Category Archives: Sports Medicine

What makes Crazy Catch, the Ultimate Rebound Net, award winning?? Read our top 5 reasons…

Crazy Catch, the Ultimate Rebound net has recently scooped “Most Innovative Product” at the Sports Trade Awards 2014 as voted by the UK Sports Trade (Read More) We might be biased but we think the Crazy Catch is a truly amazing product and so here is our top 5 reasons why Crazy Catch is in a league of its own ….

The Crazy Catch Double Trouble range

 

  1. It’s totally INSANE – The quality of the Crazy Catch range is what sets it apart from other rebound nets on the market AND we have our unique patented INSANE net technology. To cut a long story short a sheep farmer in New Zealand who invented Crazy Catch discovered that when 2 sheets of netting overlap that a ball rebounds at all different, crazy angles. This is what makes the Crazy Catch so different and means it really tests your reactions and speed whilst being super fun! There is the SANE side too which is great for repetition training or if you don’t want so much craziness.
  2. It’s versatile – The number of uses for Crazy Catch is endless. Its suitable for all ages and abilities and pretty much any sport that requires reactions… more on that later! The adjustable bar means you can alter the angle and its lightweight and portable so you can easily move it around in training sessions.
  3. It will improve your game, whatever your sport – Crazy Catch is used and loved by many top international athletes and professional teams including the England Cricket Team, St Georges Park, England Netball, Olympic Silver medallist Nathan Robertson, Maddie Hinch and the GB men’s and women’s Hockey teams and various premiership Rugby sides. We have tons of ideas and drill suggestions on our You Tube channel so for inspiration do take a look. The few benefits that the product will provide would include faster reactions, increased speed and agility, first touch and control in sports like football and hockey, hand eye co-ordination and catching skills in cricket.
  4. The hidden benefits – There are a couple of hidden benefits too as pointed out by some leading sports professionals and academics. Firstly leading eye specialist have been using Crazy Catch to improve and train vision performance. The eye is a powerful muscle which needs to be trained like any other one as outlined by the work of Dr Zoe Wimshurst. Using the Crazy Catch is great for improving peripheral vision which in turn helps you to see more in the game. Its the small improvements that at the top level can make all the difference – plus its great for injury rehab and keeping your mind active. We also supply Crazy Catch to a number of schools, its a great way to teach kids how to catch and develop their physical literacy skills. (See our Sporty Mites videos)
  5. The fun factor – Crazy Catch is also a great product for the home and encourages kids to be outside playing. It really does provide hours of fun! Plus the Crazy Catch comes with an activity pack and stopwatch so you can do the one minute challenge and lots of other fun games which are great to play with your friends and family.

Buying Advice – If you play Cricket or Hockey we recommend the Crazy Catch Classic range, but if you prefer sports like football and netball, the Double Troubles would be best for you – these have larger netting on one side so even with a larger ball there is still a totally INSANE rebound. (Which is the right Crazy Catch for me?) 

Crazy Catch is available to buy from a number of leading sports equipment retailers… take a look online

 

Top 10 reasons why Crazy Catch is the Ultimate Christmas Present!

Christmas is only just over a month away now and our Crazy Catches have been selling super  fast amongst our network of top sports retailers. If you don’t know very much about our brilliantly bouncy rebound net and how you can use it to improve your game then check out our top 10 blog …

Christmas Gift Idea

Christmas Gift Idea

1. It’s Fun for all the Family

The Crazy Catch provides hours of family fun at home or endless numbers of training drills for sports teams. Once you have a go, you will want one and even your granny will get hooked!! Play inside or outside (just keep the fine china in the cupboard!)

2. The netting is so unique; it’s INSANE and springy

Crazy Catch is the market leader in rebound nets… ours are the very best you can buy! A very clever sheep farmer in New Zealand developed our unique INSANE net which makes the ball rebound off the net at all kinds of angles. Its a great way to improve your catching, or working on your reactions or just play some great games with your friends.

3. Whatever your sport, Improve your game

Crazy Catch can be used for pretty much every sport including Cricket, Football, Netball, Hockey and Rugby. Even if you can’t physically use the net for training eg- Badminton or Boxing, then you can improve your speed and agility, reactions, hand eye co-ordination, vision performance and injury rehabilitation with Crazy Catch. They are also great coaching aids for goalkeepers.

4. Used by top professional athletes

Crazy Catch is used by top international teams and professional athletes for example the England Cricket team,  the GB Men’s hockey team, Nathan Robertson (Olympic Silver Medalist), the England Women’s Netball team, Kelly Smith and they are available at the FA’s new HQ St Georges Park (see the photos)

5. Pick your perfect size

Introducing… The Freestyle, The Upstart, The Wildchild and The Professional …

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6. Classic range or Double Trouble – you decide!

Our classic range has small single netting on one side (SANE) and small INSANE netting on the other making them perfect for small ball sports like Cricket and Hockey.

Our double trouble range have small INSANE netting on one side but large INSANE netting on the other side which mean they are perfect for Football, Netball and Rugby. NB- A large ball will behave fairly normally on the INSANE small netting so that is great for repetition drills.

7. Portable and Adjustable

The Upstart, Wildchild and Professionals all have adjustable bars along the bottom so you can vary the angle of the rebound so you can have the ball popping up high in the air, or much lower towards the ground. They are lightweight and easy to carry so you can move them around during your session. The Professional also has the added benefit of clipping together horizontally and vertically and of course the frames themselves are strong and sturdy so will last you years.

8. What’s included?

The Crazy Catch Freestyle comes with a carry bag and handles (its very quick and easy to assemble). The Upstart and Wildchild’s both include a carry bag, vision ball, stopwatch and activity pack and come assembled. The Professional comes in a box and includes a vision ball, stopwatch and activity pack 🙂

9. Great for Christmas

We know from Santa himself that Crazy Catch is the Ultimate Christmas Present this year – everyone wants one, so don’t miss out, order yours today!!

10.  See for yourself…

Check out the Crazy Catch in action on You Tube and see what makes Crazy Catch, The Ultimate Rebound Net and how you can improve your skills!!!

Rugby Coach Weekly editor reviews the Crazy Catch

The Crazy Catch is the Ultimate Rebound Net and used to improve the hand eye co-ordination and reactions of top sportspeople. Today more and more Rugby teams are seeing the benefits of training with Crazy Catch and this video from Ram Rugby demonstrates some of the drills that you can do in your next training session…

In addition we have received this testimonial on the Wildchild Double Trouble and NEW HANDHELD Crazy Catch Freestyle from Rugby Coach Weekly…

Crazy Catch Wildchild Double Trouble – “Brilliant for hand-eye coordination – you can use it with all sorts of different shapes of ball, plus specifically with a rugby ball. It makes the player work hard on their hand catch, pass and balance in a competitive way. I particularly liked the way it returns the ball at variable angles, a game-like randomness you would find hard to replicate by just passing the ball to the player. My players were constantly asking for the next time we were using the Crazy Catch net.”

Crazy catch Freestyle-“I found the Crazy Catch Freestyle ideal for training because it was easy to carry and set up. We used it for scrum half catch and passes plus line out reaction work in particular. It was also good for injured players who were at training. They could practise their catching and juggling skills. Much better fun than just passing a ball back and forth.”- Dan Cottrell (Editor, Rugby Coach Weekly)

RCW Logo

RCW Logo

For more information on the Crazy Catch range (we recommend the double trouble versions for rugby) – take a look at the Ram website at http://www.ramrugby.co.uk/rugby-training-equipment/crazy-catches.html

“Keep your eye on the ball” – Vision Performance with Crazy Catch

Myth – “Keep your eye on the  ball” – Perhaps the  most  common coaching phrase  of all time  in relation to catching or hitting a ball, but it’s actually impossible !!

Crazy Catch Vision

Crazy Catch Vision

Myth Busted- “Watch the ball” is sound advice during the initial stages of ball tracking. However, unless the ball travel is directly towards your eyes, it is simply impossible to “keep your eye on the ball” in the all important catching/hitting zone. Watch elite athletes just as they hit a ball or take a catch, and see where their eyes are directed. Develop these skills by simply asking yourself: “What was the last colour I saw on the Crazy Catch vision ball?” Now with a clearly defined start and end point, you can fast track your vision skills.

Interestingly, these tracking skills are the same required for the development of successful reading, with the eyes required to learn jump movements.

 

 

Dr Andy Franklyn Miller Blog – Multi directional Rehabilitation

For more information on the work of Dr Andy Franklyn Miller visit his blog

“In an earlier blog, I discussed the benefits of a progressive neuro-muscularly challenging warm up, and work that we did with the England Age group Rugby teams to deliver this with the excellent team of Katie Davis, and the coaching staff John Fletcher, Ian Peel, Peter Walton and Neil Taylor. It is important that this is in part sport specific and to the timing of the requirements of the session and match. I commonly see in clinic patients who are a number of weeks down the line form their original soft tissue injury, typically hamstrings or groins who have almost made it back to training and then re-injure. It is here close questioning, can make the difference. If we look at the Hamstring origin, you can see that there is a multi directional pull from the ischial tuberosity and as such this needs rehabilitating in all directions.

Commonly the end stage rehabilitation involves  merely progressive pace straight line running without specific strengthening such as angle change sumo dead lifts and  Straight leg deadlifts with progressive change, then speed of recruitment before multi directional challenges.

This requirement for multi directional challenge applies with our athletic groin pain patients above all, where pelvic stability is the most important factor, in multi directional challenge. In the clip below you can see the stress placed on the pelvis with a side hurdle challenge, using 3D kinematics.

We have applied this stability training at a high end level using multi directional unpredictable movement as  both part of our testing strategy and rehabilitation srills. We are presently filming an exercise bank for the SSC clinic profile using multi directional stimulus. We have found that in the testing process we need to add a layer of unpredictability to replicate indecision in matches and in the performance gym Crazy Catch, can help us deliver this as a means of providing this athletic sport mulidirectional work. We are still working on methods to recreate the single leg and double leg pelvic stability training with our Conditioning and Performance rehab team at SS and here are a few  examples of our  experimenting in the process, more to come in a polished version.”