Saturday, September 12, 2015

Changing Trends in Transportation #SportsColiseum
Fernando Lachica7:13 AM 0 comments

Changing Trends in Transportation #SportsColiseum

The cycling culture is developing rapidly in Singapore. Earlier, there was a sense of hostility in the attitude of motorcyclists and car owners towards the bicyclists taking up the space on roads. However, going by the increasing number of bicycle shop Singapore, it seems that the island country has largely overcome this attitude problem. There is a renewed interest equally among the youth as well as the older generations to switch to cycling as an alternative mode of transport.

The change came as a gradual outcome of increased health consciousness in today's society. Cycling went on to become a habit from being a mere interest and now it's a passion for many. This has naturally led the Singapore's bicycle market to flourish. People love to take up cycling for the purpose of local transport and other short distance journeys. Also, the racing culture is gearing up. People love to participate in all kinds of racing events and marathons for charity purpose. Consequently, the demand for racing bikes has increased considerably over the years. This is just one type of bicycles that are in huge demand. The demand for mountain bikes and hybrids is also gearing up.

You enter any bicycle shop Singapore and you would find the latest models from brands like Viva, Creme, Linus, Budnitz and many more. There is an innumerable variety for customers to choose from. One can go for regular bikes, trek bikes, hybrids or racing bikes as per his requirements. All these specifications are available in both men and women category in most of the shops. Given the competitive bicycle market, customers find it easy to purchase bikes at affordable prices. With sale season comes an extra reason to smile for bikers as they can get their much awaited bikes for relatively low prices.

One finds himself in a one-stop-all-solution-shop when he enters a bicycle shop Singapore. Apart from buying a trendy bike for oneself, one can also avail all the services related to bikes like bike fitting, repairing, seat adjustment, etc. at these shops since they generally have an excellent pool of professionally trained mechanics. When it comes to bike repair, people generally feel uneasy about leaving their bikes with the mechanic for a couple of days together.

However, one finds it easy to rely on these shops instead of individual mechanics because he knows that his bike is in safe hands. These are almost like bike care centers which cater to all possible issues related to bicycles. Some shops are even selling bike accessories like headgear, seat cover, baskets, bags and much more. Apparels for racing events can also be purchased from these shops itself.

The change towards greener mode of transportation as against the conventional ones has set in. Given the environmental as well as health benefits of regular cycling, this is a positive step not only for the market but society as a whole. The challenge now is to push it even further so that it becomes an integral part of everyday life.

Source: Tim Lee

Friday, September 11, 2015

Common Injuries in Volleyball #SportsColiseum
Fernando Lachica8:01 AM 10 comments

Common Injuries in Volleyball #SportsColiseum

Volleyball is on the rise as a sport once more, with more than 460,000 students with more or less 90% (410,000) of them as females participating in the interscholastic volleyball league. As people participate more on this sport over the course of two decades, the number of people who had been injured by playing it had risen as well, with as much as 178,000 volleyball-related injuries treated in hospitals in 2012, according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. This is to say that while compared to all other major sports, volleyball ranks lowest for injuries sustained by people playing it. Nonetheless, there are still risks involved in playing this game, which could be attributed to neglect, recklessness and inevitable circumstances.

Now, like other sports, volleyball injuries could either be classified as cumulative or acute. Cumulative injuries, otherwise known as overuse injuries, are inflicted over repetitive stress on muscles, joints and other soft tissues associated with playing volleyball. This is due to the fact that the player has neglected rest or they might have had over practiced, and the small ache they feel in the beginning may grow and finally turn into a debilitating injury if it's left alone. Acute or traumatic injuries are incurred because of force, unexpected impact and other outside factors that could lead to a dramatic turn of events. Collisions or violent actions are the chief reasons why acute injuries occur, and they could incapacitate a player completely in extreme circumstances.

Common injuries associated with volleyball are many, and the most common of them is the Rotator Cuff Tendinitis, due to the fact that rotator cuff muscles are vital in delivering the necessary force to ensure a good, properly-executed spike or serve. Tearing of these muscles isn't much of a problem among younger players, but nonetheless, these muscles could get tired and irritated with repeated abuse. Often, this is remedied or even prevented by resting, but this could be further treated by therapy to resolve the pain much faster.

Finger injuries are also common in a volleyball match, since blocking, setting and digging involve fingers that might sustain damage if incorrectly executed. These injuries could include fractures, dislocations and tendon and ligament tears. For players who can't bend their fingers properly, it's important to consult a sports therapist or athletic trainer. The treatments necessary for these cases may significantly vary according to the type of finger damage or its severity.

Volleyball injuries can be easily prevented, and most of the time all an athlete should do is to take care of their body properly and always put safety first. Proper strength training techniques for lower back, shoulders and legs could be necessary and external ankle support like brace or taping could save you from having a sprained ankle.