Sports Photography

Head of the Charles Regatta, Sunday, October 18, 1998.  From the footbridge to Harvard Business School

We have all at one time or another been captivated by sports images. It may be Kirk Gibson’s World Series Homerun, and the image of him running the bases, overcoming the pain he was in or an image of high flying Michael Jordan slam dunking a basketball with his tongue out. We have all been captured in the moment of human drama. We all like a good action photo and, in particular, if your kids play sports, you want to remember them in their toils.

Quality sports shots are somewhat difficult to come by. Most people have limited access to events to photograph them. The further away you are from the event, the harder it becomes to capture the event in a pleasing manner. Sports are an event where crowd control is important, not only for the crowd’s safety, but for the players also. There is nothing more frightening than to be on the sidelines of a football game, focused on a play in the field, when out of the blue a 250 pound line backer drives a player into

How to Help Coach Your ADHD Child Athlete

During my early days of coaching school sports, there was a young girl with an amazing amount of energy on the basketball team. During practice, she was the first one out of the locker room, dressed and raring to go. She was also the last one to leave the gym. A coach’s dream? I thought so, until the frustration set in – for both of us.

Angela could really handle a basketball, having grown up in a houseful of brothers. But she didn’t understand strategy or teamwork. When she was on the court, she performed as if she were the only one there. How could I help her see that enthusiasm, while admirable, was no substitute for team play?

One afternoon, when Angela’s dad picked her up from practice, he asked how things were going. I voiced my frustration and he shook his head knowingly, explaining that his daughter had ADHD. He said that she loved sports and had tried several, with little success. We decided that he would attend all the practices, and together we would figure out how to help this young athlete achieve success at something that she really wanted to do.

Our effort helped

Sports Medicine Docs Offer Safety Tips for Young Athletes

Kids are back to school and back to sports, which inevitably leads to bumps and scrapes and possibly even more serious sports-related injuries.

Doctors in the sports medicine division at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Ohio say preparation is the key to reducing the risk of these injuries.

First, they recommend that children start exercising long before a sports season begins — at least four to six weeks earlier.

Children and teens should get used to hot weather workouts by gradually increasing their time outdoors in heat and humidity. This should take place over the first 10 days to two weeks of practice.

Young athletes need to drink plenty of fluids and take breaks every 10 to 15 minutes, the doctors said. They should wear light clothing and limit their exposure to the sun if they’re outside during the hottest time of the day. One way to stay cool is to apply towels soaked in ice cubes and water to the head and neck.

If a child appears to be suffering from heat illness, move the youngster into the shade or coolest area nearby. Cool them by exposing their skin to ice or cold water and cool, circulating air,

5 Nutrition Tips for New Athletes

Beginner athletes often struggle with under-fueling their workouts, particularly when taking on a new endurance endeavor like a triathlon or a half marathon. A common misconception of beginner athletes is that they have to be “competitive” or “elite” to need to replenish their body like experienced athletes. Also, beginners often have weight loss goals, leading them to reduce calories before, during or after workouts, which does not promote weight loss or enjoyment in exercise. As a result of not getting enough of the right nutrients at the right time, beginners fatigue early during exercise, both mentally and physically.

More: How to Lose Weight to Train

These are the top tips for beginner athletes who want to feel great during exercise to reach their performance and body composition goals.

Don’t Exercise on an Empty Stomach

Put some gas in your tank before starting your workout. Carbohydrate is the preferred fuel for exercise, so 30 to 60 minutes before exercise eat something that is easily digested and carbohydrate-rich. Great pre-workout snacks are:

  • Low-fat fruit yogurt
  • A banana
  • A slice of 100 percent whole grain toast with fruit preserves
  • A small bowl of oatmeal with sliced strawberries or apples

 

More: 8 Last-Minute Nutrition Tips for Endurance Athletes

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Why Trying Karate and Judo?

As a rule, every person has some kind of sport that he or she likes watching, following or doing in the free time. A lot of people admire martial arts, such as judo or karate, but believe that these lessons are too harsh or extreme for their lives. While such ideas may exist for some, the majority of people can and even should try these trainings for a great number of reasons. In the article below we described several main reasons and so benefits of these martial arts to demonstrate why trying and doing karate and judo is good for your body and health.

1. Self Defense
With no doubt, self defense is the first reason to try Revmma Judo gyms that pops out in people’s minds. Yes, during the lessons of both judo and karate you will be practicing real battles moves, kicks, punches, and defense tricks. They will raise your mental calmness, because you will know how to protect yourself; and of course, your physical shape will be better owing to regular trainings giving you more physical strength in the

Plan the Perfect Walking Holiday

There is no better way to get close to the landscape, the scenery, and the culture of a nation than with a walking tour. Other forms of travel certainly have their highlights and benefits, but this ancient form of transportation can be the highlight of your holiday. With the help of a company that specialises in walking tours, you can exercise, relax, and learn with family and friends, no stress included.

Walking anywhere is a good idea, but what if you could enjoy this healthy form of exercise in dozens of locations throughout Europe, including the UK? Contact a company that has long experience arranging tours specifically for certain schedules and personal interests, and the journey can begin. Not only will you see magnificent scenery and enjoy the leisurely pace, but you will also be able to sample some of the great local cuisines.

Fantastic Resource

If you are like the majority of people, you will begin your holiday plan by talking things over with family members or friends who may accompany you. A list of destinations and sights will probably make its way out of this early meeting. You may wish to see the

Kanye West’s ‘Facts’ May Have Saved the Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers are, by any objective measure, a terrible team, not-so-proud owners of the second worst record in the NBA. But they’ve gotten the New Year off to a positive start. Following a four-game losing streak at the end of December, they’ve won three in a row, notching victories over a real basketball team (the Celtics) and two squads (the 76ers and Suns) currently competing in the consolation bracket of a YMCA tournament.

It’s not Kobe Bryant or D’Angelo Russell, it’s Kanye West – more specifically, his new Nike diss track, “Facts,” which has become their locker room anthem because, well, Nick Young said so.

Donald Trump Jabs at New York Jets Owner on Twitter

Donald Trump wants to make the New York Jets great again, and he knows just how to do it: By recruiting owner Woody Johnson to join his team.

One day after Gang Green crashed and burned in Buffalo – missing out on the playoffs for a fifth straight season in the process – the bilious billionaire took to Twitter to fire a few shots at Johnson, who just so happens to serve as the campaign finance chair for Trump’s rival, Jeb Bush. And according to the Donald’s transitive theory of loserdom (or the voices in his head) that was enough to sink the Jets…and he wasn’t about to let anyone forget it.

“Woody Johnson, owner of the N.Y. Jets, is Jeb Bush’s finance chairman,” Trump crowed. “If Woody would’ve been with me, he would’ve been in the playoffs, at least.”

Don’t believe him? Just look at Trump’s good friend, Tom Brady. Sure, he’s barely able to walk, but he’s in the playoffs. Meanwhile, Ryan Fitzpatrick just threw another interception somewhere near Tonawanda and Jeb is less popular than Geno Smith (though at least he has a good fantasy football team). And it’s all because of that loser, Woody…who used to be Trump’s pal. We

Vince McMahon Royally Screws Roman Reigns

Ah, San Antonio, home of multi-time WWE/F World Champion Shawn Michaels, the many-times-over NBA champions Spurs and this. But last night, America’s most venerable mohair-manufacturing city (it’s true) played host to a different, more insidious kind of royalty: those dastardly McMahons. Or at least Vince and Stephanie, since Triple H continues waiting for the optimal moment – Royal Rumble, methinks – to strike and sabotage Roman Reigns and likely put in motion their collision at WrestleMania.

And representing the lower rungs of sports-entertainment prestige was the newly formed Social Outcasts, who abetted the further degradation of poor Dolph Ziggler. Titles were retained, Rumble stakes were raised and some guy with a bunch of dated catchphrases came out in an ill-fitting vest and interrupted the most entertaining superstars in pro wrestling today (all due respect to Joey Ryan). Oh, yeah, and AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura and the Bullet Club are probably coming to WWE. NBD.

So until the cavalry arrives – and without any further delay to discuss various superstars who will try and fail to claim Reigns’ title on January 24 – here are the five key things (in addition to the usual accompaniment of Twitter-friendly sidebar fodder) I took away from

Ronda Rousey to Host ‘Saturday Night Live’

Ronda Rousey, the former UFC champ who has been laying low since getting laid low by Holly Holm, will host Saturday Night Live on January 23, the show announced Tuesday.

She’s far from the first athlete to serve as host, though Rousey is the first from the world of MMA to land the gig. In the lead-up to her November bout with Holm at UFC 193, Ronda told Rolling Stone that she planned to “disappear” following the fight – presumably to begin shooting several films, including a remake of Road House (don’t get Terry Funk started on that one) – though she probably never thought she’d be taking a forced sabbatical. Yet, following her shocking loss to Holm, Rousey’s done just that.

Aside from an interview with ESPN where she described her current mind-set as “really fucking sad” – her sister seconded that sentiment, calling the UFC 193 loss “the moment I saw someone I cared about have her soul crushed” – Rousey’s kept a low profile, and the SNL gig will serve as her return to the spotlight (maybe Stuart Smalley can give her one of his famous affirmations?) Ronda has also

Teen Nutrition for Fall Sports

Fall is a great season for stop-and-go sports such as soccer, football and basketball. Your teen athlete needs power for quick, strong moves and endurance for practices and games. But how do you make sure that your active teen gets the necessary nutrients to fuel both? Here are four key tips to follow.

  1. Food is Fuel

    You wouldn’t put cheap gas in a quality car so why put unhealthy fats and added sugar in your teen athlete’s body? Active teenage boys need 3,000 to 4,000 calories a day, while active girls need 2,200 to 3,000 calories. Choose quality calories from fruit, vegetables, whole-grain breads and cereals, low-fat dairy, lean protein and heart-healthy fats. These foods provide the vitamins and minerals needed by athletes.

    • Breakfast is a great time for whole-grain cereal with low-fat milk and fruit or whole-grain waffles with peanut butter, banana and fruit juice.
    • Prior to lunch at school, review the cafeteria menus and help your teen choose performance foods instead of fried or fast food. Bean and beef burritos topped with salsa or grilled chicken sandwiches with coleslaw delivers nutrients needed for afternoon practices.
    • For dinner, spaghetti with meat sauce accompanied by a salad and whole-grain Italian bread with olive or canola

15 Fueling Snacks to Take to Your Child’s Game

When your little league baseball player or soccer star says, “Your turn to bring snacks,” stress can inadvertently be added to your already hectic day. But, it doesn’t have to when your snack game plan provides nourishing, tasty choices for the hungry kids.

Providing snacks that fuel up, not bog down, little athletes is a chance to teach kids the proper way to get energy for sports while, at the same time, showing them how much you care. So, instead of reaching for candy or heading to the drive-thru, stop to consider the reasons for snacking and try these suggestions.

Snacks serve several purposes for active kids, including:

  • Providing energy (calories) to help working muscles power through activity.
  • Supplying fluids for hydration and to keep the body cool.
  • Providing nutrients for growth and development.
  • Promoting recovery after hard exercise.

In addition, snacks should be easily digested so blood flows to the muscles during exercise and not to the gut in order to digest a heavy, greasy snack.

Depending on the time of the game, different snacks meet different needs. Here is a guide to choosing snacks based on game day and time.

After School Games

Many kids have early lunch periods during school, so they might start the game hungry.

6 Healthy Ways to Manage Weight for Sports

Sometimes an athlete needs to trim a few pounds to ready for competition, especially for sports such as rowing and wrestling which have weight classes. Cutting weight — or dramatic weight loss in a short period of time — is not a healthy way to reach this goal, and isn’t recommended for young athletes.

Dangerous Weight Loss Techniques

Some athletes believe that cutting weight will improve their athletic performance, but dramatic and fast weight loss has the opposite effect. Over-exercising to quickly lose weight uses up stored muscle fuel and may leave athletes depleted when it comes time to compete. Extreme dieting or calorie restriction makes needed nutrients, such as carbohydrates, sparse. And, fasting or not eating for an extended period can lead to dehydration and loss of strength and stamina.

Other ways to hasten weight loss such as wearing a rubber suit, “sweating it out” in a sauna or taking diuretics may lead to dehydration. While dehydration will result in weight loss, it may also negatively affect athletic performance. Studies show that a 150-pound athlete who loses 3 pounds may experience cramping, early fatigue and blunted athletic performance.

Healthy Ways to Manage Weight

The secret to making weight cutoffs is staying at a healthy

15 Fueling Snacks to Take to Your Child’s Game

When your little league baseball player or soccer star says, “Your turn to bring snacks,” stress can inadvertently be added to your already hectic day. But, it doesn’t have to when your snack game plan provides nourishing, tasty choices for the hungry kids.

Providing snacks that fuel up, not bog down, little athletes is a chance to teach kids the proper way to get energy for sports while, at the same time, showing them how much you care. So, instead of reaching for candy or heading to the drive-thru, stop to consider the reasons for snacking and try these suggestions.

Snacks serve several purposes for active kids, including:

  • Providing energy (calories) to help working muscles power through activity.
  • Supplying fluids for hydration and to keep the body cool.
  • Providing nutrients for growth and development.
  • Promoting recovery after hard exercise.

In addition, snacks should be easily digested so blood flows to the muscles during exercise and not to the gut in order to digest a heavy, greasy snack.

Depending on the time of the game, different snacks meet different needs. Here is a guide to choosing snacks based on game day and time.

After School Games

Many kids have early lunch periods during school, so they might start the game hungry.

3 Easy Tips for Fueling Your Workout without Overdoing It

Heading to the gym after work for a quick workout? Out for a morning walk with the dogs? Working out is good for physical and mental health. Although many individuals workout for weight loss or maintenance, exercising burns fewer calories than you might think. For example, you burn about 100 calories for every mile you walk or run. Yet, the average energy bar provides about 250 calories and a 16-ounce fruit smoothie has 350 to 400 calories, so it is easy to overdo it when you think you’re just preparing for your workout.

Here are some tips for fueling your workout without sabotaging the calorie-burning effort of exercise.

The Morning Workout

A low-intensity morning workout — such as a walk, bike ride, yoga or round of golf — requires very little fuel. Concentrate on hydration and a small carbohydrate-rich snack, possibly 16 ounces of water and a mini-bagel or a 100-calorie granola bar. That will give you enough energy to compensate for an overnight fast without loading up on calories. After your workout, eat a smart breakfast of quality carbohydrates and protein. This can be a hard-cooked egg, a slice of whole-grain toast and 100-percent fruit juice, or oatmeal with berries and fat-free

Wheelchair racing

The first international sports events for disabled athletes held in conjunction with an Olympic Games were in Rome in the summer of 1960. The term Paralympics was only coined four years later at the Tokyo Olympics. At first, wheelchair athletes used conventional heavy wheelchairs (7-18kg) and only contested events up to 200 metres. The first wheelchair-borne marathon competitor competed in the 1975 Boston Marathon. New races were organised and gradually purpose-built racing chairs appeared. By the 1980s they had become lightweight (4-10kg) and technically sophisticated. The first mile completed in under four minutes by a wheelchair athlete came in 1985 and the roster of Olympic events was considerably extended for both men and women. Intense competition has driven down records in the commonest events on the track and in the marathon, which now features in most top-flight big city races, like London and Boston.

It is very interesting to look at the trends in world record performances for able-bodied and para-athletes. They are both very well defined but quite different. Able-bodied athletes are faster up to about 400 metres but after that their average speed quickly falls behind the wheelchair performances.

The two tables below show the world record times for the

Medal predictions did we get it right?

Never afraid of a challenge, before the start of the London 2012 Games we issued predictions for the total medal count for the top 20 countries. They were based on a mathematical model that took account of a country’s GDP and population, its performance in 2008 and the home advantage bestowed on Great Britain and also China, who hosted the Games in 2008 (see Mapping the medals).

So how did we do? The first thing to notice is that, despite team GB’s gold rush (which put it in third place on the official London 2012 Olympic medal table based on gold medals won), it actually performed worse in terms of total medals won than we had predicted, ending up in fourth place rather than in second — despite the home advantage, the likes of Russia and China are hard to beat. Hungary makes a surprising appearance, entering in 14th place while we didn’t have it down as making the top twenty at all. Iran also just about squeezed in, tying with Jamaica in 20th place. And Kenya, which we had down to come 18th, narrowly missed the top twenty, coming in as 21st. Other than that all but three countries from

the Art of Scoring Points

The decathlon consists of ten track and field events spread over two days. It is the most physically demanding event for athletes. On day one, the 100 metres, long jump, shot putt, high jump and 400 metres are contested. On day two, the competitors face the 110 metre hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and, finally, the 1500 metres. In order to combine the results of these very different events — some give times and some give distances — a points system has been developed. Each performance is awarded a predetermined number of points according to a set of performance tables. These are added, event by event, and the winner is the athlete with the highest points total after ten events.

The most striking thing about the decathlon is that the tables giving the number of points awarded for different performances are rather free inventions. Someone decided them back in 1912 and they have subsequently been updated on different occasions. Clearly, working out the fairest points allocation for any running, jumping or throwing performance is crucial and defines the whole nature of the event very sensitively. Britain’s Daley Thompson missed breaking the decathlon world record by one point when he won the

Week 17 injuries that will affect the NFL playoff race

Williams was carted off the field at the beginning of the second quarter after his ankle was rolled up on. He appeared to be in immediate pain. ESPN Steelers reporter Jeremy Fowler said Williams looked to be moving fine when he returned to the sideline, but the Steelers downgraded him to out. Fowler reported that Williams left the locker room wearing a protective boot. If Williams is unable to go in next week’s wild-card round, second-year RB Fitzgerald Toussaint will serve as his replacement.

DeMarcus Ware, DE, Denver Broncos: Ware has battled a back injury in the second half of the season, but on Sunday, it was his left knee that acted up. He went down with 10 minutes left in the third quarter, and was initially listed as questionable to return by the Broncos. He could be seen sitting on the sideline with his knee wrapped late in the game, as the Broncos clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC. Ware ranks second on the team with 7.5 sacks this season.

Jeremy Maclin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: Maclin was taken to the locker room late in

Derrick Rose to undergo MRI on sore right knee

Rose tore the ACL in his left knee in April 2012. He tore the medial meniscus in his right knee in November 2013 and had a meniscectomy on the same knee in February 2015. That being said, he didn’t sound too concerned about the latest knee setback this time around.

“I feel good,” Rose said. “I feel all right. I just overworked myself. I gotta figure out the days where I’m going to sit. I have to do a little bit better. But the games I have rolling, just tried to give myself a little bit more than I had. And it backfired on me. Tomorrow the MRI. I know everything’s going to be fine. But It’s more reassurance.”

Rose acknowledged there is ‘a little bit’ of pain in the knee.

“Just can’t push off the way I want to,” he said. “I was able to work out. Lift and shot a little bit. But just overworked myself.”

Rose said he thought he would be able to play on Sunday but woke up with some “discomfort,” so the Bulls medical staff decided to play it safe. He said the hamstring “feels good” and is hopeful he will be