As a young skateboarder in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Greg Lutzka had to be creative to track his improvements on his deck. He often tried impromptu tricks and stacked skateboards to ollie over, using each new board as a measure of progress.
Over the past 17 years, Lutzka has become a skater known for his work ethic, tactical skills, and professional success. He’s a two-time X Games gold medalist and the only person to win the Tampa Pro competition three times.
And he has finally found a reliable way to measure what he does on his board.
Imagine if knocking down pigs in Angry Birds could make you a better midfielder. Or if spending hours playing Minecraft could raise your batting average. (It can’t, and it won’t.) Video games — especially those found in Apple and Google app stores — have primarily been about providing a simple distraction from real life. They’re fun and great for wasting time and getting through long car rides. But their usefulness often ends there.
HeadTrainer hopes to change that.
HeadTrainer is an iOS and Android mobile app designed to make athletes better by improving their cognitive abilities. Simply put, it aims to make you better at sports by training your brain through video games.
The app is endorsed by athletes including Alex Morgan, Richard Sherman, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Caroline Wozniacki, and developed in conjunction with the Duke Sports Science Institute.
The 2015 Little League Baseball World Series begins two weeks from today. And when the young ballplayers hit the field, they’ll be wearing new headwear provided by New Era. The company — which also makes the caps big leaguers wear — gave SI Kids an exclusive first look at this year’s LLBWS hats.
There are 16 in all, one for each region competing in the tournament. The front of the caps feature the 2015 LLBWS logo, with the region name stitched on the back.
Back in November, we shared the story of the Black Fives, the all-African-American pro basketball teams that played across the United States before the NBA was integrated in the 1950s. As we wrote in the original story, it's one of sports' great eras — and least remembered.
But that's changing, thanks in part to a deal the Black Fives Foundation struck with '47 Brand. The non-profit and apparel maker are working together to raise awareness of the Black Fives teams and players through hats, shirts, and other gear. The Black Fives line launched in June, and it's pretty cool.
Many young women who play sports can relate to Olympic hurdler T’eresa Brown.
Growing up, Brown was faster than brother so she joined the track and field team. But she sported hand-me-down pieces from her brother’s wardrobe most of the time. The ill-fitting clothes got in the way when she competed, and she has the scarred knees to prove it.
“I fell a lot because my clothes were too big and would get caught on my arms or the hurdles,” she says. “Then I wore my practice clothes to school and, well, I did not win best dressed. I had no style at all.”
Brown’s story is far too common because teenage girls don’t have athletic gear created for them. But Adidas has changed that.
What do you get when you cross your favorite remote control toy with a smartphone, them inject a healthy dose of speed and attitude? Darkside Ollie, the newest addition to the popular line of app-controlled robotic toys from Orbotix. And wow, is it fun!
Darkside is billed as a “naughty” version of the original Ollie robot, which debuted last year. With speeds of up to 14 m.p.h. and extremely responsive controls via the iOS and Android Ollie app, this little robot rolls, bounces, crashes, spins, jumps, and tears through just about anything you can throw at it. Leave it sitting alone for about 20 seconds, and Ollie will become impatient and begin pulling of a series of its own tricks.
Back in December, we told you about ShotTracker, a cool system of sensors that gives players valuable intel on their basketball skills and an app that develops drills to improve them. What made the tech stand out was that it also allowed coaches to access that data to tailor workouts and practices to maximize every player's needs.
Now, there's an NBA superstar in the mix, too.