Good afternoon, Coaches. We’ve got three stories for you!
1. Video: Snap Attack Football Machine Delivers with Updated Design (Snap Attack)
Our friends at Sports Attack introduced the Snap Attack Football Machine at the AFCA Conference 10 years ago, and now they have spent the last decade perfecting the design. They even designed a lighter, less expensive model for the high school audience.
The Sports Attack Aerial Attack can simulate punts, kicks, passes and snaps so that coaches can limit player fatigue and maximize practice reps. The Snap Attack can pivot instantly in any direction and provide accurate passes, punts and kickoffs to any location on the field.
The Aerial Attack is also considered safer than the products made by competitors because of its solid polyurethane throwing wheels. Legendary coach Bill Walsh preferred polyurethane and wheels to inflatable tires and a motor, and now the Snap Attack’s model is the standard across the NFL.
How would your team benefit from having a machine that simulates punts, kicks, passes and snaps?
2. High school team surprises teammate with new bike (Leah Harwell Ross)
We all need a feel-good moment with so much uncertainty surrounding the high school football season, and this is just what the doctor ordered.
At Boaz High in Alabama, a player was in desperate need of bike repairs or a new bike. Without the bike, the athlete had to walk a couple miles to and from practice.
His teammates banded together, and they took up a collection to get him a new bike. Kudos to the coach for giving all credit to the players and turning it into a lesson about teamwork in the sport of football.
What is the most generous thing you’ve seen your players do for each other?
3. Helping Athletes Return to Post-pandemic Training and Play (Chiropractic Economics)
One of the biggest concerns for coaches with the uncertain schedule and the expedited return to play is the prospect of injuries for players.
Prolonged muscular inactivity, such as what some have faced during the pandemic, inevitably leads to a loss of muscle mass and functional capacity. It affects their strength, stamina and coordination. This is a recipe for athletic disaster.
The post-pandemic protocol is the same as the protocol used following an injury. Get up and move as soon as you can to minimize weak muscles. This helps avoid injury and brings blood flow to the needed areas.
And here’s a recommendation for an exercise that might help players avoid injuries.
To this day, the only exercise I’ve ever found that remains the most scientifically sound is the V-Up. This exercise is the most effective for the abdominals while having the least effect on the low back. To do it, lie on the floor supine and extend your legs and arms straight up to the ceiling. Next, touch your fingers to your toes. Hold this position for five seconds. Start with 10-15 repetitions and increase gradually as you get stronger. That’s it!
What is your plan to ensure athletes don’t suffer overuse injuries when they return to play?
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