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you and I have a lot in common - playing both table tennis and regular tennis. My answer to this question (from years of observing the effects of playing both sports) is both yes and no. Some things are the same (and help across both sports) and some are different and don't help that much. The similarities: Balance - both require good balance and using ...


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As outlined in Tim Noakes book "Lore of Runnning".(1) Performance in races of 60 to 200 m is always superior at altitude, with the benefit improving with increasing altitude. Performance in races of 400 m improve progressively up to altitudes of between 2000 and 2500 m but then begins to return to sea-level values. However, even at altitudes of ...


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There are no rules regarding how good you have to play. It's almost impossible to measure or control such things. But people tend not to like you if you do something like that. To answer on your scenario, it's impossible. Depends on who's playing who, are they in relegation zone? Can they qualify for Europe? Do they play the FA Cup final next week( then ...


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Building consistency in snooker (and actually doing anything) is all about progressively adding complexity to the shots you practice. A straight blue off the spot into the centre pocket is easy, right? So practice it until it becomes second nature. Once it is, progress to a thick 3/4 ball. Then 1/2 ball. Then 1/4 ball. Practice each step until you can make ...


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As an adolescent, your body is growing and developing into an adult, becoming stronger and faster. Just about every 13 year old is able to run faster than he could when he was 12. For each person, though, this experience is different. Some people's bodies mature earlier than others. So compared to your peers, it could be that, if you have an early growth ...


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The amount of calories you need to burn to cover any given distance is the same regardless of whether you haul ass or you take a leisurely stroll (roughly 70-80 per km, depending on body weight). Properly, you burn more the slower you go, but that is because it takes longer and you have to spend extra calories on bodily functions not related to moving; but ...


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You should start excising atleast a week before you start playing. Since its been so long since you played, your knees and muscles would be a little rusty. You might want to stretch them out. Don't just start playing one fine day, trust me, you will have to endure a lot of pain and discomfort after the game. Take it slow Start by getting up in the morning ...


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Firstly, compression means less work needed by stabilisers to maintain the position. An example is powerlifting. Secondly, it improves the post-recovery particularly in athletes who have very low recovery HR. Thirdly, they are timeless. Different compression clothes originates from nursing and old people care where for example compression stockings are used ...


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I'd say you need to distract yourself from the bigger picture. Don't worry about the score or your performance or whether you're "better" than your opponent. Instead focus on Playing each point in isolation Making near-perfect movements Knowing where your opponent is moving on the court If you can concentrate on those things, the rest of the game will ...


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You should have a look at some professional sports psychologist. In particular Greg Dale from Duke University is particularly good. There is no shortage of research done on this topic. A couple of the most powerful tools are: Visualization: if you want to stay cool in a match imagine yourself doing so before the game. There is a story that Michael Jordan ...


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I think this really depends on your ambitions. What is the purpose of you playing the game. I mean, really think about WHY you are playing. I don't know why you are playing, but for most players (i think?) it's about doing something that makes you feel good. It's probably a mix of getting exercise, playing a game (games are fun), having fun with friends or ...


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The Qualifying Offer required to retain a RFA's rights is pretty low, a modest raise over last year's salary. To tank your season, that affects your bargaining power. Now your team thinks they can put the squeeze on you because of your poor season. Other teams would wonder if you lost it and will now question whether to sign you (including your tampering ...


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Rackets with more vertical and horizontal strings – e.g. 18 x 20 – are described as having a “dense or closed” pattern, while rackets with less vertical and horizontal strings – e.g. 16 x 18, 16 x 19 – are considered to have an “open” pattern. All these string patterns are most common. As per your question, 16 x 18 and 16 x 19 can be considered as open ...


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The viscosity of water decreases with temperature - this means that swimming is quicker in warmer water. As such, FINA regulations require that Water Temperature shall be 25° - 28°. (FR 2.12) so that times are comparable between different pools.


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Super afraid of heights here also. That being said, I also had to overcome this issue, skateboarding, when I was younger. The best thing to do, in my opinion, is to just keep trying it. The more you attempt it, the more comfortable you'll be with failing. I'm actually being technical here, you'll develop techniques that will function as tools that you can ...


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it would surely be possible to get more up-to-date measurements of running speed and/or acceleration one would think Absolutely it's possible, and in these days of analytics every single NFL team will be doing this for every player multiple times a season. But they don't make that data public, both because it could give an advantage to opposing teams and ...


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From a basic perspective of function, the majority of (if not all) performance-enhancing drugs do not target innate deficiencies that are due to genetics, they merely affect some bodily system in a way that improves athletic performance (hence the obvious name) regardless of whether the need for such improvement is of genetic, environmental, developmental or ...


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I don’t know what you consider to be “strong research”. But, there are several sports psychology papers that take up the concept of “mental toughness”. In the Journal Of Applied Sport Psychology (2002), Jones, Hanton and Connaughton from the University of Wales studied ten international elite athletes to determine what mental toughness is, and, what the ...


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The more telling statistics for a wicket keeper in the field are the number of dropped catches and missed stumpings per match. In the professional game, you would expect the wicketkeeper to catch all but the most difficult chances, and to cleanly gather the ball and attempt a stumping whenever possible. An example of this is when the England wicketkeeper ...


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Most achievements in cricket depend to some extent on other players. Runs scored depends on the bowler faced, and wickets taken depends on the efforts of the fielders. Therefore it's reasonable to use catches taken and stumpings made to evaluate wicketkeepers. In addition, byes conceded is a useful measure: lower is better.


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Badminton can be a very frustrating game, full of minor skills that take time to acquire. The elements of accuracy speed and deception are part of its charm. When I was at your level I frequently became angry or flustered. If you really want to improve, it will just take a lot of practice. Learn the rules, learn to serve consistently, learn good court ...


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Based on my experience with my tennis career. During crucial points like breakpoints and set points, this is the most fun part. I enjoy being in this situation because honestly during badminton/tennis games, in my opinion 70% mental - 30% physical, if you have strong mental, you are more likely to win games. During this situation I tend to think of my ...


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Reading your post, made me think of my younger years !! It's very difficult to give a conclusive answer, but here's what I have to say about that: Remember, it's a game you love playing. It's shouldn't be giving you negative energy The more you practice, the better you will be, at whatever you're practicing. The less frustrated you will be. There's only ...


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A moderately high arc is best. Too high an arc means the ball travels too far. It looks great when it swishes, but the extra distance turns a 15-foot shot into an 18-footer and can result in some real clunkers. A routine helps to focus. I count silently to six. One, two during two dribbles. Three, four when gripping the ball. Five for knee bend down and six ...


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Frames with 3 wheels are for people, mostly kids, who want big wheels but cannot manage a full length frame. Frames with 5 wheels were the standard when all there was were 84mm wheels. They are now mainly used for downhill skating or vintage speed skating. Nowadays people use a frame with 4 wheels, in speed skating they range from 100 to 110mm. You should ...


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