail-biting finals of 2017 IPL against Mumbai Indians was retained by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 12 Crores. Steven Smith will prove to be very effective for the team at the top order as he was a part of the franchise before it got terminated for two years. Steven Smith leading a whole new Rajasthan Royals will be very valuable for the team with support coming from experienced Ajinkya Rahane who can bat up in the order and stimulate quick runs on the board.

Smith has more than 1700 runs in the tournament with an average of 37 plus Rajasthan will be heavily dependent on their captain.

Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes who was bought by Rajasthan as the most expensive player at IPL 2018 auction for Rs 12.5 Crore will have the liberty to free his arms in the middle over and take wickets at intervals with his bag full of different all-rounding skills.

The latter from England was one of the most valuable players in the previous edition of IPL with scoring 300 plus runs and taking 12 wickets in the tournament. Ben Stokes’s presence in Rajasthan Royals team will be very beneficiary for players like Stuart Binny and Jofra Archer who have the ability to single handily change the fortune of a game.

Rajasthan will be hoping for their star all-rounder player Ben Stokes to play every game for them.

Jaydev Unadkat

Unadkat who was the most expensive Indian player to be sold at IPL 2018 auction fetch a mind-boggling amount of Rs 11.5 Crore. The player from Saurashtra has been in a decent form in the recent past. Jayadev is a very skilful player for Rajasthan as he has performed well for RPS in the previous edition of IPL.

The left arm pacer has better IPL economy from most of the other known bowlers. He will be opening the bowling attack with Dhawal Kulkarni who was retained by the team using Right to Match card.

Unadkat is well known for his responsibilities and his wickets taking spirit. He becomes one of the contenders to grab Purple Cap at the end of the tournament.

The players listed above, form the core strength of the franchise and have the ability to win matches for the team. It will be great to see how each one of them performs under the mentorship of Shane Warne.

The Secret to Beating Teams That Are More Athletic Than Your Team in Youth Football

Playing in Space is the key term.

We aren’t talking about playing football on the moon, zero gravity would make us all have to rethink the game quite a bit.

«In Space» means playing with distance between your players and the other team. If your team is bigger and more athletic and can handle the other teams players one on one, you want space, it is your friend.

However, if you don’t have bigger and better athletes than the other team, space is your enemy.

Playing «In space» means just what it says, putting your players with space in-between them and the opposition. If your team is made up of faster, bigger and more athletic kids, they will dominate in one on one match-ups. That’s why you see teams with lots of big fast receivers do very well in the «spread» offenses where they isolate weaker defenders out very wide versus these dominant receivers, of course you have to have a QB that can throw it in these cases. If that stud receiver can just get the ball «in space» he will have a chance to score in most cases.

On the other hand, most youth football teams do not have the player truly dominates the league. Most of us are blessed with just an average group of kids and some of us will have that odd grouping of kids that is just smaller and less athletic than the teams we face. In these cases you want to have as little space as possible between your kids and the opposition.

Just think about your tackling drills, when you have a tackling drill run in close quarters, lets say a 1 yard square box, most of your even non-athletic kids can often make the tackle. But turn that tackling drill into an open field tackling drill of a 20 yard by 20 yard square, how many of your less athletic kids can now make a tackle in that drill? The same is true for blocking; very athletic kids can make blocks «in space» less athletic kids can’t.

Less athletic teams nearly always perform better if they tighten their line splits down, double team block and pull to have overwhelming numbers at the point of attack. Less athletic teams need to run traps and other close quarter running plays like the wedge in order to keep more athletic teams at bay. The less athletic teams need to run lots of misdirection to keep the defense moving away from the play, while they run it between the tackles. The spinner series in kryptonite to the supermen on these squads. There are just some plays that make NO SENSE against teams like this, sweeps, drop back passes, deep reverses, these will be negative yardage plays.

The good news is with the Single Wing Offense, less athletic teams can compete with very athletic teams. Often called «football in a phone booth» the spinners and traps keep the very athletic teams from flowing hard to your base plays. The double team blocks, wedges and pulling give your team numbers advantages at the point of attack so even smaller or weaker linemen can have success. The tight splits, misdirection and pulling linemen help even very average backs to put up big numbers with this offense.

In 2002 we had a very average sized back named J.A. with average speed. For our age 8-10 team he weighed 81 pounds and when we ran our eval races he was about 6th out of 25 kids. J.A. was a very obedient player, he was a patient runner, he always kept his legs moving and was always looking for an opening, but nothing special. In 2002 he played Fullback for us and ran just 2 plays that year, wedge and trap. He scored 31 TDs for us on FB wedge plays alone, of course we had a very weak backfield that year and he got a lot of carries. Had we had the spinner series in he would have done even better.

As to beating bigger or more athletic teams: In 2003 my age 8-10 team from Omaha was undefeated in league and put up some very gaudy numbers. We scored at will, went 11-0 and won our league title game 46-12 after leading 46-0 in the third quarter. We went on to beat two league champions from other leagues that were age 11-12. In 2004 I started a new program in rural Nebraska in an area where the existing youth program had won something like 4-5 total games in 5 years before I got here. The first year there we had all rookie players with the exception of 2-3 bench-warming castoffs from the other team in town. We had just one player over 100lbs at age 8-10. Slowly but surely we improved each week and by seasons end we started looking pretty good. We played a very big and fast Inner-city team from Lincoln that year the Salvation Army. They had not lost a game in 3 years, we were out-manned, outsized and had less speed, but beat them in a nail biter by a single TD in route to an 11-0 season.

Our biggest win in an extreme overmatch with in 2005 verses the Omaha Select Black. That age 8-10 team chose from over 150 kids, had at least 5 kids over 150 lbs and had not lost in 3 years in Omaha’s «select» league. They were a very aggressive Inner-city team with plenty of speed and confidence. I on the other hand had just the 25 country kids that showed up, not cuts or selects and plenty of younger kids on it. To make a long story short, we had this team by 4 TDS in the first half and could have named the score. Needless to say that team, their parents and our parents for that matter were shocked. The good thing is with this offense you can compete with anyone, the bad news is once you do it’s hard to get extra out of league games. Big Inner-city teams like the North Omaha Boys Club will not even play us on their home fields, it is embarrassing getting beat by much smaller and slower teams, they have turned me down twice in the last 2 years for extra games that we both had open dates at seasons end.

The Single Wing does offer some flexibility if you do have that stud player that you want to isolate «In space». We added the mesh series in 2005 to accommodate a player we thought would make sense to put «in space». When we went against weaker opponents the «mesh» series worked very well, no one could handle our stud. When we played against equal or lesser competition we had to move back to our tight splits base offense to move the ball consistently.

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