• Product Spotlight 2017: Cardio Equipment

    by Courtney Cameron January 2017

    Cardio Equipment

  • Equipment Usage Tracking Technologies

    by Courtney Cameron January 2017

    In the past few years, fitness technology has begun to home in on one of the most problematic aspects of fitness space management: cardio equipment maintenance. A variety of device-trackers, applications and even specialized consulting services are available to help facility owners optimize their fitness floor and keep tabs on equipment usage. For the operator who is devoted to customer satisfaction but also wants to get the highest possible return on their fitness equipment investment, a combination of these available technologies may be the best solution.

  • New Product Roundup: RFID Locks | Cloud-Based Fitness | Aquatic Training

    by AB Staff January 2017

    Check out the newest products as seen in the January | February 2017 issue.

  • Infographic: Wearable Tech and Sports Injury Prevention

    by AB Editors January 2017

    From professional to collegiate sports, injuries continue to sideline some of the world’s top athletes. Many teams across the globe have begun implementing the use of wearable technology to track their athletes’ health data in real time to not only improve their game, but prevent potentially devastating injuries as well.

  • Mirrors Could Become Latest Platform for Smart Tech

    by Kate Macarthur January 2017

    The voice-activated Glance Displays mirror display places information on the left and right sides of your face. Planned displays include weather, time and date, commute, reminders, calendar, and scores. Eventually, other developers would be able to submit their own apps. Your bathroom mirror might soon show more than your reflection as you get ready for the day.

  • Dutch Study Eases Fears Over Shredded Tire Infill

    by Courtney Cameron December 2016

    On Tuesday, the National Institute for Public Health and Environment, a government-run public health organization based in the Netherlands, released the findings of a study conducted on potential health threats posed by playing on artificial turf fields made from recycled rubber crumbs.

  • PlayCore CEO Bob Farnsworth Set to Retire

    by Mike Pare December 2016

    As Bob Farnsworth prepares to retire as PlayCore's CEO at the end of the year, the maker of playground and recreational equipment is preparing to move into its own headquarters building with about 125 employees in Chattanooga and 1,800 workers across the country.

  • AB Show 2016: Good Vibrations

    by Paul Steinbach November 2016

    I was three weeks shy of 50 years and feeling every minute of it on Day One of the AB Show in Orlando two weeks ago. Within eyeshot of the Athletic Business both was some equipment I had not seen before — boxy rectangular tables that people were laying on, face up. Upon closer inspection, the tables featured a rectangular opening filled with what appeared to be two rows of piston-like vertical rods (actually interchangeable tubes with caps on them) positioned to align with either side of the user’s spine.

  • Mother Levels Wrongful Death Suit Against Helmet Manufacturer

    by Courtney Cameron October 2016

    In a lawsuit filed Friday, Jeanine Smith sought financial retribution over the death of her son Andre due to a blunt force head trauma suffered on the football field. Smith was injured in 2015 when he was struck by another player during a kick return play. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, he was knocked down but immediately got back up again, and complained of a headache before losing consciousness. Smith never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead the following morning.

  • Infographic: Inside the High School Apparel Turf War

    by AB Editors October 2016

    College athletics programs are benefiting from apparel contracts valued in the millions of dollars as apparel brands battle each other to maximize their respective products' visibility.