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B-Boy breaker at world hip hop competition

Amazing Athletes at the UK B-Boy Championships

Hip Hop dancers from all over the world took part in this year’s UK B-Boy Championships. This image is of Neguin, a member of the Red Bull BC One All Stars, the team that won the 2016 competition.

B-boy stands for ‘Break Boy’ and B-girl stands for ‘Break Girl.’ These terms evolved in the early 70’s when Dj Kool Herc would play the parts of songs where there were no lyrics—just the beat. These were called the breakbeats. The young men and women who danced to the breakbeats were called “B-Boys” and “B-Girls.” In time, they would add moves from mixed martial arts to their breaking.

Turkmen Horse Riders at the World Nomad Games

The World Nomad Games—Central Asia’s biggest sporting event

“A sporting event like no other is taking place in Kyrgyzstan this week. The second World Nomad Games has attracted competitors from more than 40 countries, for six days of events in 23 ancient sports unique to Central Asia.” Events include eagle hunting, mas wrestling and horseback archery, where riders shoot at a target while at full gallop.

 

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From the opening ceremony of the World Nomad Games. Contrast this with the opening ceremony at the summer olympics in Rio.

 

Arrow shooting while riding a galloping horse during the World Nomad Games

“If you think too hard about riding, you miss. If you think too hard about your shooting, you can fall off your horse. It’s very dangerous.”

Photos by Amos Chapple for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty vis PRI The World.

Surfer on top of a massive swell off the coast of Tasmania.

Tasmanian surf thru the eyes of Stu Gibson

You’ll be hard pressed to find surf photography that’s more amazing than the work of Stu Gibson from Tasmania. According to Mr. Gibson, “My main passions are surfing, snowboarding and skateboarding. But my photos are more than 90% surfing. I was practically born surfing so it’s hard to be away from the coast for too long.”

Mark Munoz taking a nasty liver kick from Simpson.

The dreaded liver shot—almost

Mark Munoz took this kick from Eric Simpson, and he still won the match. MMA photographer Esther Linn did a great job of capturing the impact that a well placed kick can have, but the camera does not always tell the truth.

This has all the markings of a liver shot or liver kick, which is a kick or punch that hits the right side of the body directly over the liver. When perfectly executed, a liver shot will trigger an immediate vagus nerve reaction, resulting in excruciating pain and a fighter who drops to his knees on the spot. A TKO is a foregone conclusion. That’s because the body shuts down all non-essential systems to deal with possible liver damage.

So the fact that Munoz was not immediately dropped and went on to win the fight is proof that this was not an actual liver shot.

Esther Linn is one of the top MMA photographers. You can see more of her work at MMAFighting.com.

Water hydroplaning over the head of champion swimmer Tyler Clary.

When a great photographer captures a star athlete

This is an image of Olympic Gold champion Tyler Clary. It was taken by world class photographer Adam Pretty.

If you are wondering how incredible images like these are shot, Nick Stubbs from All Things Photography explains: “Amazing photos like this one were more than likely a screen grab from video footage or a photo pulled from a Nikon D4 or similar shooting at 10 frames per second.” This isn’t as easy as it sounds, as the photographer has to be at the right place at the right time and to have the right settings on his camera.

Here’s another of Adam Pretty’s outstanding images:

Swimmers coming off the block.

Bike rider in the air at the Extreme Games.

2016 Extreme Sports Competition in Barcelona

The Extreme Sports Competition was recently held on the site of the diving venue from the 1992 Olympics. If you’re interested in seeing more, check out the slideshow at The Telegraph.

If you are into BMX stunts, this video of highlights from the 2015 LKXA Extreme Barcelona 2015 Competition will make your jaw drop. Otherwise, the pacing is a bit slow.

Sled hockey skater going for the puck.

Sled Hockey: No legs? No problem

This photo is of the Chicago Blackhawks sled hockey team playing the team from the Colorado Avalanche at the USA Hockey Sled Classic presented each year by the National Hockey League.

According to the NHL website:

“Sled hockey was invented by a group of Swedes at a rehabilitation center in the early 1960s. Despite their physical disability, these men wanted to continue playing hockey. Sled hockey follows most of the typical ice hockey rules. Players sit in specially designed sleds that sit on top of two hockey skate blades. There are two sticks for each player instead of one and and the sticks have metal pics on the butt end for players to propel themselves.”

The photo was taken by two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Marc Piscotty (Getty Images North America). Piscotty’s work is so good it screams “Pulitzer Prize.”

Flyboarding

For the absolute best on flyboarding, check out H2RO Magazine.

Sex is no barrier in flyboarding. Here’s Kristen Smoyer, a 33-year old professional flyboarder who is ranked 1st among women in North America and 3rd in the World.

Flyboarding woman doing a flip with tall buildings in the background.

Here’s Gemma Weston, the top rated women’s flyboarder in the world, flyboarding in front of King John’s Castle at the Limerick Riverfest that drew 50,000 visitors:

Woman skyboarding with a castle in the background.

Woman flyboarding high in the sky with a beautiful sky and castle in the background.

The lead image is by Francois Rigaud, a professional photographer with a love of all things water.

Cliffdiver in a spectacular photo with dozens of colorful boats in the background.

Cliff Diving

The world record height for cliff diving is 192 feet. There are only about 30 professional cliff divers in the world. So you’re dealing with an elite group when you get into the ranks of those who do the RedBull competitions.

If this were Huffpo, we’d be interested in total body impact when a man hits the water at 60 mph while accelerating from a hight of 27 meters.  But given the site you’re on, let’s focus on what happens to a guy’s testicles. According to world class cliff diver Steven LoBue, “I almost always seem to tag one side or the other. sometimes, even after a good dive, I’ll exit and feel my left nut on fire.”

Considering that athletic injuries are one of the top causes of sterility in young men, I can’t help but wonder if cliff divers end up having issues with fertility.

Images from OnCubaMagazine.com.

Cliffdiver soon after his leap from a platform taken with the fisheye lens.

Cliffdiving in Cuba.

Wheelchair skateboarder handstand.

Wheelchair Skateboarding

A broken spinal cord does not mean a broken spirit.

Do not watch the following video unless you are prepared to grimace through this wheelchair skateboarder’s first three brutal wipeouts.

Soccer players butting heads on a jump, leading to a concussion.

FDA approves device to test for athlete concussions

The FDA has approved the marketing of a medical device that helps assess an athlete’s mental functioning after a possible concussion. The new ImPACT tool should help coaches make more informed on-the-spot decisions regarding their athlete’s head injuries.

The way ImPACT works is all athletes are given a baseline test at the start of the season. Then, if a concussion is suspected, a followup test is performed that is instantly compared with the baseline test.

You would think if there were even the slightest possibility that an athlete had a head injury, he or she would be pulled from practice or play until a medical evaluation could be performed. But I was at a high school football game last year where the coach sent a player back into a game who was disoriented after being nocked nearly unconscious during a previous drive.

Man on moisture wicking boxer briefs and woman athlete in moisture wicking uniform.

Moisture Wicking Underwear and Sportswear

We’ve always been told that cotton is best, especially for the crotches of women’s underwear. But that’s no longer the case now that we have third generation mositure-wicking fabrics.

Moisture wicking fabrics are much thinner than cotton. They are designed with special fibers that whisk moisture and sweat away from your skin and distribute it over the outer surface of the fabric, where it can dry quickly. This is very different from cotton, which holds moisture in the center of the fabric and takes a long time to dry.

Moisture wicking fabric also has antibacterial properties. That’s because it dries quickly so bacteria can’t form inside of it like it does inside of cotton — so your underwear is less likely to smell like the inside of a boys’ high school locker room.

Young man with a very sweaty teeshirtCotton holds sweat like this.

Thanks to The Underwear Expert for an explanation of moisture wicking material.

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