Watch any baseball team at game time, and chances are you'll see players
using smokeless tobacco. How do you recognize them? Look for a large lump on
their cheeks, and watch them continually spit on the ground to rid their mouths
of the excess saliva. Sound pleasant? Probably not!
Here are some questions and answers about smokeless tobacco:
Q. What Is Smokeless Tobacco?
A. Chewing tobacco and snuff are the two main types of smokeless
tobacco. Chewing tobacco usually comes in leaves...
First things first. Before the season even starts, you should already be in shape.
“A lot of youth don’t think they need to get in shape,” says James Chesnutt, MD, a sports medicine specialist at Oregon Health & Sciences University. “They are couch potatoes right up to the first day of practice.”
Don’t let that be you. Practice is going to put a lot of strain on your muscles. Games are even more intense. You have to be prepared. Think about baseball. If you’re a pitcher and your arm isn’t up to the task, your game might not be the only thing to suffer. A weak arm is an easily injured arm.
Chesnutt, who coaches teen sports in Portland, Ore., tells his players that they need to start working out six weeks prior to the season, putting in an hour’s worth of exercise a day (something everyone should be doing already). That means a mix of lifting, cardio training, and active play that revs your heart.