Athletic Tape for Sports

Introduction

Athletic Tape, also known as sports tape, is designed to provide support and stabilize ligaments and joint parts. Professional athletes, to avoid damage to muscle tissue or muscles, implement a wide range of tape methods to immobilizing the damage. Usually, this is the recommended athletic tape strategy which is considered by many physiotherapists to be the method of choice.

Athletic Taping Techniques

Athletic tape is very easy to apply. You can cut or split off small pieces and utilize them to the duration of the muscular cells to carry it in place. For accidents such as arms or wrists, make sure not to utilize the record to the prolonged part of the body, otherwise this could worsen the damage and slow healing time. Be sure the muscular cells you are implementing the athletic record to be absolutely comfortable. You may wish to use some pre place if you don’t like the stickiness of the record and the problems of eliminating it. Wrap the record well but not too limited that it absolutely limits activity or reduces off activity.

Uses of Athletic Tape

  1. To keep arms, wrists, ankles that have experienced from accidents such as strains or cracks stable and motionless, thus hastening treatment and preventing them to be seriously injured further
  2. When recorded around the hands or on activities resources such as football or basketball hits or stays, the device allows speed the performer’s carry or carry on the activities device, thus improving their possibilities of successful a game.
  3. It usually comes in many kinds, which an patient could select from with regards to the following factors: his objective in using it, the satisfaction he desires to have, how much assistance he desires to be accepted to him by the device, and how long he wants to have it on him.

Following are the most typical kinds of tapes:

  1. Regular or conventional athletic tapes – these are the most common kinds that are sold in the market. These provide support and comfort to the user for around 3 to 4 hours only.
  2. Adhesive athletic tapes – these are tapes that have adhesives on it, which provide for more convenient attaching.
  3. Non-adhesive athletic tapes – these, on the other hand, are tapes that need to be tied or taped to be able to adhere on the skin.
  4. Cotton athletic tapes – tapes made of cotton, the purpose of which is to allow the skin to breathe and to help in keeping irritating sweat off the skin.

Athletic Record can also be a bit restrictive; this is why pro activities athletes like pre place, which is used to secure and offer free activity and respiration to the skin. By implementing this design of under place before the tape, glues which normally adhere to the skin are now met with a safety buffer.

These are just a few factors Expert Athletes are tape their systems before every exercise and activity. Workplace injuires can be decreased by using the different versions of Sports Glue Footage available on the market. Don’t get found off secure when the time comes. Be ready to perform hard and perform secure by storing sufficient resources of these important first aid products.

How Coaches Get to Know There Athletes

  1. This article highlights the results of one important question within the survey – how coaches get to know their athletes.

Getting to know your athletes is a fundamental in developing a strong and effective relationship with them.  It is one of the ‘basics’ coaches are to master. Just like the technique basics existing in all sports and we know what happens when basics are neglected…

There has been much research into the critical nature of the coach athlete relationship. One of the most recent was a study into the factors leading to 2008 Olympic medal performance or a personal best. There is a full description of this article on our website. Five factors were found to contribute to a successful performance and of these five, the quality of the coach athlete relationship was viewed as the most crucial factor in winning an Olympic Medal or producing a personal best performance.

So back to the coaches survey results.  Coaches at the conference were asked a question about when taking on a new athlete, what methods they rely on to obtain a complete understanding of the athlete.  Their responses included:

  • 96% Informal chats with the athlete, on average of 2-3 hours over the first few weeks
  • 59% Meet with or phone their parents and/or family, on average 1-2 hours over the first few weeks
  • 37% Formal Interviews with the athlete, on average of 1-2 hours over the first few weeks
  • 37% Meet with or phone their previous coach, on average of 1 hours over the first few weeks
  • 33% You watch previous video footage of their participation in their sport
  • 30% Athlete completes some form of psychological, personality and behavioral testing
  • 26% Athlete completes a detailed questionnaire devised by the coach
  • 19% Meet with or phone other sports related people, on average 2 hours over the first few weeks
  • 15% You have a meal with your new athlete outside of normal training time
  • 4% You do a media search for news articles

The above survey question is directly related to the beginnings of a quality coach athlete relationship. All quality relationships are built on mutual trust and respect which has to be built over a period of time. It does not happen after only a few weeks or months. There is a term used in the business called the ‘Psychological / Emotional Contract’.  Few talk about this in sport, however, it is even more critical than it is in a business environment.

The ‘Psychological / Emotional Contract’ is the bond which builds between the coach and athlete. It is what constitutes a quality relationship. Relationships in this case are not about being ‘friends’. An example of a ‘Psychological / Emotional Contract’ is treating your athletes as individuals by noticing their different personality or behavioral style and treating them accordingly. It is also about respecting their unique needs and meeting these where appropriate. It is also about being fair. Fair is a measure of reciprocity, that is, applying the same behavioral standards to yourself as you would to your athletes. Simply, it is about you turning up on time and your athletes doing the same. It is about walking the talk not just talking it and expecting your athletes to do the walking.  This role modelling is one of the more effective ways to build a strong “psychological / emotional contract’.

When the ‘Contract’ is strong and adhered to, athletes give more for their coach and coaches give more for their athletes and it becomes a reinforcing loop, gaining momentum over time. It can not be rushed, simply add to it each time you interact with your athletes and be strategic about what it is you are doing. Remember, everything you say and do has an impact on your athlete’s performance.

There is an interesting concept I use in the world of business leadership, of which I have been working for over the last decade. The concept is about the ‘character’ and ‘credibility’ test which all leaders and especially coaches, are subjected to on a daily basis. The very best coaches know when the test is occurring and treat it as such by displaying the type of behaviours they would like to see in their athletes. Character and Credibility tests are the topic of a future article, so keep your eyes out for that one.  For now, just realise that these tests also form part of the psychological contract and as such will either help or hinder you from developing a strong coach athlete relationship. I know it takes time. However, the time spent is a wonderful investment which pays dividends for all.

Ultimately, how well do you know yourself and your athletes? If there is a chance you could improve this, even if only by a few percent, it is worthwhile – particularly as it is such a critical and impactful area.  How much money gets spent in sport in the attempt to improve by a few percent? The good news is the opportunity to know yourself and your athletes to a level previously not possible (or possible within a reasonable time frame) is available with the use of Athlete Assessment’s AthleteDISC and CoachDISC profiles (see the website for more information).

To view the full Coach Survey Results from the 2009 Evolution of the Athlete Conference covering leadership development, coaching mentors and how coaches get to know their new athletes, visit the website.

You can also access the full Coach Survey Results from the 2008 Evolution of the Athlete Conference covering what coaches’ biggest challenges are and what are the characteristics of a phenomenal coach, visit the website.

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Athletes as Role Models

Reference is usually made to a famous quote attributed to Charles Barkley in a heavily criticized Nike ad in1993 in which he said, “I am not a role model. I’m not paid to be a role model. I’m paid to wreak havoc on the basketball court. Parents should be role models. Just because I dunk a basketball, doesn’t mean I should raise your kids” (Land 2010)

The reason this ad created such a furor is that athletes are the subject of adoration for many young people. They are revered and worshiped by both young and old people alike. In ancient Rome, gladiators were accorded the same adoration despite the gory nature of the sport they partook. It thus follows that despite the moral attributes of the athlete under consideration, they always manage to garner ardent followers who hang on their every word. Morals come as a distant consideration, if considered at all, when people are choosing a sporting figure to emulate, or just adore. This paper seeks to explore whether athletes are role models, and if so, whether they are good role models or bad role models.

A Role Model

A role model is someone who we would like to emulate in behavior as regards to a certain role (Junkere 2009). Young people are very impressionable and any figure they choose to emulate makes a big impact on their lives. A study conducted by Association of Teachers and Lecturers found that sports stars make 59.5% of the people that school-going children would like to emulate (ATL 2008). There is no shortage of people who adore and emulate sports personalities. The question that is open for debate is whether any of these athletes are worth emulating, on and off the field.

Debate on Athletes as Role Models

In 1936 Nazi Germany, the Summer Olympics was underway in Berlin. The then German Chancellor, Adolf Hitler, was a man of strong convictions, most of which had heavy racial undertones. It was his expectation that his ‘superior alien race’ would scoop all the medals in the Olympics so that he could use the outcome of the Olympics to fuel his propaganda of an ‘alien race’. Amid all this racial bigotry was a black American athlete named Jesse Owens. Against a backdrop of negative expectations on his performance by the host nation, he went on to win four gold medals and put the Nazis in their place (Demand Media 2010).  He lived a seemingly virtuous public life and when he died in 1980 of lung cancer complications, the then US president Carter hailed him as having shown unparalleled human struggle against poverty, Tyranny and racial bigotry in a career dedicated to helping others (CMG Worldwide 2010).

Tiger Woods has also been hailed as an exceptional athlete. He has won 14 professional golf championships, is the second highest ranking male player, and has at one time held the position of ‘World No. 1′. He is hailed as been the greatest finisher in sports history and praised for his tenacity (Celizic 2006).

Surely these two men have a lot we can emulate in their lives. They have virtuous attributes that we all want to emulate. Not only do they excel in their sports, but they also display perseverance, persistence, the will to do what no one else has done before and a virtuous life, at least for Jesse. Tiger has for a long time been considered a role model by many, myself included, until he started generating news that had people shaking angry fists at him. In 2010, he was the subject of tabloid gossip that he later came out to confirm. All of a sudden, he was no longer a role model for many, just because he had been involved in numerous extra-marital affairs. This is despite the fact that Tiger still remains a formidable force on the golf course (Land 2010).

It is then that questions are raised as to what makes us view the athletes as role models. Is it not possible to separate their personal life from their sporting activities? Despite the fact that I have considered Tiger to be a role model all along, I don’t have the slightest idea what a ‘birdie’ is. I am so terrible in golf knowledge that I wouldn’t know why one club is not sufficient without consulting Wikipedia and I hold unflattering views about golf, yet I still considered Tiger a role model. He held qualities, and still does, that made him a role model. Based on the fact that I didn’t look up to Tiger as a committed family man, it wouldn’t be fair for me to shake my fist with indignation at his marital woes and remove him from the list of my role models.

According to TSLP, a role model has an importance limitation to the scope of his being a model; He is a model for a specific ‘role’ (2007). We should therefore be able to choose what aspect of an athlete’s life we choose to emulate. Sure enough, you cannot emulate Tiger Wood’s misdeeds off the court, but there are other aspects of him you might want to emulate especially if you want to be a professional golfer. Land (2010) says that athletes do not ask to be regarded as role models, but others beg to differ.

According to Sailes, the executive director of NCAA made a valid point when he declared that athletes who refuse to acknowledge that they are role models have turned a blind eye to their adult responsibilities (2001) A random survey of Indiana University students showed that an overwhelming 66% feel that it’s the responsibility, socially and morally, of athletes to serve as role models. Only a 30% portion regarded sports as a reflection of society and deemed it unfair to hold athletes to a higher moral scale that we hold ourselves (Sailes 2001).

According to Tauer, the portrayal by the media is the issue. He holds the opinion that the media is usually prejudiced in its portrayal of athletes. The media tends to focus on the negative attributes of the athletes at the expense of their positive sides (2009).

In addition, the shortcomings of the athletes should also serve to teach people about success and how to handle its many pitfalls (Tauer 2009). Lessons can be drawn from the many doping cases that dog many athletes. There are also lessons to learn from subsequent downfall of athletes involved in crime and general misconduct.

In order to become an athlete, a lot of preparation is required. One has to undergo rigorous training which exposes the athlete to possible injuries. Should injuries occur, as they are bound to, one has to undergo a long healing process which sets them back many milestones. Then there is more training and competing. This is a very torturous process that is only overcome by those who have the will to persevere and the persistence to hold on until they achieve top form. That alone is something we all ought to emulate in our daily lives.

Most athletes acknowledge their responsibility as role models. One such athlete is Tiger Woods who expressed regret for letting down his fans by setting a poor example. Then there is Grant Hill who strives to be a person we can all emulate. (Land 2010). Tailes states that the public expects too much of the athletes. The athletes are usually harassed and a barrage of intrusions is visited on them and yet we still expect them to behave to our expectations. He maintains that trouble is always looking for them and that too much scrutiny is what makes them appear as rogue (2001).

Of course some transgressions committed by athletes are beyond simple, overly magnified deviations in behavior. These are cases to do with assault, weapon possession, rape, manslaughter and even murder. (Tailes 2001). Such monumental crimes violations of the law are enough to blot any positive achievement of any athlete.

Arguments abound on whether athletes are supposed to be role models. TSLP argues that there is absolutely no reason why we should expect athletes to be a model of virtue, where that virtue is not required on the field (TSLP 2007).

Conclusion

Athletes are people who are held at a lofty place in the society owing to their popularity and wealth. These attributes are what makes people want to look up to them and model various facets of their lives along those of the athletes. They therefore seem to not have a choice in the matter and are automatically regarded as role models by society, as research findings have shown.

Athletes have also generated as much controversy in their careers as they have in their personal lives. These controversies are over a myriad of issues ranging from cheating to win the games, gambling, immoral conduct to law breaking. This has led some people to doubt the capability of athletes to act as

While these issues tend to taint various attributes of these athletes, there still remain admirable traits about their lives and careers that we can emulate. The most notable of these being the virtues that enables them to excel in sports amid stiff competition in an already strenuous undertaking. In addition, there are those athletes whose lives we can regard with nothing short of admiration. We can thus be led to conclude that though athletes have shown less than admirable traits, there are valuable lessons that their lives can teach us and as such, athletes are role models.

How To To Be An Ace Athlete

“Revealed! How you to can be a Champion in the sports you love. How to sharpen your body mobility and mind.”
to Excel in Your Favorite Sports, and be the Athlete of Your Dreams! But, no matter who you are, you to can train to be a good athlete.

You knew everything about him, watched every game he has ever played, and even had an autograph and a picture of both of you taken. You claim to be his #1 fan because you were always by his side. You are living your life according to his game schedules, training, and celebrations.

But let me ask you…Why would you want to revolve your life around your idol sportsman, when you can create your own dream life as a world-class athlete? How would you feel if you have numerous fans admiring and idolizing you because of your athletic prowess? Sounds flattering, isn’t it? Well, I have exciting news for you!
With the right attitude and training, you can become BETTER than your own idol player! As an athlete, you may be having more losses than wins when you play. You allot ample time for training. You give your best in every game. But why does winning seem to elude you?

And so you lose hope of being a champion. Instead, you settle for being an ordinary athlete who looks up to other players. Tsk tsk tsk. Not the best fighting spirit!

You just don’t know that you, too, can be a CHAMPION!

And I’m not talking about being a one-hit wonder. I’m talking about being an ace athlete for life!

We’ve all dreamt of being the best on our chosen careers. We want to be recognized, as we want to bring pride to our loved ones and ourselves.

Hence, we do our best in order to reach our goals in life. We train, practice, seek advice from more experienced people, read books, gather more knowledge, and so on. But no matter what we do and how hard we try, there always comes a time when we realize that what we’re doing isn’t really enough to bring us success. Sports-minded people like you are no different from others who might be suffering from the above-mentioned situation. In fact, as you regularly compete with other people, you are more likely to aim for victories; but you may not be triumphant most of the time.
you will have a fan he will watched you and drean to be like you.

Did you know that…     The moment you fall in love with a sport activity, the athlete in you is born.
You cannot train yourself, or train alone, and come out champion. You have to feed from the experiences of those who had been there before, saw real tough actions, and really made it to the top.
Not all winners in international sports events are ace athletes. They train hard for the present event, even under masters, but lack foresight to live the philosophy of ace sportsmanship.
as ace athlete you will be the team Captain. He absorbs the whole sport into himself, as a person. He practically becomes the sport.
Obsession with winning to prove one’s self is not a quality of an ace athlete.
There’s really a lot more to being an ace athlete than just loving the sport. And if you’re planning to be one, you’ve got to know, absorb, and practice the proper techniques with passion and dedication.

Fortunately for you, I’ve come up with a report containing every single thing you need to know in making that athletic dream of yours come true. “How To Be An Ace Athlete: Peak Performance Secrets Every Aspiring Athlete Should Know” will help bring out the superior athletic skills you’ve always kept hidden within you, so you can start using them until you become your own idol player.

It will help you understand what the mind, body, and life of ace athletes are like, including never before shared secrets of honing various sports skills.

As an athlete, you have many needs you may not even be aware of. And knowing them is the first step to seeing your future in the sports business. This report will not only let you see what and where you’re lacking, but will provide your needs to become an ace athlete as well. No matter if your passion is basketball, volleyball, tennis, billiards, or any other sports – the priceless information in this book will mold you into the best athlete you can be.

What you will find inside How To Be An Ace Athlete: In this book, you will also meet some of the most fascinating athletes in history, like the Spartans. your son or daughtr will lookup to you as an ace athlete.

Ace athletes are champions because they are real winners in life. Being an ace athlete is a life. It requires living a life philosophy that makes one not only an athletic champion, but a life champion as well.

“Your dream of becoming the next ace athlete in this lifetime has just begun. Don’t let it slip away.are you a athlete or are you a ace athlete.

Athletic Training and Athletic Trainers- Health Care Professionals

Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities.

All coaches, parents and athletes should be properly educated on basic prevention, recognition and treatment of exertional heat illnesses.No athletic practice should last more than 3 hours in the heat.An athletic trainer should be on site before, during and after all practices to ensure proper prevention, recognition and treatment of suspected injury or illness.

Below are some list of great Sports Medicine and Equipment

Volt Brace Small

Active Ankle® has been redefining the concept of ankle bracing since 1989. We’ve used our experience to develop the most advanced rigid ankle brace on the market, the Active Ankle® Volt™ brand ankle brace. Developed with the serious athlete in mind, the Volt™ brand ankle brace utilizes Active Ankle’s® newly engineered gliding hinge and paired it with a carbon reinforced frame. Unlike other ankle braces that rely on bulky plastic hinges and restrict your mobility, the Volt™ brand ankle brace allows for more fluid motion and reduced bulk so you can perform at your personal best. NOTE: Ankle braces are sold individually (not as pairs).

Johnson & Johnson Coach Athletic Tape

Porous athletic tape with strong adhesion characteristics and easy unwind. Stays on in water. Johnson & Johnson’s most popular tape is Coach athletic tape.

Cramer Compressionette

This versatile, elastic tubular wrap is an economical substitute for elastic wrap, cast covers and other supports. Holds cold/hot packs or bandages in place. Offers mild support and helps minimize swelling. Re-usable. Washable.

McDavid 9230T Women’s HexPad Volleyball Short – Black – Small

The #9230 Women’s HexPadTM Volleyball Short is a game or practice short with low profile HexPads™ strategically placed over the hips to reduce hip pointers and abrasions common in Volleyball. 3 1/4″ inseam.

Patented lightweight, breathable, athletic foam conforms to and moves with your body. Compression fabric supports muscle groups to reduce muscle pulls and fatigue. Moves with your body to prevent skin irritations, chafing, and abrasions. Our Ultra hDc™ Moisture Management Technology for heat control, comfort and performance.

Machine wash warm, use mild detergent, non-chlorine bleach, tumble dry low or line dry

McDavid 561 Women’s Fusion Sports Bra Small White

Designed to be the best sports bra you’ve ever worn, our #561 Women’s Fusion™ Sport Bra features a lined, racer back with keyhole design and an elastic support band. Heavy-duty stretch fabric moves with the body and provides support, even in high impact workouts. Higher front on larger sizes. Ultra hDc™ Moisture Management Technology enhances heat control, comfort and performance.