Why Are There No Timeouts in Endurance Sports?


I watched a basketball game this weekend, in which play was stopped over and over again for timeouts. There were so many timeouts that the final 30 seconds of the game took five minutes to complete.

Typical comments from commentators included: “That was a good timeout. You could see the team needed a breather.”
Or…
“That timeout was perfectly called. Coach needed to change tactics. What a momentum-change that provided.”

Hilary, one of my cross-country runners, takes exception to timeouts in team sports.  In Hilary’s words, “If they can take timeouts in basketball because they’re tired, why not in cross-country?”

Good point. I’d love to be able to call a timeout when my cross-country racers are dropping off the pace and need a break. Or in a middle distance track race, when my runners are boxed-in on the curb. It would make a big difference if I could jump onto the track with my hands in the traditional time-out signal and get the officials to whistle the race to a stop. A 30-second conference  with my athlete with instructions such as:

“I told you to stay off the curb, Joe. Now get back in there and move out of that box!”

And off to the races again, with Joe nicely moving out of his boxed-in position and ready for a kick to the finish.

Alas, I fear this is never to be.  All is not fair in love and war…or, apparently, sport!

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Dick Moss, Editor,
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[tags]sports humor, sports humour,physical education,timeouts in sport[/tags]

Inspirational Video for the Underdog – Beating the Odds

Does your team have an upcoming competition against an overwhelming favorite? Do they think they don’t stand a chance? Do you need a way to fire them up and get them to believe?

Then have them watch this inspirational video, produced as a Nike advertisement in 2010.

Here’s a sample of the script:

“Just remember, out here, the results don’t always add up. No matter what the stats may say, no matter what the experts may think, and commentators may have predicted, when the race is on, all bets are off. Don’t be surprised if somebody decides to flip the script and take a pass on yelling ‘Uncle.” And then suddenly, as the old saying goes, “We got ourselves a game.”

There’s just one caveat about the language. The video contains the phrase, “Just because they’re strong doesn’t mean they can’t get their asses kicked.” That might not be appropriate for the classroom or for younger students.

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Dick Moss, Editor,
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[tags]inspirational video,sports inspiration,underdogs,underdog,coaching,physical education[/tags]

Concussion Reference Card & an Excellent Concussion Blog

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In the USA, more than 100,000 children visit the emergency room with a concussion every year. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Many more concussions will be ignored or go undiagnosed. Athletes are particularly likely to just try to “shake it off” when their “bell gets rung.”

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Concussion Reference Card

Athletes in high school sports like football, basketball, rugby, hockey and soccer are particularly likely to sustain head trauma. But any student in a physical education environment can get whacked on the noggin.

Unfortunately, leaving a concussion undiagnosed and untreated can have dire consequences. Permanent brain injury and even death can be the result.

Download the Card

Here’s a card you can print out and carry in your wallet or medical kit. It will take you through some steps to follow if you suspect that a student has sustained a concussion. Once you reach the web page, click the “Ahead of the Game” logo to download the card.

http://www.dkneuro.com/2010/08/er-concussion/

In fact, the blog of Dean Karahalios, MD, a concussion expert, provides a lot  of information on concussion and spinal injuries. It’s an excellent resource.

http://www.dkneuro.com

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Dick Moss, Editor,
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[tags]concussions, head trauma, athletes and concussions, concussion[/tags]

Tennis Video is Inspirational for Female Athletes in Every Sport

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Welcome back to school! If you’re looking for some inspiration, I’ve just found an incredible tennis video, produced by the New York Times Magazine. With the U.S. Open tennis championships just over, it’s very timely.

Called “The Beauty of the Power Game, ” the video shows some of the world’s top female tennis players hitting the ball, close up, with special effects, in slow motion and with music in the background.  It’s a wonderful illustration of the power, strength and beauty of female athletes.

Segments include: the incredible flexibility and recovery abilities of Kim Clijsters; the tremendous power generated by the backhand of Serena Williams; the ballet-like movement of a spin-around groundstroke produced by Elena Dementieva; and the rippling quadriceps of Samantha Stosur as she absorbs the shock of ground contact during a forehand. Victoria Azarenka’s segement showing the ball exploding off her racquet is especially notable.

If you’ve ever had doubts about the strength and power of female athletes, be sure to watch this video. These women are strong, and athletic, and beautiful. It’s inspirational for female athletes and coaches in any sport.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/08/29/magazine/womens-tennis.html?ref=sports

And be sure to see the companion slide show: “Women Who Hit Hard.”

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/08/29/magazine/tennis-hard-hitters.html

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You Don’t Need The Best Facilities to be the Best Athletes

The World Cup is over and I’m still blown away by what players at that level can do with a soccer ball. But what happens when you combine soccer with Capoeira, the acrobatic martial art from Brazil? Take a look (warning…don’t try this at home).

These young athletes aren’t practicing on groomed grass fields. They’re performing in an inner-city setting on dirt lots, paved streets, rooftops and courtyards. This video may help your students to realize that it doesn’t take the best facilities in the world to become the best athletes in the world. It takes work, dedication, constant practice and the obvious passion for one’s sport demonstrated by these athletes. Incidentally, Brazil is one of the best soccer countries on the globe.

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Dick Moss, Editor,
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[tags]soccer, Capoeira,soccer skills,acrobatic soccer moves[/tags]

A New Sport? The 100m Hurdles in Swim Fins

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100 Hurdles in Swim Fins

There are a number of hybrid sports:  the biathlon combines nordic skiing and shooting; the heptathlon combines seven track and field events; the triathlon combines swimming, cycling and running. So why not another hybrid –  swim-fin-hurdling?

Sound crazy? Yup – but the World record is fast!  In fact, heptathlete Veronica Torr from New Zealand broke the old World mark of 22.35 seconds by flipper-hurdling over the 100m distance in 19.28 seconds. While the world’s non-flippered best run the event in just over 12 seconds and credible high school athletes run in 14, she’s not far off. Especially for a flipper-foot.

You can see the World record, as it was set, in the following video. You’ll notice that, unlike the Olympic hurdles races, that Ms. Torr is grinning ear-to-ear throughout the entire race.

And for those technical hurdle experts out there, you can see the entire race in slow-motion.

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