Do You Play Better in Air Jordan 11 Retro Concords? You might if you are Michael Jordan.
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It is not the basketball shoes, it is the basketball feet.
Just like the old adage “the clothes do not make the man,” we could add a new one, “basketball shoes do not make a great basketball player.” While proper athletic wear is important for stability, protection and traction; a great player is still a great player no matter what kind of athletic shoes he is wearing. A basketball player who does not learn the basic skills and practice them will still not play any better in a pair of Air Jordan 11 Retro Concords. It is not the shoes, but the feet that are in the shoes that makes the difference.
There is value in presenting a positive Player image.
There is value in looking good, which is why teams wear uniforms and are encouraged to present a positive, clean, well-groomed image of the team both on and off the court. When you are a member of a team, it is your responsibility to present a high ideal of what the team represents no matter where you are or who you are with. In this way, players take pride in their team no matter where they are and their behavior reflects positively on all the members of the team. During anyone’s life they will be part of many teams, groups and organizations and it is their responsibility to appropriately represent those groups both in and outside of them. Similarly, when you look good to yourself, you often feel better about the image you are presenting to others and are more comfortable with yourself.
Care of your feet is important for everyone since they are the foundation of movement and must last all your life if you expect to continue walking, running, jumping, playing, etc. Here’s a few tips to keep them in good shape.
- Wash your feet as you clean your body and clean under the toe nails the same way you clean under your finger nails.
- Keep your toenails clipped straight across. Rinse off the clippers after each use as well as your hands.
- Always dry your feet well, including between the toes to help avoid fungal infections like athlete’s foot (associated with damp feet and damp socks).
- Change socks after athletic events and after washing and drying your feet.
- Wear shower shoes (flip flops that do not retain water or others water shoes) to avoid catching or sharing a fungal infection.
- If you catch a fungal infection, get some Tinactin or Lotrimin or other fungal killing product and use it as directed (usually twice a day for two weeks).
- Change your towels often and after each use if you have contracted a fungal infection because you can spread it through the towel to other areas of your body.
- Stretching, massaging and exercising your feet and ankles are also helpful to strengthening your overall foundation and stability.
- Certain sock materials, usually a combination of cotton, acrylic and nylon do a better job of absorbing moisture and moving it away from the skin. This helps keep feet dry and reduces the chance for blisters.
- Love your feet. Never wear shoes that are too small or too large for your feet as this can undermine the arch and weaken the bones in the feet. Wear socks and wear shoes that are appropriate for the activity. Flip Flops are great for the beach and as shower shoes but provide little stability and are often a source of foot problems.