If there's one sport that can possibly unite--and divide--the Philippines, it's basketball.
This game is so deeply embedded in Filipino culture to the extent that almost every corner has a makeshift basketball court where young athletes hone their skills.
However, skills aren't everything. Entering the hardcourt takes more than the basic know-how. Here are some of the things you can do to bring your 'A-game' to the hard court:
1. Take care of your body
In basketball, just like all other activities that require physical strength, your body is your most valuable asset. Ensuring that you are healthy and physically fit should be your top priority. So quit your vices and start eating healthy. Take note as well, that over training your body may result in injuries and fatigue which may only result in muscle deterioration.
2. Keep an open mind
You may be skilled, but inside the hardcourt, you'll have to listen to your team captain and your coach. Keep an open mind for their directions, and don't be that stubborn player who doesn't listen. It's best to learn from senior players who are more experienced than you.
3. Maintaining esprit de corps
Esprit de corps is defined as the feeling of loyalty and pride that is shared by the members of a group. As a team member, it's expected of you to take pride of your team's strengths and remain loyal despite defeat. Team spirit can always uplift the collective mood of the group, especially during tough times when everyone's on the verge of giving up.
4. Learn how to accept defeat
Ultimately, every rookie must learn how to face defeat. Not winning a game must not discourage you from rising up and redeeming yourself inside the court. All champions have, at least once in their lives, experienced defeat, but it has never stopped them from going back on track.
4. Keep your head up (and clean)
Sweaty isn't always sexy. You can't be at your best if you are not comfortable with how you look. That's why good grooming is also important. Aside from affecting your confidence, excessive sweating may also contribute to hair fall, and eventually, hair loss.
Studies have shown that sweat's lactic acid when mixed with hair's keratin may result in hair damage and even loss. The bacteria present in sweat may also cause fungal infections. That's why you need to bathe before and after your game.
Use Dove Men+Care Strengthening Shampoo which is infused with caffeine and Trichazole Actives for stronger hair and less hair fall, which is common during games. Nothing gives you more confidence than smelling fresh, looking good, and not having to worry about hair fall inside and outside the court.
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