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Inside the Modern Football Changing Room

Unlike what we see in movies as typical ‘sweaty locker rooms’ full of steam and sweaty athletes, modern football locker rooms today are much more modernized and spacious. One of the modernized and spacious locker rooms that we can see today is the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex at the University of Oregon. This 140,000-square foot football changing room is fully equipped with television sets and kitchen areas. It also has its own barbershop where football players can cut each other’s hair. With this kind of football locker room, who will still have time to notice the sweaty odor lingering around?

Football changing rooms are now being modernized to be as spacious and as awesome as this football facility. It is also being developed so that locker rooms don’t look like typical locker rooms. Cleanliness is being upheld throughout these modernized football facilities by using professional cleaning products such as antibacterial cleaning products, various glass cleaners and other products with specific cleaning qualities. These football changing rooms are advanced in more than you can imagine. Below are a few things that have been advanced greatly in these football facilities.

  1. Football changing rooms now have advanced technology.

Before, football changing rooms used chalkboard and whiteboards for drafting game plans, announcements, etc. Today, what is used in football facilities are video projectors connected to smart TV screens. This makes it easier for coaches to replay certain clips that were taped in either a rehearsal or a game. It makes it more convenient for coaches to make football changing rooms more like a classroom for the athletes especially since their area has also been expanded. Aside from this, locker rooms are also being designed with power outlets so that the athletes can use their gadgets in the locker room.

Since coaches are also going paperless, these football facilities are also equipped with WiFi and all the game plans and strategies that the coaches are drafting are all stored in either their computers or iPads.

  1. There is a big difference in the size of locker rooms.

Aside from the advancement in technology, what both athletes and coaches can appreciate more in modernized football changing rooms is the big expansion in the size of the locker rooms. Before, what athletes had were just slim lockers to put all their stuff. Aside from that, whenever the lockers were limited, some had to share their lockers with others. However, with the expansion of lockers, athletes have the access to bigger lockers which they can have for themselves.

Aside from their personal belongings, each football team has a lot more to store in lockers because they also have their body pads and helmets that they use in each game. The expansions of lockers, therefore, are being utilized well by football teams.

  1. Configuration of changing rooms are designed well.

Especially that football facilities are now greatly expanded, the space available should be utilized well. Although it is essential for football athletes to have large lockers, it is also important that the lockers are not too big and are positioned separately from each other. The reason behind this is so that athletes can still engage easily with fellow athletes while preparing or resting in their locker room. Aside from this, it would also be easier for the coaches to call a meeting with his athletes in the locker room if they positioned as if they are still huddled together. Moreover, space could also be utilized so that coaches can easily keep boards inside the locker room whenever there needs to be a meeting about planning strategies.

These are the main advancements in the football locker room at the present. Aside from the modernized style and advanced technology, what is also important is that cleanliness is also maintained in the football facility. Having a bigger space means there is more room to clean. Football changing rooms should be cleaned thoroughly to eliminate any germs and bacteria that can thrive in the place.

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Ricky Ponting: Happy Birthday Punter !!!!

Ricky Ponting, the highest run scorer for Australia is regarded as one of the most successful captains in the history of Cricket. He has already set a challenging benchmark as most successful captain in One Day International, winning 164 games out of 229 he captained. Apart from Ricky Ponting, Only Allan Border, and MS Dhoni are the captains winning more than 100 ODIs for their country. He ranks second in test cricket registering 48 wins, only after to Graeme Smith having 52 test wins. However, many specialists consider Steve Waugh, Clive Llyod, and MS Dhoni as a better captain than him since Ponting led the team in Australia’s golden era and he had the team comprising of world’s best specialists in each department of the game. Due to all these factors, Aussies were considered to be unbeatable during his tenure as a captain.

It is surprising to know that during his childhood, he was equally inclined toward Football before he broke the humerus in his right arm and never played competitive football ever again. His father Graeme and maternal uncle Greg Campbell introduced him professional cricket, out of them Campbell had represented Australia in 4 tests and 12 ODIs. He Played for Tasmania in domestic cricket before he made a debut to the International side in 1995. However, he struggled for few years to make a permanent place in the International squad due to lack of focus and consistency. Under the captaincy of Steve Waugh, he tasted first world cup victory as a player. During earlier 2000s he started shaping himself as a dependent and consistent batsman for the team. He got a reward of his performance in February 2002 when Steve Waugh was dropped due to being out of form and Ponting was nominated as a captain for ODI side, considering him ahead of Adam Gilchrist, then Vice Captain. He lived up to the expectations of selectors and in the very next year, he led Aussies to their third and second consecutive world cup title in absence of leg-spinner Shane Warne who was ruled out of the tournament after failing a drug test. World Cup Final 2003 was memorable for Ponting as he brutally smashed Indian bowlers scoring unbeaten 140 runs as Australia scored 359-2 in 50 Overs, the highest score in a world cup final and Indians lost the match by record 125 runs. Just after undefeated world cup campaign, Ricky Ponting led Australian team to 21 consecutive ODI wins, a world record. After the retirement of Steve Waugh, he took over the captaincy of test side also.  During his test reign, his leadership was under scrutiny in few moments – Stumbles to India and South Africa, only captain to face three consecutive defeat in Ashes. He himself struggled a lot to score runs in Indian soil and getting trapped by the bowling of Harbhajan Singh, again and again. Despite all these factors, he overtook most test wins i.e. 41 by a captain and ended up at count 48, the record was later broken by Graeme Smith. Ponting, during his course of a career, became a player to witness maximum 108 test and 262 ODI Wins. The main highlight of his entire career was winning record 4 ICC trophies – 2 World Cups (2003 and 2007), ICC Champions Trophy (2006 and 2009). He holds a record of winning 27 consecutive world cup matches as captain including the unbeaten campaign of 2003 and 2007. He also owns an unwanted record of highest individual test score 242 (Vs. India at Adelaide ) in a losing cause. Apart from that, he has comes second in scoring most International centuries (71) after Sachin Tendulkar (100). He was declared “Cricketer of the decade 2000”. His T20 International record is not so impressive winning 7 out of 17 he captained and no World T20 trophy under his name. However, he played, captained and mentored Mumbai Indians in various seasons which include 2 winning trophies.

Many specialists may say he lacks Imagination as a captain but his records say it would be difficult to keep him out of top 3 Captains of all time, whatever permutation and combination we may apply. He gave Australian Cricket many glories as a captain as well as a player before he retired in 2012.

We wish him a very happy and prosperous Birthday and all the success in future. Happy Birthday, Punter!