The first thing I did when I got a job and moved into my own apartment was to find a new dentist. There was not a lot of money growing up, and my teeth were not in the best of shape. I actually started a savings budget to get my teeth fixed when I was a junior in high school. I have saved all through high school and college for things I wanted when I moved out, and dental implants to replace a couple of missing teeth were on my list. I visited a Greenwood Village dentist to get an estimate for a complete dental makeover to get the exact smile I wanted.
I was not going to settle for dingy looking grayish teeth, crooked teeth or ones that were not shaped nice.…
Mixed Martial Arts is an art where being well rounded in diverse styles is required and training or specializing in one specific style of marital arts is not enough. This can make the whole process of becoming a well rounded MMA fighter very time consuming because not every academy trains fighters in every style. Actually almost every academy specializes in one specific style for the most part.
One of the most important part of becoming a great mixed martial art fighter is very well put in this popular line amongst fighters … “If you fail to prepare, you are preparing to fail” This is a saying that you should always keep in mind if you want to become an MMA fighter, because discipline is what will take you the furthest in this sport ..
It is also a most to be fit mentally for this sport. It is often said that half of the results a fighter gets from a fight depend on their mental stability, it is important to come strong with no fears and no unsettled business to a fight as this type of emotion can make a fighter lose the bout. A successful MMA fighter focuses on his mental health as much as he does on his skills and endurance.
This sport is not often called the most dangerous of all styles of fighting for no reason, this is serious competition and to be a part of this sport you have to become a serious fighter. Mixed Martial Arts has also gained a lot of notoriety for the amount of multidimensional fighters it showcases, many of the best fighters in the world have mastered many different styles of martial arts and when they put them all together it make them a spectacle to watch.
So here are the basic areas where you want to focus on developing; For the stand up aspect of fighting you must gain experience in at least one of these styles, kickboxing, Muay Thai, karate, kung fu. I personally believe that for the boxing side of it kickboxing or Muay Thai are better if you want to be a well rounded fighter because these styles train you to use your fists for more than punching and that can be helpful in the ring.
As far as the grappling side of fighting you should look into judo, ambo, jujutsu wrestling ground Brazilian also the very popular and reputable Jiu jitsu or Wrestling Judo Jujutsu.
Once you establish a routine and begin to see results the ultimate way to stay on top of your game in MMA is how given you are to your training and how much you take care of your nutrition. These are essential for any MMA Fighter. You can have the skills but if you do not have the nutrition odd are going to be against you.…
If we are talking about playing football, I think most of us want to be a striker or forward player, it’s because we think that the striker is the best position in the game and the others just for supporting the striker. And also we think that the striker is a hero for the team because he makes scores and finally wins the game. Sometimes common people say that they win only because of the Forward players or the strikers. But actually, their assumption is wrong, because the main thing that is important in football game is teamwork. Each player in the game must be discipline and do their duty based on their position. Without that, the play will be bad and the team will not win the game.
In football game, basically we know about 4 positions of players; Goalkeeper (GK), Defender (DF), Midfielder (MF), and Forward or Striker (FW). In each position, they have their main duty in a game. So, what are actually the characteristics of each of them? Okay, let’s check it out.
The first position is a Goalkeeper. Goalkeeper is a position which has a main task to protect the goal post from opponent attack. This position actually is placed in the back of the others position. So, he just stands under the goal post and blocks the ball that comes to the goal. The characteristic of this position is goalkeeper is allowed to touch the ball with his hand.
The second position is a Defender or we usually call it as Back. Someone in this position has main task to protect their area from opponent attack. The position of back is in front of the goalkeeper. Usually in a game, defender is divided into two; Center Back (CB) and Side Back (SB). Center Back is a player who stands in the middle of defense area and in front of the goalkeeper. This kind of position holds the biggest responsibility in team after the Goalkeeper. Then the Side Back is a player who plays in the side of the defense area. Sometimes, this kind of position is helpful when attacking.
The next position is Midfielder. I think this is the most flexible position in the match. Because someone in this position can do everything, both attacking and defending. The midfielders play in the middle of the field. And also, midfielder is a position that is very important in a team. Because, they can make the defender are connected to the forward players. It means that the midfielders are the Playmakers in the game. Actually in the real game, the midfielder is divided into 4 positions; Center Midfielder (CMF), Defending Midfielder (DMF), Attacking Midfielder (AMF), and Side Midfielder. CMF tends to make the beautiful play by giving pass to others teammate. While DMF tends to more help the defender to defense. It means this kind of player is more defensive. Then an AMF is the contrary of DMF. It means that this player is more offensive. …
There are many notable black historic figures from Texas. Each of them made significant contributions to black history of not only Texas, but the nation at large. Black Texans have made major contributions in politics, military events, music, and sports. The accomplishments of those Texans continue being discussed in history classes and homes throughout the nation.
After surviving the 1900 Galveston storm, Arthur ‘Jack’ Johnson went on to make a name for himself in the world of boxing. At that time, boxing for money was considered a criminal activity, even though it was popular. In Texas, heavyweight boxing matches were illegal. Some of the governors of that period sent Texas Rangers out to shut down boxing matches.
Johnson became known as “Papa Jack” or the “Galveston Giant”, Johnson won the heavyweight boxing title in 1908, a time filled with racial tensions. He defeated Tommy Burns for the title in Sydney, Australia. Since many whites disliked him winning the title, a follow up match was arranged with James Jeffries, who was brought out of retirement for the special fight. Jeffries was known as “The Great White Hope” in the publicity leading up to the fighting match. When Johnson defeated Jeffries, race riots broke out in many cities in the aftermath. The State of Texas went so far as to pass laws forbidding the showing of films in Texas documenting what occurred based on fears that it would incite race riots. Johnson later claimed further fame as an inventor for inventing a new type of wrench.
Another ground breaking Texan was Bessie Coleman. As a young woman, Bessie was fascinated with airplanes and flight. In the aftermath of World War I, Bessie traveled to France in order to obtainer pilot’s license, since women were not allowed licensure as pilots at that time. She broke ground for being one of the first woman aviators along with being the first black aviator. After obtaining her license, she traveled the nation teaching other black women to fly at her exhibitions.
The Texan, Scott Joplin also established new frontiers in music. Joplin grew up in Texarkana, Texas where a teacher saw his potential musical talent and worked to develop it. Joplin went on to develop a musical style known as ragtime. Joplin referred to himself as the “King of Ragtime”. His music gained popularity through ‘piano rolls’. The rolls enabled the player pianos to reproduce the sounds. Joplin’s distinctive sounds became foundational in the later development of a musical genre known as ‘jazz’. He also produced a grand opera, entitled Treemonisha, which received a Pulitzer Prize after his death.
When the world went to war, one of those who served was Doris Miller. This young man from Texas served as a mess attendant on the battleship, USS West Virginia, stationed at Pearl Harbor. When the Japanese attacked the American naval forces on December 7, 1941, Miller took action. When a nearby machine gun crew could no longer operate their weapon, he stepped up and proceeded to …
Basketball shooting drills are a great way to improve your shooting accuracy and reliability but a problem with many of them is that they are designed to be done in a team or in pairs or threes. In this article, I will share with you some great solo basketball drills that you can do on your own, almost anywhere.
Bump And Move
Pick 5 spots that are foul line distance from the hoop. Of course, the central spot will be right on the foul line but the others will be slightly in front of it because diagonal shots are automatically longer.
Agree to get a swish before you can move on to the next spot. It can get annoying when you keep failing to get a swish but this is all part of the learning process.
One Handed Flick
Lie back in a reclining chair or on the end of the bed. Somewhere where you can still extend your hand to a small distance behind your head.
Now, toss the ball vertically upwards and catch it again in your hand. This will get you better suited to the weight of the ball. This is extremely important because a good shot is not just about hand-eye coordination. It is also about knowing exactly how much force to apply because you know the characteristics of the ball so well.
Layup To Free Throw Drill
This drill is really fun because there is a lot of variation involved.
Start at the foul line and do 5 layups with your favored hand. Then do 5 layups with your other hand. Finally, shoot 10 regular free throws. You must score at least 7 of them or else you will have to start all over again.
This drill is great for simulating realistic conditions and also getting you to become more natural with your non-dominant hand. Too many players are only one-handed. If you develop your ability to shoot almost as well with your other hand then you will be a great asset to any team.…
Understanding what it means to commit to an athletic scholarship is already a definite step towards succeeding in college recruiting . Pursuing a college degree is not easy. In addition to the academic demands, expense and a family’s budget are important factors to consider when enrolling for college. Thus, playing college sports as part of an athletic scholarship program is even harder.
An athletic scholarship is a form of in which schools admit applicants based on their athletic abilities. Students are expected to perform well on the school team, and at the same time maintain a fair academic standing. Athletic scholarships are quite common in the United States. In other countries, however, such opportunities are rare, if not totally non-existent. They are largely regulated by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The NCAA sets the general guidelines for college recruiting , guidelines by which the students are expected to perform, on what particular basis they can be admitted as well as the standards by which schools can grant a college sports scholarship.
Even before the financial crisis affecting the USA and other parts of the world, many student athletes are looking to avail of the best athletic scholarships. College sports have an influence and popularity in the U.S unlike in any other country. This phenomenon is due to the scope of the participation and competition resulting from these organizations. A great number of colleges, universities, and individual athletes participate in college competitions of various sports.
The Internet has proven to be a useful venue for both high school students and coaches looking for new talent to become college athletes. There are many websites and online forums wherein students and scouts can come together and interact. D1Athletes is an online community wherein student athletes and coaches alike can share and exchange information they need concerning college recruiting and college sports . D1Athletes offers them a place to build an online presence and gain important public exposure. To learn more, visit D1Athletes.com.…
I don’t what it is about water board sports but they happen to be very fun and very addicting. It may be because of the unique challenge that lies in each board sport that make it appealing. It may be because of the natural attraction that humans have to the water be it a lake, river or ocean. Or it may be simply being outdoors that make millions of people each year want to hit the water with their different types of boards.
Here’s a list of the different types of board sports that we can all enjoy during the summer months unless you happen to be lucky and live in a warm/hot place.
Surfing: This board sport happens to be the most popular and the most challenging of all the board sports. Once you master this sport it is very fun and very addicting. This sport has been mainstream for quite some time with the top athletes in this sport earning millions of dollars each year from sponsors and competitions. If you’ve never tried surfing then you owe it to yourself to try it once in your life.
Body Boarding/Boogie Boarding: Body boards are much smaller then a surf board and are made out of either fiberglass or wood. Riding a body board is also much different than a surf board. Instead of trying to stand up on the board you lay down on your stomach and paddle with your feet usually with fins, which works best in order to gain speed. Also different from surfing, body boarders try and catch waves that are closer to shore rather than paddle way out into the surf. Body boarding has also become more of a main stream sport in the last couple of decades.
Skimboarding: This sport is very fun and challenging but has yet to break into the main stream sports arena. Skimboarding consists of a board that’s half-way between a surf board (without fins) and a body board. And instead of paddling out into the ocean with your board like surfing or body boarding you run with your board along the sand, then at the opportune time throwing your board down and skimming along the sand into the waves and hopefully catching a wave with your board before you wipe out. Skimboarding is a great, extremely fun sport that almost anyone can try at almost any age.
Wakeboarding: This sport is usually a lake sport which consists of a boat pulling you up and pulling you along much like water skiing, except the board looks more like a snowboard and body board than a pair of water-skies. At first this sport can be a challenge but stick with it and once you’ve mastered the art of getting up on the board, it’s a blast!…
FIFA World Cup 2010, South Africa is forthcoming. Football admirers all around the globe are undoubtedly looking forward to a huge event that just comes about once in every 4 years. The first event that would happen in Africa is FIFA World cup. The continent would play the host for the world cup as well as would take the center stage for about a month. So would all 32 teams who would be playing against each other to triumph the tournament as well as state themselves the leader of world of soccer.
The duration of a football game is 90 minutes however never begins or finishes there. The arrangements takes lot of months and creating a good, working and efficient team does not just depend on the players but also on a coach who manages the team.
32 countries are taking part in the footballs greatest event known as “World Cup” and they will end up in South Africa after a lot of qualification games which they played to eradicate the other teams to attain the finals. Every nation made their top effort to arrive to South Africa plus while starting a campaign for the qualifications, they select the best coach who will stand out among others. If you gaze at the record of coaches attending the event this time around, there is an unusual power of ex football performers who are currently heading the teams. 30 coaches among 32 teams have in fact played qualified football in their day.
There are certainly more well-known ones such as Diego Maradona, Argentinian coach, or the Brazilian, Carlos Dunga. Though, there are two coaches who have been coaches and not the past players. Namely, the US coach Bob Bradley and the Brazilian Carlos Alberto Parreira, coaching the hosts South Africa. Bob Bradley has been coaching soccer ever since 1981, about 30 years.
In 2009, Bradley lead the U.S. team to 2nd place finish in 2009 Confederations Cup, comprising a 2-0 victory against the best team in the world as well as European champions Spain, finishing their 35 game winning streak as well as 15 game appealing streak.
The next coach who is not a past football player is Alberto Parreira. He began his coaching career at 24. He managed a lot of teams ever since and in fact took part in five World Cups up to now. He coached Kuwait in 1982, 2 games were lost and one being drawn 1-1 with Czechoslovakia. He was heading UAE, 1990 and lost all the 3 games. After 4 years, he was holding the world cup arrogantly with Brazil. The world Cup last year in 2006, he was heading Brazil, however cannot put its score to the competition.
At present, Parreira is heading South African team who are also hosting this year’s world cup. They are playing superbly. Both Bradley and Parreira never played soccer efficiently however both are triumphant coaches and have remarkable careers and hold a lot of expectations. We would see as …
So what is artificial grass? Simply, a surface made from synthetic fibers designed to look like real grass. The product was first used in sports environments such as 5 a side football pitches, outdoor hockey surfaces, and even golf putting greens. This was commonly known as Astro Turf.
After years of product development the turf has now become of such a good quality, people are using it in their back gardens. Artificial Grass Supply and Installation is a procedure that will not only provide you with a perfect lawn for years, but save you time, effort and money in the process. The main advantage of the grass not only in residential areas, but for sports and school surfaces, is that it is very easy to maintain. This means, no outlay for mowers or fertilizers. You'll never need to pay a gardener again! Another major advantage is that this synthetic turf does not contain any chemicals and is entirely environmentally friendly making it the first choice for parents and schools who do not want dangerous fertilizers lying around the garden and playground that could potentially harm their children or gardeners who Do not want to be wasting gallons of water each year keeping the lawn alive. Basically in no time at all, you have a quality lawn that requires no work.
Today's products have become very popular with not only sports companies interested indoor football pitches or golf clubs wanting the perfect putting green, but for families with a nice back garden which is great for their energetic young children. Some surfaces are considered to be a softer and safer substitution to real grass. For this child friendly lawn, the grass is installed over durable rubber pads so it has better shock absorbing properties. Some turf has become so sophisticated in fact, that you can even choose the length, texture or even color of your grass. Whatever your gardens main use is for the kids running about playing football, energetic pets bouncing up and down the yard, or plainly just to sit back and enjoy the relaxation of a beautiful well-kept garden, the fact that this product product does not Need maintenance or care, makes it a must have for the busy household who do not have time to perform these time consuming, sometimes heavily costing chores.
Artificial grass in the northwest is becoming very popular. Instead of working all weekend to make your lawn nice, why not sit back and enjoy the summer with a quality lawn. …
In boxing, mastering the jab will increase one’s chances greatly in winning the fight. There are five different types of jabs and knowing them all and being able to use them properly is something worth looking into. The different types are the pesky jab, stiff jab, splitter, upper jab and the blinder. Someone once said that one should compare the jab to the queen in a chess match. It’s has the ability to open opportunities, block opponents, and essentially makes the match much easier to win!
The basic jab would be thrown from your chin towards the opponent and retracts quickly back to the throwers chin. Although a quick motion, it does cause abrasions in the opponent and makes them stay in a defensive mode. A brief explanation of the different type of jabs can be found below.
Pesky jab – This jab is used to mess up the opponent’s rhythm and hopefully make them make rash decisions therefore allowing you to take the upper hand.
Stiff jab – The stiff jab should essentially stop your opponent and make them back up completely. More power is put into this jab because it is thrown from the shoulder with more force as an offensive weapon. This jab should also be slightly longer than a regular jab therefore requires more of a follow through.
Splitter – Unlike other jabs, this jab should be thrown with the thumb up. This helps allow you to still use the jab effectively even if the opponent is guarding you very well, it is easier to slide through and make contact when the thumb is facing upwards.
Upper jab – This jab is thrown in somewhat of a seesaw motion. Still very quick but it catches the opponent off guard quite well. The reason this jab is so effective is because of the line it is thrown in and it sets you up to throw a powerful right hand right afterwards.
Blinder – The name really says it all on this jab. This particular jab is used to blind the opponent while you get ready to make contact with your right hand; it hides your move so your power punch can make better contact.
Learning and knowing all of these different jabs are equally as important as having the proper stance. With these techniques mastered, one should easily be able to defeat their opponent. It just takes a lot of time and practice though to get to that point.…
Thai massage may be the ultimate sports massage. By understanding the world’s oldest medicine systems, we become better equipped to treat athletic conditions.
Thai massage, also called Thai-Yoga, is rooted in the 7,000-year-old medicine system of Ayurveda. Although Ayurveda is ancient, the U.S. is just discovering its therapeutic riches.
What is Thai massage?
Thai massage is also called Thai-Yoga because it is rooted in yoga. Thai massage is like having yoga done to you.
Like massage, Thai massage is performed by a practitioner onto a recipient. The client passively receives a series of stretches and compressions. Unlike most massage styles, a highly-skilled therapist will also receive therapeutic effects by offering the treatment.
Like yoga, a session involves a series of dynamic stretches. Like stretches or postures in yoga (asanas), many muscles are stretched simultaneously.
And the stretches tend to be multi-planar. This means each stretch moves the muscles in more than just one direction. Multi-planar stretches prepare the muscle better for everyday activities than do stretches that are isolating or uni-directional.
The most notable effects of the treatment sequence include:
* Stretching tight muscles
* Loosening stiff joints, and
* Improving energy circulation.
The treatment improves energy circulation by loosening muscles that commonly tighten and restrict the flow of blood, nerves, oxygen, and other vital energy. In many Eastern health practices, this focus is called clearing chakras. By clearing all of the body’s major chakras, vital energy flow is restored throughout the body.
How is Thai massage different from Sports massage?
Sports massage is a common style of massage used to train athletes and treat sports injuries. Most massage therapists receive special training or a distinct sports massage certification in order to practice it with athletes.
Sports massage is a combination of assisted stretching and massage techniques. The application depends on the phase of the athlete’s training.
The benefits of assisted stretching are limited, however, because muscles are stretched in isolation, uni-directionally.
Thai massage is also typically applied in a gentle manner that enables the recipient to relax. When the body is relaxed, and stretches are received passively, the muscles can be stretched more deeply.
Using multi-planar, dynamic stretches, with a relaxing approach, is more beneficial than typical assisted stretching focused on muscles in isolation.
Clearing chakras is also more restorative than working on muscles individually or treating problematic areas separately from the rest of the body.
While most Americans consider massage to be holistic medicine, Thai massage is truly more holistic by nature than most other styles of massage, including sports massage.…
Football shoes are some of the most important in keeping you at peak performance. There is no way you will give your best performance if the feet are not comfortable considering that this is a game that largely depends on footwork. Football cleats should not only allow you to make quick stops and make powerful shots but they should also keep your feet safe and comfortable. If you have a new pair of soccer cleats, then it is only wise that you break them in before a major match as a simple way of ensuring that you enjoy comfort. So how then do you break in your pair?
Start by choosing the right size. Well-fitting cleats are the secret to comfort and you therefore should ensure that you find the right size for your feet. This is the only way you will be able to avoid sores and blisters among other injuries to your ankles and feet. A snug fit around the heels and enough toe room is what you should be looking for when getting your pair.
Apply some petroleum jelly. This should be done in feet areas that are susceptible to sores and blisters as a result of friction. The layer of jelly reduces friction between your skin and the cleats hence saving you from the effects that are very common with new shoes. Pay attention to the heels and toes when applying the jelly.
Wear the shoes before competitive matches. The last thing you want is to let your next big match be the opportunity to break-in the new cleats. It can cause you more harm than good hence it is most advisable that you walk around in the shoes to get the feet get used to them. It will also be a good idea to wear them to practice for a few hours so they take shape and become more comfortable by the time you go into a big match that demands all your efforts.
Dampen the upper before wearing. This is especially helpful for football boots that seem to take too long to break-in. Avoid using hot water and do not soak the boot in the water otherwise you could end up damaging it or making it impossible to play in. A wet sponge should suffice in loosening the shoe up.
Clean and dry the cleats appropriately. Cleaning the shoes off debris and dirt is very important in keeping them in shape and in top condition. Use a soft sponge or brush, then allow them to dry naturally away from direct sunlight and heaters.
Keep them stuffed or stretched. After cleaning and drying your pair, stuff the shoes with newspaper or pieces of cloth. You can also use a shoe stretcher for the same. This helps in keeping them in good shape, dries any moisture out and helps them continue with the break-in process. You will be surprised by how fitting and comfortable your boots feel the next time …
The Boston College Eagles college football team was established in 1892, when the college agreed to set up the team upon the request of Joseph O'Connell and John Drum, the latter becoming the team's first coach. Since its acceptance the team has proved its worth as a formidable opponent, having won many of its matches among its long-standing rivals, the College of the Holy Cross and the University of Notre Dame. The team has also been ranked high in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) standings in recent years
In addition, the Boston College Eagles have been ranked among the country's best among the college football teams for academic achievement, having garnered the highest mark possible in the polls for any college football team's Academic Progress Rate. (APR) In addition, Boston College has been proud of its players from the team's roster through the years that historically made significant contributions to professional football; One of these players that stood out and made the Tigers a competitive team is Doug Flutie, who has been regarded as a legend in Boston College football history.
Based in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, the Eagles have been playing at the Alumni Stadium in the Boston College campground grounds since 1957, when the stadium was opened to replace the smaller Alumni Field grounds nearby.
Important Moments And Accomplishments
Throughout its history, the Boston College Eagles have appeared in a record of 19 post-season bow appearance. The team last bowl appearance was on 2007's Champs Sports Bowl when it defeated the Michigan State Spartans for the title. This victory would also mark the Eagles' 8th straight bowl victory, a winning streak record which by itself is unprecedented in collegiate football history.
In addition, Boston College has also managed to snag a conference title when it was a member of the Big East Conference. Since becoming a member of the ACC, the team has managed to win the conference's Atlantic Division championship in 2007 and be listed as one of the Top 10 college football teams by the Associated Press for that year.
Quarterbacks in the Current Roster
Currently, the team's quarterbacks are composed of Alexander Atiyah, Codi Boek, Chris Crane, Dominic Davis, Chris Johnson, Nick Loury, John Lowell, and Justin Tuggle.
The Boston College Eagles has yet to win an ACC championship; This season, the team is looking forward to clinch its first conference title under the ACC. For Eagles Coach Jeff Jagodzinski and the players, this season so far is looking good for them. With an impressive record so far of 5 wins and only 1 loss during this current college football season, the team is optimistic in securing a slot in the conference slot and ultimately win the title as well. For the fans of the Boston College Eagles, any home game of the team this season is certainly something to look forward to. And with the way things are going right now for the Eagles, the next remaining games will be interesting to watch …