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How to Check Out alongside cricket gameplay by learning the rules compared to baseball

Have you ever heard of cricket? No, we’re not talking Jiminy Cricket or the wireless cell phone service provider. We’re talking about CRICKET. The team sport, nicknamed “the gentleman’s game,” is the popular sport of choice in places like India, Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, England, Pakistan and Zimbabwe, though not America. But guess what? It’s very similar to the American pastime we all love so much— baseball.
This video aims to give you a general tour to the play of cricket, learning the rules and gameplay as compared to baseball. If you ever plan on watching a cricket game, or just happen to see one playing on the telly at a sports bar, you’ll actually know what’s going on.
Step 1: Cricket is similar to baseball when it comes to winning. There are two teams and the team that hits the most runs wins. There are 11 players per team and unlike baseball instead of running from base to base, you run up and down the wicket.
Step 2: A wicket has two meanings. A wicket refers to when a batsman is out. It also refers to the actual playing surface.
Step 3. There are three main ways a batter can get an out. The first is if the baller balls the ball and hits the three sticks know as the “stumps”. The second way is if the batter runs and doesn’t make it to the other end in time. The third way is if the batter hits the ball in the air and the fielder catches the ball in the air.
Step 4: The equivalent of a home run in cricket is six runs. A batsman can score by running up and down the wicket they accumulate runs. If the ball goes along the ground to the fence, then the batter and his team get four runs.
Step 5: Some famous players include Sachin Tendulkar, who plays for India. Some other well-known cricket teams include: Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, England, Pakistan, India, Newzealand, Westindies, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.

Plantar Fasciitis Prevention Tips

There are a few things in this world I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. Plantar fasciitis is one of them. This debilitating and annoyingly persistent injury can happen to anyone, and is particularly common among runners. I’ve had my bouts with it, and while home remedies can provide some relief, improving your running technique is your best defense. Practicing the Chi Running Form Focuses will put you on the path to injury prevention and recovery.
Where is the Plantar tendon and what does it do?
The plantar tendon runs the length of the bottom of your foot, spanning the area from the base of the toes to the front of your heel. The two ends of the tendon attach at the base of the toes and at the front of the heel bone by means of fascia, a strong fibrous membrane. The plantar tendon keeps the arch of the foot from flattening completely when the foot bears weight, thus providing cushioning and shock absorption when you’re walking, running or standing. This tendon also allows you to point your toes.
What is Plantar Fasciitis and what causes it?
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia caused by any motion of the legs that creates a pull on the Plantar tendon. Walking or running up or down hills, climbing stairs, walking or running on your toes (including wearing high heels), or dorsiflexing (pointing your toes up as your heel comes down with each stride) all pull the plantar tendon.
Plantar fasciitis can also be caused by heel striking, which is usually a result of over-striding. If you reach forward with your legs with each stride, you’re very likely to land on your heels. Landing in this way can create a force on your heels of up to six times your body weight with each footstep.
Tight calves and an inflexible Achilles tendon can also pull the plantar tendon and weaken the attachment of the fascia to the bone. If the plantar tendon is stretched beyond what the fascia is capable of holding, the fascia forms micro-tears and begins to pull away from the bone, causing inflammation.
When the plantar tendon is consistently over-stretched, the body begins to add calcium where the attachment between the tendon and the heel bone takes place. Over time, enough calcium is added to build more bone mass in that particular spot, creating a heel spur that can be even more painful than plantar fasciitis.
Other common causes of plantar fasciitis include:
  • Wearing inflexible or worn out shoes
  • Very low or high arches
  • Being overweight
  • Spending long hours on your feet
  • Tight calf muscles or tight/stiff ankle muscles
  • Walking barefoot in soft sand for long distances
  • What does plantar fasciitis feel like?

It varies for everyone, but plantar fasciitis usually follows this progression. When it first appears, you may feel like you’ve got a lump in the heel of your sock. Not pain, just an uncomfortable “thick” feeling right under your heel.
In the early stages, your heel may feel tender when you first get up from sitting or when getting out of bed in the morning, but the discomfort subsides once you’re up and about on your feet. As the injury advances, tenderness lingers and begins to feel like needles sticking you in the bottom of your heel with each step. In the very advanced stages, you find yourself searching the Internet for books on levitation. It aches all day, not only when you’re on your feet.

6 Barefoot Running Tips for Beginners

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The barefoot and minimalist running movement is becoming more popular as people try to shed their shoes. If you’re curious about experimenting with barefoot running, use these five tips for a healthy and safe transition.
1. Keep your mileage low.
A common issue with those starting out is what is referred to “top of foot pain” (TOFP), which occurs when you do much more than your feet are able to handle. Your feet have been supported by shoes all your life, so it is unrealistic to go out and run six miles without that support. Scrap whatever mileage you have built up and start all over.
Try just walking barefoot around the house for a day and see how you feel the next day. Maybe do a slow jog for a 1/4 mile and see how you feel a day later. More than likely your calves will become sore as well as your arches. It is important to start off very slowly to avoid injury.
2. Start completely barefoot.
Running with a minimalist shoe is not the same as barefoot running. By starting completely barefoot, your running will progress much faster due to the feedback your soles will give you. Sometimes minimalist shoes can create a false sense of comfort and you are more likely to overdo your mileage or become injured.
3. Start on a hard surface.
Do not start on grass. Being new to barefoot running, your ankles may be weak due to years of wearing shoes. Grassy surfaces are usually uneven and can cause you to roll an ankle quite easily if you are not careful. Grass can also hide harmful objects which can put you on the shelf for days.
Instead, try running on concrete or hard packed sand. Hard surfaces are a good gauge on how you are landing and your footprints in the hard sand can be a good measure of how you are pushing off.
Your footprints should be light and uniform and your toes should not be digging into the sand. Pushing with your toes is a common mistake that may lead to blisters over longer distances.
Also check to see if the heel print is deeper than the forefoot. This can mean that you are heel striking, which is a shock to your joints and may lead to injury. All these issues can be easily corrected with practice.