• Inventors: We've Developed Safer Hockey Helmets

    by Michael Popke March 2011

    A Toronto-based forensic engineer has developed what he claims is a better hockey helmet - one that uses "air bag" technology to dissipate sudden jolts of force and reduce the G-force on brains floating inside skulls.

  • Blog: Instead of Giving Up, He Pushed Up

    by James McPartland March 2011

    Early one morning several years ago, I stood in an asphalt parking lot with about 30 guys all over 40 years old, attempting to respond to the commands of a very fit-looking chap who was in charge of warming us up. We were in Riverside, Calif., for team-building exercises designed through a series of paintball games. While many had been out late the night before, the luxury bus ride provided ample space to sleep, along with hearty food and drink to comfort the troops. This group was clearly not prepared, nor particularly fit enough, for what the drill sergeant was doling out.

  • New Helmet Prototype Introduced to Protect Pitchers

    by Michael Popke March 2011

    Easton-Bell Sports CEO Paul Harrington joined representatives from Little League International and the California Interscholastic Federation on Monday to unveil a new helmet prototype designed to help protect pitchers on the mound. "With our pitching helmet prototype, we have redefined what is possible and launched a new era of protection for baseball pitchers," Harrington said from the manufacturer's new Helmet Technology Center in Scotts Valley, Calif.

  • Biometrics Becoming Popular for Access Control at Rec Facilities

    by Nicholas Brown February 2011

    The very word biometrics tends to evoke scenes from sci-fi movies or thoughts of political intrigue. Despite that cachet, biometrics has evolved into a rather practical tool in access control.

  • Notre Dame's Fatal Scissor Lift Accident Shakes Collegiate Sports Video Community

    by Paul Steinbach November 2010

    By all accounts, Declan Sullivan loved his job as a student videographer for the University of Notre Dame football program. But he also recognized the risks. Before going to work Oct. 27, a day that saw extreme high winds whip through South Bend, Ind., the 20-year-old tweeted, "I guess I've lived long enough." Once aloft on a 50-foot scissor lift, with wind gusts exceeding 50 miles per hour, genuine panic ensued. "This is terrifying," Sullivan typed.

  • Low Tech Still Rules in Sustainable Rec Center Design

    by Andrew Cohen September 2010

    Low tech still rules in sustainable rec center design, but the time seems ripe for certain innovations to begin infiltrating the market.

  • Technology Tweaks Make it Easy for Gyms to Accommodate Activities

    by Paul Steinbach September 2010

    New tweaks to familiar technologies are making it easier for gyms to accommodate virtually any combination of activities.

  • Advances in Dehumidification Efforts Target Chloramines

    by Michael Popke July 2010

    Advances in dehumidification efforts target chloramines and other gases that leave aquatics facility patrons gasping for breath.

  • Technology Advances Complicate Cell Phone, iPod Usage in Locker Rooms

    by Nicholas Brown April 2010

    Technological advancements in handheld personal devices complicate usage policies for the locker room and beyond.

  • High-Def Video Enhances Spectating Experience on Grand Scale

    by Paul Steinbach December 2009

    High-definition video technology is enhancing the sports spectator experience on a grand scale.