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Power/Balance (wrist bands) Phils and Yanks.
 

 
Sorry if this was posted before but i didnt see anything, i noticed alot of Phillies and Yanks are wearing Wristband and bracletes and i wanted to know what they where and came across this.


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Phillies take strength and balance test
THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER | BY PHIL SHERIDAN | Tue, Mar 23, 11:12 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- As the New York Yankees take batting practice a few feet away, a strange man is holding my hand and trying to knock me over.

The things we do for journalism . . .

The man is Marty Burns, and he is trying to explain a new performance enhancer that Major League Baseball doesn't test for. That's because there's no need for a test.

The players using Burns' product, the Power Balance wristband, are easy to spot with the nekkid eye. Even Bud Selig couldn't miss the distinctive silver discs on the wrists of Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino, and Jayson Werth -- as well as Nick Swisher, Curtis Granderson, and, it is said, that master of performance enhancers, Alex Rodriguez.

As the Phillies compete with the Yankees for baseball supremacy, these little gadgets may turn out to be the difference maker. How better to settle an arms race than with something you wear on your arms? Of course, the discs may also turn out to be a brief fad forgotten along with the Grapefruit League standings.

How they work -- make that if they work -- is the real issue, and that's why Burns is gripping my hand and trying to knock me sideways. Burns, the vice president of business development for Power Balance, is administering one of two tests designed to demonstrate the remarkable impact the little shimmery discs are supposed to have on strength and balance.

The strength test goes like this: You stand flat-footed with your arms stiff at your sides, palms cupped. Burns grips your hand and pushes down. It takes mere seconds for him to knock you off-balance.

Then he hands you a Power Balance bracelet -- think of a rubber Livestrong-style bangle with two shiny discs embedded inside -- and repeats the test. This time, even though he pushes with the same apparent effort, you're able to maintain your balance much better.

The balance test is similar. As you stand on one leg, arms straight out to the sides, Burns pushes down on one arm. With the bracelet, you're able to stay balanced noticeably longer.

There is a difference, but is it created by the mysterious bracelet or the even more mysterious human mind? For one thing, you're better prepared for what's coming the second time around, so you're better braced. For another, if you expect there to be a difference, you're apt to sense a difference.

The power of suggestion is formidable. Take it from someone who almost orders a Yoshiblade -- the last knife you will ever need -- at least once a month.

Burns brings in Taylor Holiday, a former Yankees prospect, to explain the technology. The little silver discs are Mylar, similar to the material on a compact disc, and are digitally encoded with a frequency "that your body can tune into." The two-year-old company was founded by brothers Josh and Troy Rodarmel (Josh played quarterback at Yale), who sought to do digitally what some believe can be done with crystals.

The business plan seems to involve getting the product on the wrists of as many professional athletes as possible. Shaquille O'Neal and Lamar Odom, Mark Sanchez and Matt Stafford, and Rodriguez and Granderson all sport the little bands.

Burns and Holiday were in Clearwater, doing the strength and balance tests and handing out wristbands to Phillies. Within hours, a bracelet-wearing Wilson Valdez had slammed the winning home run in the bottom of the ninth (off Phil Hughes, who also wears a bracelet, but never mind that). A day later, the bracelet-wearing Howard and Victorino hit homers against Tampa Bay. Howard hit one to right and one to left.

"We like 'em," Howard said, laughing at the idea that the bracelet triggered his two-homer outburst. "They match the unis."

At least a dozen Phillies were wearing them yesterday, among them Placido Polanco, Ben Francisco, Ross Gload, John Mayberry, and Charlie Manuel. There was even one proponent from the medical community: "Doc" Halladay wore a band on his left wrist.

"I'm wearing it because it's red," reliever J.C. Romero, who always wears something on his wrist as he warms up, said. "I'm not sure about the rest of it. If you think it helps you, it probably helps you."

Manuel said he took the strength and balance tests Monday. He'd been wearing a white wristband ever since.

"It's just some rubber and that little disc," Manuel said. "I don't feel anything, no. But you never know. When I was a hitting coach, if a guy thought he was having success because of something, I didn't say anything. Let him think it."

Ultimately, the only way to be sure about something like this is to test it yourself. So I wore a red Power Balance bracelet as I wrote this column. Was the writing any stronger? That's hard to say. But this is for sure: I didn't fall over once.

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3 comments for "Power/Balance (wrist bands) Phils and Yanks."

 04-15-2010, 05:11 PM         #2
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This sounds like the Phiton necklaces that became popular last year I think
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yah big ben had one of them on when he came out that club's bathroom.
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i've had one for the past year. you wouldn't think they work but they really do..
wear it when i ball or do anything athletic..




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