Category: GENERAL

WHAT IS COMPRESSION WEAR

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What is the point of compression wear?

Compression wear is the best to wear when engaging in demanding physical activity. It helps boost circulation – resulting in more oxygen being transported to the active muscles, helping to improve performance. Compression wear can also help to reduce muscle fatigue. Compression wear is lightweight, breathable and body firming, making it ideal for both low and high impact training, competition as well as recovery.

How does compression wear work?

Compression wear works through the use of strategically placed panels. These panels wrap and support the major muscles being used in physical activity. Compression wear helps to reduce vibration and fatigue in the muscles. It can also help to keep you feeling dry, as the material is designed to wick moisture away from the skin. Many high-end compression brands contain a 50+ UV protection, making it perfect to wear all year round.

How does compression wear fit?

Most compression brands determine size using the BMI index, weight and height. Compression wear should be quite tight to work effectively.

At Sportsmart we stock compression tights, tops, shorts and socks. We also offer both normal compression and thermal compression – perfect for winter.

Choose from our extensive range of Men’s, Women’s and Junior compression, from brands including 2XU, Skins, Champion Performax and Mitre.

Skins have come out with the Skins ‘Team’ range which is a more affordable price range with the same high quality they have always produced.

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How to choose a Basketball System

STEP 1: Choose a type that suits your needs

System Types

In Ground Portable Combos
In ground systems remain stationary  for maximum stability.

Best for: Premium performance usage in a permanent paved area. And best for competitive or professional players, casual but regular players, families and teens.

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Portable systems can be moved for convenience or storage.

Best for: Anywhere where portability is important. Portable systems with an acrylic or polycarb  backboard are best for casual players, young kids and families. Portable systems with a glass backboard are ideal for competitive players.

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Combo systems consist of a backboard and rim. They can be mounted to either an existing basketball system, to a pole, or roof via mounting hardware (sold separately).

Best for: Tight spaces or areas where there is no fixed place for a pole/bar. Casual but regular players, families, teens.

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In-ground portable Combos

Height Adjustments

Infinite Adjust Preset Adjust
Infinite adjustment lifts can be set to any height between:

7.5 feet to 10 feet (2.3 to 3 meters).

Preset adjustment lifts can be set to predetermine heights in 4 or 6 inch (10 or 15cm increments).

STEP 2: Choose a backboard type and size

Glass Acrylic
Glass backboards feature the best rebound  performance   and are ideal for highly competitive play.

Best for: heavy use; competition or professional players.

Acrylic backboards feature better rebound  performance and are ideal for competitive play.

Best for: casual-heavy use; families; teens and children.

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Polycarbonate Composite
Polycarbonate backboards feature good rebound performance and are ideal for recreational play.

Best for: casual use; children.

Composite backboards offer a recreational level of play and a larger variety of colour options.

Best for: young children playing for fun.

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Choosing a backboard size and type

Size considerations:

Sportsmart offers basketball backboards in 8 sizes: 24”, 32”, 42”, 44”, 48”, 50”, 52”, 54”, 60” and 72”. The main factors affecting the size you choose are the size of your playing area and the skill level of those who will be using it.

The 24” and 32” are junior basketball systems best for young kids from 3 years old.

The 42” and 44” backboards are most suited to young children playing casually.

Backboards sized 48”, 50” and 52” are best for a small playing area, and can often be a good option to suit budgets.

For a playing area the size of a 2-car driveway, a 54” or 60” backboard will suit.

For more professional players who want to best replicate actual playing conditions, and who have the space and budget to suit, a 72” backboard is ideal.

NEED MORE HELP?

Sportsmart has a wide range of basketball systems suited to all types of players. For more advice and information, view our range of basketball systems and backboards online, visit one of our Melbourne stores or phone our online team on (03) 9091 5024.

What causes a stitch when exercising?

Having just completed Connor’s Run on the weekend, I experienced that all too familiar burning pain in the side of your abdomen that signals a stitch. It makes any runner want to stop in their tracks until that pain subsides. So, I decided to do some research to understand what causes this familiar pain and the best way to prevent it from happening in the first place.

What is a stitch?

Basically, a stitch occurs when there is a reduction in blood flow to the diaphragm. There is no definite reason as to why this occurs. Theories suggest it is caused by pressure from the legs on to the diaphragm from below, in addition to quick breathing putting on pressure from above, resulting in the muscle pinching and cutting off the blood and oxygen supply.

How can you prevent a stitch?

1. Stay hydrated: Ensure you are well hydrated in the 12 hours before exercising.

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2. Don’t eat too much food or sugar: Avoid large quantities of food in the 2 hours prior to exercising. Also stay away from sugary drinks and lollies.

3. Deep breaths: Most runners swear by deep, steady breathing to help avoid a stitch. If this doesn’t help, try slowing your pace and reducing intensity until the sensation subsides.

See a doctor if you experience persistent pain following exercise.

5 REASONS WHY KIDS SHOULD PLAY SPORT

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At Sportsmart, we are passionate about kids’ participation in sport. Here are some of the benefits:

  1. Sport improves physical health.
  • Participation in sport at any age promotes health and wellness. Instilling this philosophy in children is the best way to promote health and wellness not only when they are young but for the rest of their lives. Learning these habits as a kid makes it easier to maintain as we get older.
  1. Sport increases self-esteem and confidence.
  • Playing sport helps to establish a healthy self-esteem and can boost confidence. Seeing the results of practice pay off on match days, and the positive reinforcement and encouragement from parents, coaches and teammates, will improve a child’s self-esteem and confidence in their abilities.
  1. Sport encourages teamwork, communication and leadership skills.
  • Team sports require teamwork, communication and leadership: three important criteria that an adult is required to be able to demonstrate when going for any job. Learning these skills as a child provides a great base for future success.
  1. Sport is a good way to relieve stress.
  • Physical activity produces endorphins, which make you happy. Sport is a great outlet for stress relief, and to reduce the effects of negative emotions.
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  • The biggest reason for kids to engage in sport is simply because it is FUN! So get out there and get your children involved in sport!

HEAD TENNIS RACQUETS

HEAD YOUTEK IG RADICAL MP

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**Exclusive to Sportsmart stores**

The Innegra hybrid-composite structure of the Head Youtek IG Radical MP racquet is extremely tough while remaining light weight. Vibration from ball impact is reduced by up to 17%, which leads to unique control and precision.

This Head tennis racquet also features D30 impact protection; this material allows the racquet to adopt to any flex required for every shot you take.

The Head Youtek IG Radical MP is used by professional tennis players including Andre Agassi and Andy Murray.

Ideal for the competitive player.

Specs:

Weight – 295g

Head size – 98 sq. ins

Balance – 3” HL

Beam – 21.5mm

Length – 27ins

String pattern – 18/20

Normal price: $329 / Smart Card price: $179. Members save $150

 

HEAD GRAPHENE XT SPEED MP

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Once you have played with Head’s Graphene tennis racquets you will never want to be without its incredible power. Now, this racquet features the next stage of this revolutionary technology: Graphene XT.

With this racquet, Head has made the world’s strongest and lightest material even stronger. This results in optimal weight distribution for a faster swing and more power, for an on-court performance to rival any opponent.

This is the original tennis racquet of the great Novak Djokovic.

Ideal for competitive players.

Specs:

Weight – 300g

Head size – 100 sq. ins

Balance – 1” HL

Beam – 22mm

Length – 27ins

String pattern – 16/19

Normal price: $349 / Smart Card price: $199. Members save $150

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Benefits of using an Elliptical machine

Ellipticals are becoming increasingly popular as the gym equipment of choice for many. When it comes to your workout, how do ellipticals differ from treadmills?

  1. Less impact on the joints

In comparison to running (high-impact), an elliptical is a lot softer on your joints (impact free), making it the perfect exercise machine if you have joint problems. The low impact exercise also helps with recovery times.

  1. Works the whole body

The arm motion on an elliptical machine gives a quality upper body workout while simultaneously providing a lower body workout and an overall cardiovascular workout. The elliptical saves you time by working all these muscle groups at once.

  1. Increase your cardio fitness

The elliptical machine is believed to be one of the most effective machines for increasing cardiovascular fitness. Improved cardiovascular health leads to other benefits such as better quality sleep, increased alertness, and faster metabolism.

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If you want to work out at home this winter, investing in an elliptical machine is a great option. Check out our range of Ellipticals in-store and online NOW.

20 Minute Kettlebell Workout

 

After a long day at work we all suffer that internal debate… ‘should I go to the gym or just stay warm and curl up and watch Netflix?’

Bustamove’s Personal Trainer, Michael, has put together a 20 minute home workout. So, stay warm, watch Netflix and workout, all at once, within the comfort of your home!

20 Minute Kettlebell Workout

Perform both exercises in Circuit A for 45 seconds with a 15 second rest in between each exercise. Do 3 sets. Repeat for Circuit B and C.

Circuit A: (1) Kettlebell Squat and Press, (2) Plank

Circuit B: (1) Kettlebell Split Squat (lunge), (2) Crunches

Circuit C: (1) Kettlebell Sumo Squat + high pull, (2) Push ups

TIPS:

  1. Count how many repetitions of the first set you do in each circuit and try beat that for the second and third set!
  2. Increase kettlebell weight every time you do the workout!

All you need is a kettlebell, buy yours today at SPORTSMART

Good luck!

Michael Farnham

Bustamove Personal Trainer

HOW TO MAKE RUNNING MORE FUN

Want to be a runner but your enthusiasm for putting on your running shoes just isn’t there? Here is a list of ideas to help make the idea of running seem a lot more entertaining.

  1. Create a motivating playlist

Put together a playlist of all your favourite artists and zone out while listening to your favourite tunes.

  1. Introduce yourself to podcasts

Having only recently discovered just how great and amusing podcasts can be, I highly recommend this. Laughing along with Hamish & Andy helps you to forget how exhausted you might be.

  1. Motivate yourself by entering a fun run

I always wanted to be a runner but lacked motivation to get started. Entering my first fun run and raising money for a cause I was passionate about gave me the motivation to get off my couch.

  1. Mix up running routes

Even if you have an interesting and scenic running route, there are benefits to heading off your usual track, so grab a pair of running shoes with good traction and give it a go.

  1. Find yourself a running buddy

Having a friend to run with helps keep you honest and motivated; you don’t want to let them down.

  1. Invest in an activity tracker

Activity trackers are stylish and full of technology. Keeping track of your heart rate, how far you run, downloading workout plans (and much more) right onto your wrist has never been easier thanks to activity trackers like the Garmin Forerunners.

WOMEN’S WORKOUT ESSENTIALS

Get motivated to workout in winter with some new workout gear, perfect gift ideas for mothers day too! Here are some of our favourites to take your winter workout to the next level:

PANTS:

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SKINS DNAmic Compression Full length

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Champion Performax Compression Full length

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Adidas Workout 3/4 tight

 

TOPS:

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New Balance Fashion Tank

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Nike Victory Compression Bra

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Running Bare Baseline Workout Tank

JACKETS:

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Russell Athletic Lightweight Hoodie

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Nike Training Jacket

 

ACCESSORIES:

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Tec-Rope

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Fly Active iPhone 6 Plus Audio Armband – More colours available

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Fly Active Towel-Pocket

 

SHOES:

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Nike Flex 2017 RN Running Shoe

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ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 Running Shoe

Visit Sportsmart.com.au for more options

2 SIMPLE STEPS TO CHOOSING A BASKETBALL SYSTEM

Choosing a new basketball system can be overwhelming, especially if your buying for the first time. This is a guide to help assist you in choosing the basketball system that is right for you and your family.

By remembering the following 2 simple steps allows you to gain a greater understanding of what the differences are between the systems we available/ the differences between backboards/ correct basketball sizing aswell as frequently asked questions when it comes to choosing a basketball system.

 

STEP 1. CHOOSE A TYPE THAT SUITS YOUR NEEDS

When choosing the type of basketball system that suits your needs you will need to consider the following.

Consider where the system will be, and who will be using it.

In-ground basketball systems

Best for:

Where – Premium performance usage in a permanent paved/ concreted area

Who – Competitive or professional players, casual but regular players, families, teens. Standard in-ground basketball systems secure the basketball pole in concrete. These types of basketball systems offer the best level of stability. The pole cannot be removed or adjusted without damaging the concrete, but some systems can be removed using a ground sleeve. The height of these systems is adjustable.

Portable basketball systems

Best for:

Where – Anywhere where portability is important or where the system will be moved

Who – Portable systems with an acrylic or polycarb backboard are best for casual players, young kids and families. Portable systems with a glass backboard are ideal for competitive players. A portable basketball system allows you to play basketball almost anywhere. These standalone units feature a base with wheels, backboard, pole and rim. For stability, fill the base with water or sand. These basketball systems are convenient and easy. Portable basketball systems offer a similar amount of stability as in-ground systems, and are a great option for those who are deterred by basketball system installation. These basketball systems make great Christmas gifts as they are enjoyable for the whole family. They are also adjustable; helpful for teaching young kinds to play. Sportsmart stocks the largest range of portable basketball systems in Australia.

Wall-mounted basketball systems

Best for:

Where – Tight spaces or areas where there is no fixed place for a pole/bar

Who – Casual but regular players, families, teens. Wall-mounted basketball systems can be attached to a garage/carport, wall, side of the house etc. These types of basketball systems will need to be installed, and generally include a backboard, hoop and net. Backboards require the mounting kit/connections to be purchased separately, and they can be either fixed or adjustable. Sportsmart sells suitable mounting equipment in store and online. When purchasing a wall-mounted basketball system, it is important to consider the area in which the system will be placed. Different types of roofs may have trouble holding the backboard straight. When considering this option, ensure you make staff aware of where your basketball backboard will be placed so they can offer installation advice. Basketball rings need to be mounted to 10 feet.

 

STEP 2. CHOOSE BACKBOARD SIZE & TYPE

Size considerations:

The main factors affecting the size you choose are the size of your playing area and the skill level of those who will be using it.

Sportsmart offers a fantastic range of basketball backboards that come in 8 sizes: 24”, 32”, 42”, 44”, 48”, 50”, 52”, 54”, 60” and 72”.

–       The 24” and 32” are junior basketball systems are generally best for young kids from 3 years old.

–       The 42” and 44” backboards are most suited to young children playing casually or for fun.

–       Backboards sized 48”, 50” and 52” are best for a small playing area, and can often be a good option to suit budgets.

–       For a playing area the size of a 2-car driveway, a 54” or 60” backboard will suit best.

–       For more professional players who want to best replicate actual playing conditions, and who have the space and budget to suit, a 72” backboard is ideal.

Material type:

The materials used in the backboard affect the bounce or rebound factor.

Glass

Glass backboards feature the best rebound performance and are ideal for highly competitive play. Glass backboards also stay crystal clear for the life of the basketball system.

Best for: heavy use; competition or professional players

Acrylic

Acrylic backboards feature very good rebound performance and are ideal for competitive play. Acrylic backboards are lighter than glass boards, so they don’t require as large of a pole to support them. While acrylic boards can dull from scratches, this is a cheaper option than glass backboards.

Best for: casual-heavy use; families; teens and children

Polycarbonate

Polycarbonate backboards feature good rebound performance and are ideal for recreational play.

Best for: casual use; children

Composite

Composite backboards offer a recreational level of play and a large variety of colour options.

Best for: young children playing for fun

 

There are a number of other considerations that will affect your decision such as your preferred method of height adjustment, which can vary between different systems, ring type, and which basketball systems fit within your budget. But if you follow the 2-step process, you really can’t go wrong!

  

Below are frequently asked questions our staff get asked relating to choosing the right basketball system.

 

What size backboard do I need? 

Sportsmart stocks basketball systems with backboards ranging from 44” to 72”.  For schools and clubs the most common size used is 60”.  For beginners and people just wanting to have fun 44” is a great starting size with the focus on the shooting square to provide guidance for the younger players in becoming a better player.

The most popular size across Sportsmart range is 54” which allows for a balance between great play and practice. Weather it may be layups, shots from the perimeter or free throw shooting.

When talking about the size of the backboard, the size is taken across the top of the board. One of the main benefits of any backboard size is the shooting square and the ring size. The square and ring size stay the same on every system –  meaning you can take your skills the practise court to the real thing.

 

What type of backboard do I need? Do I need to buy glass? 

Sportsmart stocks 4 types of boards. Eco-composite, polycarbonate, acrylic and Glass. The distinguishing factor is the rebound provided by each backboard.

Glass provides the best rebound and is what is used by most schools and clubs on their courts.

Acrylic is a great option for the player that considers themselves competitive. The acrylic backboard provides a great rebound and ensures the players shots have a very close feel to the glass backboard they may use at their local club and school.

For all beginners and younger players, the eco and polycarbonate are a recommended highly. They are a great option to get the players onto the court and learning how to shoot whist at a price that won’t break the bank.

 

What size basketball do my kids need? 

Basketballs come in 4 sizes 1(mini) 5,6 and 7.  Depending on the ages of the kids using them the standard sizes are as follows:

AGE/ SIZE

9 AND UNDER – SIZE 5 (27”)

MALES 9-13 – SIZE 6 (28.5”)

FEMALES 9 AND OVER – SIZE 6 (28.5”)

MALES 13 AND OVER – SIZE 7 (29.5”)

Australian basketball players use the sizing chart of 5,6 and 7 while Americans use sizing charts shown in inches of 27, 28.5 and 29.5.  Please note that this is only a guide to choosing the right basketball be sure to check with your local club as your local club may differ to suit their relevant coaching programs.

 

Are your basketball system heights adjustable?

All our systems are indeed adjustable. Adjustable heights range from 7.5ft (2.3m to 3.05m) with height increments of half an inch.

Each basketball system uses different adjustment mechanisms ranging from a push pin to a screw jack handles. Each mechanism allows easy adjusting when needed.

The purpose for having adjustment systems is to allows the younger players to learn the skills at there own pace, gradually increasing their height as their skills improve or they go up in age group.

A recommendation for all systems is to lower the height of the backboard during strong weather / windy conditions to avoid damage to your basketball system.

 

Do we need to assemble the system when we get home?

Yes, you will. All our systems require assembly and normally require the participation of 2 capable adults.  All the systems come with a detailed step by step instruction manual which is easy to follow to ensure the correct assemble is achieved.

We also provide assembly personal who can come to your house and assemble the systems at your convenience (this does require an extra charge).

TIPS WHEN ASSEMBLING A BASKETBALL SYSTEM

  • Using the correct lifting techniques when moving the box containing your basketball system. These systems can be heavy and awkward while in the box.
  • Thoroughly read the instruction manual paying special attention to all warnings.
  • Write your model number on the manual in space provided and retain for future reference after completing the assembly process. (Receipt should also be retained.)
  • Make sure you have all the proper tools available to assembly the system.
  • Make sure sand or water, for the ballast, is available before beginning the assembly process.
  • Remove all parts from the box and using the parts list make sure all parts are present before beginning the assembly process. If parts are missing please contact place of purchase to obtain missing part.
  • As stated in the manual, certain holes need to be reamed out using a bolt, clearing excess paint for a proper fit.
  • Typically, two capable adults are required to properly assemble a basketball system. In some cases more people may be needed. Please refer to the safety instructions.
  • If you have a clear board option, make sure you peel the protective film from the board surface before assembling the Rim.
  • Do not over adjust the height of your goal. This may cause damage to your system height adjustment lift.
  • When assembling poles, make sure they are properly marked before assembly and it is very important that the poles not be over assembled or over swaged.
  • Do not over tighten fasteners.

 

When it comes to choosing the right basketball systems for you we have you covered this holiday season! Sportsmart has a wide range of basketball systems suited to all types of players.

Feel free to visit us in store at our 3 store locations Moorabbin, Northcote & Kilsyth and one of our friendly and enthusiastic staff members they will be able to assist with any additional advice and information you may require.

Alternately why not contact our online team for more advice on finding the right basketball system. All online orders placed before December 14 Sportsmart guarantees delivery before Christmas!

Click here to view our range of basketball systems.

http://sportsmart.com.au/c/basketball/basketball-rings-and-systems