Tagged: Health

How to choose a basketball

So, we’ve helped you pick a basketball system…now how to pick the perfect ball. After all, you can’t play basketball without a basketball!

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When looking for a basketball, be aware that there are different sizes available for different age groups. The following is a standard basketball size guide:

  • For ages 3+ (Male & Female): Size 3
  • For ages 5-8 (Male & Female): Size 5
  • For ages 9–12 (Male Only): Size 6
  • Women aged 9+: Size 6
  • Men aged 13+: Size 7

These sizes fit consistently and comfortably across the different age groups.

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Additionally, depending on whether you are playing indoor or outdoor basketball, you may want a ball with a different texture. Outdoor balls will need to be tougher than indoor to last well on the concrete courts. Some people simply prefer the feel of one type of ball over the other, in which case it is always best to pick what feels most comfortable to you.

Sportsmart stocks a variety of basketballs from Molten, Spalding and Wilson. Visit us in store or look online to see our range.

Understanding Compression Wear

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What is the point of compression clothing?

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.

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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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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.