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Basketball Fitness Training – Why Every Hooper Should Hill Sprint

Serious basketball coaches are always looking for ways to get an edge on the competition – to gain an advantage. It’s why you spend so much time researching methods of training that will make your players faster and stronger – and jump higher – without taking up too much time to get results.

That’s why I believe that running hill sprints (which includes running bleachers and stairs) is a must for any basketball player.

This is because hill sprints provide a number of benefits to the basketball athlete. Here are the Top 6:

1. Hill sprints provide the perfect combination of strength and speed training.

It’s like lifting weights and sprinting at the same time. The hill gives resistance to your athlete’s sprints, making them more difficult while being shorter in distance and duration. Including hill sprints in your training program can bring great results in as little as 15 minutes 1 or 2 times per week.

2. Hill sprints build stamina.

Endurance is something that every basketball player needs – but it is a special kind of endurance. If you want your athletes to perform at their peak, then low, slow distance types of cardio just won’t work. Their endurance training needs to mimic the demands of the game. Those needs being – short bouts of intense exertion broken up by periods of lower intensities.

Hill sprints provide just this type of interval training. They will take your players’ hearts and lungs to intensities far greater than those found in jogging or traditional types of endurance training. Their body will become used to reaching these higher levels, and recovering quickly in between the “sprints.”

More and more scientific studies are showing that VO2 Max (the traditional measure of aerobic endurance) is improved as much – or more- by using high intensity interval-type exercise like hill sprinting.

Want your team to have their “wind” at the end of the game? Hill sprint.

3. Hill sprints increase ankle strength – helping to prevent one of the most common injuries in sports – the ankle sprain.

Ankles are made stronger due to the need to push off harder when sprinting up the hill. Because of the incline, more drive is needed than when sprinting on a flat surface. Improved ankle strength also leads to the ability to push off harder during the game – benefiting a player’s important “first step” and lengthening their stride when sprinting in a breakaway on the court.

4. Hill sprints increase basketball players’ speed and explosiveness.

This is because hill training promotes two key factors in running faster and jumping higher. First, it forces proper knee lift – essential for driving the legs downward and back for more force. Second, hill sprinting makes the sprinter dorsi-flex their foot while running. The closer the toes are brought to the shin, the more force they can apply on ground contact. Think of dorsi-flexing as loading your foot – then unloading it into the ground – pushing you forward.

Explosiveness …

Canadian Dental Insurance Coverage

Obtaining dental insurance is crucial for Canadians because the majority of the provinces’ health care program does not provide dental insurance coverage, and the ones that do, typically offer it to children between the ages 0 to 12.

For many individuals and families, out-of-pocket dental expenses can put a significant dent in the budget, making the purchase of dental insurance a virtual necessity to offset the costs. Individuals that are not able to obtain dental insurance through an employer’s group plan can get Canadian dental insurance quotes online from insurance providers who can fill in the gaps in their provincial plans.

Getting dental insurance quotes is a wise decision, and it allows you to select the dental plan that is right for you and for your family.

How to get Canadian dental insurance quotes

One of the quickest and easiest ways to obtain a Canadian dental insurance quote is through the internet. Many insurance carriers provide quotes online for dental coverage, along with pertinent information and details of various dental plans.

The internet is a powerful tool for obtaining insurance quotes because it allows an individual to compare plans side-by-side in a relatively short amount of time. Dental insurance plans vary in the services they cover, monthly premiums, and methods of reimbursement. For instance, some plans may cover dental procedures for cosmetic purposes, while others stipulate that they do not.

Like most people, you want to get the dental coverage that you need at a price you can afford. When comparing dental insurance plans, you may find that some of the services offered are not important to you, so the first step is to determine your insurance needs and those of your family. You should consider facts such as: if you have children, they may eventually require braces; as you age, dentures or other dental prosthetic devices are likely to become a need. Taking the time to examine the terms and conditions of more than one plan will enable you to choose the dental coverage that suits you best without necessarily compromising your budget.

Types of dental coverage benefits

Most dental plans offer both preventative and reparative benefits. This means that in addition to coverage for regular diagnostic and preventative services, they also provide coverage for treatment of dental problems. A good dental plan will cover a significant portion of the cost of dental services and required procedures.

Some basic diagnostic and preventative dental services include: examinations every 6 months, cleanings and regular x-rays. Some basic dental procedures include: fillings, root canals, tooth extractions, and gum treatments. Some of the major dental services that are typically covered at 50% of the cost include: dental crowns, bridgework, and partial or complete dentures. In some cases, there are coverage maximums, so be sure to read the terms and conditions of the contract and all its fine print.

Dental Care and Expenses

Common dental problems include tarter build-up, cavities, gingivitis and gum disease, all of which usually result from lack of dental care. …

Uncircumcised Men Face Penis Health Risk Factors

Until the late 20th century, circumcision of male infants at birth was considered routine and necessary. However, medical research over the last few decades supported the idea that circumcision constituted an unnecessary surgical procedure. Some critics even argue that circumcision amounts to mutilation and takes away the individual’s right to choose.

On the other hand, more recent studies have found that circumcision does, in fact, provide multiple health benefits over the lifetime of a male. A recent news article entitled “Fewer Circumcisions Could Cost the US Billions” (The News, 23 August 2012) reports on a study conducted at Johns Hopkins University which revealed that men with an intact foreskin are likely to spend an average of $313 per year beyond what their circumcised counterparts pay due to increased health problems.

This is not to say that men who are uncircumcised should begin planning for surgery any time soon. Many of the risks associated with an uncircumcised penis can be alleviated through proper penis care, including good hygiene, treatment with penis-specific vitamins and minerals, and avoiding unprotected sex.

Health benefits of circumcision

Circumcision is practiced in most parts of the world and involves ablating (cutting away) the protective sheath of skin that covers the glans of the penis. While this was traditionally done for religious reasons, research has shown that men who are circumcised are less prone to infection, sexually transmitted diseases, and aids. On the other hand, circumcision is not without its drawbacks, as it can cause reduced penile sensitivity later in life.

Risk factors related to intact foreskin

For many men’s health experts, the recent conclusion seems to be that circumcision is preferred. An intact foreskin has been linked to numerous health problems, as described below:

· InfectionWhile the foreskin tends to protect the glans (head) of the penis from chafing and provides a degree of natural lubrication, it is also the perfect breeding ground for fungal and bacterial infections. Men who are not circumcised are more likely to develop balanitis, an inflammatory condition which presents as swelling, redness, rash, itching and discharge. An uncircumcised penis is also more prone to fungal infections such as jock itch.

· Phimosis – A common complaint among uncircumcised men is the inability to retract the foreskin fully during an erection. This condition can be quite painful and prevent men from enjoying intercourse. It can even lead to impotence in cases where anxiety over the associated pain can prevent an erection from occurring.

· Hypersensitivity – Men who have an intact foreskin often report having an oversensitive penis. This problem is typically related to phimosis, as the foreskin cannot be retracted fully and the glans is not accustomed to direct contact. An oversensitive penis can prevent men from enjoying sexual intercourse or even masturbation.

Protecting the uncircumcised penis

· Fight off infections – Avoiding infections is often a matter of personal hygiene and penis care. Washing the area under the foreskin daily and treating it with a vitamin crème …

Common Pet Health Questions

Everybody's been there before. Your faithful and loving companion, be it canine, feline, feathered friend, fishy follower or scaled supporter, begins exhibiting signs that all is just not right with the world. Whether it is listlessness, accessibility to function, lack of focus or lack of appetite, the multitude of symptoms plaguing your animal at any given time may be quite easy to miss unless you know what to look for. Although too expansive a category to pigeonhole in general, this article will address some of the more common pet health questions.

Stopping the Problem Before it Starts

First of all, you will find that many common heath problems can be cured with simple preventative maintenance. Your pet should be regularly groomed, pedicured (when appropriate), fed a proper diet, exercised, vaccinated, and treated with products which prevent pests (again where appropriate). If you do this, then 85-90% of your pet's health issues will never occur, as this is where most pet health issues arise in the first place … negligence.

Basic Pet health Questions
Some of the basic pet health questions listed below may not apply to all species, nor be as authoritative a listing of all possible health issues which may occur with your pet. Rather, it is a short treatment of some of the more common pet health questions asked by many pet owners today.

# 1: When is it safe to Vaccinate My Baby Animal?

This varies with the species of animal, but generally, you can vaccinate them at about two months. Vaccinations should then roughly be spaced at about four months, or as best directed by your veterinarian.

# 2: When Should I Spay My Female Animal?

There is a lot of dispute over this, as many believe that it is safer for your female animal to have a healthy batch of offspring first. After that, she should have stopped weaning first and be discharged up. You should NEVER spay an animal that's in heat. Another area that's heavily contended is at what age your female animal can be spayed. Generally, a good consensus on this is about six months.

# 3: Is My Animal Overweight?

Although there is no clinically definitive ascertain standard for obesity in animals, such as the human BMI scale, generally an animal is considered to be overweight if it is about 15% over the breed's accepted ideal weight. They are considered obese if they are 30% over that same standard.

# 4: Should I Brush My Pet's Teeth?

General veterinarian consensus is that no, brushing your pet's teeth is not a harmful course of action. In fact, many vets say that without proper home maintenance, professional teeth cleanings for your pet are almost completely useless. Remember, do not use human toothpaste! This can harm your pet!

If you treat your pet well and care for them right, they can be some of the best company you ever have. Like all company, though; your pet can tragically leave you early if you do …