Linebackers Tips Are Pure Golden

Offense is the best form of defense they say. But all said and done, in a game of football or any other sport, like soccer or hockey, neither the offensive or the defensive flank is irreplaceable. Here, offense can perhaps be a good defense tactic, but it is no substitute for actual defense. Take for example the defensive flank in football. Linebackers are the support system for the defensive linemen. Without these linebackers, a team cannot defend to the best of its abilities, and however great the attack, it would be nullified.

The Role of a Linebacker
American football connoisseurs, I am sure, will know what the role of a linebacker in a team is. Primarily, they are a part of the defensive flank, and are positioned behind the defensive linemen, approximately 4 meters behind the line of scrimmage. There are 2 main types of linebackers―outside and middle linebackers.

Outside Linebacker
Strongside and weakside linebackers are two types within the outside linebacker position. The strongside linebacker normally lines up from across the tight end. He has to possess the capacity to shed, fight off, and withstand blocks from a tight end or a fullback blocking the back of a pass play. On the other hand, a weakside linebacker typically chases the play from the backside. This player, therefore, has to have the ability to maneuver through traffic.

Middle Linebacker
It is a ‘Mike’ in football terms, as the middle linebacker is called. He is also referred to as the quarterback of the defense. He is undoubtedly the most skilled and important player amongst the linebackers. This is the player who gets the defensive play call from the sidelines. He then relays the strategy to the whole team. In games where there is a standard defense formation, these players are in charge of the team, when it comes to tackles.

Useful Tips
Becoming the best in what you do, be it a linebacker or a pianist, does not happen overnight. It takes consistent efforts to reach a level of expertise, especially in sports like football.

Tip #1
The key to performing well as a linebacker is to be in good shape. By shape, here, I mean fitness and health. So the first tip is that, during off-season training periods, speed and ladder drills, and jump roping are essential to develop pace and agility in your moves.

Tip #2
A linebacker, especially the middle linebacker, has to know the defensive signals, adjustments, and plays for his team. He has to quickly analyze and know what the players need do for each play. Spending extra time with the coach, and going over signals and adjustments is a good way to be completely prepared on that front. Memorizing scouting reports and close scrutiny of key opponents is yet task he needs to do.

Tip #3
Another tip for linebackers is to work on tackling. Practicing in getting low and then driving through the player will help. For improving vision, study plays and become a student of the game. This is useful for outside linebackers as well!

Tip #4
Following a nutritious diet and working out is essential for enhancing the strength of the core muscles used in performing the function of a linebacker. A diet is needed which will give the player some bulk and power, and at the same time keep him lean.

Surfing Injuries Part II

As discussed in my previous article, living and working in Southern California has its perks. It is the perfect climate for those people who enjoy outdoor activities and surfing is one of the most popular. In the first article of this series, I covered the neck and shoulders and the types of injuries a surfer might suffer from. Let’s work our way down the body.

Chest and Rib Knots

This type of injury is unique to surfers. Chest knots or “collagenomas” are fluid-filled lumps on the ribs and sternum that come from paddling in a paddling position while short-board surfing. Draining these lumps has proven ineffective. The best treatment available is the use of ice on the swollen area and some light stretching.


With the abuse that a surfer’s body can go through, rib injuries are very common. At any given time, there could be a bruised, strained, broken, or separated rib from surfing.  Some surfers who have high pain tolerances can push themselves too far and actually tear their ribs away from the cartilage that attaches them to the breastbone. This is called a costochondral separation. This type of injury can occur when the surfer pops up on their board or lands hard on their feet.

In the case of a rib injury, there will be pain and tenderness at the site of the injury. The person may also experience pain when they move, breathe, cough or laugh. Rest and ice for a few days will help with the selling and pain. Rib injuries do take some time to heal and could keep you out of the water for a while. Bruised ribs or costochondral separations can take 3 to 4 weeks to heal. Broken ribs take twice that and require treatment by a physician.

Low Back

The position a surfer is in as he or she paddles will often cause a spinal hyperextension in both the neck and lower back. Just think of the position that person is in as they try to see and paddle at the same time. Prolonged exposure to this can lead to a low back strain or a stress reaction of the vertebrae called “spondylolysis”. If this reaction is allowed to progress, it could cause a stress fracture in the lumbar (lower) spine. Chiropractic care can relieve the stress in the lower back, but if the pain is centered around the spine instead of the surrounding muscles, or if there is any pain shooting down the legs or into the groin, please seek medical care from a physician.


An important part of surfing, the hip flexor and surrounding muscles carry the load when surfers pop up on their boards and maneuver while riding a wave. Muscle strains in this area are common and could leave the surfer susceptible to further injury in the hip-socket. Without proper care and maintenance, it could lead to impingement, functional limitations and arthritis. Stretching can both prevent and rehabilitate these areas.

Hip Knots

Like the chest and rib knots listed above, these are associated with paddling on short-boards. These are also unique to surfers and ice and stretching are still the best treatments for this.

How to Plan a Summer Camp Program

If you are planning to organize a summer camp or if you are the camp’s coordinator, you need to have a good plan of action. The location has to be finalized. You have to plan whether the summer camp is going to be an overnight program or a day time program. If it is an overnight program, then thousands of things have to be taken into consideration. Right from accommodation, to the daily meals, everything has to be taken care of. If you are planning a day time program, then the transportation service has to be hired, volunteers are required, and what not. Moreover, the amount to be collected from participants has to be worked out. Once you settle down with planning such financial and administrative details, it’s time for some real action.
Children look forward to attending summer camps. They want to enjoy, learn new things, and make new friends of course! So, your summer camp planning decides whether the kids are going to enjoy it or not. You would want to put all your creative and fun quotient into making this summer camp, the most memorable ever for the participants, and if you are wondering how to plan a summer camp, this Buzzle article will help you make the camp more fun and interesting. A few factors listed below, other than the financial and the venue part, can ensure grand success of the summer camp. Keep reading.
Tips on How to Plan a Summer Camp Program

Summer Camp Themes: When you plan a summer camp, you ought to have a theme. A summer camp theme will brief the participants as to what the camp is going to be like. For example, you can have a swimming summer camp. Here the kids interested in swimming would join your camp. If you are planning a lot of games, you could call it the ‘adventure land’ or something like that. Moreover, an art camp would have a theme like ‘paint the world’, and so on.

Summer Camp Games:If the summer camp is going to be an overnight program, then you have to keep the kids occupied with various activities, other than the main activity (as in the theme). So plan interesting and fun games. You can have a scavenger hunt, sack race, relays, and so on. Games act as one of the best and simple relaxing techniques for kids. They also help kids gel with each other and develop an ability to work in a team.

Allot Free Time:Kids on the summer camp need to be on their own for sometime. Make sure you schedule for some free time for them. This time may be utilized to make new friends, or explore one’s self. You could even encourage them to pen down their thoughts about the summer camp, or maintain a diary about the daily activities. Care should be taken not to forcefully ask them to do certain things; let them be on their own, in case required, a few words of encouragement would do.

Counselors: When you plan a summer camp program, counselors and doctors ought to be there. A kid could feel homesick or may be depressed if he is not doing well at the camp. During such times, a doctor or a counselor can make the kid feel comfortable. Counselors can also play a major role in studying the behavioral patterns of the kids, thus helping the organizers in bringing out the best in a child and improving the quality of the summer camp organized.

A Special Day: Your summer camp program can have a special day. Like you could have a party or something, like an annual day in school. You can also have a cultural day or a talent day, where the children get to exhibit their culture or tradition they belong to, and at the same time, get to know about other cultures too. A talent day would mean every child has to exhibit the talent they possess, like playing the guitar, dancing, singing or painting.

Art Day: How about planning for an art day? Children can be taught origami, pottery, painting and drawing. You could even have the camp decorated in a way that the children want. You can even organize an exhibition to exhibit the various crafts made by kids, or how about having summer camp gratitude wall/ string. Collect all the crafts and drawings, and tape them on the wall or you could hang them on a string, using colorful clips.

Adventure Sports: The most interesting part of a summer camp is adventure sports! Plan for sports like rock climbing, river crossing, snorkeling, paragliding, etc. Now, of course you have to plan all of these under the supervision of experts, and organize for equipment required for these sports. Make sure you do not force a kid to undertake an activity he/she is scared of. However, encouraging words to boost the kid’s morale are always welcome. Even better, provide them with an option of undertaking the task with an adult, this might imbibe confidence in him/her to enjoy these sports.

Science and Nature:You can devote a day or two to science and nature activities. Like conduct certain experiments or go around the camp location finding the scientific names of trees. Make sure you make this activity fun and interesting, so that the kids do not complain about it being a study activity. Wordplay is a good idea; it is both educational and entertaining as well. Moreover, if a fun element is associated with certain things, kids tend to recollect it faster than usual.

Legendary Skateboarder and Surfer

On Sunday, August 17, 2014, a paddle out was held at Hermosa Beach, California to commemorate the life and to also say goodbye to Jay Adams. Family, friends and surfers totaling more than 40 were on the water, surrounding Jay’s son Seven and almost 55 on land were spectating them say parting words to Jay.

Jay is a legendary skateboarder and surfer who passed away at 53 years old due to a heart attack when he was asleep last August 14, 2014, just three days before. He was on a surfing vacation in Puerto Escondido, Mexico for three months when the unfortunate event happened.

Jay was born on February 3, 1961 in Venice, Los Angeles, California. He grew up with his mother and Kent Sherwood, his stepfather. He is well-known as “The Original Seed” since he was one one of the original members of the Zephyr Competition Team or the Z-Boys skateboarding team. Even at the young age of four years old, he already began skating and surfing. Kent worked at the Dave Sweet’s Surf Shop and there, Jay was introduced to the sports. When he was around 13 years old in 1974, he joined the Zephyr surf team of the Jeff Ho Surfboards and Zephyr Productions, a Santa Monica shop. That was impressive enough, but he was the youngest member as well. There was the Bahne-Cadillac Del Mar Nationals in 1975 and Jay was the first member of the Z-Boys to enter the competition, where he emerged as the third placer in the Junior Men’s Freestyle division. Then he and Kent proceeded to create the brand and team EZ RYDER (now Z-Flex) when the Z-Boys separated ways. An esteemed documentary featured Jay in 2001 with the title Dogtown and Z-Boys. In 2005, there was another film about the Z-Boys and it was the Lords of Dogtown. In the movie, Jay was played by award-winning actor, Emile Hirsch.

Despite a thriving career as he instigated a surfing style in skateboarding, he was still met with many challenges in life. He battled drug addiction and served for a while in jail. Nevertheless, in 2005, he was already free of such obsession and he even became a speaker in local schools for his past ordeals, hoping the children and the youth will not commit those mistakes themselves.

Venice is Jay’s daughter with his first wife Alisha Adams. With his ex-girlfriend Samantha Baglioni, he had a son, Seven. Jay married present wife Tracy Adams on April 16, 2011 at the Etnies skatepark in California and then remarried her in Honolulu, Hawaii.

It is indeed a great loss for both the skateboarding and surfing world that Jay has now departed this life. He established a great connection between the two sports and lived to the fullest everyday. And even with the missteps he had taken, he reflected and changed into a better person for himself and for his family.

You are truly a legend, Jay Adams, and we will forever remember your presence and contributions to skateboarding and surfing!