Preventing Summer Swimming Accidents

If you’re planning on beating the heat with a dip in the pool this summer, you should make sure to follow a few simple safety steps:

  • When you go swimming, swim near a lifeguard if one is available. If you are swimming in an area that doesn’t have one, make sure you never go swimming alone.
  • Seek out any warning signs that might be posted where you’re swimming, and make sure you obey them. While rules may seem irritating and even unnecessary at times, they are there for your own safety and the safety of those around you.
  • If you have any children with you, make sure you keep a close eye on them. Don’t let them wander out of your sight. Even if there are lifeguards around, your child is ultimately first and foremost your responsibility.
  • While it can be relaxing to kick back with a few beers, swimming while intoxicated is a terrible idea. You put yourself and everyone around you at risk. Drink responsibly, and wait a fair amount of time before going into the water.
  • If you’re at a swimming pool, don’t run. You’ve been told this since you were three, but it’s still true. When smooth cement gets wet, it can get very slippery, which can result in you slipping and falling.
  • Learn CPR. It isn’t hard to be certified, and it can save lives. It is the responsible, adult decision to make.

Even if you follow all the safety rules and conduct yourself responsibly and respectfully, you can still be injured while swimming. If you are injured as the result of someone else’s irresponsibility, you deserve compensation. You may want to consider engaging the services of a personal injury attorney.

Cornerstone to A Consistent Golf Swing

Consistently solid contact is a by-product of accurately re-creating the three key positions outlined in the previous article. These basic elements are the foundation for analyzing any swing in slow motion. Everything you else you hear or read about proper swing mechanics are by-products of the three key positions.

Let’s dig a little deeper. Is there anything we can do before the swing begins to increase the odds of achieving the three positions automatically?

What is the basic element (ie. cause) underlying every swing? A golfer’s balance at address. Based on my experience, the majority of once-a-week golfers assume they are perfectly balanced at address, but fight to maintain it once the swing begins.

Can you predict a golfer’s skill level by examining their posture at address? Any golfer, even a novice, can sense a player’s proficiency by observing their body shape at address. If we can agree that posture affects balance, then poor posture is the ultimate cause underlying every recurring swing fault.

Here is a guideline for mastering perfect posture: you want to stand as close to your natural height as possible.

How often do you see a golfer on the practice range “hunched” over the ball at address? Perhaps this is an unconscious habit developed over years of being told to “keep your head down!”

Is there a simple technique that guarantees perfect posture (and balance) every time? Of course. Every tour player uses a modified version of this technique. As you develop a feel for the technique, the three elements (ie. positions) mentioned above will quickly become second nature.

What is the secret to perfect balance?

The key is feeling the weight of the club – from the moment you take it out of the bag until the end of the follow-through. If you can’t feel the clubhead before the swing begins, then the odds of maintaining perfect balance at impact are slim indeed.

There are two guidelines for creating perfect balance at address.

Number one: stand tall and allow the clubhead to extend your arms naturally so the clubhead hovers above the ground. Number two: bend the knees enough to just kiss the ground with the clubhead.

Watch closely and you will see how tour players barely ground the club behind the ball (or if they do, the club is raised slightly before the swing begins).

Focus on feeling the weight of the clubhead and get ready to hit the ball farther with less effort.

Ideal Badminton Set For You

If you are playing badminton for fun, you can easily purchase a badminton set from either a supermarket or a large sports store. In some places, you can find badminton set sold in a hardware store or even a pharmacy. There are certain sets which are nicely packed together in a carrying case with a zip. These usually consist of everything you need in a badminton set and do not cost much but they are basically quite useless and can easily hurt your wrist. It is best to get medium cost rackets. You may need to purchase several packs of shuttlecocks as the feathers can easily be damaged or perhaps you can use the plastic types which are more durable. Lastly, a badminton bag would be helpful and handy to carry your badminton set around.

As for purchasing a badminton set for competitions or tournaments, it is advisable to obtain advice from badminton centers or refer to the sports specialist as to which set is appropriate. You can also consider purchasing the equipments online using search engine. The rackets used for competitions are usually of a higher quality than those used for fun and therefore the cost is heftier. You will need a minimum of at least two rackets just in case if the strings were to snap in the racket which you are using.

As for the shuttles, you will require at least two packs of the feathered ones. Get the high quality types of shuttlecocks which are packed separately. There are also synthetic nylon plastic types that can withstand the forceful hitting and last longer but ensure that the heads are made of cork and not plastic. Where the net is concerned, it is usually provided by the badminton courts, both indoor and outdoor. If you need to purchase a net, then look for nets with metallic poles. Also check for an all-weather net that can withstand both sun and rain if you intend to play on an outdoor court.

Tennis Players Can Reach Their Full Potential

Write down your tennis goals.

Twice a day, once in the morning and then again at night.

Carry them around with you and look at them during your downtime.

Visualize your goals.

Your picture may not be clear at first, but just keep doing it every day.

With practice, they will become clearer and clearer for you.

Visualization doesn’t work for most people because they don’t do it long enough.

It’s the law of practice.

The more you do something, the better you get at doing it.

Take action.

This is where you have to be careful.

Don’t just take any action, take inspired action towards reaching your tennis goals.

This means you should be feeling good when taking this action or stop doing it!

Tennis is a FEEL game in the learning stage, but it’s all MENTAL in the competition phase.

Write that down and refer back to it.

Be persistent.

Focus on being the best that you can be at every giving moment of your day and never lose sight of your goal (To reach your full potential).

I heard this quote from a speaker the other day and I can’t get it out of my mind.

“The biggest problem in our society is unfulfilled potential”!

When I heard that, it just slapped me in my face!!

Because it is so true.

The biggest problem that is facing our game and the world, in general, is people not reaching their full potential.

Wouldn’t you agree?

Keep adjusting your approach.

Now, after you follow the above steps.

You must adjust your plan, strategy, and training.

Look at everything as feedback and then make the needed adjustments and keep progressing towards your tennis goals.

Develop an adaptable mindset and get rid of your mechanical mindset.

Too many players have a narrow mindset and this narrow mindset turns into tennis slumps that can last their whole careers.

Think about like this.

If something isn’t working, just stop doing it and try something else.

If your current mental training, isn’t helping your match play performance, let it go!

I mean.

They are all just experiences, that you either learn from or you keep repeating over and over again.

About Badminton Shots

Drop Shot. This badminton shot is supposed to just go over the other side of the net. It is used mostly at the front part of the net and transferred to the side lightly to make the opponent run in getting it.

Drives. This power hit is used to aim at someone. This badminton shot is very low and is hit to the front of the body. In this shot, the opponent should prepare themselves with their racket up. This shot is very precise and quick, a good reflex is very useful to counter this shot.

Long Drops. Commonly used from a badminton shot done at the back part of a court. The receiver should hit the ball at high before it hits low and by then it is already too late. When you want to counter this shot, hit it low, you want it to land just over the net. Hitting it high would cause your opponent to smash it. You would not want that to happen, you want to hit it low to not give them the opportunity.

Cleass. This is the badminton shot you want to use when you want your opponent to move backward. This is a technique that one uses when they want to return to position them in the middle of the court. Hit this shot high making sure you got it before it starts falling. Hitting high means stretching your elbow to reach for the shot. This could drop at the back part of the court.

Smashes. This is perhaps the most popular or the most feared of all the badminton shots. Hit high shots quick and hard. This is a strategy one uses when they want to end the game quickly. It is best to aim at side part of the court to make your opponent run. And because this is designed to be hit high but land low, there is a big chance that your opponent would not catch the shot.

Serves. This is used every time a game starts. This is also the distinguishing factor between who is going to score on that game. The contact between the racket and the bird should happen below the waist. It should be nice and lot make for a good serve. The badminton shot is important in the game and it should only be aim in one direction.

Slow Swimmer

This beautiful slow swimmer whose beauty and grace for many a morning we caught each others eye as she gently swam on. Soon we became familiar sights, me on the path, she swimming on by, for now she even stopped and waved, tempting me to join on in. As I stood speechless as she swam by I could tell she wanted me to join her, and the next morning I did. I will never forget that summer. That one summer where for four weeks every morn at half past ten we swam together, poetry in motion gliding through the gentle waves. Afterwards we’d rest on a nearby pier and a friendship was forged, but nothing more.

When summer was over we said our good-byes. I was hoping that next summer we could resume our friendship and our morning swim. All through that winter I was hoping for more. When the next summer finally came I’d run down to the lake and jumped on in for at half past ten, hoping to see my slow swimmer once again. I stood there waiting, the water still cool. I kept looking but she didn’t come. A sadness came over me as the clouds came rolling in. I started to swim along the shore again but, this time it was different the loneliness set in. I thought to myself afterwards maybe it was meant to be a once in a lifetime encounter with my mermaid of the lake.

It has been over 50 years since those wondrous days and a long time since I was back down by the lake. But, through all the years I still remember with great fondness the fun we shared. I did find out some years later that my slow swimmer had moved far away and was never able to come back to the lake. But the memory of that one summer has stayed through all these years. I just can’t help thinking what could have been if my slow simmer had come back and at half past ten we’d swim again.

As the years have flown by memories do come back. A kaleidoscope of images flashes now and again. The times of my life where moments of joy as well as sorrow fills my conscious thought. But, none so clear as that one summer where my mermaid by the lake held me captive every morn for at half past ten we’d swim again. Of all the times where I yearned for romance that mermaid by the lake the friendship we’d shared made her memory so sweet and dear.

About Infant Swimming

A major concern is that the chemicals in the pool will harm the infant’s developing lungs. Chlorine’s byproduct trichloramine could be detrimental to a child’s health. In the past, chlorine was though of as a good thing because it disinfected the pool. However, researchers are looking into how chlorine affects children. It is hypothesized that there is a correlation between chlorine and childhood asthma and recurrent bronchitis. Significant concern centers around very young children who are exposed to the aerosols and toxic gases found in the air of indoor chlorinated pools.

Alfred Bernard, a Belgian researcher, has led the most recent studies. He warns we need stricter regulations of air quality in indoor pool areas where infants are exposed. Until more conclusive studies can be performed, it is important to prevent a potential harmful situation. Last year Bernard published a study that linked indoor chlorinated swimming pools to prevalence of asthma in children of various countries.

Generally, trichloramine is not considered a problem in well-ventilated areas. However, pools reduce ventilation to save money on energy costs.

Since children generally swim in shallow pools that are more heavily polluted and often accidentally swallow water, it likely they will consumer more toxic air containing hypochlorous acid and soluble chloramines than other populations. The toxins can get into a child’s respiratory system that is still developing till age 6 to 8.

Since swimming is often recommended to youngsters suffering from asthma, this study comes as especially shocking. Additionally, pregnant women often choose swimming as their preferred form of exercise. Researchers have yet to do many studies on the effect chlorine has on the fetus.

Becoming An Elite Tennis Player

Commitment To Excellence

The top players train their mind, bodies and spirit everyday.

Through this daily training, they are able to strengthen all 3 at the same time!!

The key factor being.

How they train.

They train at a high level, even when they aren’t feeling good, and this is the sign of an elite player, who is determined to be the best they can be.

How about you?

Do you train and give your all in practice everyday?

Clearly Define Goals.

Your tennis goals need to be written down on paper and posted up for you to see and picture daily to yourself.

You also need to keep writing them down and rewriting them in present tense.

This create the clarity that you need when working on your goals.

Question.

How often do you write down your tennis goals?

Play To Win.

The top tennis players play to win all the time.

They never even enter a tennis match, until they have won that match in their minds first!!

This allows them to pre-program themselves for victory on the court.

Because they have already won the match mentally, they are more mentally stronger under pressure.

“Elite players expect and demand the very best from themselves, in every match that they play in and it doesn’t matter who their opponent is across the net”.

The powerful thing about this mindset in competition is,

You can lose a match and still walk off the court, feeling like a winner and that is a powerful feeling to have after a lost!!

Those are 3 common traits that all elite tennis players have.

So start staying congruent with them and you will soon have them too!!

Develop a great attitude as you train daily.

Please remember this one thing here.

Become a Better Golfer Today

Taking the hands out of the golf shot provides more consistency.

  • Explanation: The face of a golf club opens up, or rotates, during the golfer’s backswing. If a golfer is right-handed, the golfer should take the hands out of his/her swing by swinging left of the target, or 11:00, while leaving the hands open and fairly inactive throughout the swing (this creates a consistent shot that curves left to right).
  • A golfer who swings the golf club along a path directed right of the target, or 1:00, will have to flip his or her hands over to square the club face to the target before impact (this is difficult to do consistently and is, therefore, not recommended by me to be a golfer’s shot of choice).

A golfer should think about where he or she wants to hit their golf ball rather than where he or she does not want to hit it.

  • A common phrase states that golf is 90% mental and 10% physical. Therefore, the thoughts that go on in a golfer’s head contribute a significant amount to his or her scoring outcome.
  • Negative thinking, such as “do not hit this golf ball in the water to the left and do not hit this golf ball into the bunker on the right”, is the type of thinking that golfers must avoid and overcome.
  • Positive thinking is the only type of thinking that will help you on the course.

Regardless of a golfer’s level of experience, he or she should always remember to practice the fundamentals to the game.

  • Keep your eye on the back of the ball; focus on a dimple.
  • Keep your head still until after impact.
  • Keep your knees bent during your backswing (do not sway and do not lock your knees).
  • Have a fairly relaxed grip (as though you are holding a tube of toothpaste or a baby bird).

Tennis Side Stitches

The point is important so you think you can work through it. The pain worsens so you stop. Once you stop, the pain usually disappears. You have just experienced a side stitch.

The side stitch is caused by a muscle spasm of the diaphragm. When we inhale, air comes into the lungs and presses the diaphragm downward. When we exhale, the diaphragm moves upward. When you eat a big meal right before you play tennis or when air has gotten trapped below the diaphragm, a cramp (stitch) can occur.

How can you get past a side stitch? The best immediate action is to try to stretch out the cramping muscle. This can be done by alternating your breathing pattern. Take a deep breath in and hold it for a few seconds. Then force the air back out through puckered lips to restrict the air flow. Other professionals have mentioned that crouching down and stretching tall helps by flexing the abs.

Best way to avoid side stitches? Increase your fitness and conditioning training to strengthen your abdominal muscles. Make sure that you do not consume too much food or liquid prior to play because the added weight increases the downward pull, which can help to cause the stitch.