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Abdominal stretch demonstrated

Abdominal stretch demonstrated






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  1. Lie prone with your palms on the ground and your elbows bent and close to your sides. Glide your shoulder blades down toward your hips.
  2. As you inhale, lengthen through your spine and press your hands into the ground to lift your chest off the ground. Keep the abdominals engaged toward the spine.
  3. Move along the longest possible arc through your thoracic spine, avoiding overuse in the lower spine.
  4. Continue, lifting your hips off the floor as long as you are supporting your
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Basketball

Basketball


Basketball is the second most popular sport in the world, and it is played in more than 200 countries. In the United States, the home of basketball, it is a staple of many physical education programs in elementary, middle, and high schools. It is also becoming more popular in the physical education curricula in other countries. Research conducted in the United States shows that basketball is among the top four activities (after camping, swimming, and biking) that nonparticipants in physical ...

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Competition and Fair Play

Competition and Fair Play


Considerations of Winning, Cheating, and Gamesmanship


James W. Keating and Randolph M. Feezell’s essays "Sportsmanship as a Moral Category" and "Sportsmanship," respectively, take on the important notion of sportsmanship. Armed with his well-known distinction between sport (a diversion whose main aim is to ensure all concerned have a pleasurable experience) and athletics (a competitive contest whose main aim is winning), Keating starts things off by claiming sportsmanship is not the all- ...

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Current Guidelines and Policy on Doping in Sport

Current Guidelines and Policy on Doping in Sport


Whatever we think that sport should or should not be, there is one good reason why the world’s sporting bodies are undertaking such a concerted effort to eliminate doping in elite sport. There is one good reason why there are no ’pro doping’ movements and no legal challenges to the laws against doping in sport. The reason is simply this: doping is currently the most widespread method of cheating. Professional athletes are cheating, and worse, they are using methods which quite ...

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Game Planning and Clock Management

Game Planning and Clock Management


All good coaches put together a game plan for the upcoming opponent. Here are a few situations in which play calling and clock management directly relate to game planning.


If you are playing a team with an explosive offense, and your offense is not suited to a shoot-out, don’t run a lot of pass plays that will stop the clock and create a lot of two-and-outs. Instead, your game plan should include a healthy dose of runs, play-action passes, and high-percentage passes that will keep the ...

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Growth-related issues specific to young dancers

Growth-related issues specific to young dancers


Young dancers experience challenging physical changes during adolescence, typically between the ages of 11 and 14 for girls and between ages 13 and 16 for boys. Growth spurts can cause changes in balance and flexibility that affect technique. In such cases, it can be hard at first to understand why technique seems to be getting worse despite more and more practice. It is normal, however, to see a decline in technical performance during rapid growth. Adolescence is a tough time, during which a ...

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Normative Ethics and Normative Ethical Theories

Normative Ethics and Normative Ethical Theories


We are now well positioned to sketch out the main moral theories that bear on the ethical considerations of sport featured in the essays to come (table 3). These moral theories are largely of the normative variety in that they seek to spell out what principles, reasons, and values should guide our actions in particular sporting circumstances. However, the first section of essays implicates another branch of moral inquiry known as "metaethics," in which the primary aim is to explain and justify ...

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Organizing Content for Teaching

Organizing Content for Teaching


One of the truisms in teaching is that you must understand what you teach. Your deep understanding of content leads to deeper content learning by students (Ward, 2013; Ward, Ayvazo, & Lehwald, 2014). In addition, the quality of the tasks is critical, because students acquire better knowledge and perform better if you use high-quality tasks. Your capacity to improve student learning is grounded in the professional knowledge that informs PCK. As discussed in chapter 1, PCK is influenced by ...

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Quarterback Challenges in Canadian Football

Quarterback Challenges in Canadian Football


Playing quarterback in Canadian football definitely has its challenges. With only 3 downs to make 10 yards, the quarterback really has to be a playmaker.


Another major challenge is the weather. When faced with wind and cold and poor playing surfaces, the quarterback must focus on time management and must also know his limitations. With only 20 seconds to get the ball into play, there is not a lot of room for error. Once a play is completed, the quarterback must quickly communicate with the ...

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Running-Game Structure in Modern Offenses

Running-Game Structure in Modern Offenses


The offensive system should have the flexibility to adapt and be complementary to the athletes’ skills. If you are able to recruit players, target and secure players to fit your system. If you’re in a situation that is not recruiting-based, such as high school, rep, or house league football, your system needs to be flexible enough to fit the skill level of your athletes. An effective and complementary running game should be able to attack a defense in a multitude of ways. It is no ...

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