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Consider and assess posture and balance across the lifespan

Consider and assess posture and balance across the lifespan

Postural control and balance are perfect examples of perception and action as an ecosystem. To control our posture in order to sit, stand, or assume any desired position, we must continually change our motor response patterns according to the perceptual information that specifies the environment and our bodies’ orientation in it. read more
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Understand the development of catching skills

Understand the development of catching skills

Several manipulative skills are basic to sport performance. In these skills, a performer must gain possession or control of an object by reaching to intercept a moving object or stopping it with an implement. read more
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Both genetic and extrinsic factors influence normal and abnormal embryonic and fetal growth

Both genetic and extrinsic factors influence normal and abnormal embryonic and fetal growth

The growth process begins the instant an ovum (egg) and spermatozoon fuse in fertilization. Carried out under the control of genes, early development is astonishingly precise. Genes, then, determine the normal aspects of development and inherited abnormal development. read more
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Latin American involvement in U.S. soccer

Latin American involvement in U.S. soccer

Latinos are often at a disadvantage compared to their white counterparts in U.S. soccer, and have found ways to create their own opportunities. read more
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Athletes experience health benefits of training, with some risk

Athletes experience health benefits of training, with some risk

It has been demonstrated that exercise training in previously sedentary individuals has beneficial effects in terms of reducing the incidence of upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) (Nieman et al. 1990; Nieman, Hensen, et al. 1993). read more
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Direct and Indirect Free Kicks

Direct and Indirect Free Kicks

Set pieces are a critical part of the modern game of soccer. Interestingly, they occur more frequently in the biggest matches, where emotions run high and there’s a tremendous amount of energy within the players on the field. For this reason, organization in both attack and defense in set pieces is important. read more
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Keys to a clean handoff

Keys to a clean handoff

On some running plays, the running back may not receive a direct handoff from the quarterback. Instead, the ball is pitched or tossed so that the running back can quickly get to the outside of the formation. read more
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Straight-Arm Plank and Elbow Plank

Straight-Arm Plank and Elbow Plank

Position the hands on a moderately unstable apparatus. The hands are directly under the shoulders with the arms perpendicular to the floor. read more
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Training for Stabilization, Strength, and Power

Training for Stabilization, Strength, and Power

The muscular structures of the abdominal and back regions play a dominant role in postural control, lumbar stabilization, and proprioception (what we call total body balance). As we have said, a well-functioning core can help reduce the risk and severity of injury and promote greater efficiency. read more
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Methods of blitzing

Methods of blitzing

Rushing across the line of scrimmage to blitz the quarterback or ballcarrier is tremendous fun for a linebacker. read more
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