Preventing Exercise and Sports Injuries

June 4th, 2014
BODY SCULPTURE Health GuideBy M. P. Gasbarri

I had intended to begin this article by generally going over the types of sports injuries commonly seen at hospitals and rehabilitation centers, and then offering some ideas on how to avoid these mishaps.  But I decided to do this in reverse and get to the crux of the matter right away. Indeed, when it comes to preventing exercise and sports injuries it doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, when you come right down to it, there are only two basic guidelines to follow in order to prevent most all exercise and sports-related injuries from occurring.

1. Wear the proper gear and/or use the proper equipment/accessories, etc., and;
2. Be AWARE.
The second one is a very important point to keep in mind at all times.  I have seen exercise buffs as well as friends meet with some injury or another simply because they were so fervently caught up in the moment of what they were doing and didn’t think of the consequences.  Poor training or exercising habits can result in injury. Being aware of what you are doing, while you are doing it, applies to whether you’re taking part in a competitive ball game or crossing the street.  Learn to listen to your inner warning signal that communicates with you on a daily basis, and use good old common sense. When engaged in an intense workout or running or swimming to increase stamina, it’s okay to push yourself a bit farther, but never push yourself to the brink; that brink may be your breaking point and the consequences may be disastrous.  So, know the right moment to ease off. Pace yourself; be aware of your limits and how far you can go.

The first guideline is self-explanatory, and I’ll get to it in a moment.  I first want to impress upon you the importance of using proper protective body supports and gear, and investing in good quality sports equipment and accessories. If you are designing a home gym and intend to invest money in equipment such as a treadmill, exercise bike, cross strider, multi gym, and so on, it is vitally important to purchase from a professional and trustworthy company that manufactures sports equipment and accessories that are built to be sturdy and rugged, and with superior quality materials, and are ergonomically designed. Many exercise injuries, like the ones I’ve listed below, come from faulty exercise machines and equipment, and neglecting to use proper protective gear. In your endeavors to build up a strong and healthy body, the last thing you want is to injure yourself.  So, do things right… right from the get-go.

There are millions of sports and exercise-related injuries that occur every year. They are basically placed in two categories: acute and chronic injuries. Acute is characterized by a sudden, traumatic injury, such as a concussion as a result of being hit in the head by a hockey puck, or a sprained muscle, a twisted ankle, and so forth. A chronic injury is characterized by overuse of a certain muscle or muscle group which may result in swelling or inflammation, or it could be a pain or ache, most often noted when you are resting after you finish your workout or exercise session.

Below is a ed list of injuries that one may see resulting from various sports and activities such as football, baseball, tennis, hockey, boxing/karate/martial arts training, and others. Some of the same injuries in the list below may occur during your personal fitness program.

. Sprains and strains and twists
.Tennis elbow (epicondylitis) and knee ligament injuries (runner’s knee)
.Ankle and tendon injuries (tendonitis)
. Pulled muscles or muscle weakness
. Muscle Cramps
.Inflammations and swellings
. Bruises and contusions
. Fractures or dislocations
. Head injuries and concussions
. Neck-related injuries
… and many more.

Many of these injuries can be prevented by the very common sense approach mention in the first guideline: Wear the proper gear and/or use the proper equipment/accessories. Concussions, for example, are a common part of football injuries. The right equipment, such as wearing proper head gear that is strapped in securely and using a mouth-guard will reduce the incidence of head traumas. Be aware (guideline number 2) while playing a hard game of football could be translated as “keeping your head up and have your eyes open” – you’ve probably heard your coach echo those words many times.  Sprains and strains during a game of sports or while engaged in a vigorous exercise workout are almost inevitable.  But it doesn’t need to be so.  Prevent such mishaps by wearing good quality wrist wraps, ankle and knee supports, and even shoulder and waist wraps, if necessary.

The right footwear is important also, and will help you avoid undue injuries. A sprint runner, for instance, would wear a different type of shoe than the marathon runner or the jogger would. Wearing the proper type of footwear will enhance your performance and prevent unnecessary injuries at the same time.  As strange as it may sound, I’ve seen folks at the Sunday jogging track carelessly trotting around the track in leather dress shoes or sandals or slippers and footwear I couldn’t even begin to identify. Running barefoot would have been a better choice for these people.  Again, be aware.  Know what type of sport or exercise you’re doing and learn about the best gear and accessories that will protect you and enhance your performance.

Many muscle cramps can be avoided by spending a few minutes doing warm-ups. Stretching and proper warm-ups prior to training or competition or performance has been scientifically proven to reduce the risk of injury. Before I swim or go for a run, I insist on doing a good ten minutes of warm-up stretches.  When I feel completely limber I know I’m ready to exercise with confidence.  In fact, stretching your muscles and expanding the range of motion in your limbs is an excellent exercise in itself; I highly recommend it.

If you strain your back muscles or other muscles as a result of your weight lifting regimen, common sense dictates that you should be using a lighter weight. Move gradually, methodically, and safely toward your strength development goals. Impressing the girls at the beach is not worth it when you consider the pain of torn muscles.

By following these simple guidelines I have laid out, you can decrease your chances of succumbing to chronic or acute sports injuries. Have a safe and well-paced workout!

Bodycraft Elite Multi Station Gym

August 1st, 2012

Bodycraft Elite Multi Station Gym

The Bodycraft Elite is the only Strength

Training System that incorporates the

patent pending Active Balance

System™.  Activate the A.B.S. for true

free-weight feel and benefits. Most

people are naturally stronger on one

side of their body.  The A.B.S helps

you eliminate this imbalance.  The

user is forced to balance the press arm

in both push and pull exercises. This

provides muscular symmetry and

engages stabilizer muscles important for

everyday activities and sports.

Locking the A.B.S. provides the feel and

benefits of a traditional exercise machine.

Truly the best of both worlds!

Functional Training Arms
Sports specific core training
Mimics free-weight feel
Two  adjustable positions
Dual arms

Leg Shaping System
Customizable positions
Seated leg extension
Seated leg curl

Active Balance System
Engages stabilizer muscles
Lock Down option
Free weight feel

Seated Assist
No hassle range adjustment
Multi-exercise adjustment
Easy grip enabled

Double Up
Double Weight Stack to 400lbs
Quick hook engagement
Never obsolete


Frame: Heavy 2″ x 4″, 11-gauge oval steel tubing

Finish: Platinum Silver finish is electrostatically applied in powder form to evenly coat all surfaces, then baked on at high temperatures for a tough, long lasting finish.

Upholstery: Double-stitched heavy gauge vinyl surrounding  two-stage contoured foam.  The outer layer of soft foam provides  extra comfort, while the lower stage of extra dense, contoured foam provides proper ergonomic support.

Pulleys: 4-1/2″ diameter, fiberglass reinforced, nylon pulleys rotate around permanently lubricated, precision sealed ball bearings.

Cable: Highly flexible nylon coated 7 x 19 aircraft cable rated at 2000 lbs. tensile strength.

Weight Stack: Best quality steel composite weight plates are precision milled and powder coated. “Nylarin”™ bushings insure smooth, and quiet gliding.  Unique design allows   unencumbered weight selection.

Guide Rods: 1″ diameter chrome finished solid steel guide rods

Bearings: All weight bearing pivot points and pulleys rotate on precision sealed and internally lubricated ball bearings.

Accessories: Standard items include Lat Pull Bar, Short Straight Bar, Ankle Strap, Ab Strap and two Multi-D Single Handles.

KETTLER Track Performance Treadmill

August 1st, 2012

The KETTLER Track Performance treadmill is one of our more advanced treadmills. It’s been designed and engineered to give you the ultimate workout but also be sympathetic on your joints with a cushioned track. Features include an LCD back lit computer with a 3d matrix. The computer includes 7 functions and 16 training programs to assist you, including heart rate control and fitness recovery tests. It has an integrated POLAR receiver and hand sensors for pulse measurement. The motor has a 25.5 continuous out put, and the speed ranges from 0-18kph. The incline can be adjusted electronically up to 12%, and the running belt is cushioned to ease the impact on your joints. The size of the running surface is 145×51cm, the size when set up is 202×88x136. There are easy rollers to ensure effortless transit. The maximum user weight is 140kg.

BODYCRAFT GX Strength Training Machine

July 22nd, 2011

The BodyCraft™ GX homegym is a new, innovative homegym designed by BodyCraft™ . Unique is the compact size of the station that offers a wide range of exercises within a small surface. A unique homegym, perfect for home-use! DESIGNED & ENGINEERED IN THE USA. (Rated a Best Buy by CONSUMER DIGEST & CONSUMER GUIDE.)

You are able to do a wide variety of exercises on a small surface, thanks to its innovative design. The BodyCraft™ GX can be considered as the successor of the famous X-press Pro™. It offers the same kind of exercises, yet packed in a new and compact design. For each exercise, a comfortable position is guaranteed. The seat, back support and handlebars are easy adjustable in order to set-up an ideal position for each type of user. The seat is thick padded and provides optimum comfort during your work-out. Focus on the construction and you will notice a solid cable system and industrial bearings which take care for a smooth movement for each kind of exercise. Set-up a good position, start working-out and imagine yourself at your very own gym!

As mentioned before, the BodyCraft™ GX offers a wide variety of exercises. The unique cable arms of the BodyCraft™ GX allow you to do all kind of exercises such as pectoral flies, side raise, front raise, concentration curl, etc. The easy to adjust, large handlebar provides a stable chest press exercise, vertical row and even upper chest exercises. If you look at the upper side of the station, you will find a lat bar which is perfect to do your lat exercises. The low pulley allows you to focus on the mid part of your back, biceps curl or other exercises.
Optional Acc’s. LEG PRESS

Exercise Station and features:
1. HIGH PULLEY-lat pull down, tricep push down, knee hold down
2. PRESS ROW-adjustable starting point (accommodates all size users) adjustable seat & back pad (provides many chest & back exercises) ergonomically designed for specific exercises.
3. ABS-advance abdominal training (trains transverse abdominals, internal obliques, external obliques, rectus abdominals)
4. CABLE ARMS-the originator of the cable arm gym, mimics the free weight feel of dumbbells, Dual arms 11 adjustable position provides unlimited exercise possibilities, functional, sports specific & core training.
5. LOW PULLEY-foot plate for low rows, abductor, adductor leg kicks, arm curls, upright rows, simulates freeweight exercise.
6. LEG CURL-seated leg ext. standing leg curl, exceptionally smooth unmatched performance, sealed, internally lubricated bearings.

Adidas support Major Oceania Table Tennis Event

May 4th, 2011

Adidas support Major Oceania Table Tennis Event

Adidas Photo: Adidas Table used at the 2011 German Open - ITTF Pro Tour

3rd May 2011

The LIEBHERR 2011 ITTF-Oceania Cup is shaping up as the pinnacle event in the history of table tennis in Oceania. Already Liebherr has been secured as the Title sponsor, Double Happiness as equipment and ball sponsor, and Tinsue as flooring sponsor.

Adidas is the latest company to come on board, via a deal organized through Green Fitness; adidas has signed as an Official Major Sponsor of the event, providing another significant boost to table tennis in Oceania.

“Table Tennis is a growing sport in the Oceania region, more and more countries and associations are joining the ITTF family”, said recently departed adidas Table Tennis Brand Manager, Mr. Jens Lang. “Public attention is increasing which is also reflected in the media exposure that table tennis is receiving in Oceania; we are happy to be a part of this development and to be an Official Major Sponsor of the prestigious LIEBHERR 2011 ITTF-Oceania Cup’.

Securing adidas as an Official Major Sponsor provides a fantastic boost  the event; to have a world renowned company and a rapidly expanding table tennis brand come on board underlines the vision of the ITTF Marketing Division and TMS International to increase the market reach and attain high level of partners through continental events.

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Editors Notes:

The International Table Tennis Federation is responsible for the global sport of table tennis and has 210 affiliated National Associations.

Table Tennis is an Olympic Sport, introduced at the 1988 Seoul Olympics Games

ADIDAS Table Tennis New Endorsers

March 17th, 2011

Adidas enters sponsorships with world class athletes.
Adidas enters the new table tennis year 2011 by signing the two Top-10 players Feng Tian Wei (WR 2) and Li Jiao (WR 10), as well as Zoltan Fejer-Konnerth (WR 58) and Jonathan Groth, one of Europe’s biggest talents.
From January 1st 2011 onwards, a reigning World Champion and a European Champion are wearing the world famous three stripes: Feng Tian Wei from Singapore (WR 2, World Team Champion) and the Dutch top star Li Jiao (WR 10, European Team Champion) have happily committed to an agreement with the German sports brand. Besides that, the German national team player Zoltan Fejer-Konnerth and the Da-nish shooting star Jonathan Groth are new additions to the adidas ProTeam. Furthermore, the reigning European mixed doubles Champion He Sirin (Turkey) is under contract with adidas, as is Jörg Schlichter, the 2009 German doubles Champion. Adidas will present the newly signed players on the world’s biggest sports goods trade fair, the ispo in Munich from February 6th to 9th 2011.
Feng Tian Wei (world ranked 2nd)
The likeable Feng Tian Wei from Singapore is currently ranked second in the world and was part of the surprise team that beat the superstars from China at the World Table Tennis Championships in Moscow in 2010. Led by Feng Tian Wei, the women’s team from Singapore beat the top-seeded Chinese team in a dramatic final. It was the first gold medal at World Championships in the history of the Singapore team. The 23-year-old Feng Tian Wei is a well-known sports star in Singapore and one of the medal prospects for the Olympic Games in London 2012.
Feng Tian Wei’s career victories include: World Team Champion 2010, Pro Tour Finals Winner 2010, Individual and Team Gold Medal at the Commonwealth Games, Team Silver Medallist at the 2008 Olympics and two individual career Pro Tour titles.
Li Jiao (world ranked 10th)
Despite being in her “advanced thirties”, Li Jiao´s current World ranking no. 10 is her career best. Benefiting from her great experience she is currently Europe’s highest ranked player after a number of Asian top stars. She won the European TOP-12 in 2007 and 2008. In 2007 she won the individuals, as well as the team title at the European Championships. Li Jiao plays for the Dutch prime club MF Services Heerlen that she claimed the Champions League crown with in 2009.
Zoltan Fejer-Konnerth (world ranked 58th)
Zoltan Fejer-Konnerth has been belonging to Germany’s top players for over a decade. Still being a member of the national equipe, he contributed a single win to Germany’s 3-2 victory against Sweden in Tuesday night’s European Nations League encounter. A rocketing forehand loop, still one of the hardest on the tour, is his trademark. Fejer-Konnerth is on league duty for the French Pro A club AS Pon-toise Cergy. His career achievements include: German Men’s Singles Champion in 2000, Euro-pean Men’s Doubles Champions 2002 in Zagreb (together with Timo Boll), Men’s World Team Championship Runner-Up in Doha (2004). Zoltan Fejer-Konnerth´s contract with adidas commences on July 1st, 2011.

Jonathan Groth (Vice-European Champion men’s doubles)
One of the brightest shooting stars in Europe’s table tennis sky is the one of the Danish youngster Jonathan Groth. Being an amazingly skilled doubles player, the 18-year-old sensationally progressed to the men’s doubles final at the European Championships in Ostrava in 2010 with his partner Kasper Sternberg. Winning the silver medal was his biggest career success to date. The gifted lefthander will relocate to the European Masters College in Ochsenhausen/Germany, where he will be living and training from this summer onwards.
He Sirin (European Champion mixed doubles)
He Sirin firstly raised eye-brows when she won the European Championship in mixed doubles in 2010 with her partner Bora Vang. She is on her way to enter the Top-100 in the world ranking. On her home table tennis market Turkey, Sirin is one of the top stars and has represented her country in several World and European Championships.
Jörg Schlichter (German Doubles Champion 2009)
Jörg Schlichter has been playing in the German Bundesliga for several years. The smart 27-year-old right hander won the Gold medal in men’s doubles at the Ger-man Championships 2009 with Alexander Flemming, ending the comeback of former World Champions Roßkopf/Fetzner. In the future, Jörg Schlichter will also support adidas in the field of product development.