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The benefits of taking a break from your sport

The benefits of taking a break from your sport

Taking a break is seen as a lack of commitment at best and weakness at worst when it comes to sport. Fortunately, these ideas are being shown from many different performance angles as old-fashioned and problematic.

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How sport can completely transform your life

How sport can completely transform your life

You’ll find it hard to come by someone who doesn’t know the importance of exercise. In today’s world, exercise, along with a healthy diet and social relationships, is recognised as one of the key pillars of health.

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What is fartlek training and how does it help performance?

What is fartlek training and how does it help performance?

One form of training that helps with athletes’ performance is known as fartlek training. Let's explore exactly what it is, how it came to be, and the evidence behind its performance benefits.

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The BKF Four Nations Championships are more than just a competition

The BKF Four Nations Championships are more than just a competition

Respect is one of the cornerstone life skills. Without it firmly cemented in our lives, getting along with others isn’t easy. This skill is all about taking someone else’s feelings, needs, thoughts, and ideas into consideration.

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The FIH Pro League rages on. Does competition increase injury risk and how do we manage this?

The FIH Pro League rages on. Does competition increase injury risk and how do we manage this?

As the FIH Pro League heats up, take a closer look at how improper injury management increases the chance of injury - no matter the level of competition. Taken away from the sport they love, injuries can be highly frustrating for athletes.

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How to prepare for your next martial arts tournament

How to prepare for your next martial arts tournament

Whether it’s your first time competing or you’ve been training for years, tournaments can be a nerve-wracking experience.This is where proper preparation comes in.

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Why learning to swim will make you a better rugby player

Why learning to swim will make you a better rugby player

On 18 May 2019, it’s International Learn to Swim day. It’s an excellent opportunity to emphasise the importance of teaching children to swim, especially with summer right around the corner.

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The Pan American Wrestling Championships: Strength and conditioning like a pro

The Pan American Wrestling Championships: Strength and conditioning like a pro

The Pan American Wrestling Championships, held in Buenos Aires, were more than just a showcase of the best wrestling talent around. As with any sport, the road to the top is long and hard, but definitely not endless.

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The FIH Pro League is heating up. What can we learn from these athletes?

The FIH Pro League is heating up. What can we learn from these athletes?

If you’re not paying attention to it, the FIH Pro League is getting tense. In late-April, both the GB men’s and women’s team will face off against Germany in the German city of Moenchengladbach.

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The Karate 1-Premier League is nearly upon us. Is injury getting in your way?

The Karate 1-Premier League is nearly upon us. Is injury getting in your way?

As the Karate 1 Premier League kicks off on April 19th, we take a look at how OPRO ambassador and Karate phenom Jordan Thomas stays ahead of his injuries in this contact sport. 

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The LMAX Exchange Everest Rugby Challenge: Breaking rugby records on Everest for charity

The LMAX Exchange Everest Rugby Challenge: Breaking rugby records on Everest for charity

What do you think of when you hear ‘Everest’? You probably envision the ice-topped peak of the tallest mountain in the world. The word ‘challenge’ might even spring to mind. But, how many of you heard ‘Everest’ and thought ‘rugby’?

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It’s the Allianz National Football League Division 1 final. Just how tough is Gaelic football?

It’s the Allianz National Football League Division 1 final. Just how tough is Gaelic football?

This year’s Gaelic football tournament will be at Croke Park, Dublin. As the anticipation for the final builds, we take a closer look at Gaelic football and its success as a sport.

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London steps into its 17th year as UFC host. How far has MMA come?

London steps into its 17th year as UFC host. How far has MMA come?

There’s nothingquite like a home crowd. UK fans are eagerlyanticipatingUFC’s return to London at The O2. This will be the 11th live event in the capital, bringing the grand total UFC events to 24 across the nation.

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The Six Nations are upon us. Where is UK rugby heading next?

The Six Nations are upon us. Where is UK rugby heading next?

Excitement is ramping up for the final day of the Six Nations. Excluding the Rugby World Cup, the Six Nations is one of the biggest dates in the rugby calendar, and fans watch on as the best sides in Europe battle it out for the championship.

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Bianca Walkden Competes for Hometown Glory at Taekwondo Grand Prix

Bianca Walkden Competes for Hometown Glory at Taekwondo Grand Prix

The Taekwondo Grand Prix is taking place this weekend in Manchester, England and with valuable qualifying points for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics up for grabs, we took some time to catch up with Taekwondo World Champion and OPRO ambassador Bianca Walkden.

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History In The Making!

History In The Making!

History is being made this weekend. Women’s Rugby 7s is finally being played in the Commonwealth Games.  With 8 teams competing over a 3 day tournament, we are set to see some of rugby's biggest rivals going head to head, showcasing some unbelievable rugby talent and unrivalled athleticism.

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Fergus Mulchrone: Week 6

Fergus Mulchrone: Week 6

Last week was spent in the office with my main focus on preparing for the grassroots rugby model that we would be proposing to all OPRO partner Premiership clubs. 

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Fergus Mulchrone: Week 5

Fergus Mulchrone: Week 5

Into week 5 already! It has been such an experience to date and with so much more to learn, I was happy to be back in the office after a few weeks out and about.

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Fergus Mulchrone: Week 4

Fergus Mulchrone: Week 4

This week with OPRO I travelled to London and the National Science Museum to attend an ESA (European Sponsorship Association) ‘TEDesq’ talks event.

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Fergus Mulchrone: Week 3

Fergus Mulchrone: Week 3

My third week with OPRO has been a bit of a tricky one as I wasn’t able to make into their head office due to commitments with the club.

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