A comprehensive program for the prevention of athletic Injuries
, the improvement of performance,
and the development of a positive mental attitude.

By TedGambordella, B.S., M.ED., Ph.D


illustrations by Bill Procter







I wrote this book because every year there are thousands of needless and unnecessary injuries that occur to professional, collegiate and amateur athletes. It seems that in America. most people do not worry about something until itís too late or till it has already happened. Take for example illness . . . we spend billions in curing the symptoms of the illness, medicine to stop the drippy nose, ease the pain, relieve the pressure, etc. But we spend very little to prevent the body from becoming ill. Our country spends billions of dollars on medical research to cure illness but only a pittance on research to prevent the illness. The same thing holds true for sports and sport related injuries.

Every year thousands of athletes fall down and break or tear a part of their body. Every year thousands of athletes get hit in the ribs or abdomen and break bones or injure internal organs. Every day someone makes a mistake while playing and finds himself injured perhaps permanently because no coach or no one ever told him how to PREVENT ATHLETIC INJURIES. This book does just that, shows easy to follow, proven techniques for the prevention of athletic injuries. Of course this book will not make you a Superman or prevent all injuries. What it will do is to provide you with alternatives. Now you can at least have a chance to roll instead of break, to stretch instead of tear, and to absorb instead of crush your body from most aspects of your sport that can cause injury.

(1). There are only three ways that an injury can occur and there are proven techniques that can help prevent these injuries:

a. Stretching or flexibility related injuries - pulling or tearing muscles from over stretching the muscles, tendons or ligaments. Solution: a complete stretching program.

b. Falling down - breaking bones or tearing muscles, joints and the body in general. Solution: proper falling techniques.

c. Getting hit - contact that breaks bones, injures muscle. Solution: use of Ki (breath, muscle and mind control all used simultaneously).

(2) A relaxed athlete is able to perform better and less likely to be injured. When you are upset, your body over-reacts and your mind becomes confused so that you are not able to perform at your top level.

(3) Size and strength can be overcome by the use of balance points and leverage. A child can balance a 400 lb. refrigerator on one corner if he maintains the balance. It took you 2 years to learn to walk and your balance is conditional upon the entire cooperation of your whole body (the eyes, inner ears, toes, arms, hips, etc.). Force can be applied in only one direction and if you learn to utilize the techniques of balance and leverage in this book you can easily maneuver and manipulate a much larger and stronger opponent.

If you will study this book with an open mind, begin to practice the techniques and


the value of the techniques found in it. Your ability to concentrate will greatly improve, your skills will sharpen and your mind become stronger. You will have a much greater ability to withstand blows and hits that would injure most people, and you will improve your performance by the use of balance points, concentration and mind control.





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Why the Techniques Found in This Book Will Work:



The techniques found in this book come primarily from martial art techniques and many people are prejudiced against martial arts because in America the martial arts do not have the excellent and respected reputation they do in the Orient. The reason due to the fact that many people in America profess themselves to be better than they are and they have too little knowledge and too poor of technique but are going around telling everyone that they are the greatest. Only one person can be the greatest. So they usually find themselves in compromising situations such as breaking their hands trying to break bricks, or getting punched out by a girl. But this does not mean that the techniques and the art form that they have learned are not effective. It only means that they are not effective in using them. A gun will certainly kill you, but first you have to hit the person with the bullet. So martial art techniques are definitely effective but first the person doing them must be able to hit the target with the right technique.

The martial arts are just that, art forms, and as such are beautiful to watch and tend to become a way of life with the true practioners. They are techniques that can be enjoyed and practiced for benefit by anyone, just as any great work of art can be enjoyed by all viewers.

The techniques found in this book do not just come from Karate, which is what many people think of when they hear the words martial arts, but they come from Judo, and Jiu-Jitsu, Kung Fu, Aikido, Kendo, Zen, Yoga, and even psychology and ballet. Techniques that can be applicable to all forms of sports have been utilized in this manual for the mutual benefit of the players and the fans. For no one wants to get hurt or see a player get hurt, and everyone wants maximum performance, a positive attitude and a stronger mind.

Let us examine the facts:

1. There is no better way in the world to learn how to fall without receiving an injury than to practice Judo falling techniques.

2. The most flexible people in the world are ballerinas and karate men. The stretches taken from these two arts will enable you to become as flexible as you wish.

3. There is only one art form in the world that teaches you how to get hit without getting injured: Jiu-Jitsu, and it does not require any magical mystical powers. It is simply breath, muscle and mind control all put together to form a new identity called Ki. (Just like the various pieces of metal are all put together and form a new machine called a car.)

4. There is no better form or exercise to develop powers of concentration and mind control than techniques of meditation taken from Zen and Yoga.

5. Aikido is a 2,000 year old art form that enables one to overcome the largest of opponents with the minimal of effort by the use of balance points and leverage.

6. Breathing is both necessary to sustain life and vital in athletic performance, in relaxation and in concentration. If you donít believe me, hold your breath for a week, or try to sleep while breathing 70 times a minute. The best techniques of breath control in the world come from Yoga and its exercises.

7. The most powerful method of striking or hitting another person or thing ever developed comes from Karate techniques of weight shifting and striking. (Ever try to break a brick?)

8. Techniques of one sport can be applied to make other sports more effective.

So please do not find yourself being prejudiced against techniques found in this book before you even try them. They simply are the most effective means man has ever found to do the things described and if you will use them in your sport, you can improve your performance, develop a positive mental attitude and prevent most injuries. Keep an open mind, practice them and apply them in any way you wish. Adapt them to your style and use them at your discretion, but employ them and use them and you and your sport will greatly benefit.





Table of Contents
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13