Monday, February 24, 2014

Best Knee Braces for Soccer Players

Knee injuries are one of the most common types of soccer injuries. From cartilage tears to ACL sprains, knees get beat up on the soccer field. This possibility for injury can scare a lot of athletes away from soccer, but these injuries don't have to be as common as they are.

Fortunately, there are a wide variety of knee braces for soccer players that offer the support you need to prevent injuries from happening in the first place and that can help accelerate the healing of injuries that have already happened.

To prevent fatigue and injuries from sports activities, a knee sleeve is a great option. The New Options Knee Sleeve with Oval Anterior Pad and Patella Cutout is an excellent choice for soccer players looking to stabilize their joints and play more comfortably. This sleeve’s mild compression, padding and therapeutic warmth can help soccer players stay on the field for longer without risking these vital joints.

For players facing mild injuries, it's important to look for a soccer knee brace that gives a little more support in order to speed up your body's natural healing processes. Ossur's Rebound knee braces are made especially for this situation. This brace has a number of features that make it one of the best knee braces for soccer, including breathable fabric, patella support and dual lower cruciate straps for better control.

When players have an injury to the ACL, PCL, LCL or MCL, they'll need a brace with a lot more support. For this, one of the best options is the Breg Fusion XT Knee Brace with AirTech Innovation. This brace combines a high-strength frame design with aircraft-grade aluminum to give you stability without added weight. The brace is great because it stays engaged whether you’re running, cutting or just standing in the huddle.

After a player undergoes a knee surgery, knee braces can help speed up your knee's healing and prevent further damage as you work on recovering. In addition, a good post-operative knee brace can help minimize the pain that comes after knee surgery. Breg's T-Scope Knee Brace is one of the best post-surgical braces available today. This lightweight brace features telescoping hinge bars that extend from 17" to 27" and has a convenient drop-lock style hinge to control the knee’s range of motion in 10 degree increments.

Have you injured your knee? Leave us a comment with your best advice for recovering from a knee injury!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Top 20 Inspirational Sports Quotes

Everyone needs some inspiration once in a while, and athletes are never short on words about determination and perseverance. These are the best inspirational sports quotes from athletes and coaches who have been champions. We hope they encourage you to stick through a tough physical therapy session, commit that extra hour to practicing your sport or inspire you play harder.

20. "It's hard to beat a person who never gives up." – Babe Ruth

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19. "If you want to be the best, you have to do things that other people aren't willing to do." - Michael Phelps

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18. "Life is not a spectator sport. If you're going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you're wasting your life." – Jackie Robinson

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17. "Set your goals high and don't stop till you get there." – Bo Jackson

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16. "There is no continuum for success. Focus on the progress, not the results." – Nick Saban

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15. "If you don't practice, you don't deserve to win." – Andre Agassi

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14. "Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do." – Pele

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13. "I think that the good and the great are only separated by the willingness to sacrifice." – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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12. "There are only two options regarding commitment: you're either in or you're out. There's no such thing as life in-between." – Pat Riley

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11. "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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10. "Always be a winner. Stand for something. Always have class and be humble." – John Madden

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9. "Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it." – Lou Holtz

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8. "Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the 'me' for the 'we.'" – Phil Jackson

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7. "Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion." – Muhammad Ali

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6. "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." – Wayne Gretzky

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5. "Somewhere behind the athlete you've become and the hours of practices and the coaches who have pushed you is the little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back. Play for her." – Mia Hamm

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4. "Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts." – Dan Gable

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3. "Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen." – Michael Jordan

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2. "The game ain't over 'til it's over." - Yogi Berra

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1. "It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get up." – Vince Lombardi

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

What to Eat Before a Tennis Match

Endurance in a tennis match can mean the difference between victory and defeat. In a sport where the record for the longest match is 11 hours and 5 minutes, you have to be prepared for anything and your pre-match nutrition will provide the fuel you need to sustain longer matches.

Playing a match that long is inconceivable to most amateur tennis players, but proper nutrition is still integral to performance. See below for recommended foods to eat before tennis matches.

What to Eat Before a Tennis Match

Your pre-match meal is most important to your performance on the court. Eating will serve to give you energy, keep your blood sugar up (which prevents nausea and light-headedness), and contribute to post-match recovery.

A mix of carbohydrates in the form of fresh fruit and whole grain food is best for pre-match meals. You also don't want to eat a large meal or eat too close to your match time. Eating a substantial meal about 4 hours before a match and then a small snack one to two hours before (including your pre-match warm up time) is usually sufficient, but everyone is different.

Some foods that are good as meals the day of a match are:

  • Lean meat (turkey, chicken, lean beef)
  • Fish
  • Whole grain rice
  • Fresh green, leafy vegetables (spinach, kale)
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Whole grain bread

Here are a few foods that are great as a snack before a tennis match:

  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Mangos
  • Oranges
  • Berries (blue, black, strawberries)
  • Yogurt
  • Peanut butter
  • Whole grain bread
  • Oatmeal (or oatmeal bars)

Make sure that when you eat your pre-match snack that you don't feel too full. Eat just enough to curb any hunger, and you should feel good for your match. Of course, staying hydrated before, during, and after your match is absolutely crucial to your performance, so make sure you drink plenty of water. It's also recommended to save the sports drinks for during your match to replace any lost sodium and give your blood sugar a boost.

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