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Disco Sports at the Under Armor Capital Cup Lax Tournament 7/20

Friday, July 20th, 2012

We’re very excited that we’ve been invited by Under Armor to the 2012 Capital Cup Women’s Lacrosse Tournament.

Some of the best lady lax players in the country will be competing in the showcase style tourney (each team will play at least 4 games)

Team come from all over to compete for the cup and to showcase their talent for the many college coaches who attend each year for recruiting.

 

And we’re proud to be contributing to the excitement! We’ll be on hand selling Under Armor and lacrosse gear – if you’ll be at the tourney stop by and say hi!

 

The tournament starts 2pm Friday, July 20th and are scheduled to finish at 4pm Sunday, July 22nd, weather permitting.

Come join us and the many lax fans at the SportsQuest Campus in Midlothian!

 

For more info, check out http://www.capitalcuplax.com/

Feels like Spring. Thought About Baseball or Lacrosse?

Monday, January 30th, 2012

All of this awesome weather has us thinking about Spring!  It’s not too soon for you to be thinking that way too!

We’ve stocked up our baseball department and we’ve got the latest bats from Louisville Slugger, great gear from Easton, mitts from Rawlings, and more!  Batting helmets and gloves, pants, team gear, and cleats.  We can outfit your player, or you can get some deals on a team sale!

Lacrosse players will want to get geared up too!  Whether it sticks from STX, Russell gear, or Brine goodies, we’ve got all of your lacrosse goodies to get your game on.  We also have the Battle Series Backpack stuffed full of game day essentials.

Don’t forget, the Sales Reps from Warrior will be here on February 11th!  They’re coming from Michigan and they have a ton of really cool looking gear to show us, and show you!  Their stuff looks awesome, and we can’t wait!

We just got this stuff in and it’s going to be great for your Spring workouts:

Heat Gear from Under Armour.  We have the long sleeve for men and boys.  We also have the UA Charged Cotton Game Day Tee, and the Game Day Mock Turtle.  We also just got a bunch of Coaches Shorts ready for the coach!

So don’t wait for our first snow day-get in here and get geared up!  Maybe we can bring Spring sports early this year!

Ouch!

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

 

We watched the Giants game the other night and got a good chuckle out of the Oscar-worthy performances of Jacquian Williams and Deon Grant.  They fell to the ground, writhing in pain, just as the Rams were setting up a no-huddle play.  Guess the boys in blue have been watching some soccer?

We’re also following the progress of Peyton Manning.  Manning is a tremendous talent and is no stranger to playing with pain.   In a long career with the Colts he had missed only one regular season snap.  In 2001 he got hit by the Dolphins, sat out a play, and came back bloodied, but finished the game.  Turns out he had a broken jaw.

Manning had off-season surgery to repair a nerve in his neck.  That didn’t go exactly to plan and he’s now had additional surgeries.  Word is now that he’s traveled to Europe for controversial stem-cell therapies.

Why is this important?

Our folks are playing some football, too.  And we spent all summer going to Little League, and we’re gearing up for Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, etc., etc., etc.  The point is that you don’t have to be Peyton Manning to get hurt playing sports.

The Centers for Disease Control says that at the High School level over 2 million athletes will be injured this year.  That’s everything from cuts and bruises to more serious issues like sprains, tears, bone breaks, and concussion.  The highest rate of injury was to boys playing football but no sport or sex was free from risk.  More kids were hurt during actual games but many injuries were also reported during practices and training.

What can you do to reduce the risk?

Make sure that your child is prepared for the season.  Evaluate pre-season health.  Every session should start with proper warm-up and nutrition.  Equipment should be appropriate to the sport and properly fitted.

Our kids like to be active, but make sure that they have adequate rest between practices, before games, and often between seasons.  Many experts suggest taking breaks between seasons as opposed to going straight to basketball from football, running to soccer, etc.

Listen to the coach!  At the youth level a common cause of injury is improper technique.  The first time your youngster wears a helmet he’s going to want to test it.  Leading a tackle head-first, however, is NOT good technique.  There is an art to tackling, to running, to jumping, and even to falling down.  Ask any skateboarder.

Most importantly, Be An Advocate!  Learn what you can about the sport your superstar has chosen.  Let the Coach coach, but be a participant.  Talk to your child about following the rules, following directions, and be aware.

Sports are our lives, and we hope yours, too!  Do your part to Keep Your Kid In The Game!

Fall Sports in August’s Heat?

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

We’re gearing up for fall sports.  Hopefully we’re gearing you up too!  Some folks have started their football camps already!  You know we’re ready for football!

We beat you over the head a few weeks ago with information about the dangers of concussion. As we see our little folks run around in this oppressive August heat we thought we’d share some information about the dangers of excessive exposure to the heat.

There have already been some reports this year of young players suffering from the heat.  In a few tragic cases death has resulted.

There are a few degrees of heat exposure.  Heat cramp, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.  At first your body begins to cramp, you will lose your ability to regulate your body temperature, your internal temperature could rise as high as 106, and then it begins to get deadly.  If an athlete experiences nausea, blurred vision, or confusion then he or she is in serious trouble and needs immediate medical attention.

The first thing that you want to secure is access to water.  Clean, fresh water.  A responsible organization will provide coolers full of it.  It should be readily accessible and frequent breaks should be provided to hydrate.  As we sweat we lose valuable sodium and electrolytes and certain sports drinks can help to replace these.  Read your label, though, as certain “sports” drinks contain caffeine and other not so healthy things.  These troublemakers are in there to provide quick energy but they speed up metabolism and can exaggerate the effects of heat.  This is also something to be aware of in any medications that the player is taking.  Meds for asthma and allergies often contain bronchodilators, which can speed up the metabolism.

Many foods contain a lot of water.  Most fruits, like watermelon, are mostly water.  Look also for food and snacks that are mineral-rich and loaded with good salts and some easy carbs for energy.

There is a rare but deadly consequence of too much water:  hyponatremia.  This is an imbalance in the levels of sodium and fluids in the body.  If a player has been sweating heavily and then ingests large amounts of fluid without balancing the amount of sodium the cells of the body will swell.  This becomes deadly as the brain cells swell, as the skull doesn’t give the brain a lot of room to move around.

When is the coach holding practice?  Be aware that the majority of heat incidents occur during the first couple of days of practice.  Players need to get acclimated to the heat.  Just because they’ve been at the beach or chasing sprinklers all summer doesn’t mean they’re ready for a full-out with pads practice.  You should also become a weather expert!  You can create your own heat index to decide how you want your player to participate.  A good and easy rule of thumb is to do the “Sum” equation.  Look at the weather and add the temperature to the humidity.  If it’s 85 degrees and the relative humidity is 70% you have a sum of 155.  Good to practice but keep your eyes open.  As you get above a Sum of 160 you need to be really vigilant.  If it gets up to 180 you should encourage the organization to cancel or reschedule the event.  A smart coach will try to get most activities going early in the morning so that most strenuous activity is done before the afternoon heat really kicks in.

Uniform also plays a role.  Is the coach going full-pads?  Shorts and fishnet jerseys are good.  For football or other sports requiring helmets they should be used sparingly and sunscreen is still a must.  If a shirt or jersey becomes too wet due to sweat it should be changed as this will trap heat.

Most of all:  watch.  Learn the warning signs and monitor the practice!  Fall sports are fun but they don’t need to be dangerous!