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|| SportsShooter.com: News Item: Posted 2003-08-30

Mar: Are you ready for some football?
By Rod Mar, The Seattle Times

Photo by Rod Mar, The Seattle Times

Photo by Rod Mar, The Seattle Times

Seattle's Ken Lucas looks cool breaking up this pass, but the reality is the ball hit him in the shoulder pad first. 2003 pre-season game.
"Most of us take pretty good care of our cameras, lenses, computers, and forget about that 'other body' -- ours.

Do a some light stretching before the game - you don't have to "geek out" and do a full set of calisthenics or anything, but remember that you're about to get up and down from a kneeling position about 100 times during a game, not to mention the dashing back and forth carrying heavy equipment.

I've known more than one shooter with a bad back who hasn't lasted the season. For a staff photographer that would be bad enough, but for a freelancer, it's like giving yourself a layoff notice. No picture is worth an injury.

Also, I always check the weather the week up to a game. And, I DOUBLE-CHECK the game time. Sounds dumb, but in the days of television broadcasts, schedules go out-of-date quickly, so it's good to stay-up-to-date."



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