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2016 AFL Grand Final Sprint

October 31st, 2016 · No Comments · AFL

Here is the final for the AFL player sprint race held at half time of the 2016 AFL Grand Final. The winner was James Shirley, a 28-year-old suburban footballer from the Murrumbeena Football Netball Club, who won through qualifying races to represent local footballers. Second was AFL player Jed Bews from Geelong. A little embarrassing for the professional footballers. See more about the history of the Grand Final Sprint.

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Headis: a hybrid of soccer and table tennis

February 24th, 2016 · No Comments · Football (Soccer), Sports, Table Tennis, Unusual

In my research for new sports to add to the complete list of sports, I came across this great one which is a hybrid of soccer and table tennis, which seems to have gained popularity in Germany. Here is a video of some Headis game highlights to show you what it is all about. It looks like fun to try, but maybe it is not as easy as it looks.

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New Sport of Ice Soccer

September 17th, 2015 · No Comments · Football (Soccer), Ice Hockey, Winter

Ice soccer is a hybrid sport of Association Football and ice hockey, here is a game being played in Thailand. It is not an “official Sport”, but maybe it should be! See more about ice soccer and hybrid sports.

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Fitness Testing at FC Bayern Munich

August 11th, 2015 · No Comments · Football (Soccer), Testing

It is great to get an insight into the fitness program of a professional football club. The European football club Bayern Munich posted this video of their players undergoing fitness assessments. Although they don’t publish the list of tests they do, a lot of information can be gleaned from the video.

The tests include:

  • Force plate vertical jump test.
  • Speed Court: Quick feet and Reaction Test.
  • Functional Movement Screen: Trunk Stability Pushup Test, Hurdle Step Test, Shoulder Mobility Test, Deep Squat Test.
  • VO2 Max Test.

See more about soccer fitness testing

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Loop a new cue sport

July 20th, 2015 · No Comments · Unusual

The new sport of Loop (pool spelled backwards!) was created by British mathematician Alex Bellos in 2015. It is a new twist to an old game. Loop is played on an elliptical shaped pool table, with a dot at one focus point, and the pocket at another, requiring some calculated angles as shown here. See the first ever game played in the video below, and read more about LOOP.

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Following McDavid at the 2015 NHL Draft Combine

June 12th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Ice Hockey, Testing

The 2015 NHL Draft Combine has some new testing protocols, and a new location. It is now much easier to watch the action, and here is a video following the potential top draft pick Connor McDavid as he progresses through the fitness tests. Note the new vertical jump procedure using a force plate, and the Y-balance test. See descriptions of all the tests, and all results from 2015.

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New Balance Test for NHL Combine – Y Balance

June 7th, 2015 · No Comments · Balance, Ice Hockey

A new balance test was added to the NHL Combine in 2015, called the Y Balance Test.  This test is a dynamic test performed in a single-leg stance that requires strength, flexibility, core control and proprioception. This is the latest in a series of balance and core stability type tests that they have trialed over the years. It looks like a pretty complex test to perform, but seems a good objective measure of balance. Previously they have used a balance board, single-leg squats and a Hex Agility test (like the like the hexagon test). See more about the Y Balance Test.

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AFL now recruiting from the US

May 22nd, 2015 · No Comments · AFL, Testing

The AFL are searching worldwide to find tall players. Here is a highlight package of the 4th international combine held by the AFL (Australian Football League). I would love to see how these guys go if given a chance to play AFL. You can see the top results from this combine, their athleticism matches the Aussie combine efforts.

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Bo-taoshi, Unusual Japanese Sport

December 15th, 2014 · No Comments · Unusual

An interesting Japanese unusual sport is called Bo-taoshi, which is a capture-the-flag-like game with elements of rugby and war. Shown below is a game played at its highest level, between cadets of Japan’s National Defense Academy. Two teams of 150 players compete for each other’s pole, the aim is to bring the pole down to a 30 degree angle. You have to watch the video to see how this is done. See more about Bo-taoshi.

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World Record Raw Bench Press by Eric Spoto

November 2nd, 2014 · No Comments · Bench Press, Weight Lifting

See Eric D. Spoto “Vanilla Gorilla” beaking the raw bench press record with a lift of 722lbs (327.5 kg) . The previous record was 715 lbs by Scot Mendelson.  See more about the Bench Press world best scores. Raw bench pressing is done without equipment such as bench shirts. Using such aids there have been lifts above 1000 lbs. I was curious and had to look up what he was sniffing in the video before the lift – and the answer is smelling salts.
EDIT: This record has now been broken by Russian Kirill Sarychev. He lifted 335 kg (738.5lbs) on November 22, 2015.

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