What makes the 3G-capable Samsung Suede for Cricket Wireless such an interesting candy bar phone isn’t its angular design or any hardware component. Instead, it’s the music operating system inside called Muve Music (pronounced “move”), and the attached payment plan. A monthly fee gets you unlimited access to music downloads, ringtones, ringback tones, and music identification, so long as your pay your bills. In addition, you also get the unlimited talk, text, e-mail, and Web browsing of Cricket’s other monthly plans.
It’s noteworthy that Muve Music, a first-of-its-kind offering, was Cricket’s brainchild, not Samsung’s. Seldom do we see such novel, big-picture ideas from carriers at all, never mind one cooked up by a regional prepaid operator known for its budget plans and phones. We were so impressed with the concept when we first saw it ahead of CES that we nominated it in a Best of CES category. Yet, after spending time with the Suede after Muve’s launch, it’s clear that the Muve Music software is a little out of tune, at least for now. For starters, the software company Cricket hired to build the OS needed more time to iron out kinks, which delayed the rollout. It’s also slow, it’s a little clunky, and it’s currently available on only one handset.
Thanks to its angled silver trim and sharp chin point, the Samsung Suede looks like a wedge waiting to be hammered into soft ground. We’re not at all seduced by the top-heavy look, but the design is otherwise benign, with a black face and back, and rounded edges. There’s a neat, light-reflecting black-on-black design on the back cover that reminds us of a cross between Tetris and “The Matrix.” The handset’s dimensions–4.4 inches tall by 2.2 inches wide by 0.5 inch thick–make it a fairly petite phone without it being minute.
The Samsung Suede takes steps forward with its call quality and music integration, but one step back with an outdated phone interface.
The Suede’s 3-inch capacitive screen is small by most touch-screen standards, but it’s about right for the phone’s size. However, it makes menus small enough to cause a squint or a neck-crane, and the virtual keyboard is shrunken in portrait mode. The screen’s 200×400-pixel resolution fits this type of phone, and looks appropriately sharp and bright indoors. Like most screens, it’s dim and hard to see in direct sunlight.
The Suede’s interface has a split personality. On one hand there’s Cricket’s unique Muve Music portal, which you access by pressing the music note button (more on this below). On the other, there’s the tired TouchWiz 2.0 OS that handles the address book, the dialer, e-mail, applications, and everything else. This version of TouchWiz, if you’re unfamiliar with it, has slide-out widget trays for transferring widgets on and off of three home screens. The entire look and feel are usable, but also slow and outdated, especially compared with more recent visual designs.
Below the screen are two touch-sensitive buttons for speakerphone and navigating back. There are also three hardware buttons, one each for Talk and End, and a larger central button embossed with a music note. This key is the gateway to the Muve Music experience.
The phone’s right spine houses the camera shutter button and another button that doubles as a lock key and voice command trigger. Up top is the 3.5-millimeter headset jack, and on the left are the Micro-USB charging port and the volume rocker. On the back is the 3-megapixel camera with camcorder and beneath the back cover is the microSD card slot. It comes preinstalled with a 4GB card that devotes 3GB to Muve Music (up to 3,000 songs) and leaves you 1GB for your own devices. If that’s not enough, you’ll soon be able to purchase an 8GB version. The slot itself can handle up to 16GB of external memory, but if you use a standard microSD card, you won’t be able to use Muve.
There are plenty of ways to describe Muve Music, but we think the best is as an unlimited music rental program. We say “rental,” because the music comes from one source (it’s approved by the major U.S. labels, by the way), it isn’t transferable onto a computer or any other device, and you lose access if you stop paying your monthly bill. At no point do you ever truly “own” the songs.
When you enter Muve, you’re greeted by a black backdrop that showcases five app icons. There’s the My Music library of tunes, the Get Music download store, and the My DJ app, which aggregates genre-based playlists that you can download to the phone. There’s also a version of Shazam’s music identifier that’s tailored to Muve, and the Get Social app for interacting with other users around your musical preferences. On a smaller navigation strip, you’ll see an inbox for viewing “shouts” messages broadcast by other Muve Music users, and Help and Settings options (the settings control your Muve Music profile picture and sync settings).
Navigating the music portion of the OS is mostly straightforward, but there are rough edges. Not every arrow or button is clearly labeled, which leads to some trial and error. To exit the music mode, for example, you press the End button, and not the music key that you press to get in. You can press the music button to jump to the currently playing song from wherever you are, but we’d also like to see a Now Playing ticker in the software.
It takes too many clicks to get into a playlist, and it’s difficult to edit or add to the playlist on the fly without interrupting the playback. It’s almost too easy to delete songs from Muve as a whole, and to erase entire playlists without the phone asking for confirmation. Strangely, though, deleting individual tracks from a playlist is much more difficult.
None of this is helped by the Suede’s relatively smaller display size, which makes onscreen controls tinier and harder to see and press. We wish that My DJ streamed songs over 3G in addition to downloading tracks. Muve’s player also emits an annoying, metallic beep every time it moves on to a new song. A fade out would be much better, or at least the ability to turn the beep off.
The service itself, however, is immersive enough to push past the usability snags, particularly if you’re part of Cricket’s music-hungry clientele. The music libraries are well-stocked with hits and recommended tracks, and the My DJ portal helps grab tunes by a range of genres. Muve adds all the album art and automatically organizes tracks in your library. You can shuffle songs and view links from the player to some of the other Muve features. Also, you’re able to create a ringtone or ringback tone from many songs, and the software lets you set the start point and duration before playing back a preview before you create the tone. Since tunes are all-inclusive, there’s no penalty for experimentation or for aural gluttony.
Although Muve operates separately from the TouchWiz OS, incoming calls will pause the player and give you a chance to pick up where you left off (wait a few seconds for a dialog box to appear.)
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Features And Uses
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Why And Which Boxes
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- Display: 2.2-inches
- Camera: 2-MP
- Up to 6 hours of talk time
- Bluetooth compatibility
- Rugged 3G handset withstands dust, shock vibrations, rain, humidity, and more; Push to Talk capabilities
- 2-megapixel camera/camcorder; Bluetooth stereo music; microSD expansion to 32 GB; access to personal email
- Compatible with AT&T Video Share, Mobile Music, Navigator GPS turn-by-turn directions, and Mobile Resource Management applications
- Up to 6 hours of talk time, up to 504 hours (21 days) of standby time; released in June, 2010
- What's in the Box: Handset, rechargeable battery, charger, USB cable, quick start guide, user manual (on CD)
Ideal for on-site field services, the rugged Samsung Rugby II for AT&T builds on the success of its predecessor with improved noise suppression, and an external speaker making it easier to communicate regardless of the environment. Certified to the Military Standard MIL-STD 810G, this highly durable handset is perfect for users like construction foremen and landscape designers.
The ruggedized Samsung Rugby II
is certified to Military Standard
MI-SID-810G, withstanding dust,
shock vibrations, rain, and more.
Snap pics and videos on the go
with the 2-megapixel camera.
Enabled for use on AT&T's lightning quick HSPDA 3G network, you'll be able to easily access the Internet as well as make a call while simultaneously receiving picture/text messages and email, or viewing Web pages. In addition to access to the AT&T Navigation turn-by-turn direction service, the Rugby II also features compatibility with Push to Talk communication and AT&T's Video Share calling services.
The Rugby II is also compatible with TeleNav Track and Xora GPS Timetrack, two solutions from AT&T's Mobile Resource Management applications that can help improve workforce productivity. They're ideal for transportation, distribution, construction, field service, maintenance, landscaping, and other businesses and government agencies looking to increase visibility in their field operations, monitor and track location and activities of their employees, and improve responsiveness and productivity.
Other features include a 2-megapixel camera/camcorder, Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, microSD memory expansion to 32 GB, access to mobile personal email, and up to 6 hours of talk time.
- Fast 3G connectivity via AT&T's HSDPA/UMTS network (850/1900 MHz bands; 3.6/7.2 Mbps speeds with network availability).
- GPS navigation capabilities via AT&T Navigator service include audible turn-by-turn directions, real-time traffic updates, and re-routing options. This phone also includes a digital compass.
- Certified to military standard MIL-STD-810G to withstand dust, shock, vibration, rain, humidity, solar radiation, altitude, and temperature extremes, ideal for use even in the toughest of environments
- Intelligent voice processor helps enhance voice and suppress noise for clear communications nearly anywhere. Like the human ear, the chip isolates your voice, and filters out all the unwanted background noise, for unsurpassed mobile call clarity without the noise from a busy street, loud public places, nearby conversations, or even sirens going by.
- Push to Talk (PTT) capabilities with large external speakers (additional subscription required). Push to Talk gives you the ability to pull an entire work group into a wireless call from a PTT session (learn more below)
- 2.2-inch internal screen (240 x 320 pixels, 262K color depth) with 1.3-inch external screen displaying current time, signal strength, battery life, and more.
- Standard alpha-numeric keypad
- 2-megapixel camera/camcorder
- Multi-format digital audio player compatible with MP3, WMA, and AAC/AAC+ formats plus compatibility with AT&T Music services (including streaming radio)
- Bluetooth connectivity (version 2.1) includes profiles for communication headset, hands-free car kits, and the A2DP Bluetooth profile--enabling you to wirelessly stream your music to a pair of compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones or speaker dock.
- Memory expansion via microSD card slot with support for optional cards up to 32 GB.
- Full messaging capabilities including SMS text, MMS picture, and IM instant messaging (via popular services including AOL, Yahoo!, and Windows Live).
- Access to personal e-mail (AOL, Gmail, Yahoo!, and Windows Live)
- AT&T Social Net social networking app enables you to view and manage all your social networking connections and updates from Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter.
- Free AT&T Address Book service allows you to sync your contacts to an online address book, enabling you to access and manage your mobile contacts from your handset or your PC. From the online interface, you can import contacts from other Web-based address books, such as personal email accounts, as well as send text messages to your contacts' mobile numbers.
The Samsung Rugby II weighs 3.52 ounces and measures 4.01 x 2.05 x 0.86 inches. Its 1300 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 6 hours of talk time, and up to 504 hours (21 days) of standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies as well as AT&T's dual-band 3G network (850/1900 MHz; HSDPA/UMTS).
What's in the Box
Samsung Rugby II handset, rechargeable battery, charger, USB cable, quick start guide, user manual (on CD)
|High-speed data connectivity via AT&T's 3G mobile broadband data network: The dual-band 850/1900 MHz 3G network provides up to 3.6/7.2 Mbps of download speed, making it possible to enjoy a variety of feature-rich wireless multimedia services, and it gives you the advantage of offering simultaneous voice and data services. |
In areas where the 3G network is not available, you'll continue to receive service on the AT&T EDGE network, which offers availability in more than 13,000 US cities and along some 40,000 miles of major highways. Providing average data speeds between 75-135Kbps, it's fast enough to support a wide range of advanced data services, including full picture and video messaging, high-speed color Internet access, and email on the go.
|Push-to-Talk (PTT) functionality enables you to instantly contact any other AT&T user. PTT works across the entire network to make sure you have a clear signal so you can get things done. Easy-to-read icons let you know when members of your contact list are available, not available, or have their status set to "Do Not Disturb." You can also set your own status to let others know that you're busy. When a quick PTT call needs to be a longer discussion convert the call easily to a regular voice call--works for one-to-one calls as well as group calls. Save time on group calling by pulling up your contacts and simply "marking" those you wish to include on a call--no need to set up and save groups before calling, unless you want to.|
|The full-featured, premium AT&T Navigator GPS navigation application includes audible turn-by-turn directions, real-time traffic updates and re-routing options, and 3D moving maps (additional charges applicable). AT&T Navigator offers several other features to make your commute more enjoyable and reliable, including mobile access to Yellowpages.com. Additionally, AT&T Navigator is the only mobile phone-based GPS service that provides integrated speech recognition for address entry and points of interest search.|
|AT&T Mobile Music enables you to buy tracks while on the go, access the Napster and eMusic subscription music services, stream music video, discover what's playing with Music ID song-recognition software, and find out what's hot with The Buzz music news portal.|
|AT&T's Video Share service enables you to send a live, one-way video stream to another compatible phone during a standard voice call. The service also allows you to switch the direction of the video stream during the same phone call. (Customers must be in an area served by the company's 3G network, and have a Video Share-enabled phone.) While using Video Share with family and friends is a fun way to communicate, it's also very useful for business. For example, a majority of users in the architecture, engineering, and construction industries rated the ability to share live video through Video Share highly, according to research commissioned by AT&T. Video Share lets you see progress on a job site, or review the day's work, without having to drive from an office or other site to do so.|
Women’s tennis may have begun with polite outings in long white dresses but the modern tennis game spans from a fun social outing to a sport that demands strength, quickness, endurance, amazingly fine-tuned skills and everything in between. Finding the right equipment and apparel to match your style and needs is important for your comfort and your game. If you’re looking for something different in tennis wear for on and off the court, check out the Balle de Match clothing line- a great casual beach type look that can easily make the transition from on to off the court. Functional but with stylish flair, the Fila line of apparel combines performance fabrics and comfort to bring you the best in court clothing. Their simple lines and bold colors have transformed women’s tennis clothing. The Nike brand of women’s tennis clothing brings high energy and high performance with style. Combining performance features such as technology to provide ventilation and design lines famous for their captivating beauty to become a workout favorite Nike is a popular and versatile style. Tennis superstar Serena Williams has worn Nike tennis apparel and has lent her design sensibility to several pieces in their collection. These dynamic garments can give your game a surge of power.
Wilson’s W line for women provides tennis players with the style and comfort that they need for their game, with a full range of styles to choose from you won’t be bored. You can express your individuality on and off the court with Wilson’s Crystal, Fierce and Ocean lines. Wilson’s W line also features the famous UV/UVB protective clothing. It is always important to be protected from the rays of the sun whenever you go outside, now you can combine function and fashion in the best of both worlds.
With bright, modern styles Adidas brings you the best in fashion and function with cutting edge technology such as ClimaCool. Success on the court is demanding, but Climacool keeps you cool and comfortable while performing at your peak in even the hottest conditions Adidas also offers special technology in many of their clothes that provide UV protection. Looking for something with more classic lines? The Reebok women’s brand of tennis apparel uses simple detailing to bring a touch of elegance to your tennis apparel. Reebok has also pioneered the Play Dry technology. Play Dry technology provides moisture management and wicking properties for the active tennis player, keeping you dry and cool, and the reflective logo enhances visibility. The Under Armour brand brings the ultimate clothing for training on those cool days. Under Armour Metal technology pushes moisture to the fabric’s surface, where evaporation pulls it from the body keeping the player dry and warm in the most adverse conditions.
However, when protocol or tradition demands it, the classic line of women’s tennis apparel from Boast offers comfort and style. From public courts to country clubs, the classic tailoring and no-nonsense styling of this line is as appropriate today as it’s ever been. These are court & sport wear outfits look great on and off the court – Perfect for your everyday active lifestyle. Tennis rackets have also evolved as the game as become more and more popular among women. Whether you are a top-level athlete or a weekend warrior there is a racquet designed with you in mind.
The W line by Wilson has the tennis racket you need when you would like to express your personal style. This comprehensive line of racquets designed specifically for women, was created with input from female athletes. Wilson has combined nCode technology with new racquet construction and specific features geared to the women’s game. Tied to the Wilson Hope charity efforts, for every purchase from the W line, Wilson makes a donation to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. All W line models support Wilson’s HOPE efforts to benefit the Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation. This line of tennis racquets includes nine designs, divided into three head sizes each with a different stiffness. These tennis rackets have a new fluid, oval head shape with longer main strings for a larger sweetspot. Other features include Iso-Zorb grommets for reduced shock, a softer grip and a contoured butt cap, all of which offer greater comfort. These rackets also feature a new throat design creating greater strength and stability. Each of the tennis rackets comes in a variety of colors and graphics to allow a players individual personality to shine on the court.
Many sports have had products geared specifically toward women for years, but until now, the tennis industry has concentrated more on changing cosmetics than enhancing technology for women’s equipment. Not anymore! With Head’s new Women’s Series, women will benefit more than ever from innovative technology, products and design – everything competitive players expect from Head. Head interviewed thousands of women around the world to find out what they really want in a tennis racquet. That way, before producing a single tennis racquet for this new line Head knew exactly what female tennis players expected: lightweight power, comfort and maneuverability. The Head Air Flow line, endorsed by Steffi Graf, is designed to be a “function over fashion” line of tennis racquets. This series is meant to suit the performance-oriented needs of a female player. Air Flow tennis racquets, featuring Head’s Metallix technology, combine a specially designed matrix of carbon fibers and a new crystalline metal alloy to make it one of the lightest and strongest new rackets. The anatomical structure of the female hand is different from men’s and so the design of the tennis racket should reflect those differences. Positioned in the redesigned shaft section, Metallix reduces overall weight and improves the response and power of the racquet. The HEAD’s unique ergonomic grip is designed for a woman’s hand- thinner at the top and thicker at the bottom reducing twist and torque for more comfort and less strain on the arm. The result is superior handling and enhanced ball control.
The new DNX Attiva line by Volkl caters to those women tennis players with an aggressive and powerful game – just ask Dominika Cibulkova! These anatomically-designed tennis rackets will help you achieve your top performance. These new designs are light-weight, properly balanced, combined with additional performance and comfort features like: Catapult effect, Big Grommet, Sensor Plus Handle System and of course…the revolutionary DNX material. The Volkl Catapult technology allows greater string movement which provides increased comfort and a larger sweetspot with every swing of the racket. For supreme comfort, the Sensor Plus Handle System supplies excellent vibration and shock absorbance. DNX is a new unique material structure featuring high-strength micro tube construction that is 25 times stronger than regular carbon fibers. It is an entirely new material class whose properties represent the fourth dimension of carbon. DNX has strength characteristics that have never been reached before, a true break-through in material development, now exclusively available in the new DNX Racquet Series by Völkl Tennis. This line of tennis rackets was created especially for today’s women tennis players providing a selection of light, comfortable and easy to maneuver racquets. DNX Attiva provides the versatile strength you need to increase your on court potential.
Developed specifically with the female player in mind, the Dunlop M-Fil Lady has been enhanced with the Impact Shock Isolation System in the tennis racquet handle which dampens frame vibration and helps protect the arm from tennis elbow. Dunlop Hydramax Comfort grip features an exceptional tack feel for players who demand outstanding performance and maximum control. Dunlop has included its Multifilament Construction process at the 3 & 9 o’clock positions to further enhance the stability of this women’s tennis racquet. M-Fil (Multi Filament) is a technology, developed by Dunlop, that incorporates a unique patented 3D braiding process using a combination of three materials : Carbon, S-fiber and Magnesium. The added beam stiffness from the Multifilament Construction enhances the size of the sweetspot and helps prevent the tennis racquet from twisting on off center shots. These element are combined into the hitting zone at the racquet head to enhance the touch and feel of the racquet where and when you need it most – at the moment of ball contact. Unlike conventional racquets, the M-Fil fibers are layered in three directions, with the thrid fibre aligned at zero degrees. Additionally, Hotmelt technology produces a unique molten graphite skin which is layered over the entire racquet frame. This makes the racket immensely strong, durable and responsive, producing an incredible surge of 30% more “heat refined power” than standard graphite racquets. This enhances natural power play, producing greater shot accuracy and giving a more consistent touch and feel throughout the frame. This tennis racket is ideal for the competitor looking for a combination of control, comfort and power in a light-weight racquet.
In 1992 the Susan G. Komen For The Cure (Formerly the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation,) in conjunction with major cosmetics firms, launched the Pink Ribbon campaign to raise awareness about breast cancer. During the 2nd Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month the Pink Ribbon campaign was launched nationally across America. Through the years the popularity of ‘Pink’ products in support of breast cancer awareness and research has increased. Today many manufacturers offer products with a Pink theme, often supporting their national and international organizations as well as their own breast cancer campaigns. There is now a wide selection of Pink tennis gear perfect for the tennis lover in your life. The Wilson ‘Hope’ tennis cap features a clean white hat with pink trim, and an embroidered pink ribbon with the word Hope stitched in black across the front. In 1998 Wilson launched the Hope campaign. With the Hope products, Wilson intends to raise awareness and get the word out to women everywhere that there are steps they can take to help prevent breast cancer. The packaging of the Hope tennis products includes important information on how to reduce the chances of developing breast cancer. Wilson’s women’s Wildcard sneakers are lightweight and ready to go out of the box. With breathe-ability and nice support this shoe is low to the ground, supportive and solid. The Wilson 3-racquet bag is the perfect accessory for the court. With room for three tennis rackets, and a stylish pink design, this bag will be a hit with anyone. Tennis powerhouse Penn offers both canisters and cases of pink felt tennis balls, an ideal gift for organizations, family or friends. From bags to hats to shoes Pink is the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, or her birthday!
A sports hernia also known as athletic pubalgia, Gilmore’s groin, and slap shot gut, is an uncommon, but often missed cause of groin pain in high level athletes. It is poorly understood and poorly defined in the medical community. It is also very difficult to identify based on history and physical exam of an athlete with groin pain. The name sports hernia is a misnomer as well because there is no discernable hernia (or protrusion of abdominal cavity contents) present in this condition.
Sports hernia is a diagnosis almost exclusively of very high level male athletes. It is a common diagnosis in athletes with chronic longstanding groin pain that does not respond to a very long (often years) course of non-operative treatment. Typically athletes involved in repetitive twisting sports such as ice hockey, soccer, Australian rules football, and tennis. Recent well known athletes such as Donovan McNabb of the Philadelphia Eagles, Tomas Holmström of the Detroit Red Wings and Jeremy Shockey of the New Orlean’s Saints have all had surgery to repair a sports hernia.
Hockey player’s syndrome otherwise known as “slap shot gut” is a variant of a sports hernia unique to high level ice hockey athletes. It is due to repetitive twisting motions of the torso common in hockey such as with taking a slap shot. The result is a tearing over time of the covering (fascia) lining the lower abdominal oblique muscles. It is most often seen on the side opposite the player’s forehand slap shot. There may also be an associated inguinal nerve irritation. This may explain why the pain seen in hockey player’s syndrome often travels to the scrotal region. The treatment involves a repair similar to that in many sports hernias.
This is in contradistinction to a typical hernia where there is a protrusion of abdominal contents such as fatty tissue or bowel through a well-defined defect in the inguinal canal of the groin. Despite this, the name sports hernia has persisted because many of the surgical treatments are similar to that of a typical hernia.
Repetitive twisting and shear forces encountered during high level athletics can lead to injury of the lower abdominal wall. This may be exacerbated by the typical strong thigh adductors (muscles that bring the thighs closer together) compared with often weaker lower abdominal muscles.
Athletes typically complain of a longstanding history of pain in the inguinal (groin) region. They often complain simply that their performance has deteriorated below a satisfactory level. Often the pain is not present during periods of inactivity, rest or periods away from athletic involvement. However, symptoms classically reappear with return to the athletic activities responsible for the injury in the first place. The pain may travel, or radiate, from the groin into other areas like the testes, lower abdominal musculature and the inner thigh region. The pain is often exacerbated by coughing or sneezing as well as by athletic movements like sit-ups and kicking motions.
On physical examination, there may be groin pain to palpation in the region of various structures along the wall of the lower abdomen. These may include anatomic regions like the inguinal ring and canal as well as the pubic symphysis (central fusion point of the 2 halves of the pelvis in the front/center of the pelvic region). There is however no classic inguinal hernia detectable on exam as there is no defect in the inguinal wall and no intra-abdominal contents that herniated through. Patients will have pain with a resisted abdominal contraction such as with a sit-up. This may be worsened by doing so with the thighs squeezed together (adduction).
There are many possible causes of groin pain in athletes. Sports hernia is a rarely confirmed diagnosis, and therefore it is extremely important to be sure that other conditions are not the source of an athlete’s symptoms. Some conditions that can mimic a sports hernia include:
● Pulled Groin Muscle (Hip Flexor/Adductor Strain)
● Hip impingement
● Inguinal hernia
● Osteitis pubis (inflammation of the pubic symphysis: joint connecting the 2 halves of the pelvis)
● Stress fracture
● Snapping hip
● Labral tears
● Nerve entrapment
● Avulsion fractures in teenagers and children
● Non-orthopaedic causes of pain such as those involving the genitourinary system
Special emphasis should be given to core stabilization exercises as well as countering any imbalance between the various hip, pelvis and thigh musculature. An evaluation by a highly specialized physical therapist is necessary to help the athlete along with their rehab program and identify and treat these imbalances. A good example to improve this imbalance is Hip Abductor Stength
For more information on treatment including several other instructional core strength exercises as well as hip strengthening videos, please click the following link. Surgical information is also provided in this link
Sports Hernia & Athletic Pubalgia
About 90% of athletes who have surgery for a sports hernia are able to return to competition at the same level or higher to where they were prior to their injury. The timing of return to competition for laparoscopic surgery is typically within 6 weeks while for open surgery it is usually a few months to as long as 6 months.
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Soccer or football has emerged as one of the greatest sports in all corners of the world. Boys and girls, men and women, from all walks of life and from nearly every nation on earth; soccer boasts a pool of players that is vaster and varied than possibly any other sport. Owing to the growing admiration and love for the game, soccer jerseys have become a popular craze amongst fans all over the world. The jersey is probably the most important part of the uniform. It doesn’t matter if it’s a club or national team; the soccer jersey is typical and unique of the game. One can tell if a person is using a soccer jersey from miles away, and it is used not only by soccer fans but also because a lot of the jerseys have nice designs and lines to them, which allows people to wear them in practically any occasion. However, simply wearing the soccer jersey of your favorite team is only one way that soccer fans enjoy the thrill of wearing an official jersey. Most soccer fans look forward to the jersey collection of their favorite football stars, such as Ronaldo and Beckham. As well as these, there are fans looking for soccer jerseys, which in particular belong to the most popular soccer clubs, such as Liverpool, Real Madrid and Chelsea. Whether you are wearing the jersey of the team on which you play, or the jersey of the team you root for the most, using the Internet you can find soccer jerseys for the team, player, or colors that best define you.
Adidas is well known for their clothing line. If you are a soccer fan or you know someone who is, buying jerseys and other items can make a great gift. Adidas soccer jersey like Argentina jersey: adidas Argentina White-Light Blue World Cup Replica Performance Soccer Jerseys features ClimaCool fabric to keep you cool and dry even during the most heated moments! Gear up to cheer team Argentina on to victory during the World Cup in this soccer jersey by adidas. Or support the Spain National Team with the Spain Adidas Men’s ‘Licensed’ Shirt from the official FIFA Online Store. This Shirt Features ClimaCool technology allows you to stay dry comfortable and performing at your peak in even the most heated competition100% Polyester. Or support for the most popular sport worldwide in this Chelsea Royal Blue Performance Soccer Home jersey by adidas! This is a lightweight mesh jersey in polyester has screen print lettering, embroidered logo patch and adidas logo, woven stripes on shoulders & sleeves, Tagless collar, holographic adidas badge and ClimaCool technology for ultimate comfort.
Nike is a top brand which is making soccer uniforms for the Top soccer club teams and Nike soccer jersey like Celtic jersey: Nike Celtic Gold Replica Performance Soccer Jersey in polyester features tight weave mesh, quality embroidery, screen print graphics, embroidered Nike logo, team color stripes, Rib-knit collar Dri-FIT technology for ultimate comfort, and Tagless collar. Support your team with Nike Brasil CBF Official Away Kids’ Soccer Jersey which is crafted from 13% lighter fabric that uses up to 8 recycled plastic bottles per jersey, the boldly durable design is ready to take the plays. With a round-neck collar referencing the famous jersey Brasil wore to win the 1970 competition, there are also perforated stripes along each shoulder. Five stars celebrate Brasils previous championship wins on the left shoulder. On the back of the neck is a graphic that reads ‘Brasil’ while inside the neck is a small Brasilian flag. A signature technical dot print on the front, which is most dense on the torso, emphasizes the players’ strength. Become a legitimate fan and wear the official Nike PSG home replica soccer jersey for 09/10. Paris Saint-German supporters are some of the most passionate football fans in the world. This Nike Fit jersey is lightweight with stylish pinstripes has embroidered club crest and Nike Swoosh, and Screened sponsor logo.
Puma is one of the world’s leading sport lifestyle companies that designs and develops footwear, apparel and accessories. Puma soccer jersey like Puma v1.08 Soccer Jersey (Yellow) is an advanced jersey, just like the one worn by Puma’s professional teams including world champs, Italy. Engineered mesh team jersey for lightweight, sweat-free comfort and features a double layer mesh all over for incredible ventilation, Microfiber inset at back for screening number and name, and includes an open hem design with weld two-layer construction. Celebrate your Independence in Puma Philadelphia Independence WPS 2010 Home Soccer Jersey. The new ’10 jerseys is lightweight mesh with an embroidered Independence crest, WPS shield and PUMA cat logos. Show your support in Algeria’s official Puma Algeria Home Replica Soccer Jersey 10/11. This is a lightweight jersey in polyester with ventilated mesh shoulders and a mesh back has embroidered Puma logos and Algeria team crest.
The soccer jersey has come a long way and has changed a lot through the times. The soccer game will continue to be a craze and we can only expect to see more and more soccer jerseys flaunted at the benches game after game.
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Cricket is also called gentleman’s game. It is a game worship sportsmanship and fair play. Cricket originated from Britain, and is now famous in Britain, Australia, New Zealand, India, Bangladesh and Nepal. It was said that as early as the 13th century, British King Edward I played cricket in northeast England. Cricket is known as a noble game. Henry VIII called it the King’s game. Up till now, cricket is still the sport of middle and upper class. Although cricket has a noble history, British government is now promoting cricket with great effort. For the last 20 years, Australia has been the king in the cricket kingdom. However, Britain is bouncing back. Besides, the cricket players of Britain are very handsome and gorgeous, which has attracted more eyeballs of cricket fans.
Cricket is a kind of sport combined by batting, bowling and fielding.
Two teams form a match, with 11 people in each team. One team does the attack, while the other does the defense. Members of the attacking team are called batsmen. During the match, only two batsmen can be sent onto the court at a time, and the two work hard to get a high score. As for the defending side, all of their members go onto the court. One of them, which is a bowler, bowls a ball into the wicket behind the batsmen, and tries to drive the batsmen out of the court. Other members in the defending team are called fielders, who are responsible for catching the ball from the batsmen and preventing their rivals from winning points. After the attacking team has finished their innings, the two teams change their roles. At last, the team with a higher score wins the game.
Nowadays, this noble sport is still welcomed by different classes in society. As to the reasons, it has little danger, and it is easy to learn. Besides, the equipment costs little money and there is no strict request on the courts. It is a kind of noble sport that actually suits everybody. Besides, the people outside and inside the court are all very polite and gentle, creating a friendly atmosphere of cricket matches. It trains the coordination ability between eyes and hands. It can exercise you upper part of body, control ability, skills and strength. In game column, cricket is located in team sports. For cricket fans, cricket itself and the competition between teams from different countries both form great fascination in cricket.
Create Collapsible Fabric Boxes for Quick Storage
Home storage is always in short supply. Often, people resort to using cardboard boxes or plastic cartons to store their items in closets, the attic, or cellars. But many items have to be stored out in the open. A great way of creating quick and attractive storage solutions is by crafting collapsible fabric boxes.
1. Fabric: stiff varieties are preferred
2. Bias tape or binding
3. Stiff interfacing
4. Thin quilt batting
How to Create the Fabric Boxes
These collapsible fabric storage boxes are fashioned from one large base and four sides. They do not have lids. Each piece of the fabric box is essentially a sandwich of fabric, thin quilt batting, and stiff interfacing. You could use thin cardboard in place of the interfacing if you do not care about the ability to throw them into the washing machine.
For each piece, cut two rectangles of your fabric, two of the quilt batting, and one of the interfacing. Then, put the right sides of the fabric together with all the other materials in the middle. Stitch three sides of each piece and then turn it right side out so the fabric covers the batting and interfacing. Stitch the remaining sides neatly closed. You will now have five rectangular sides of the collapsible fabric storage box.
The next step is to sew the bottom edge of each side to the edge of the base of the fabric box. Be sure to stitch just the fabric so that the sides can still fold up and down. After this is complete, stitch bias tape to the vertical edges of the box sides, leaving an extra length at the top. Use these lengths of bias tape to tie bows to keep the box sides up when in use.
There are different ways to finish your boxes. You can just leave the box as-is and use it that way. An alternate idea is to edge each of the fabric box sides with the bias tape and tie them together at each corner. That way, you can create different size boxes for all of your needs.
How to Use and Store the Fabric Boxes
These collapsible fabric boxes are ideal for storage of small items. To use them, simply fold up the short sides. Tie the bias tape into neat bows or knots at the corners.
If you no longer need the storage box, you can easily untie the bias tape and fold the fabric box flat for storing in a closet or on a shelf. These collapsible fabric boxes are machine washable as long as the fabric you use is as well.
These collapsible fabric boxes are both easy to create and easy to use. Attractive and durable, they are a perfect answer to your small storage needs.
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With the athletics season almost at a close, the athletes of the world could be forgiven for taking a rest. However it’s not just on the track and field that athletes find themselves competing against each other all year round. Every year a select few athletes are awarded gongs for their achievements in their sport. The IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) hold their prestigious World Athletics Gala annually, which rewards outstanding global athletic achievements, through a number of awards.
The highlight of this event is the announcement of the Male and Female World Athletes of the Year. This year the IAAF has given the public the unique chance of helping to select the three finalists for both the Female & Male Athlete of the Year 2010. Great Britain only has one contender and that is World heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis. The 24 year old won the world indoor pentathlon and heptathlon gold at the European Championships this year.
Jessica Ennis was also shortlisted for the Female European Athlete of the Year. These awards have already been announced, with Jessica coming second behind Blanka Vlasic, a high jumper from Croatia (who she also happens to be up against for the World Athlete award). French sprinter Christophe Lemaitre was named European Male Athlete of the Year.
Other Award ceremonies taking place are the Aviva Athletics Awards. These will be held at Loughborough University, which itself is a nationally and internationally recognised for its high level of teaching and research in the sport and exercise sciences.
Young emerging talent also gets a nod. The European Athletics Rising Star Awards recognises the future male and female stars in the world of European athletics. It has proved to be a good indicator as Jessica Ennis won the title back in 2007. This year saw French triple jumper Teddy Tamgho and Croatian discus thrower Sandra Perkovic take the honours, so they will be two to watch out for in the coming seasons.
On the whole, it’s been a fairly good year for British athletics. Great Britain & N.I’s medal haul included 41 medals at the Commonwealth Games, 19 medals at the European Championships and 4 medals at the IAAF World Indoor Championships. So with less than 2 years to go until the curtain goes up on the 2012 Olympics, things look to be on track for our Britain & N.I athletes….let’s just hope the construction of all the venues are too!