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INJURY PREVENTION & RECOVERY

INJURY PREVENTION & RECOVERY
Please introduce yourself

    My name is Osama Alowaish and I am an Exercise Physiologist currently completing my PHD in Exercise Physiology at Columbia University. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Arizona State University in 2003. I later on followed my passion for Sports and Exercise Testing by completing my Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology where I was lucky enough to test the Liverpool Football Team during their pre-season fitness tests. Having a degree in Engineering and a passion for sports, rehabilitation and recovery, I am an avid user for recovery devices and a firm believer in the usage of these devices to prevent injury and provide a means for faster recovery from physical activity and exercise.

    If you could only give 1 piece of advice to people when it comes to their recovery what would it be?

      I always recommend that people listen to their bodies. Our bodies are beautiful machines and they have a great ability to heal themselves and to alert us of what they truly need. I believe that we  devote so much time to our sports and neglect the fact that recovery is just as important for us to advance and progress in our given sport or activity. The more I get into the field of Exercise Physiology and learn more about how the body adapts to exercise on all levels (cellular, molecular and even physiological) I realize how much power and resiliency our bodies have in terms of adaptation to exercise.

      What are you go-to products for prevention and why?

         For prevention, my go-to products are:

        • Hyperice massage guns: I use the massage gun on the go to awaken my muscles pre-volleyball or gym session. I use it for 30 to 60 seconds per muscle group to allow my muscles to wake up and warm up before my sessions. The guns are lightweight and mobile enough for me to take them anywhere with me.
        • Hyperice X Knee: This device allows for a quick and easy contrast therapy session delivering hot and cold sensations in harmony to my knees. Both hot and cold therapies are easy on the knees and allow for a comfortable release for my knees. This device conforms to your knee’s shape and size and allows you to move and even perform various movements while wearing this products unlike other rigid recovery devices in the past. This device also connects to the Hyperice app seamlessly allowing me to use various pre-installed programs for recovery and injury prevention.
        • Venom Shoulder Wearable Heat and Vibration Wrap: I especially like this product as it allows me to warm up my shoulder as I go to my weekly volleyball games. It is easy to install myself and allow me to warm up my shoulder by means of heat and vibration simultaneously to allow for better movement and blood flow to my should during my volleyball games.
        What are your go-to products for recovery and why?
          • Normatec Compression Boots: I love this product for recovery as it allows for efficient lymphatic drainage in the convenience of my home. Due to the heavy loads of jumps associated with playing volleyball, I tend to feel that my legs are sore and heave after playing for a long period of time. This device has allowed me to play more often without feeling this sore between games.
          • Hyperice Massage guns: I use the massage gun before and after exercise, but after an exercise session, I use the gun for 2 to 3 minutes per muscle group to allow for recovery and relaxation. Massage guns are easy to carry and I can do these session anywhere I like.
          • Venom Back Wearable Heat and Vibration Wrap:  I like to use this wrap after volleyball games as it allows for muscle relief and relaxation for my back. I am currently working on building my core muscles, but always complain of back pain after a volleyball game due to jumping so much during my games. I find that that this wrap helps release my back muscle and allow for better movement and recovery.
          How can people find you if they need your expertise?

            I have recently started a running studio with my partners (@therunningstudio) where we offer personalized running programs that are safe and personal for runners of all levels following various tests and in alignment with various international experts in the fields of nutrition, strength and conditioning and running training.

            I can also be contacted mainly by Instagram @oalowaish. My dream is to start a rehabilitation and exercise testing clinic in the near future.

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            MOTHER'S DAY GIFT IDEAS

            MOTHER'S DAY GIFT IDEAS

            Our recommendation on gifts that keep on giving, because she deserves nothing less than to feel great every day of the year.

            1. A relaxing floating set from FLOTHETTA. You will definitely surprise and delight her with this unique set coming all the way from Iceland that will let her experience the power of water therapy. A great way to unwind after a busy day or to start the day on a relaxing note.

             

            2. A massage gun by HYPERICE. She needs a massage more often than she knows. Hypervolts aren't just for pro athletes, muscle relief is for everyone.

             

            3. A handmade wooden beach paddle set by AVORA. A reminder that moments spent with the family are everything.

             

            4. A silk eye pillow by HALFMOON. The lavender scent and the feel of the silk on her eyes will help her feel relaxed. The added plus? It can be heated up in the microwave for an extra warm touch.

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            STEAL THEIR STYLE: 3 CELEB-APPROVED ACTIVE LIFESTYLE MUST-HAVES

            STEAL THEIR STYLE: 3 CELEB-APPROVED ACTIVE LIFESTYLE MUST-HAVES
            What do Meghan Markle, Sarah Jessica Parker, Alessandra Ambrosio, Sincerely Jules & Lucy Hale have in common? Apart from their great sense of style, they are all really dedicated to their active lifestyle. It is no wonder, they have been spotted with our favorite products. Curious to find out more? See below their favorite water bottle, yoga mat and even ping pong table.

            1. MOBOT - FOAM ROLLING WATER BOTTLE 

             

             

             

            2. B YOGA B MAT

             

            3. RS BARCELONA - YOU & ME PING PONG TABLE

             

             

             

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            IS YOUR OFFICE OR BUSINESS WORLD CUP READY?

            IS YOUR OFFICE OR BUSINESS WORLD CUP READY?

            After two years of home office it is time for office home and what better time to make your office feel homier than the year of the 2022 World Cup. After all it is proven that small game table breaks with colleagues foster team spirit, creativity and problem solving. Ninjoo has what it takes to make your office, waiting lounge or cafe/bistro ready for some serious employee/customer fun. Whether a single or group of football table(s), or a full-out soccer themed cafe or event area, our football tables can be configured with optional glass tops and stools to create unique experience settings. The RS3 football table is built for intense usage and is ideal for high traffic environments.

             

            Ninjoo can help you individualize your event space and differentiate yourself from the competition creating memorable moments for your brand during this year's World Cup. Add on the optional glass table tops and our Ombra Stools and you have an informal dining environment that is equally, unusual, functional, and fun. Contact us for more information or a personalized proposal.

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            NINJOO'S EDITOR ON NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS AND WISHLISTS

            NINJOO'S EDITOR ON NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS AND WISHLISTS

            Style and design are not something you immediately associate with sports accessories but there is a compelling reason why they are important elements. You do not mind keeping them in plain view for all to see and therefore you end up using those accessories more often because their very presence motivates you to use them. A plain case of "not out of sight, not out of mind". With New Year's resolutions in full swing I want to share my 2022 Wishlist items with you and maybe, just maybe they will make it onto your list as well.

            This year I am saving up for the RS Barcelona Diagonal Pool Table. Granted, it’s a big ticket item, but the pandemic has made home gatherings much more frequent than in the past and a billiard table at home is the ultimate centerpiece for entertainment. My absolute favorite is the 8-foot black version with the classic green cloth (even though blue tempts me a lot) and with walnut wood legs. This configuration effortlessly blends in whether your home has s a modern or a classic interior and is the ultimate in sophistication and style.

            2022 is also the year I am changing my exercise routine and plan to pick up boxing, not because I like physical altercations but because it is a full-body workout that builds strength and endurance. My objects of desire for this come from a brand called Modest Vintage Player, boxing equipment made the good old way by skilled hands using the finest leathers. I prefer things that not everyone has, so while most of the boxing gloves out there are black my objects of desire are the Pro Cream/Brown Leather Boxing Gloves and Focus Pads. While I am at it I'll throw in the Heritage Brown Leather Duffle Bag to carry the equipment around in style.

            Unfortunately, this editor does not have unlimited funds to go any wilder on the 2022 Wishlist so I have added some items that likely will make the transition from Wishlist to shopping bag first. One of the objects that left a lasting quality impression on me when I first held it in my hands is the ShakeSphere Protein Shaker Tumbler Steel, and my favorite is hands down the Copper version. I love the no-mixing-ball design which means less to clean, and its packaging is so nice that it makes a perfect item for gifting. Actually, it is so perfect for gifting that I need to make sure my friends do not find out they are all getting the same present…

            You have probably heard of the Padel Tennis craze that is going around which seems to pick up fanatic following. This squash-like high energy sport is on my try list for this year and I wouldn't be a ninjoo editor if I didn't opt for the unusual rackets from Nordicdots. I tend to minimalism and Nordicdots racket designs stand out because of their complete absence of bold patterns and oversized brand logos. My personal object of desire is the Pro Series Carbon Black which is unlike any racket I have seen out there.

            My dining table has been screaming for a use other than eating and its misuse as a desk during the home office period, and The Art of Ping Pong has just what I need to transform it into a temporary game table. The Ping Pong Set ZigZag Sunset is just what the doctor ordered and is an excellent creative break when writer's block heads my way. 


             

            The last item to go on my Wishlist, and I'm really running out of budget now, is the Bredder Balance Board. Mobility and balance are key to looking young as you grow older. Only after researching balance exercises on the Internet did I fully grasp the benefits of balance exercises at home. My favorite among those boards is the Elani Shorty, the fact that they are handmade in Germany gives me goosebumps; honestly, there are not many sports accessories still being produced in Germany and Bredder Boards show that in their unbelievable quality of craftsmanship.

            Ok, I was not completely honest, there is one more item on my Wishlist, and probably the first item that will cross the line into the shopping bag. The new upgraded version of the Hypervolt, the Hypervolt 2, has achieved ultimate-object-of-desire status. Most of you will be familiar with this percussion massage gun so I won't go into the reasons why it is on my Wishlist, but suffice it to say that once you have one, you cannot live without it.

             

            I have maxed out my 2022 budget now and will stop adding to the list. As a thank you for sticking with my article and reading to the end, I have asked the ninjoo team for a discount code for all products mentioned in the article. Use EDITOR15 during check-out to get a 15% discount on the products in my Wishlist. The code is valid until 31st of January 2022. Have a great year everyone.

             

             

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            WHAT YOU BOUGHT IN 2021

            WHAT YOU BOUGHT IN 2021

            The year is drawing to a close and along with that comes our very own anniversary. Ninjoo is turning one year old and as the saying goes, time flies when you are having fun. For the ninjoo team it is time to review the bestsellers and what motivated people to embrace them. So here is a recap of the products that made it into your hearts and into your shopping baskets. 

            Granted a billiard table is not exactly your average quick check out item, still the RS Barcelona Diagonal Pool Table made it to the top of your list. So what is it that made this table so popular? If you are passionate about playing pool, and have the space, there is no better choice than this modern version of an old classic. With its award-winning design, the Diagonal Pool Table stands out among its peers and is a perfect fit for stylish, modern living/public spaces. Don't let its good looks confuse you, it is a professional billiard table designed by experts. We were very happy to interact with our customers to find their ideal color and wood configuration (as if it was going into our own homes). 

            Another 21st century re-interpretation of an old classic that made its way to your shopping baskets was the Tangram Smart Skipping Rope. Its sleek, minimalistic design combined with the smart features of a connected app brings fun and structure to your skipping exercise. Keep track of your jumps and all related data, or challenge your friends to a competition and record everyone's performance even if you are miles apart. What's more? The LED version creates a hologram style display of your jumping data in mid-air. Definitely an eye-catcher.

            Chance basket balls (and not only basketballs) were a hit with ninjoo customers young and old. Their vibrant designs spread joy beyond the actual game and brighten your day by just looking at them. As it turned out, Chance balls were one of the most popular gifting items on the site, and made for fail-proof presents every time. Need a gift? Chances are that Chance is it.

            To be or not to be, ShakeSphere's performance this year was stellar. All across the GCC ShakeSphere protein shakers and water bottles seemed to have rocked our customers' world. The shakers with their innovative, no mixing ball, design emerged as one of the most popular items for your pre- or post-gym workout, and the water bottles with their sleek designs made their way everywhere you needed to carry water. 

            What will 2022 bring? We will make sure to recap at the end of next year but meanwhile: May all your dreams come true!

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            HYPERVOLT COMPARISON

            HYPERVOLT COMPARISON
            Which Hypervolt is right for you? 🤔

            With three options to choose from, there’s a Hypervolt for everyone.

            🦾 The Hypervolt 2 Pro is Hyperice's most powerful percussion device ever, giving you five speeds controlled by a digital speed dial to help you warm up and recover like a pro.

            🆕 The Hypervolt 2 gets some serious upgrades from the original - lighter, more powerful and a new ergonomic handle to give your muscles the daily relief they’ve been asking for.

            ✈️ The Hypervolt Go gives you powerful percussion in a portable package so you can take it to the gym, on the road, and everywhere in between.

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            PING PONG - THE GAME OF THE CREATIVES AND VIRTUOUS

            PING PONG - THE GAME OF THE CREATIVES AND VIRTUOUS
            Can you guess what 19th-century English upper-class ladies were up to when they were stacking up books on the dining table, ripping off lids from cigar boxes, and piling up corks from champagne bottles? Believe it or not this is how the game of ping pong started. Books were used as nets, cigar box lids as bats and corks as ping pong balls. Whiff-Waff, Pom-Pom, or Pim-Pam are just a few names they used to call it before Ping Pong prevailed. It was common for Victorian era parties to end with a good game of Whiff-Waff...after desert. What the English society realized 140 years ago is still valid today: nothing like a good game of ping pong to lift the spirits of a group of people.
             
             
            With the emergence of manufactured equipment in the 20th century ping pong transformed from being a pastime activity of the privileged few to a popular sport for any age and social standing. It even helped bridge the divide between China and the US during the cold war period in what became known as the Ping Pong Diplomacy (google it). There is even an oldest player in the Guinness Book of Records, Dorothy de Low, was almost 98 years old when she represented Australia in the 2008 World Veterans Table Tennis Championships in Brazil.
             
            Ping pong is a way to do physical exercise that has actual athletic qualities but is kind of contained. You do not run around tracks and you do not have large playing fields to cover, however, the short quick movements make it an intense exercise. Because of the confined area of action and the speed with which players need to assess moves, the game has also a real mental element to it by promoting strategic thinking.
             
            Just like at social gatherings 140 years ago, ping pong can also help modern day organizations build and support culture; it is a great tool to help team members get to know and interact with each other. Moreover, a quick break of ping pong during the day has shown to help become more productive and creative, and even promote problem solving ability; no surprise it is the game of choice for people in the creative industry, especially for start-ups.
             
            Now that you have hopefully learned something new today, this editor needs a creative break from writing. I am setting up my ArtNet ZigZag to engage in friendly combat.
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            THE SUSTAINABILITY EDIT

            THE SUSTAINABILITY EDIT

            There is no such thing as guilt-free consumption, even our most mundane daily choices (think waste disposal) have an impact on the world, our environment, and persons around us. Many of us strive to improve as persons, products, or organizations but it is often very easy to dismiss our own impact in contributing to sustainable consumption. No matter how little we each contribute, when aggregated to society level our individual actions produce results. The 21-year-old third millennium will be the age when humanity transitions from carefree consumption to a smarter, more environment friendly way of approaching everyday life. As a global society we are still far away from leading a totally sustainable life but hey, the first flight of the Wright brothers only lasted 12 seconds and 36 meters and 120 years later we can take showers over the Atlantic (yeah, I know…not exactly a sustainability example but it shows the progress mankind can make when we put our minds to it).

            At ninjoo we try to embrace sustainability any way we can and we know that we are far from perfect but Rome was not built in a day, and in the end long-term developments are all about the right mindset, and that ninjoo has. When we look for products we always look at the story behind them, their creators and the passion these individuals put into realizing them, and one passion that always catches our eye is sustainability. Especially when it comes to the luxury segment we believe products have a responsibility to leave as small a footprint as possible on earth since by definition they are…well luxury. 

            Sustainability can have different faces, sometimes not easily recognized as such. RS Barcelona, for example, sees durability of a product as the essence of sustainability and their commitment to the planet and society is to manufacture top-quality, hard-wearing items through environmentally friendly production processes that last a lifetime. Bredder, a small brand from Germany known for its high-quality handmade balance boards, uses only regional and certified suppliers, and embraces a holistic sustainability approach down to the corrugated cardboard packaging that ensures there is no plastic in the entire production journey. The Swedish paddle/tennis brand Nordicdots, in true Scandinavian spirit, makes a point of respecting the environment and its inhabitants and therefore incorporates sustainable eco-friendly innovations in everything they do. They go as far as recently endorsing tennis player Andrey Kuznetsov from Russia because he is an ardent advocate of sustainability and eco-friendly innovations. 

            Ninjoo’s take on sustainability: one small step for each one of us, one giant leap for mankind (credit to the first man on the moon).

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            PADELICIOUS

            PADELICIOUS

            Build a glass or Perspex cage with two opposing open doors on either side, throw in a Tennis net in the middle, let two players (more commonly couple teams though) use rackets with solid hitting surfaces rather than strings combat each other, and mix up the rules so you can bounce the ball off the walls or even attempt to stay in the game by running through the doors to catch a ball that was knocked out of the ballpark…sounds crazy, right? Enter Padel!

            Most easily explained as a mix between Squash and Tennis with a twist, Padel is developing an almost fanatic following in the Middle East and is a fast-paced, high-energy sport that challenges a player's skills and endurance to the maximum. Unlike Squash and Tennis, you can actually credit the invention of Padel to one single person in Mexico. In 1969 Enrique Corcuera decided to modify the Squash court at his home in Acapulco with elements of Tennis and when his Spanish friend Alfonso Hohenlohe-Langenburg tried it in Enrique's home he took the sport to Spain to create the first Padel court in Marbella in 1974…and the rest is history.

            How does Padel work? The court is 25% smaller than a regular Tennis court, the net is 88cm high, rackets are without strings, to add speed balls are more pressurized than in Tennis, and the ball is allowed to bounce off the wall and can even be played from outside the court as long as it doesn't bounce twice on the field. All this creates incredible, sometimes crazy ball exchanges and is equally interesting to play and to watch.

            Naturally, the sports industry has picked up on the trend and most tennis racket brands have their own offering of padel rackets and at ninjoo we could have picked any racket for you, but we wouldn't be…well ninjoo, if we didn't have our own opinion on the subject. For us, the element of style and design is a must-have complementary element to playability and technical specification. We wanted rackets that are equally professional equipment and distinguished design to help our customers stand out from the crowd, and the usual padels in the market just didn't make this cut. Random design patterns with oversized brand logos on the playing surface maybe great for a brand's visibility on court but they are not a showcase for individual style; and that is how Nordicdots caught our eye. True to the Scandinavian design principles of minimalism and functionality Nordicdots designs are mainly based on color and texture with complete absence of bold random patterns, and discreet branding that is visible on close up encounters but does not turn you into a flag-bearer for the brand. Also, and in true Scandinavian spirit, Nordicdots makes a point of respecting the environment and its inhabitants and therefore incorporates sustainable eco-friendly innovations in everything they do.

            Nordicdots is a young brand, driven by the passion of its creators, and many of you will know by now that ninjoo has a weakness for passionate creators as these are the true pioneers that go where no man and woman has gone before (credit to the all-time classic captain Kirk).

             

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