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Biomechanics of the Vertical Jump, Part 3

Posted in Wellness on October 29th, 2012 by Lance

The last article reviewed is “The Shock Attenuation role of the Ankle During Landing From a Vertical Jump,” by Ted S. Gross and Richard C. Nelson. For this study 11 male recreational basketball players were used. Two distinct types of landing styles were observed. Read more »

Biomechanics of the Vertical Jump, Part 2

Posted in Wellness on October 18th, 2012 by Lance

“The Influence of the Biarticularity of the Gastrocnemius Muscle on Vertical-Jumping Achievement” was a study by Arthur J. Van Soest, Arend L. Schwab, Maarten F. Bobbert and Gerrit Jan Van Ingen Schenau. The researchers that biarticular muscles such as the gastrocnemius were especially suited for powerful movements like jumping hypothesized it. “Because the knee is extending, gastrocnemius length remains close to optimum and its contraction velocity remains relatively low, even when the ankle is extending fast. Read more »

Biomechanics of the Vertical Jump, Part 1

Posted in Wellness on October 11th, 2012 by Lance

In today’s sports world, athletes who compete at a high level possess certain skills of some basic movements that leave the non-elite athlete or non-athlete in awe. Jumping is a skill that most people can perform. But for the athlete who competes in a sport where the mastery of the vertical jump is vital in their success at that sport, then the vertical jump becomes an amazing feat of athletic ability. Read more »

A Pyramid Made From Food

Posted in Wellness on October 3rd, 2012 by Lance

How can you build a pyramid made out of food? Easy, the Food Pyramid shows the types or groups of foods that make up a healthy diet. It is made up in the shape of a pyramid to show you the different proportions of food. Read more »

Avoid Noshing in the Kitchen This Holiday

Posted in Wellness on June 26th, 2012 by Lance

Do you spend much of the holiday season in the kitchen? Perhaps you are responsible for anything and everything related to holiday food — grocery shopping, cooking and baking for the kids, potlucks, gifts, and preparation of lavish holiday feasts. Read more »

How Does Quick Fix Synthetic Urine Work

Posted in Wellness on June 1st, 2012 by Lance

Synthetic urine is very inexpensive for use during testing. It’s not toxic and it’s very similar to human urine. It’s also an effective way to calibrate the equipment used for detecting drugs. Unlike urine from humans, it can be reheated. There are therapeutic uses for quick fix synthetic urine as well. Read more »

Homemade Potato Salad

Posted in Wellness on May 18th, 2012 by Lance

6 cups diced, unpeeled red potatoes
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup chopped celery
1 clove minced garlic Read more »

Let Downtime be Playtime

Posted in Wellness on March 12th, 2012 by Lance

Q: We have a daughter who is going to kindergarten soon. Should we be preparing her by practicing letters, numbers, etc? We aren’t sure because she is already so busy … just finished swimming lessons and is starting preschool gymnastics. Read more »

Activity Hanukkah Mobile

Posted in Wellness on February 23rd, 2012 by Lance

This Hanukkah mobile is easy to make and sturdy enough to last for the entire holiday. Read more »

The Epidemic Known as Domestic Violence Post 3

Posted in Abuse on September 9th, 2011 by Lance

In the past, all types of domestic abuse was quietly swept under the rug and ignored by society. Thankfully the attitudes of the general public and the legal systems are changing. Police are responding to “domestic affair” calls by taking and filing reports and helping the victim to receive protection against her abuser. Husband’s rights aren’t all encompassing and courts are willing to issue restraining orders when considered necessary after being presented with documentation. Read more »