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NRL to investigate games latest craze

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Kiwi Eagle, Apr 5, 2010.

  1. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    IT'S the $60 bracelet they tell you has the potential to make ordinary men into super human.

    So just imagine what it does for superstars such as Wests Tigers pivot Benji Marshall.

    The NRL has confirmed it will investigate the use of Power Balance wrist bands after Marshall (left) last week exposed one of world sport's best-kept secrets.

    As he lifted his arm in triumph, Marshall revealed he was wearing the Power Band during his man-of-the-match performance against the Sydney Roosters at the SFS.

    It is claimed the wonder band can increase an athlete's core strength and power by as much as 500 per cent.

    And as The Sunday Telegraph began investigating the mystery band on Marshall's wrist, we discovered he is not the only athlete using it. Parramatta's Timana Tahu and Eric Grothe, St George Illawarra's Matt Cooper and Bulldogs half Brett Kimmorley were also said to be fans of the bracelet.


    So are AFL superstars Nick Riewoldt and Brendan Fevola, soccer's Cristiano Ronaldo, Group I jockey Damien Oliver, Wallaby James O'Connor, NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal and world surfing champion Mick Fanning.

    And it's almost certain the numbers are higher, with the common practice of NRL players taping their wrists likely to be concealing just how many players are using the so-called wonder band. According to the advertising brochure, "Power Balance holograms are imbedded with frequencies that react positively with your body's natural energy field to improve balance, strength and flexibility".

    Highly sceptical, we put a band to the test in our office and were stunned at the results.

    Ordinary office workers displayed immediate improvements to their resistance and core strength.

    But there's a serious side to the craze sweeping through the NRL ranks, with claims the lightweight bands could be football's version of swimming's super suits.

    One leading player agent contacted The Sunday Telegraph to suggest "they should be banned because it was a form of cheating".

    "It's a distinct case of one player having an outside advantage over another," the agent said. NRL chief operating officer Graham Annesley admitted he was unware of players using the band, but told The Sunday Telegraph that their impact would be investigated. "We've also got rules in the NRL operations manual that says no items of non-standard equipment can be used in the game without prior approval by the NRL," Annesley said.

    "It's the first I've heard of it, so we'll obviously need to look at it and determine whether we allow them or not. We'd also take medical advice on it."

    The bands are made of rubber and are unlikely to be considered harmful to other players.

    However, Annesley added: "Referees and touch judges have the responsibility before a game of checking every player to make sure they're not wearing anything that would be considered dangerous.

    "It is something that we will look into."

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  2. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Seems like a load of crap to me, anybody had any experience with them ?
     
  3. Berkeley_Eagle

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    [img=400x275]http://www.powerbalanceperformance.info/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/SiliconePowerBalanceBlack.jpg[/img]

    http://www.powerbalance.com/
     
  4. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    First published on 1 April . . .
     
  5. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Haha my 1st thought as well, but apparently it is a legit article
     
  6. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I would prefer they look into the tactic of laying in or next to the play tge ball slowing down the play the ball etc
     
  7. niccipops

    niccipops un echidna spillo mia bevanda Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Where can you get one? I want one.
     
  8. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Apparently Albert Kelly wore one last week but had it on back to front.
     
  9. Normie

    Normie Well-Known Member

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    It's probably by the same nutbags who bought you Peter Brock's Energy Polariser.............
     
  10. Berkeley_Eagle

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    Kmart ?
     
  11. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Black market is best, they have some decent specials. I heard you can often get one free with each packet of human growth hormone.
     
  12. willstyles

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    I know the Raiders boys are big on them, think they do great things.

    I've got a couple of mates in the police who swear by them as well. They say their balance improves and their strength etc improves, but whether it is just a mental thing or whether it is actually something to do with what the band claims to do....well, I don't know. But the small sample group I've talked to have said that it works instantly.
     
  13. The Wheel

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    They should start wearing them on both Arms
     
  14. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    might dish out for one and let you know my opinion
     
  15. willstyles

    willstyles Active Member

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    They should start wearing them on both Arms
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    Haha, quite good.
     
  16. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

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    maybe they should sponsor Souths, after the great success they had with Firepower.
     
  17. Pearso

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    A few of my work mates have them . Not one of them has seen any improvements since wearing them.
     
  18. clontaago

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    As soon as the article mentioned Brett Kimmorley and Timana Tahu it's obvious they dont work.
     
  19. Stevo

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    If the NRL was that worried about them they would pull out the old un approved apparel card! They did it to Nathan Friend last year with his head gear. NRL players are also not alowed to wear gloves or for that matter, jewellery. How can a hologram strapped to the wrist improve core strength and balance anyway? What a load of ****. It must send endorphins and adrenalin combined with tiny nanowave pulses to the brain.
     
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