A Year at the Races: Reflections on Horses, Humans, Love, by Jane Smiley

By Jane Smiley

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Jane Smiley attracts upon her first-hand wisdom to ascertain the pony on all degrees - useful, theoretical and emotional. Drawing at the knowledge of boots, vets, jockeys and a real-life horse whisperer, Smiley provides a component of drama and suspense as of her personal horses commence their careers on the racetrack. because the horses catch up with to the winner's circle, we're enchanted, enthralled and expert approximately what it's rather prefer to personal, teach and root for a racehorse.

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Pull the ball back by cupping your hand and by changing your hand position on the ball. Complete 10 and switch the ball to your left hand. After 10 side “sweeps” with your left, put the ball back in your right and “sweep” the ball out front, side to side, again dribbling a “V” on the court. Complete 10 and do the same with your left hand out front. The ball stays in the hand you are executing the “sweep” with start to finish. Spider Dribble Stand with your legs spread about shoulder width. Drop the ball in front of your stance and baby dribble it with your left hand, then your right.

Taking time and care to warm up and to cool down improves your flexibility and decreases your chance of injury while increasing your body’s efficiency. Over the past decade the traditional slow, controlled stretch that preceded workouts, practice, or games has been replaced by a process known as a dynamic warm-up. While stretching is a critical part of proper cooldown, traditional warm-up stretches tend to relax your muscles instead of energizing them. A warm-up should prepare your joints and muscles for more vigorous activity by gradually acclimating them to a higher level of readiness.

Hold the position for a second. Slowly bring the torso back to the floor keeping your back slightly off the ground. Repeat for 30 seconds or 20 repetitions. Sit-ups are the standard method for building abdominal strength. There are many variations. Elbows and toes Figure 3-6 Core conditioning exercises. 25 26 Winning Basketball for Girls Side bridge Figure 3-6 (continued) Core conditioning exercises. COOLING DOWN Just as a basketball player benefits from warming up, she can also benefit from cooling down just after the workout is over.

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