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I can give some advice as to what I did to improve my free throws and how that may help in your quest for 100 consecutive. Just to give you a measure, I left high school shooting 27% from the free throw line. Yes, you read correctly, 27%. I'm 6'5" and played center while in high school. After being recruited, my future college coach told me that if I ...


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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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As your question already suggests, there are many contributing elements: Wheels: diameter – although there is some controversy over the exact amount by which the diameter contributes, generally the rolling resistance depends on diameter in inverse proportion. In short, bigger wheels equals smaller resistance. Also, on a rough surface, bigger wheels ...


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The main benefit for me is in preventing body fluids from pooling in my legs (I have very low blood pressure). This is billed as assisting in recovery post exercise.


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There's a reason that Sports Psychology has grown into a pretty large niche of psychology overall. :) Mastering one's mind will (in my opinion) always be a constant pursuit of mankind in general, and absolutely in sports. Whether it's hitting 100 free throws in a row in basketball, driving the ball down the fairway every time in golf, or kicking the last-...


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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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Rangefinders can be a valuable tool but to get the greatest benefit it is important to do some homework before setting onto the course. A rangefinder provides accurate distances to objects on the golf course but unless you know how far you hit each club then there is little benefit in having the greater accuracy. To get the most use out of a rangefinder it ...


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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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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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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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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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According to what I get on the golf course, the pre-shot routine prepare your body for the upcoming sequence of movements. Golf teachers usually teach you to get the feeling for the next shoot until you fell comfortable, and this become a routine in every shoot. Usually when you are about to shoot, your mind can play a lot of tricks on you (and more tricks ...


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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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There are a few reasons. First, between 10-15 years after initial onset of puberty, the body goes through a "settling" phase; growth and sexual maturation is completed, so some of the hormones are dialed back. Metabolism slows, calories consumed more easily turn to fat, and the body generally "bulks". All of these are counterproductive to maintaining a peak ...


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I have to say that this is a fantastic question, though quite hard to address rigorously. So take my answer with a pinch of salt and keep in mind that it's mostly an idea than a well-posed theory or product of thorough research. Around late teens early 20s the vertical growth of the body is more or less complete and most people usually "bulk up" as you have ...


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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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This is similar to my answer to this question but I felt that it was also appropriate here. Livestrong has a great page that illustrates a lot of points and references medical studies to support it. Some key points: limits extra muscle motion, or "oscillation" ... [which] reduces the amount of energy you are expending assist[s] the hamstrings in ...


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I'm afraid the answer is that it depends. If there were a specific answer, don't you think everyone would try to emulate it? ;) I suggest looking at examples of what current athletes do to maintain focus. Here's one example about Dirk Nowitzki, currently a career 87.7 percent free throw shooter. Also, it's worth pointing out that in basketball, no one has ...


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Basically, a rangefinder's advantage is that it tells you exactly how close you are to the pin (or to some other object you're rangefinding), instead of approximately how close you are based on your relative distance to some other known marker, like the approach stake. With a good rangefinder, it's possible to get an accurate distance reading (usually within ...


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I am too a hobby swimmer but as part of my triathlon training. I swim with a club where the ability range is from beginner up to one guy who swam at the Olympics. Without exception all are slower over the same distance when using only legs. So from that survey I would say that you are quite normal. As with all three triathlon disciplines the quantity of ...


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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 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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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 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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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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