Bubble Soccer – A Bouncy New Sport

Welcome back for 2014!!

Sometimes the equipment makes the game. That’s the case with Bubble Soccer, a new soccer variation in which players wear inflatable bubble-wrap balls. It turns them into giant, bouncy sumo wrestlers. Aside from the no-contact rule (contact is actually encouraged), the regular rules of soccer apply.

Here’s a video of a bubble soccer game.

And here’s how to celebrate a goal.

You can see more Bubble Soccer videos from the Bubble Soccer Australia website. Just click the Watch More button:
http://www.bubblesoccer.com.au/

Invented in Denmark, the Bubble Suits aren’t cheap – originally called BumperZ, a package of 12 suits will cost you about $4600 (according to the Bubble Soccer Australia sites. http://www.bubblesoccer.com.au/products/ or the European distributor: http://www.funballz.com/products/inflatable-bumperz-bodyzorbing

There are some Chinese manufacturers that can purportedly provide cheaper suits, but that’s buyer beware:
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/adult-bubble-soccer-for-sale/1532655544.html

I hope 2014 turns out to be an amazing year for you!

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Dick Moss, Editor,
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If You’ve Never Failed, You’ve Never Lived – A Video

Here’s an inspirational video you can show your students or athletes. It can be particularly powerful after your team has lost a game or championship. You can also use it with individual students who appear to have a fear of failure.

The video highlights a number of famous people who initially failed in their endeavors, then rose to become high successful.

The end-phrase: “If you’ve never failed, you’ve never lived.”

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Irish Physical Activity Campaign

It’s not just North Americans who have begun to realize the importance of physical activity for children. Childhood obesity and inactivity is a phenomenon in every affluent, developed country in the world. Fortunately, some of these countries have launched public campaigns to correct the problem.

Here’s one example. This public advertisement, from Ireland, is called: Physical Activity – It All Adds Up. This video describes an easy way for children to get in an hour of exercise every day.

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Two Concussion Resources for School Sports & PE Classes

Concussion Pocket Card
Concussion Pocket Card

With Fall sports about to begin, the opportunities for concussions begin as well. Some sports carry an inherent risk of concussions: football, hockey, soccer, field hockey, rugby, flag football, gymnastics and more. And any PE class holds risks. All it takes is a trip and a fall, and a concussion could occur.

So, I thought it appropriate to provide you with two excellent resources about concussions. One is a website from South Africa that provides articles about the latest concussion research, recent news articles, and tips for management of concussions. Perhaps most valuable is an extensive concussion toolkit that will help you take the correct steps after a suspected concussion. I really like the pocket card you can print and carry with you, or place in your first aid kit. Thanks to South African reader, David Flax, for bringing this resource to my attention.

http://www.sportsconcussion.co.za/

The second resource was sent to me by Andrew from a high school club called “Teens 4 Safety.” It’s actually a website from a car insurance calculator, but it provides an eye-opening look at the seriousness of the concussions that can occur in contact sports. It does this by comparing the forces involved, plus the frequency and severity of sports concussions with the injuries sustained in auto accidents. It uses a graphic format that is fun to read and should attract the attention of your students. Here’s the link

http://www.carinsurancecalculatoronline.com/raising-concussion-awareness/

Good luck with the new school year and here’s hoping you make it though the year concussion-free!!

 

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New Sport – Bossaball

 

Well, it’s July and summer vacation has just begun here in North  America. For those of you still checking PE Update, I thought I’d provide a video of a new sport that you’ll probably never be able to play in your school (because it looks expensive to set up), but that looks like a lot of fun. It’s called Bossaball and it’s a combination of volleyball, soccer, gymnastics and trampolining!

Check out the video – it provides the basic rules and shows how the pros play. Have a great summer!!

 

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An Unreported Concussion Can Cost You an Entire Season…or Your Entire Career

Here’s a video that discusses concussions and the necessity of reporting head injury symptoms right away. Athletes are often taught that they have to “tough it out” when injured, but unlike many other injuries, playing with a concussion can cost an athlete their entire season…or their career.

I like this video – because it’s the personal story of a female basketball player, it shows that concussions can be experienced by anybody in any sport, not just by males in contact sports such as football or hockey.

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