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OPRO and Photocentric Join the Fight to Protect the NHS

OPRO and Photocentric Join the Fight to Protect the NHS

We are immensely proud to be supporting the NHS and their heroic front line medical staff caring for COVID-19 patients. Find out more about how we are joining the cause to protect the NHS. 

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Can combat sports be therapeutic?

Can combat sports be therapeutic?

While combat sports do come with inherent risks, certain combat sports - like MMA and boxing - are targeted unfairly.

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Ancient Egyptians, shinty, and Khido Khundi: Where did hockey come from?

Ancient Egyptians, shinty, and Khido Khundi: Where did hockey come from?

Every game has variants and hockey is no different, able to entertain people in a variety of forms. But each different style of hockey requires different skills from the players, which is why the game is so interesting.

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OPRO Team Up with Major League Rugby

OPRO Team Up with Major League Rugby

We are proud to announce our new partnership with Major League Rugby (MLR).

The MLR is a professional rugby club championship in North America, representing the highest tier of competition in the US and Canada.

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OPRO Supporting Grassroots Rugby League in New Zealand

OPRO Supporting Grassroots Rugby League in New Zealand

We are delighted to announce our new partnership with New Zealand Rugby League, supporting their efforts to deliver the best protection to children playing the game across the country.

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Top ideas to help your rugby team wind down at the end of the season

Top ideas to help your rugby team wind down at the end of the season

Getting to such a high level and becoming a harmonious team takes huge amounts of training, hard work, and discipline. But when the competition season is over, do they take a break or is it on to the next one?

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How the discipline you learn in sport benefits your life

How the discipline you learn in sport benefits your life

Ask any successful athlete what the key to their success is. You’re more than likely to hear the word ‘discipline’ come up at some point and for good reason. 

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How to protect yourself from dental injury in sports

How to protect yourself from dental injury in sports

While you can take precautions to minimise the risk of injury, the chances are if you take part, especially competitively and especially in contact sports, you’ll fall foul at some point. And, in many sports, there’s a high chance of injury to your head - including your mouth.

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WWE or MMA? Where could high school wrestling take you?

WWE or MMA? Where could high school wrestling take you?

When you think about wrestling, you might think about your next training session and other things related to this year’s high school wrestling season. But for many people across the world, when they hear wrestling, they think WWE.

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Having fun versus winning: how do you approach sport?

Having fun versus winning: how do you approach sport?

Taking part in sport has a whole host of benefits. And everyone is drawn to sport for different reasons. If we were to ask everyone their reasons for playing, the answers would all be very different.

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Top tips for preparing for your next big competition

Top tips for preparing for your next big competition

If there’s a big game or competition around the corner, it’s easy to fall into a blind panic. The countdown is on and there’s so much you need to do in a limited amount of time.

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USA rugby: how rugby sevens is taking America by storm

USA rugby: how rugby sevens is taking America by storm

In the UK, if we want a contact sport which involves a ball, rugby’s the one for us. But in the US, it’s all about American football. Even if you don’t watch it, everyone’s heard of the Super Bowl, right? How about the USA Sevens tournament in Las Vegas?

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What are the side effects of weight cutting in athletes?

What are the side effects of weight cutting in athletes?

If you’re not familiar with the world of combat sports, weight cutting is a common weight on bringing down your weight. Why? Well, many combat sports are organised by weight class, and to fit into the right one some people resort to what we call ‘weight cutting’.

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Yes, even braces need mouthguard protection

Yes, even braces need mouthguard protection

Wrestling is not an easy sport. It’s full contact and you could get hurt as with any contact sport. That’s why wearing a mouthguard is so important. It keeps those pearly whites safe. But, if you’ve got braces, can you really fit a mouthguard too?

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How to get a job in your favourite sport

How to get a job in your favourite sport

For many, going pro is the dream. But sport is a competitive world and not everybody makes it to the top. And some people don’t want the stress or danger involved with being a professional athlete.

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Five tips for steering your team to victory

Five tips for steering your team to victory

All successful teams will have a natural-born leader within their roster. These are the players responsible for uniting the team, keeping morale high, and getting everyone ready for a big match.

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Top tips for any high school wrestlers who want to succeed

Top tips for any high school wrestlers who want to succeed

It’s that time of year again. The high school wrestling season upon us, which means it’s your chance to improve on your performance from last year and perhaps become a champion.

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Making the most out of your mouthguard

Making the most out of your mouthguard

An athlete has a 10% chance of getting a mouth, face, or jaw injury every season they play. While this might seem like good odds to gamble on, one injury could go on to wipe you out for a whole season. So to reduce the risk of injury, you need to find the perfect mouthguard.

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From amateur to pro: the mental side of hockey success

From amateur to pro: the mental side of hockey success

Hockey is mentally demanding as much as it is physical. To move from amateur to pro level, you obviously want to improve your strength, stamina, and skill. But there’s no point in being physically competitive if your mind’s holding you back from properly competing.

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Muay Thai: the history of 'the art of eight limbs'

Muay Thai: the history of 'the art of eight limbs'

Muay Thai is a combat sport that originated in Thailand in the 1500s. Known as ‘the art of eight limbs’, it’s a discipline that uses knees, elbows, fists, and shins, alongside clinching and sweeping techniques.

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The importance of strength and conditioning in rugby

The importance of strength and conditioning in rugby

Whether you’re playing competitively or for fun, rugby is a challenging sport. To get in your best match shape, it can be useful to introduce strength and conditioning into your training schedule. Not only can it improve game performance but it can also reduce the risk of injury.

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