Baseball and Steroids- The Controversy

There has been a lot of controversy about steroids in baseball. Does it enhance performance and what are the side effects. Are records today the result of steroids. And are athletes harming themselves. First of all, we need to understand what is a steroid. And why do players use it. Anabolic steroids are a synthetic version of the male hormone testosterone. Testosterone in it’s normal state promotes and boosts muscle development and growth. When it is supplemented with steroids, you have an increase of muscle mass, reduction of body fat, and enhanced endurance. It is used by athletes to try to have the edge on the competition. It is believed that by using a steroid in baseball it will cause …

Baseball Memorabilia Must-Haves

If you are not familiar with the term memorabilia, then you must know that memorabilia refers to individual items of historical value such as programs, posters, brochures, clippings, buttons, pennants, cards and stickers. So, baseball memorabilia must-haves refer to baseball souvenirs. And, when it comes to baseball souvenirs, the most common things that people collect are baseball balls and baseball bats, most of the times with original autographs of some players on them. Autographed collectible items have grown into a huge industry. There are hundreds and hundreds of places where you can buy baseball memorabilia. The easiest way to find baseball memorabilia is by surfing the internet. Just type “baseball memorabilia” on a search engine and you will instantly find …

Baseball Gloves for First Basemans

With the sun beating in bottom of your neck and the bases charged, the pressure on you, the first basic player, overpowers. Did we mention that you play for the commanders? Howl and grondement of crowd, dust rising upwards and scintillating in the light of the sun, gleams of the team of opposition around, – it can be a place hard to focus. And then it occurs. The beater strikes the ball, the ventilators howl, and the second base throws you suddenly fire. Before you can even think that, you react with the instinct which was formed and integrated in your spirit and your arms during years. And when you look in bottom of you made. The ball in your …

How To Improve Your Cheerleading Skills

If you are interested in cheerleading, you may wonder how to improve your skills on your own. If you’re not on a squad, drilling and practicing at home can help you prepare to wow your judges at cheerleading tryouts someday in the future. If you’re already a member of a cheerleading team, improving a few key aspects of your technique on your own can help you excel at meets and during routines. Gaining mastery of cheerleading techniques can help you build confidence and skills that will translate into success in other arenas of life as well, and if you have the time and inclination, practicing some cheerleading techniques solo can help you take your cheering to the next level. There …

A Football Player’s Perspective – How to Make It to the Next Level of Play

It was August 2003 and my team at the time, the Pittsburgh Steelers, was holding the first live scrimmage for training camp. As a rookie in the NFL I had practiced a number of times with the team, but this was the first time I was going to suit it up for a “full contact and tackle goal line scrimmage”. The set up was easy. The first and second team offenses would go against the first and second team defenses. The offense had four downs to score a touchdown. If they scored, they won; if they failed to score the defense won. The first team offense and defense took the field first. The offense included Jerome Bettis, Hines Ward, Plaxico …

A Firm Step With Soccer Cleats

In modern soccer, performance is a key factor for professionals. This performance depends not only on his mental and physical shape, but also on good footwear. An essential part of the footwear is the soccer cleat, also known as studs. The soccer shoes are specially equipped with cleats that prevent players from slipping and assist in rapid changes of direction. There are different types of cleats for the different sports, such as rugby cleats, baseball cleats, soccer cleats, cleats for track, etc. Most sports played on grass or dirt require the use of cleats for athlete’s stability. The difficulty to play soccer on different types of ground was recognized early on in the history of soccer. That meant that the …

The Symptoms of Athletes Foot

Many studies have proven that the major reason why people develop athlete’s foot is because they can’t keep their feet dry at all times. Another reason is that they can’t avoid going to places where lots of people use the same facility such as swimming pools, locker rooms, and shower areas where the athlete’s foot-causing fungi grow and thrives. Aside from these facilities, the fungus that causes the skin disease can also be found on the floors and clothing as well as to dark, warm, or humid areas. Usually, the infection spreads through direct contact with contaminated or infected objects or surfaces. Aside from the skin of the foot, soles and toenails can also be affected when it’s not given …

The Shoe Treatment for Your Foot Infection

If you want to avoid acquiring athlete’s foot, the type of shoes that you wear can also greatly help your cause. Athlete’s foot is a recurring problem for a great number of people. The reason for this is because they fail to follow healthy foot hygiene. This also includes wearing poorly ventilated footwear. Athlete’s foot is a fungus infection brought about by a fungus known as dermatophytes, which attack dead skin layers. They thrive in damp and dark environments. That is why they usually infect the feet. People who frequently wear shoes are more prone to getting athlete’s foot. So do people who frequent going to damp and warm areas such as common showers, locker rooms and swimming pools. Such …

The Problem of Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is one of the most common foot problems that Americans deal with every day. Whether you are the college athlete of the year or the village gardener, athlete’s foot can affect anyone. Athlete’s foot is an infection on the skin of the feet that is caused by fungus. The culprit is the fungus called tinea pedis, which is quite common in the surrounding areas. This fungus practically lives and grows everywhere just as long as the area is warm and moist. They can be found lounging around in areas where there is moisture such as in locker rooms in college gyms, the swimming pool area, the bathroom, and even the classiest spa houses in the country. This love …

Prevention For That Embarrassing Fungal Foot Infection

Athlete’s foot can be a nagging problem for anyone. It is caused by a fungus that can cause itching, inflammation and blisters. The foot becomes a thriving breeding ground for such type of fungus because they provide a dark and humid environment which encourages fungus growth. Individuals may get the fungus from areas that are always damp and warm especially in areas around swimming pools, locker rooms and showers. Athletes make frequent use of such facilities and are therefore more likely to suffer from the disease, hence the popularity of the name. There are other fungal infections that can be similar to the ones brought about by athlete’s foot such as eczema, psoriasis, and other infections and should be treated …

Preventing Athletes Foot

For people who suffer from a skin condition such as athlete’s foot, there is nothing more frustrating than to see the ugly remnants of the infection on the skin not to mention the itchiness and foul odor it brings. Characterized by itching and burning sensation in the feet, athlete’s foot can also result to skin peeling, cracking, and extreme pain along with bleeding or redness of the foot soles. Athlete’s foot usually occurs when the feet or other areas of the body stay moist and warm and eventually becomes irritated with fungus. This skin condition can also be acquired when a person has direct contact with the objects or persons infected by the fungus. When Prevention Becomes The Ultimate Solution …

Combating Muscle Fatigue

Athletes from amateur to professional level all experience muscle fatigue at some point. The people who tend to suffer the most however are surprisingly those who are less active. Many regard professional athletes as much more likely to have complications with muscle fatigue, however in terms of how the muscles use energy those who are less active than professionals are at a distinct disadvantage. It is very important to understand that when you are working out, you are slowly wearing down the muscles and burning all of the energy that is provided to the muscles as well. Because of the energy that the muscles burn not being able to be replaced into the muscle quite as quickly as it is …

Carbohydrates the Essential Energy Source

Most athletes know and realize just how important it is to get the proper nutrients however many athletes are being drawn into the idea of using low carbohydrate diets as a way to help control weight. Needless to say, the sports medicine field is quite alarmed at this recent trend. The number of athletes that are starting to use low carbohydrate diets is alarming in recent years. Even scarier is the fact that these diets can cause harsh long-term complications such as making weight loss even harder. Carbohydrates are the essential energy source that all athletes need in order to maintain the stamina to work out. Without this vital energy, it is much easier for injuries to occur from exhaustion …

What You Should Know About Athletes Foot

One of the major problems people experience when it comes to their feet is having a skin infection such as athlete’s foot. Being one of the most common skin diseases experienced by people all over the world, athlete’s foot is not considered as a harmful or deadly skin disease unless it leads to other serious complications. Contrary to common perception, athlete’s foot is not only experienced by athletes alone. This skin disease is experienced by a person or persons who keep/s their the feet and other areas of the body moist and warm without doing proper hygiene and thus leading to irritation of the upper layer of the skin where the fungus thrives. Athlete’s Foot 101 A skin infection in …

What to do to Cure Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is one of the most common feet problems in the country. And despite being named after an athlete, this fungal infection can actually affect everyone. Sportsmen, office people, old people, children, men and women… all are affected. Athlete’s foot is an infection in the feet caused by the fungus, tinea pedis, which often lives in warm and moist environments. These fungi can often be found in moist areas such as locker rooms, gyms and poolside areas. People who suffer from athlete’s foot will experience itchiness in the affected areas, often in between the toes. There will be redness and tenderness in those areas as well as the cracking of the skin. Athlete’s foot may also cause the skin …

What Does Athletes Foot Look Like

There are other conditions that mimic Athlete’s Foot that we should be aware about like that of simple disturbances in the body’s sweat mechanism, reaction to certain components of the shoes like dyes or adhesives with weird chemical combinations, eczema and psoriasis. Eczema is scientifically known as atopic dermatitis but physically it is just a non-contagious chronic skin disorder that results to an itchy, red, raised rash that may weep or ooze clear fluid. Psoriasis, on the other hand, can be caused by stress and excessive alcohol consumption. Fingernails and toenails are the usual body areas affected by psoriasis. It is important to discuss these diseases to avoid confusing it with Athlete’s Foot. Some symptoms of Athlete’s Foot include bumps …